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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: 2017-05-03, PHOTO: courtesy of Harbour Publishing

“Everyone talks about the Goldrush. I’m interested in the gaps in history. The points in between,” says Yukon writer Michael Gates, author of From the Klondike to Berlin. Published last month, this book is, perhaps surprisingly, the first to offer... more

May 3, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon History


Issue: 2016-08-11, PHOTO: by Tarie Castellarin

Whether you have a green thumb or not, you’re invited to the Horticultural Exhibition in Dawson City on Aug. 13. Tarie Castellarin and Helen Dewell have been involved in organizing the exhibition since 2013. The event itself dates back to the... more

Aug 11, 2016 12:00 AM Farm - Garden


Issue: 2016-06-16, PHOTO: courtesy of Dan Davidson

For many years there has been an annual event known as the Mayo Marathon and runners for Dawson City have been pleased to participate in it. This year, for a change, there is a Yukon Energy Dempster to Dawson (or D2DC) Solstice Race, which will... more

Jun 16, 2016 12:00 AM Dawson City

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Issue: 2016-04-07, PHOTO: Gates collection

Canada was part of the British Empire, so when war was declared by Great Britain on August 4, 1914, Canada, too, joined the the conflict. There was a tremendous upswing of patriotic fervour. The vast American influx during of the Klondike gold... more

Apr 7, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon History

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Issue: 2016-02-25, PHOTO: Courtesy of HHSY

Lucile Hunter was an intrepid Yukon pioneer. Just 35 years after slavery was abolished in 1863 in the United States, she and her husband, Charles, joined the stampede to the Klondike from the US in 1897. As black Americans, they hoped to trade the... more

Feb 25, 2016 12:00 AM , , Yukon History

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Issue: 2015-08-06 PHOTO: Sarah Lewis Photography

The Rendezvous Queen and Court are also known as Yukon Ambassadors! And as such, here is what has been happening. If you are new to the Yukon, by now you will have realized that the territory is full of Klondike history. more

Aug 6, 2015 12:00 AM Yukon People


Issue: 2015-02-12 Photo: Dan Davidson

November and most of December were mild in the Klondike this winter. Wondrously, it only took two-and-a-half days to warm up St. Paul's Anglican Church enough to have a comfortable ecumenical Christmas Eve pageant. more

Feb 12, 2015 12:00 AM Dawson City

As a former English teacher, long time library patron, book reviewer, informal Berton House liaison, and editor of The Klondike Sun, it often falls to me to make the introductions when an author comes to do a public reading at the Dawson Community Li more

Dec 17, 2014 12:00 AM Dawson City


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“What’s a kayak got to do with art?” This is a question I’ve heard from time to time when discussing the evolution of the arts in Dawson City. To begin with it’s KIAC, or the Klondike Institute of Art and Culture. KIAC is the program arm of the Daw more

Jun 5, 2014 12:00 AM Dawson City

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Issue: 2014-03-13, PHOTO:

From the very beginning there's been some confusion connected with the word "Klondike." It started with new arrivals — the gold rush stampeders — who where unable to wrap their tongues around "Tr'ondëk," the Hän word for the "area," which... more

Mar 13, 2014 12:00 AM Dawson City

In two previous columns I have given some background behind Dawson City's interest in UNESCO's World Heritage Status designation. The Klondike region was placed on the national short list for this status in 2004, and I have outlined some of the... more

Nov 14, 2013 12:00 AM Dawson City

The Klondike has been the inspiration for a great deal of fiction since the Gold Rush, beginning with Jack London, who came with the Stampeders and left... more

Jun 27, 2013 12:00 AM Dawson City

The discovery of long-buried human remains in Dawson City two years ago shone a public spotlight on a little-known chapter in Yukon history. The four bodies unearthed at the site of a former Northwest Mounted Police palisade turned out to be ... more

Sep 27, 2012 12:00 AM Theatre - Dance

There's a lot more than gold in them thar hills and creeks in the Klondike. Aside from all kinds of other minerals that just don't seem to occur in large enough quantities to be of commercial.... more

Sep 20, 2012 12:00 AM Dawson City

For Yukoners who grew up in Dawson City in the 1950s and '60s, Bear Creek is a symbol of a lost age. more

Aug 2, 2012 12:00 AM Dawson City

I was enjoying an hour's quiet reading on our front deck last week when a familiar French-Canadian voice hailed me from the street. I wasn't entirely surprised to see Mylène Gilbert-Dumas coming through my front gate. more

Jul 26, 2012 12:00 AM Dawson City

At the turn of the 19th century the federal government was anxious to establish that the Yukon was a valued part of the nation. more

Jul 12, 2012 12:00 AM Dawson City

Having spent a bit of time in Scotland, I can attest that the scenery in the Highlands bears more than a passing resemblance to the Yukon, albeit in miniature. more

Jun 14, 2012 12:00 AM Dawson City

welcome to a new year of news and musing from the Klondike, where the most descriptive word for the several weeks seems to be "snow". more

Jan 19, 2012 12:00 AM Dawson City