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Dan Davidson

 Dan Davidson  retired after three decades teaching classrooms in Beaver Creek, Faro and Dawson, Dan Davidson.  For the last number of years, he has written two columns for What's Up Yukon. 

A Klondike Korner, where he keeps an eye on happenings in Dawson City and The Book Shelf where he shares some of his favourites and Yukon created books with us.

You can contact him via dawson@whatsupyukon.com.


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Issue: 2017-12-13, PHOTO: Dan Davidson

After all the bazaars and seasonal open houses are done, and folks are just about ready to settle down at home waiting for Christmas Morning to arrive, there is one more thing that happens for quite a few folks in Dawson... more

Dec 13, 2017 12:00 AM Dawson City

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Issue: 2017-12-06, , PHOTO: Dan Davidson

The Canadian Pacific steamer Princess Sophia ran aground on Vanderbilt Reef on the Inland Passage after leaving Skagway on October 23, 1918. It was the last run of the season to Vancouver and Victoria and the ship contained 353 passengers from the... more

Dec 6, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon History

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Issue: 2017-11-15, PHOTO: Dan Davidson

The approaching Advent Season means that it will soon be what I sometimes refer to as Bazaar Season in Dawson City. I almost hate to use the word “Christmas” this close to Hallowe’en and before Remembrance Day, but this column won’t appear until... more

Nov 15, 2017 12:00 AM Dawson City

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Issue: 2017-10-25, PHOTO: courtesy of the Klondike National Historic Sites

Dawson City’s Old Court House on Front Street will be the site for this year’s Haunted House event, a yearly offering to the community sponsored by Parks Canada. For many years the RCMP took the lead in providing this Halloween celebration, but... more

Oct 25, 2017 12:00 AM Dawson City

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Issue: 2017-10-18, PHOTO: Dan Davidson

Every two years the Yukon Historical & Museums Association holds a meeting for the entire Yukon heritage community. It moves around the territory, but executive director Lianne Maitland says that one of the places they like to come back to is... more

Oct 18, 2017 12:00 AM Dawson City

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Issue: 2017-09-27, PHOTO: Helen McCullough

Despite the romantic image of the grizzled miner panning by the creek side in search of gold, that phase of the Klondike’s mineral saga was relatively short. Entrepreneurial minds knew of more efficient and less-labour intensive ways of getting... more

Sep 27, 2017 12:00 AM Dawson City

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Issue: 2017-09-06, PHOTO: Dan Davidson

The editor set us the challenge of making a pitch for our community that says it is more special than any other in the territory, with a wink and a nod in the direction of Whitehorse. The assignment is hardly fair to the capital city. Those who... more

Sep 6, 2017 12:00 AM Dawson City

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Issue: 2017-08-23, PHOTO: Dan Davidson

Summer, with its long daylight hours, is a great time to travel around the Yukon. We started our travels the summer after we arrived, trading up from a VW Beetle to a Ford 150, and loading a second hand 8 ½ foot camper on the back. Over the next... more

Aug 23, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Summer

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Issue: 2017-08-16, PHOTO: Dan Davidson

During the week that leads to the Discovery Days weekend, the Klondike Visitors Association, Parks Canada and the Writers’ Trust of Canada celebrate the writers who have made Dawson City world famous. more

Aug 16, 2017 12:00 AM Dawson City

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Issue: 2017-08-16, PHOTO: Dan Davidson

The Yukon’s Discovery Day Holiday is one of those things that it’s kind of hard to pin down. While it was originally fixed to be the third Monday in August when it was established back in 1911, these days it is more likely to be the Monday closest... more

Aug 16, 2017 12:00 AM Dawson City

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Issue: 2017-08-09, PHOTO: Bruce McArthur

“We’re dedicated to keeping the Yukon weird,” says Paul Robitaille, the marketing and events manager at the Klondike Visitors Association. He likens the Great Klondike International Outhouse Race to Jim Robb’s notion of the “Colourful Five Per Cent.” more

Aug 9, 2017 12:00 AM Dawson City

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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: 2017-06-21, PHOTO: by Dan Davidson

Canada Day will be exceptionally busy in Dawson this year. Combining our nation’s birthday with a roster of events that normally occur on the first Saturday after that celebration will make for a packed schedule. more

Jun 21, 2017 12:00 AM Dawson City

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Issue: 2017-06-07, Photo: Dan Davidson

June 10 will be a double-barreled day of action in Dawson City, as it always is during what could be called Commissioner’s Day. The two events on this day – the Commissioner’s Tea and the Ball – are always held on the Saturday closest to June 13... more

Jun 7, 2017 12:00 AM Dawson City

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Issue: 2017-05-24, PHOTO: Dan Davidson

“Exploring the Frontiers of Language” will be the theme of this year’s edition of the North Words Writers Symposium, which will be held in Skagway from May 31 to June 3. This is the eighth annual symposium since the event’s inception... more

May 24, 2017 12:00 AM Literature

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Issue: 2017-05-17, PHOTO: Dan Davidson

Early in May, with the deadlines for the 2017 edition of the Dawson City International Gold Show approaching, Coralee Rudachyk was busy, but calm. As the General Manager of the Dawson City Chamber of Commerce, she has the primary responsibility... more

May 17, 2017 12:00 AM Dawson City

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Issue: 2017-04-12, PHOTO: Dan Davidson

The cupboard behind Dan Sokolowski’s head is still covered with the multi-coloured Post-it notes he’s been using to assign the 86 short films in this year’s Dawson City International Short Film Festival to various categories for Friday, Saturday... more

Apr 12, 2017 12:00 AM Dawson City

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Issue: 2017-03-22, Photo: Dan Davidson

At 10 a.m. on Thursday, March 23, the spirit of Percy DeWolfe, Dawson’s Iron Man Mail Carrier, will head off from the starting line between the Old Post Office and the Palace Grand Theatre. Two minutes later the first of the corporeal contestants... more

Mar 22, 2017 12:00 AM Dawson City

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Issue: 2017-03-08, PHOTO: Dan Davidson

Dawson’s impishly named Thaw di Gras carnival is still thought of as a spring carnival, even though a good March weekend will still be in the minus teens and a bad one may be in the minus 20s with wind chill. Whatever the weather may bring, much... more

Mar 8, 2017 12:00 AM Dawson City

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Issue: 2017-03-08, PHOTO: courtesy of Peter Gould

Clinton Creek was one of the last company towns in the Yukon, part of a cluster that included Elsa and Faro. The mines in Clinton Creek and Faro were developed about the same time, but Clinton Creek had the misfortune to be based on mining... more

Mar 8, 2017 12:00 AM Dawson City

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PHOTO: Dan Davidson

Twenty years ago the late Madeleine Gould’s lengthy quest (1987-1996) to join the Yukon Order of Pioneers ended with a Supreme Court of Canada decision. Over the years a number of women in Dawson had supported this quest, notably with the humorous more

May 5, 2016 12:00 AM , , Dawson City