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Joslyn Kilborn

Joslyn Kilborn

Josyln Kilborn is freelance writer currently on a Yukon-hiatus in Toronto. She lives in a motor-home named Burt. In addition to her freelance stories she writes a column called  "Things That Scare Me" and "THIS IS NOT THE YUKON: Life in Southern Ontario"


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Issue: 2017-03-15, PHOTO: Lori Garrison

Sometimes, you just need cake. I've baked this from scratch before, but this is the one time I'm going to advocate boxed over homemade: when you're deep in the backcountry it's just too much fuss to pack in all the things you need to make a decent... more

Mar 15, 2017 12:00 AM Recipes

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Issue: 2015-09-03 PHOTO: Ron Patrick

Jean Francois is a chef. I met him at a B.C. heli-ski lodge on Highway 5 — The Yellowhead — in the early 2000s. He cooked pastries and cakes and cookies and yelled at the breakfast servers at six in the morning. I was a person cleaning rooms, ... more

Sep 3, 2015 12:00 AM Wild Harvest

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Issue: 2016-04-14, PHOTO: Peter Mather

According to the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative (Y2Y) website, the 3,200 kilometre stretch of mountain range running from Yellowstone to the Yukon is one of the last intact mountain ecosystems on earth. It’s amazingly still home to... more

Apr 14, 2016 12:00 AM The Green Issues

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Issue: 2016-04-14, PHOTO: Yukon Government

“It’s the only national theatre festival in Canada,” Selene Vakharia tells me. She, along with a handful of other local creatives, are working on the Yukon end of the traveling theatre festival: Magnetic North, based in Ottawa, which moves to a... more

Apr 14, 2016 12:00 AM Theatre - Dance

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Issue: 2016-04-07, PHOTO: Government of Yukon

“Last year was a big year,” says Scott Cameron, Environment Yukon’s Wildlife Viewing Technician. “We were up to 2,000 swans every day for a few days.” The height, he says, was April 9, when 2,200 were counted out on M’Clintock Bay. Typically that... more

Apr 7, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon Wildlife

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Issue: 2016-03-24, PHOTO: Joslyn Kilborn

About two weeks into my month in Toronto, I go with a friend to the Museum of Inuit Art, where there’s a display of photography by youth in the Yukon and Northwest Territories. Inside the museum we head off in separate directions, him taking his... more

Mar 24, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon Lifestyle 2 Comments

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Issue: 2016-03-17, PHOTO: Andree Lanthier

“The play was inspired by the shooting of a young man named Freddy Villaneuva,” Vancouver-based playwright Omari Newton tells me. “A young man that was apparently unarmed, had no previous criminal record. He got into some kind of altercation with... more

Mar 17, 2016 12:00 AM Theatre - Dance

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Issue: 2016-03-17, PHOTO: Linda Leon

“I think when it’s built, it will be a three-person puppet for sure,” says Linda Leon, Production Manager for Burning Away the Winter Blues. She’s referring to this year’s effigy: a ten by eleven foot wooly mammoth. “He’s built out of cardboard,”... more

Mar 17, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon Arts

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Issue: 2016-03-10, PHOTO: Naomi Borisenko

“We’re very excited about the warm welcome at our new location,” says Pam Charman, events organizer for the Yukon Crafts Society. After many years hosting the Spring Spruce Bog Craft Fair at the Gold Rush, they’ve moved to the Westmark. more

Mar 10, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon Active

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Issue: 2016-02-18, PHOTO: Joslyn Kilborn

“It’s an important winter to show this,” says Lauren Williams, collections manager at Toronto’s Museum of Inuit Art. She’s referring to the photography exhibit by Yukon youth, This is Our Arctic, currently on display at the museum. The photos... more

Feb 18, 2016 12:00 AM Photography - Film

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Issue: 2016-02-18, PHOTO: Joslyn Kilborn

I remember the first time I drove the Skagway Pass. Like a place that time had missed, a prehistoric landscape where plants were still just beginning to grow, though I knew those squat stubborn pines were hundreds of years old. Trees grow... more

Feb 18, 2016 12:00 AM Humour

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Issue: 2016-02-18, PHOTO: Rick Massie

It’s that time of year again, when it’s totally normal to see girls walking around in period costume, when men compete in beauty pageants, when that guy with the really long beard who comes into the restaurant you work at starts talking about the... more

Feb 18, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon Active 1 Comments

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Issue: 2016-02-11, PHOTO: Christian Kuntz

Yukon’s winter music festival is back, some might say, finally. Since taking the task on in 2014, a small group of volunteers have been spending their spare time working hard to make this happen. Initially hoping to bring it back for 2015 and... more

Feb 11, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon Music

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Issue: 2016-01-14 PHOTO: Joslyn Kilborn

After months of slowly working on my camper, I pull an all-nighter on the last day of April, frantically paring my possessions down to what can fit inside my new miniscule home. Innumerable donated garbage bags later, my bedroom is stripped to its... more

Jan 14, 2016 12:00 AM Humour

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Issue: 2015-12-24, PHOTO: Douglas MacRae

“I’m counting down the days,” says Kluane Mountain Bluegrass Festival president, Robbyn Chiles. With tickets on sale now, it’s a reasonable time to start counting. And rumour has it this year’s lineup could be the festival’s best yet. more

Dec 24, 2015 12:00 AM Haines Junction 1 Comments

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Issue: 2015-12-17, PHOTO: Patrick Kilborn

I have always loved Christmas. First of all, cookies. Secondly, hot chocolate. Then there is digging the decorations out of the basement, putting the stockings on your feet and a pointy red hat on your head so you can be an elf while you dance... more

Dec 17, 2015 12:00 AM Yukon Christmas

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Issue: 2015-12-10 PHOTO: Joslyn Kilborn

I ran away from Toronto like a rabbit from a wolf. Moving to the country’s largest city from my smaller Ontario hometown had been like poking my head above ground and entering the wide and open field. It only took two years of exposure and... more

Dec 10, 2015 12:00 AM Travel Outside

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Issue: 2015-11-26 PHOTO: Joslyn Kilborn

The first thing Solace does inside my parent’s house is pee on the deep shag rug in the TV room. We’re all surprised by it. She does it again a few days later, looking me right in the eye as she squats on another corner of the same carpet. more

Nov 26, 2015 12:00 AM Yukoners Pets

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Issue: 2015-11-19 PHOTO: Joslyn Kilborn

I arrive in Ontario on a Monday at 1 a.m. It’s late on a work night and the airport is an hour’s drive from home, but my father is here to pick me up, having made it clear when I booked the flight it was no problem for him. It’s the cheapest... more

Nov 19, 2015 12:00 AM Yukon Families

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Issue: 2015-11-05 PHOTO: Promotional

Whitehorse-resident Selina Heyligers-Hare, or as she’s billed in the upcoming Blue Feather Music Festival, Selina H., is only 18 years old. She just graduated from high school. However, she has 13 years of experience making music and can hold her... more

Nov 5, 2015 12:00 AM Yukon Music

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Issue: 2015-10-22 PHOTO: Joslyn Kilborn

I’ve been online shopping. Specifically, I’ve been fixated on merino wool base layers on Amazon. Researching sizes, the best weave weight, which tops will work both as under and outer wear, what brands won’t pill. I’ve found some that are... more

Oct 22, 2015 12:00 AM Yukon Active

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Issue: 2015-10-01

“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