Fun fiction from the Klondike

As the crew who came here to film an episode of the Canadian television series Murdoch Mysteries a few years ago told me, Dawson is a place that’s just a perfect backdrop for storytelling. The particular episode was a lot of fun to watch them film... more »

Oct 1, 2015 12:00 AM North to the Klondike

What Not to Eat: Water Hemlock

When I first began eating wild mushrooms, I was studying squirrels. I watched which mushrooms they picked to stash in trees, and figured that whichever ones they ate were probably not (or not very) poisonous. These days I know a little more and am... more »

Oct 1, 2015 12:00 AM Outdoors

Lists, Colour Coding and Labels

People new to outdoor activity such as hunting, hiking and camping are likely a bit more organized on the second or third trip than they were on the first one. At first the newbie often just stuffs the pack and gear boxes in no particular order... more »

Oct 1, 2015 12:00 AM Hunting - Fishing

Tastes of Home

Conquering exotic culinary worlds is exhilarating, but the dispiriting lack of some foods can make home feel very far away, indeed. For some people, a curious thing may happen once they relocate. They may develop a taste for things they wouldn’t... more »

Oct 1, 2015 12:00 AM Teslin - Watson Lake

Building Intuition

“I don’t really believe in that stuff,” a coworker says, when I ask if he’s ever had his tarot read. A year ago I might have said something similar. I wouldn’t have been telling the whole truth, though, because at that point I had neither figured... more »

Oct 1, 2015 12:00 AM Paranormal

Swordplay and Flaming Arrows

Winter is coming. You might say that’s our motto above the 60th parallel, but they’re also words to live by in Winterfell, the northernmost kingdom of imaginary Westeros. The Game of Thrones saga has unexpectedly surpassed cult status, but its... more »

Oct 1, 2015 12:00 AM Movies and TV

Living With Wildlife: John Birmingham

Hello Everybody, We invite you to share your photos of Yukon wildlife. Email your high-resolution images with a description of what's going on and what camera equipment you used to editor@whatsupyukon.com more »

Oct 1, 2015 12:00 AM Living With Wildlife

Three Books for Adventurous Souls

It's the fall season, which means two things: the slow-creep of cold weather and a near-existential dread of the aforementioned. It also means, for thousands of Yukoners, a frantic dash to enjoy those last, fleeting moments of liveable outdoor... more »

Oct 1, 2015 12:00 AM Literature

Bringing New Life into Old Buildings

I have written a number of columns about Dawson’s habit of recycling building for other purposes. The Old Territorial Courthouse, which has to be passed by everyone entering the town on Front Street, is a prime example of this practice. more »

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