Grey Mountain


Issue: 2017-12-20, PHOTO: Jenny Trapnell

In a city renowned for its trails, Whitehorse has several informal walking groups to help us connect socially – and stay fit mentally and physically – all year-round. Most Sundays and sometimes Wednesdays, Peter Long and his partner, Wynne Krangle... more

Dec 20, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Active

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Issue: 2016-08-11, PHOTO: by Josh O’Brien

Stargazing has long been part of the human psyche. For thousands of years, we – and our ancestors before us – have turned our eyes upward and wondered. With myths and legends, we have explained the sky’s magic with demons, heroes, gods and... more

Aug 11, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon Education

In the summer, biathlon training consists of learning to shoot precisely —because there’s no snow, so skiing’s not an option, and it sucks learning the technical aspects of shooting a rifle in the freezing cold. more

Oct 30, 2014 12:00 AM Yukon Winter


September 4, 2014

Recently, I hiked the full length of Grey Mountain, along the ridge top. And now when I’m in Whitehorse and see the mountain on the skyline, I feel more intimate with it, knowing its bumps and crevices. more

Sep 4, 2014 12:00 AM Yukon Outside

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Issue: 2013-05-02

While we were waiting for Comet PanSTARRS to arrive in our skies, we had a chance to get up to the Grey Mountain lookout point. We have not been out to this observation site yet this year, so I was a little apprehensive about the road. But the... more

Mar 14, 2013 12:00 AM Hobbies

After a rather busy weekend down at the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Center for the Erik's Main Event consumer electronics show, [what day are we on here?] we were unloading a large truck and as we looked up, there were the northern lights. While there... more

Oct 18, 2012 12:00 AM Hobbies

Amazing weather has made the last couple of weeks an absolute dream for observing, with clear skies, warm temperatures and no pesky insects. The northern lights have been putting on quite a show lately as well. It makes you wonder, if the solar... more

May 10, 2012 12:00 AM Hobbies

Astronomy as a hobby can be challenging. You are always at the mercy of unpredictable weather, the local wildlife, and, especially, the bugs. Two weeks ago I caught that nasty cold that was going around and was laid up for a few days. One night I... more

Apr 26, 2012 12:00 AM Hobbies

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Issue: 2013-05-02

Wondrous views await the cosmic tourist in the month of April. The end of March and the first two weeks of April are sometimes referred to as, the Changing of the Guard. This means the winter constellations are slowly sinking lower into the... more

Mar 29, 2012 12:00 AM Hobbies


Issue: 2012-02-16

As spring approaches, the Yukon night skies sizzle with cosmic happenings. The weather has offered us a few nights of reprieve with well above normal temperatures and clear skies. more

Feb 16, 2012 12:00 AM Hobbies


Issue: 2012-01-19

Here comes another year with plenty of amazing sights for the cosmic tourist in this great northern land of ice and snow. Now if the weather would cooperate, we would be rocking! January appears to be an action-packed month of viewing, including... more

Jan 19, 2012 12:00 AM Hobbies

Our Yukon night skies are hosting some special cosmic interlopers for the next couple of months, including Comet Garradd. This little fuzz ball of a comet can be found to the left of the keystone shape of the constellation Hercules. It is easily... more

Nov 24, 2011 12:00 AM Hobbies

Winter has arrived and the weather is starting to stabilize. With clear skies and reasonably warm temperatures, it is time to grab your parka and head outside to explore those amazing Yukon night skies. So what is there to see, you ask? more

Nov 10, 2011 12:00 AM Hobbies


Issue: 2011-09-22

For most northern astronomers, summer is either solar observing, or waiting for the return of the autumn night skies. The other option is to head to a star party in the southern part of the country. This year we went to one of our favourite star... more

Sep 22, 2011 12:00 AM Hobbies

The month of May brings warm weather observing - parka not required - a pleasant change of pace. It still gets frosty, though. Last weekend at the observing site (Grey Mountain LookoutPoint) the temperature dropped to minus 6 Celsius. It was... more

May 12, 2011 12:00 AM Hobbies

This is the busiest time of the year for northern sky watchers. I like to refer to it as the changing of the guard. Winter constellations are sliding lower into the horizon earlier each evening, soon to disappear for another year. The springtime... more

Apr 14, 2011 12:00 AM Hobbies


Issue: 2011-03-31

Where were you on Saturday March 19, when the Super Moon occurred? Sounds kind of ominous doesn't it? So, what is a super moon? As the moon orbits Earth, its path is not a perfect circle, but more elliptical in nature... more

Mar 31, 2011 12:00 AM Hobbies

Astronomy, the Yukon night skies, and non-stop springtime action go hand in hand. After having cloudy skies and the odd snowstorm dropping by to visit, we are finally getting a long deserved break. It all started on a frosty Tuesday evening, with... more

Mar 17, 2011 12:00 AM Hobbies

With the oncoming of spring, the nights are shorter and temperatures are struggling to rise. The Yukon night skies are also in a state of celestial change. The constellations Leo the Lion and Virgo the Virgin are now clearing the eastern horizon... more

Mar 3, 2011 12:00 AM Hobbies


Issue: 2010-11-18

The Yukon Night Skies are coming alive with winter constellations like Orion, Taurus, and Gemini. Using a pair of humble binoculars, star clusters, galaxies, and nebula can all be easily seen. The Yukon Night Skies also holds an easily-seen comet... more

Nov 18, 2010 12:00 AM Hobbies