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    Issue: 2016-08-04, PHOTO: Teresa van der Meer-Chassé

    Stoking the Fire

    Today, Sid and I are on the hunt for an unusual piece in his collection. As we sift through antiques after antiques, we come across a bellows. A bellows pumps air, and they are commonly known to be hand-held devices used to stoke small fires... more

    Aug 4, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-07-21, PHOTO: Teresa van der Meer-Chassé

    A Big Yellow Truck with a Past

    “It’s a 1942 International,” Sid tells me as we are standing by a truck whose yellow paint is slowly chipping away with age. The truck’s original grey colour has been exposed underneath the bright yellow. Its large body and tires tell us it was a... more

    Jul 21, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-06-30, PHOTO: Teresa van der Meer-Chasse

    Stereoscopic Views

    Looking through Sid’s antiquities I spot a familiar sight: stereoscopes. I had a pair of bright orange View Masters (a trademarked format of stereoscope) when I was a child in the 1990s with photos of Bugs Bunny. Sid’s stereoscopes are truly... more

    Jun 30, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-06-16, PHOTO: Teresa van der Meer-Chassé

    Banners! Banners!

    “They were popular back in the 1960s,” Sid tells me as we stand in one of his many garages. Built attached to his house, his old garage holds tools, machines and different parts of Sid’s antique/vintage collection. Looking up towards the ceiling,... more

    Jun 16, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-05-26, PHOTO: Teresa Vander Meer-Chasse

    Propeller Invention

    Sid van der Meer hustles about Beaver Creek’s Visitor Information Centre preparing his workplace for the 2016 tourism season. With new Yukon tourism commercials airing widely and with the Canadian dollar so low, Sid expects a rise in international... more

    May 26, 2016

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    Issue: 2015-08-27 PHOTO: Teresa Vandermeer-Chasse

    Cave In

    The tree leaves are rapidly changing and the temperature is beginning to drop. Autumn is about to arrive in Beaver Creek, Yukon and the tourism season is nearly complete. Like many residents of the small border town, Sid van der Meer is starting... more

    Aug 27, 2015

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    Issue: 2015-08-06 PHOTO: Teresa Vandermeer-Chasse

    An old wooden mantelpiece helps tell the story of the Northwest Staging Route

    The airport in Beaver Creek, Yukon is small and if you don’t know what you’re looking for, there’s a good chance you will miss it. Many who know Sid van der Meer may recall him owning and operating a small aircraft in the 1970s. more

    Aug 6, 2015

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    Issue: 2015-07-23 PHOTO: Teresa Vander Meer-Chassé

    General Store

    Sid van der Meer’s Bordertown Garage & Museum is composed up of numerous themed rooms. One room is themed as an old general store and post office. “I made the General Store because I had all this stuff pertaining to an old store. more

    Jul 23, 2015

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    Issue: 2015-07-09 PHOTO: Teresa Vander Meer-Chasse

    Two Tones

    Today, Sid sits outside the Beaver Creek Visitor Information Centre basking in the warm summer sun. As he waits for visitors to arrive, he admires the bodywork of his 1956 Pontiac in the sunlight. “I bought the ’56 in Whitehorse a few years ago. more

    Jul 9, 2015

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    Issue: 2015-06-11 PHOTO: Teresa Vander Meer-Chasse

    Henry Ford’s Lady

    Parked in front of Sid’s museum in Beaver Creek, Yukon sits a 1928 Ford Model A. “I bought it at a swap meet in Lethbridge about three or four years ago,” he says. “I put a new roof on it with new wood, canvas, and chicken wire.” more

    Jun 11, 2015

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    Issue: 2015-05-28 PHOTO: Teresa Vander Meer-Chasse

    Time to Type

    An old Remington typewriter sits on a wicker shelf in Sid’s home, nestled among vintage 1950s View-Masters stereoscopes. “That typewriter is probably from the 1920s,” says Sid. “I’ve had that old typewriter for a long time.” more

    May 28, 2015

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    Issue: 2015-05-07 PHOTO: Teresa Vander Meer-Chasse

    Ironing it Out

    No matter how often you visit Sid van der Meer’s Bordertown Garage and Museum in Beaver Creek, there is always more to see. Many people visit Sid more than once to hear his stories and discover additional objects in his collection. more

    May 7, 2015

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    Issue: 2015-04-23 PHOTO: Teresa Vander Meer-Chasse

    Shave and a Haircut

    Sid van der Meer has spent many years collecting antiques to display in his museum. Sid’s museum has several themed rooms for guests to explore. One of my favourites is Sid’s Bordertown barbershop. The barbershop is full of antique combs, makeup,... more

    Apr 23, 2015

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    Issue: 2015-04-16 PHOTO: Teresa Vander Meer-Chasse

    Diner Lights

    Sid van der Meer recently travelled from the gold rush fields of Arizona back to Canada’s most westerly community — Beaver Creek, Yukon. Sid has strong family ties to the White River First Nation, on whose lands he resides. more

    Apr 16, 2015

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    Nebraska Turtle

    Sid van der Meer has lived in Beaver Creek, Yukon since 1997. He’s made a comfortable home for himself, and a charming museum for friends and visitors. His collectables can be found in both his museum and his home. more

    Nov 12, 2014

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    Western Command

    Sid van der Meer is an antiquarian and a storyteller; he has many wild yarns to share with his family, friends, and visitors who come to his Bordertown Garage & Museum. One particular story he tells is how he found his Western Command military vehicl more

    Nov 5, 2014

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    Boiling Water

    Waking up to a layer of snow on the ground, Sid van der Meer ventures out to his museum. He is getting ready for winter when he will be in sunny Arizona and his museum will be covered in snow. more

    Oct 9, 2014

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    Fuelling Up

    The beginning of September brings snow to Beaver Creek, home of Sid van der Meer’s Bordertown Garage & Museum. On a chilly September morning, van der Meer takes time to remember the past and retell the stories about the building of the Alaska more

    Sep 25, 2014

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    Keeping Warm

    This week, van der Meer tells the story of his collection of White Pass and stagecoach foot warmers. As the winter months are fast approaching, he digs out his collection of three foot warmers. As seen in the image, the foot warmers are rectangular- more

    Sep 18, 2014

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    The Joys of Reading in Beaver Creek

    This year was Beaver Creek Library's first year participating in the TD Summer Reading Club (SRC). The summer reading program is a joint initiative by TD Bank Group, Toronto Public Library, and Library and Archives Canada designed to get kids reading more

    Sep 18, 2014

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