Yukon Summer

Yukon Summers

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    Issue: 2018-04-18, PHOTO: Pixabay

    Low impact on the land

    It really wasn’t too many years ago that campsites could be obvious almost forever due to the accepted practices of the day. Tents were different with straight sides, sloped roof and no floor. We kept the interior dry by trenching around the tent... more

    Apr. 18, 2018

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    Issue: 2017-09-27, PHOTO: Courtesy of Ondine Elizabeth Lyons Hayes

    Big City Girl in the Land of the Midnight Sun

    Chapter 1: The Midnight Sun June 7, 2017 I am writing this at 10:30 p.m. with no lamp. This is my third night here in Dawson. I think it's crazy that the days and nights blend into each other. Dark is not dark. Dusk is not dusk. Dawn is not dawn... more

    Sep. 27, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-09-20, PHOTO: Pixabay

    Whatever the season, hypothermia can be dangerous

    It may come as a surprise, but more people are affected by, and die from, hypothermia in summer and other seasons than in the winter. That may be due to people being more prepared and being more careful in winter. more

    Sep. 20, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-09-20, PHOTO: Kylie Campbell

    A Memorable Night in a Red Caboose in the Forest

    Choo-choo-choosing to camp in an old red caboose in the middle of the largest national forest in the United States was certainly very wet, but an experience I won't forget. During a visit to Skagway over the May long weekend, I had taken the White... more

    Sep. 20, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-09-13, ILLUSTRATION: Aislinn Cornett

    Third Time's the Charm

    My friend, Lucy (not her real name - she asked me to call her that), is no stranger to adventure. The daring Ontario expat, who has called the Yukon home for the last decade, has twice answered the call to cycle the Dempster Highway – a rugged... more

    Sep. 13, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-09-13, PHOTO: Kylie Campbell

    The Week that Was…

    Once summer arrived, along with consistent plus 25 temperatures, it was time to enjoy some swimming, hiking and generally the beautiful weather in Yukon. (In the Yukon, if you see a single day of plus 20, there is a likelihood it will come to... more

    Sep. 13, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-09-06, PHOTO: Courtesy of Ondine Elizabeth Lyons Hayes

    Big City Girl Goes to the Midnight Sun

    Chapter 1: Part 1 - “Toronto” April 2017 The city noises get louder as I get closer to my escape out of it. The constant noise is like a metal scrub brush on my brain. My earplugs don't work anymore. more

    Sep. 06, 2017

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

    The Yukon is Great for Summer Travelling

    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

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    Issue: 2017-08-16, PHOTO: Jenny Trapnell

    Hiking Miles Canyon to Canyon City: A Landscape with a Past

    One of the most visited attractions in Whitehorse, the Miles Canyon Suspension Bridge, is a great launching point for interesting half-day hikes. Located about 10 minutes from downtown by road, the historic 95-year-old suspension bridge (which has... more

    Aug. 16, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-08-16, PHOTO: Kylie Campbell

    Falling in love with the Yukon

    Every week I spend in the Yukon, the more I fall in love with this Northern magical place. I feel lucky to call this place home. This week was spent doing more Yukon Search and Rescue training and volunteering at the Kluane Mountain Bluegrass... more

    Aug. 16, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-08-02, PHOTO: Jozien Keijzer

    Hiking the Same Ol’ Trail

    I never understood how people love to go camping at the same spot year after year, or walk the same trail over and over, canoe the same river, or go to the same mall. I realize now that we all have different goals. I myself have a strong desire to... more

    Aug. 02, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-07-19, PHOTO: Kylie Campbell

    The Week That Was...

    The week began with my English friend finally making it with her CanaDream Camper – a one-month, one-woman journey from Calgary to Whitehorse. For the special occasion , to celebrate her arrival, we decided to head to Takhini Hot Springs; my first... more

    Jul. 19, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-07-12, PHOTO: Kylie Campbell

    An Epic Weekend of Hiking

    The saying in Yukon is you only truly experience the Yukon when you get out in the wilderness, and those words are accurate beyond belief.From incredible hikes, to a free boat ride, to some refreshing beers and a Sunday afternoon Canadian barbecue... more

    Jul. 12, 2017


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    Issue: 2017-07-05, PHOTO: Yvonne Mueller

    Big Fun at Little Atlin Lake

    You don’t own a boat or a canoe? No problem – Little Atlin Lodge is one of the very rare locations in the Yukon where you can rent a boat or a canoe directly on a lake shore. The Little Atlin Lodge at km 6 of Highway #7 (Atlin Road) offers boat... more

    Jul. 05, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-06-21, PHOTO: Harry Kern

    A Year of Firsts for Yukon River Quest

    At this year’s Yukon River Quest, stand up paddleboarders will be competing for prize money for the first time. The 2016 race introduced the stand up paddleboard category as an experiment. “Stand up paddleboards are hugely popular now and we had... more

    Jun. 21, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-06-21, PHOTO: Government of Yukon

    Plenty of fun under the midnight sun!

    Celebrated across cultures for centuries, the summer solstice falls on Wednesday, June 21. Each year, the summer solstice marks the longest day of the year and brings with it the kickoff of the major summer festivities in the Yukon. This week will... more

    Jun. 21, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-06-14, PHOTO: Jozien Keijzer

    Orchids In and Around Whitehorse

    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

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    Issue: 2017-05-31, PHOTO: Mark Beese

    Camping Etiquette

    Winter has released his icy grip on the Yukon, and that brings my favorite season: camping season. In early May I along with several friends pitched our campers and tents at Lake LaBerge. We lucked out and got choice sites along the lakeshore. As... more

    May 31, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-05-17, PHOTO: Pixabay

    Thunder and Lightning

    Thunder and lightning do not seem to be as common here in the Yukon as in southern Canada. However, lightning strikes are probably the most common cause of our forest fires. Lightning is a gigantic spark jumping between a charged cloud and the... more

    May 17, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-04-05, PHOTO: Jozien Keijzer

    Yukon Wildflowers that Bloom in April

    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. 05, 2017


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