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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

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: 2017-08-16, 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: 2017-08-09, 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: 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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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: 2017-03-01, PHOTO: Dan Davidson

You never quite know how the monthly coffee house/open mic sessions in the KIAC ballroom at the Odd Fellows Hall are going to go. For several months recently the evenings have started out with Peter Menzies leading a group of young fiddlers in an... more

Mar 1, 2017 12:00 AM Dawson City

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Issue: 2017-02-22, PHOTO: Dan Davidson

It’s been a truly odd winter here in the Klondike. On the one hand it’s been colder, and colder for longer stretches than it has been for several years. Mostly, it hasn’t been really cold, which begins below, say, minus 35, and carries on down... more

Feb 22, 2017 12:00 AM Dawson City

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Issue: 2017-02-15, PHOTO: Betty Davidson

Since last November the Dawson City Community Library and the Whitehorse Public Library have been helping to shine a little light on Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), and possibly other mental health problems. About a year ago, the staff at the... more

Feb 15, 2017 12:00 AM Dawson City

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Issue: 2017-02-01, PHOTO: Dan Davidson

The original purpose of the Clinton Creek Oral History Project was to gather information about how the area around the former asbestos mine and company town had been used by locals prior to the establishment of the mine in the mid-1960s. more

Feb 1, 2017 12:00 AM Dawson City 1 Comments

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Issue: 2016-12-21, PHOTO: by Dan Davidson

Organizers for the Christmas Eve Pageant Photo Shoot were on edge as October 2 dawned. Would there be a lot of snow on the Bonanza Road sites where the pictures were to be taken? Would it be too cold that day? Would there be enough sunlight to get... more

Dec 21, 2016 12:00 AM Dawson City

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Issue: 2016-12-14, PHOTO: Dan Davidson

In just about two-and-a-half months the nomination dossier for the Tr’ondëk/Klondike World Heritage Site will be sent to Paris, France, to UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre. It will be evaluated by the International Council on Monuments and Sites... more

Dec 14, 2016 12:00 AM Dawson City

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Issue: 2016-12-07

About the same time as I was reading Elle Wild’s very entertaining mystery novel, Strange Things Done, I happened to watch a discussion between best selling novelists Stephen King and Lee Child. Part of the discussion was about settings, and Child... more

Dec 7, 2016 12:00 AM Dawson City

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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

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