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Teresa Vander Meer-Chassé


Sid's Treasures Column is the result of a collaboration between Sid van der Meer and his grandaughter Teresa Vander Meer-Chassé.  Sid has collected treasures all his life and this passion has given Beaver Creek its very own Museum. Teresa is pleased to have this chance to learn more and share her grandfathers passion.


 Sid’s Bordertown Museum in Beaver Creek and open April to October

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Issue: 2016-08-11, PHOTO: Courtesy of Suzanne Paleczny

Yukon artist Lawrie Crawford imagined a gallery, an airy space with high ceilings and big beautiful windows. She could picture Suzanne Paleczny’s sculpture of Icarus hanging there. With that vision an idea was born. Crawford and her colleagues in... more

Aug 11, 2016 12:00 AM Carcross

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Issue: 2017-09-20, PHOTO: Teresa van der Meer-Chassé

I was sitting comfortably amongst blankets and a beaver pelt on Sid’s living room couch, visiting with Jill. She pours us a warm cup of tea and we chat about their winter plans in Arizona. I take a moment to ask Sid what we should write about next... more

Sep 20, 2017 12:00 AM Beaver Creek

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Issue: 2017-08-16, PHOTO: Courtesy of Teresa van der Meer-Chassé

When the Westmark Hotel in Beaver Creek closed its doors in 2013, it brought an end to the dinner and show extravaganza called Beaver Creek Rendezvous, a tradition that had taken place every year for 22 years. more

Aug 16, 2017 12:00 AM Beaver Creek

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Issue: 2017-06-28, PHOTO: Teresa Vander Meer-Chasse

It is common knowledge that outfitting in the Yukon has been ongoing for over a hundred years and that outfitting horses roam feral, until needed. To this day you can spot the Dickson Outfitter horses roaming near the White River, among other places. more

Jun 28, 2017 12:00 AM Beaver Creek

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Issue: 2017-06-14, PHOTO: Teresa Vander Meer-Chasse

There are thousands of antiques to ask Sid van der Meer about, however, his most recent addition has been the latest topic of discussion. The 1949 Jeep, that was once gold, has now faded to a stil de grain yellow as it basks in the dry sun. “The... more

Jun 14, 2017 12:00 AM Beaver Creek

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Issue: 2017-05-24, PHOTO: Courtesy of Teresa van der Meer-Chasse

In February, Sid Van der Meer received the History Maker Award presented by the Yukon Historical and Museums Association. The History Maker Award is presented to an individual, organization or business for outstanding contributions to Yukon heritage. more

May 24, 2017 12:00 AM Beaver Creek

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Issue: 2016-09-22, PHOTO: courtesy of Clayton Windatt

Our community will soon welcome an expected 100+ Indigenous curators, artists, and academics participating in the first northern gathering of the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective. The collective is a national service organization of Indigenous... more

Sep 22, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon Arts

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Issue: 2016-08-04, PHOTO: Teresa van der Meer-Chassé

Today, Sid and I are on the hunt for an unusual piece in his collection. As we sift through antiques after antiques, we come across a bellows. A bellows pumps air, and they are commonly known to be hand-held devices used to stoke small fires... more

Aug 4, 2016 12:00 AM Beaver Creek

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Issue: 2016-07-21, PHOTO: Teresa van der Meer-Chassé

“It’s a 1942 International,” Sid tells me as we are standing by a truck whose yellow paint is slowly chipping away with age. The truck’s original grey colour has been exposed underneath the bright yellow. Its large body and tires tell us it was a... more

Jul 21, 2016 12:00 AM , Beaver Creek

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Issue: 2016-06-30, PHOTO: Teresa van der Meer-Chasse

Looking through Sid’s antiquities I spot a familiar sight: stereoscopes. I had a pair of bright orange View Masters (a trademarked format of stereoscope) when I was a child in the 1990s with photos of Bugs Bunny. Sid’s stereoscopes are truly... more

Jun 30, 2016 12:00 AM , Beaver Creek

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Issue: 2016-06-16, PHOTO: Teresa van der Meer-Chassé

