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Coldest Yellowknifers compete

Katherine Hudson
Northern News Services
Published Wednesday, February 23, 2011

SOMBA K'E/YELLOWKNIFE - Who is the coldest Canadian? Air New Zealand is making it its mission to find out in an online contest to identify that special person and offer a one-week trip for two to the country where it's currently summer.

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Chandra Kremski, with her husband Derek, is throwing her hat in the ring to be deemed the Coldest Canadian for a trip for two to New Zealand.- photo courtesy of dave brosha

The trip takes place in the Aukland-area of the country, far north of where a 6.3-magnitude earthquake rocked the south island Monday.

Entrants must create a funny, unique homemade video illustrating why they are the coldest Canadian, which, in a place where boiling water instantly freezes when thrown in the air, doesn't seem like a tough feat.

When Chandra Kremski and her husband Derek heard about the contest, they were amazed to see only entrants from southern Canada.

"We thought that's shameful. We literally are the coldest Canadians up here, up north, why not give ourselves a shot at the chance of winning this trip."

The contest closes at the end of the week with about 93 videos entered as of yesterday, with Chandra's video in fourth place.

Her video is a medley of shots of her in front of staple Yellowknife locations such as the welcome sign for the city on Highway 3 and on the Dettah ice road.

Kremski said although she knew the judges were looking for funny, she opted for cute and creative, adding in a cameo of her four-year-old daughter asking her mother to make her buzy bee, a toy from New Zealand, warm.

"We knew that we wouldn't be able to make a funny video because we're not naturally funny people, so we thought 'Let's just play on the cuteness factor.'"

The bee was a gift from friends and Kremski also found Tim Tams, a popular chocolate biscuit in New Zealand, at Extra Foods, which made its way into the video.

"It's another thing we knew with the judges would make us stand out. We did our research," she said.

If the couple wins, they hope to use the trip as a way to ring in their 30th birthdays this year.

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