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Jozien Keijzer

Jozien Keijzer

From The Back Country Columnist Jozien Keijzer is a visual artist, writer and avid hiker who lives in the Mendenhall Subdivision.


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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: 2017-06-07, PHOTO: Jozien Keijzer

In May 2017, Colby Heynen drove up the highway to Whitehorse from Southern Alberta. He and his girlfriend, Karin Wall, from Coaldale, Alberta will be renting an apartment here in Whitehorse and moving in the first of June. Colby has been back in... more

Jun 7, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon People

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Issue: 2017-05-24, PHOTO: Jozien Keijzer

On a spring hike to the ice cave near Haines Junction, we found that the ice cave looks more like a bridge. Neither did we cross that bridge nor did we go under it. After reading a CBC news story called “Once a local secret, visitors flock to... more

May 24, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Winter

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Issue: 2017-05-10, PHOTO: courtesy of Katie Pope

As I was trying on new glasses a few weeks ago at Northern Lights Optometry, fashion specialist Katie Pope helped me. I liked her instantly and I complimented her on her extraordinary sense of style. On my next visit (according to Katie many... more

May 10, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon People

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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: 2017-03-29, PHOTO: Jozien Keijzer

From "Don’s Descent," the small hill behind our house, one can look as far as Haines Junction. Mount Decoeli and Mount Archibald loom on the western horizon when skies are clear. In front of Decoeli, I can clearly make out Paint Mountain... more

Mar 29, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Winter

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Issue: 2017-03-22, PHOTO: Jozien Keijzer

A graduate of the Porter Creek Secondary School in the Class of 2009, Nicole Grove, 26, has always been physically strong. Back in 2003, in the days of Hidden Valley Elementary School, Nicole was a gold medalist in the Annual Yukon Wrestling... more

Mar 22, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon People 1 Comments

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Issue: 2017-02-15, PHOTO: Jozien Keijzer

Between the years of 1991 and 2011 my husband and I used to pack up our son and drive to a mountain summit a few times every winter. They were once our favourite places to be: those white wide-open expanses. An active community of winter lovers... more

Feb 15, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Winter

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Issue: 2017-01-25, PHOTO: Jozien Keijzer

Spencer Sumanik graduated from Porter Creek Secondary in 2009 and is now studying to be an aerospace engineer in Ottawa. I am meeting Spencer at his parents’ home on the Hot Spring’s Road. He's home for the holidays, ”I am doing well and happy to... more

Jan 25, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Families 1 Comments

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Issue: 2016-12-21, PHOTO: Jozien Keijzer

Trees that naturally grow in and around Whitehorse There are only three families of trees represented in the southwest Yukon. Sounds easy enough? It isn't, so don’t feel bad if you can’t see the trees for the forest. more

Dec 21, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon Winter

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Issue: 2016-12-14, PHOTO: Jozien Keijzer

If you have hiked up Kusawa Ridge, you may have spotted a rectangular lake below. This small lake is tucked away alongside the Kusawa Road, right beside the Takhini River and isn't visible from the road, from the river, nor from Kusawa Lake. This... more

Dec 14, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon Winter

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Issue: 2016-11-30, PHOTO: Nancy Ohm

In the beginning of October, before it started snowing, there was a brief period when the thermometer dropped below zero Celsius long enough so that small lakes and ponds were able to freeze without the ice being mixed or covered with snow. A few... more

Nov 30, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon Winter

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Issue: 2016-10-26, PHOTO: by Jozien Keijzer

I have Marie write out her full name for me. ‘Achtymichuk.’ It’s Ukrainian, where her dad is from. I compliment her on her beautiful handwriting. We have this interview in the store where Marie is a manager, we were interrupted by staff a few... more

Oct 26, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon People

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Issue: 2016-10-19, PHOTO: by Jozien Keijzer

I am pleased to announce that I recently had my first encounter with a sandhill crane. I have never gone to the Crane and Sheep Festival in Faro, which is held in May, and the time and place when the cranes fly over the town. Years ago, I saw... more

Oct 19, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon Wildlife

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Issue: 2016-10-06, Photo: by Nancy Ohm

On August 13, my friend Nancy Ohm and I went for a hike in my backyard. I've been working on a walking trail towards the mountains for 20 years. I am making slow process, using only a small ax and clippers. Lately, I have seen signs of people, ... more

Oct 6, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon Wildlife

This is a story from many years ago, about the day I was followed by four bears - a close-call bear encounter kind of story. I was on a solstice hike up Kelvin Mountain with Allison Morham and Jane Vincent. Jane and I see each other regularly, but... more

Sep 22, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon Wildlife

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Issue: 2016-09-15, PHOTO: Jozien Keijzer

For me, the summer of 2016 has been the best berry year ever. My berry season starts with wild strawberries and they were bigger than ever this year. Wild raspberries are almost always abundant. Our famous Yukon cranberries are looking extremely... more

Sep 15, 2016 12:00 AM Wild Harvest

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Issue: 2016-09-01, PHOTO: Jozien Kozier

Mushroom season starts in spring. On a hike at the end of May, I came upon some black morels. In the Yukon, morels usually only grow where there has been a recent fire, although I've found them growing other places. With the warm weather and rain... more

Sep 1, 2016 12:00 AM Wild Harvest

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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: 2016-08-04, PHOTO: by Jozien Keijzer

Yes, bear stories, undoubtedly a favourite topic in the Yukon and one that gets people talking. As I write here, there is a black bear poking around on our property. I have never had a true calamity involving a bear in my 30 years of hiking and... more

Aug 4, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon Wildlife 1 Comments

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