“They were popular back in the 1960s,” Sid tells me as we stand in one of his many garages. Built attached to his house, his old garage holds tools, machines and different parts of Sid’s antique/vintage collection. Looking up towards the ceiling,... more

Jun 16, 2016 12:00 AM , Beaver Creek

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Issue: 2016-05-26, PHOTO: Teresa Vander Meer-Chasse

Sid van der Meer hustles about Beaver Creek’s Visitor Information Centre preparing his workplace for the 2016 tourism season. With new Yukon tourism commercials airing widely and with the Canadian dollar so low, Sid expects a rise in international... more

May 26, 2016 12:00 AM , Beaver Creek

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Issue: 2015-08-27 PHOTO: Teresa Vandermeer-Chasse

The tree leaves are rapidly changing and the temperature is beginning to drop. Autumn is about to arrive in Beaver Creek, Yukon and the tourism season is nearly complete. Like many residents of the small border town, Sid van der Meer is starting... more

Aug 27, 2015 12:00 AM , Beaver Creek

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Issue: 2015-08-06 PHOTO: Teresa Vandermeer-Chasse

The airport in Beaver Creek, Yukon is small and if you don’t know what you’re looking for, there’s a good chance you will miss it. Many who know Sid van der Meer may recall him owning and operating a small aircraft in the 1970s. more

Aug 6, 2015 12:00 AM , Beaver Creek

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Issue: 2015-07-23 PHOTO: Teresa Vander Meer-Chassé

Sid van der Meer’s Bordertown Garage & Museum is composed up of numerous themed rooms. One room is themed as an old general store and post office. “I made the General Store because I had all this stuff pertaining to an old store. more

Jul 23, 2015 12:00 AM , Beaver Creek

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Issue: 2015-07-09 PHOTO: Teresa Vander Meer-Chasse

Today, Sid sits outside the Beaver Creek Visitor Information Centre basking in the warm summer sun. As he waits for visitors to arrive, he admires the bodywork of his 1956 Pontiac in the sunlight. “I bought the ’56 in Whitehorse a few years ago. more

Jul 9, 2015 12:00 AM , Beaver Creek

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Issue: 2015-06-11 PHOTO: Teresa Vander Meer-Chasse

Parked in front of Sid’s museum in Beaver Creek, Yukon sits a 1928 Ford Model A. “I bought it at a swap meet in Lethbridge about three or four years ago,” he says. “I put a new roof on it with new wood, canvas, and chicken wire.” more

Jun 11, 2015 12:00 AM , Beaver Creek

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Issue: 2015-05-28 PHOTO: Teresa Vander Meer-Chasse

An old Remington typewriter sits on a wicker shelf in Sid’s home, nestled among vintage 1950s View-Masters stereoscopes. “That typewriter is probably from the 1920s,” says Sid. “I’ve had that old typewriter for a long time.” more

May 28, 2015 12:00 AM , Beaver Creek

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Issue: 2015-05-07 PHOTO: Teresa Vander Meer-Chasse

No matter how often you visit Sid van der Meer’s Bordertown Garage and Museum in Beaver Creek, there is always more to see. Many people visit Sid more than once to hear his stories and discover additional objects in his collection. more

May 7, 2015 12:00 AM Beaver Creek

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Issue: 2015-04-23 PHOTO: Teresa Vander Meer-Chasse

Sid van der Meer has spent many years collecting antiques to display in his museum. Sid’s museum has several themed rooms for guests to explore. One of my favourites is Sid’s Bordertown barbershop. The barbershop is full of antique combs, makeup,... more

Apr 23, 2015 12:00 AM Beaver Creek

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Issue: 2015-04-16 PHOTO: Teresa Vander Meer-Chasse

Sid van der Meer recently travelled from the gold rush fields of Arizona back to Canada’s most westerly community — Beaver Creek, Yukon. Sid has strong family ties to the White River First Nation, on whose lands he resides. more

Apr 16, 2015 12:00 AM Beaver Creek