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Issue: 2017-08-16, PHOTO: Becky Striegler

Etienne Tardif, gloved and clothed in white, his face behind a dark mesh veil, slowly lifts a tray from one of his stacked beehives. He’s in a meadow just off the Annie Lake Road, south of Whitehorse. “Whoah… this is heavy,” Tardif says. more

Aug 16, 2017 12:00 AM Farm - Garden

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Issue: 2017-08-02, PHOTO: Jozien Keijzer

I never understood how people love to go camping at the same spot year after year, or walk the same trail over and over, canoe the same river, or go to the same mall. I realize now that we all have different goals. I myself have a strong desire to... more

Aug 2, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Summer

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Issue: 2017-08-02, PHOTO: Dan Davidson

Finding the entrance to Orchid Acres can be a little confusing for newcomers to West Dawson and Sunnydale. Someone will tell you it’s on the road to the Dawson City Golf Course, and that’s true, but the signs indicating that road are a little... more

Aug 2, 2017 12:00 AM Dawson City

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Issue: 2017-07-05, PHOTO: Paul Rath

The beautiful and striking fireweed plant, with it's spray of magenta flowers is the iconic symbol of the north. Chosen as the Yukon's official floral symbol in 1957, fireweed represents not only the natural beauty of the territory, but also the... more

Jul 5, 2017 12:00 AM Recipes

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Issue: 2017-06-14, PHOTO: Jozien Keijzer

The calypso orchid, sometimes called the fairy or venus slipper, was already blooming by the end of May and the rest will follow soon. I suspect that the Platanthera obtusata, known as the northern bog orchid, will follow soon. The height of bloom... more

Jun 14, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Summer

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Issue: 2017-04-05, PHOTO: Jozien Keijzer

Last year we had an early spring and I found the first prairie crocus blooming on April 1st. Most years the crocus blooms near the end of April. If you want to become a crocus hunter, don’t wait for all the snow to melt. If the daytime temperature... more

Apr 5, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Summer 1 Comments

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Issue: 2016-08-11, PHOTO: Jozien Keijzer

Breaking out of sheer rock, on the barren ground, or beside a mountain stream, hundreds of different kinds of wildflowers grow in the Yukon mountains. Some bloom as early as the snow melts in April, some continue blooming well into September... more

Aug 11, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon Summer

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Issue: 2016-07-07, PHOTO: Dan Davidson

Dawson City blooms in the summer. It’s a process that begins in some local commercial greenhouses and explodes after the horticultural booths at the Gold Show during Victoria Day Weekend in May. It then continues unabated as part of the Farmers'... more

Jul 7, 2016 12:00 AM Dawson City

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Issue: 2016-07-07, PHOTO: Nellie Dale

We saw the queen recently. She wasn’t wearing a crown. She was sporting a big blue dot on her thorax though. The Cheshire Beekeepers’ Association, founded in 1899, has great information about queen marking on its website. The queen is much easier... more

Jul 7, 2016 12:00 AM Farm - Garden

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Issue: 2016-03-24, Photo: Megan Skarnulis

There are several distinctly northern signs of spring. As the long-winter winds down the Yukon people enter an obvious state of outfit confusion. As you drive through town you peer out to see an eclectic mix of people waiting to cross roadways: ... more

Mar 24, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon Summer

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Issue: 2016-02-18, PHOTO: Angela Szymczuk

Deep in the Jalapa Valley of Nicaragua grows a tobacco that has an elegant yet bold taste. Combine the tobacco from the Jalapa region with other tobaccos from different areas of Nicaragua and you get a lovely cigar called Casa Magna Colorado. more

Feb 18, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon Food & Drink

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Issue: 2016-02-11, PHOTO: kozzi.com

Some people have a knack for the Grand Romantic Gesture. They're the ones who swim the Hellespont, write soulful ballads in milady's honour, or casually slip the keys to a Maserati under their partner's breakfast plate. Then, there are the rest of... more

Feb 11, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon Active

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Issue: 2015-11-05 PHOTO: Kim Melton

Ah, arnica. Renowned for its power to soothe sore muscles, sprains and bruises, and a common gateway drug into the wonderful world of the do-it-yourself apothecary. Most often it is in the form of arnica oil, where the bright yellow flower heads... more

Nov 5, 2015 12:00 AM Wild Harvest

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Issue: 2015-10-15 PHOTO: Kim Melton

Yes, a new form of torture has been developed, involving an unrelenting repetition of a single passage from the Myth of Sisyphus – what? C-A-M-A-S? So, not Albert? Oh...sorry about that. Let's begin again. more

Oct 15, 2015 12:00 AM Wild Harvest

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Issue: 2015-09-24 PHOTO: Angela Szymczuk

September always makes me think of apple picking, hay barrels, corn, and sunflowers. This summer I decided to try and grow sunflowers and even though I have never gardened before, I liked the thought of having my own sunflowers in September to enjoy. more

Sep 24, 2015 12:00 AM Farm - Garden

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Issue: 2015-07-09 PHOTO: Kim Melton

I was visiting a friend down on Lewes Lake last week and was delighted at the profusion of blue and pink lining his driveway. Wild roses and lungwort — which he told me deserved to be called bluebells, their prettier name — were both in full bloom. more

Jul 9, 2015 12:00 AM Wild Harvest 1 Comments

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Issue: 2015-06-18 PHOTO: Joan Norberg

“Could we plant some flowers in our garden, next year?” This is what Allan asked me 25 years ago after we had harvested our first garden together. I hadn’t realized anything had been missing from our yard. We had an average vegetable garden on the... more

Jun 18, 2015 12:00 AM Farm - Garden

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Issue: 2015-04-23 PHOTO: Jozien Keijzer

I am in the Netherlands, where I grew up. It is the month of March, early spring here, with stormy weather and spring flowers blooming everywhere: tulips are only one among many. I am visiting my relatives. I landed in Schiphol, which is said to be.. more

Apr 23, 2015 12:00 AM Travel Outside

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PHOTO: Angela Szymczuk

“Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens / Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens / Brown paper packages tied up with strings / These are a few of my favorite things.” So goes the delightful Christmas song. more

Dec 24, 2014 12:00 AM Yukon Archives

The Klondike is known for permafrost-distorted buildings. The twisted shapes of older structures inspired the artistic career of Jim Robb — as a young artist he visited Dawson and was gob smacked by what he saw. He turned his amazement into a style more

Aug 21, 2014 12:00 AM Dawson City