Yukon Summer

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    Issue: 2019-10-02, PHOTO: courtesy Murray Martin

    The history of the canoe

    Back in the early 1970s I wrote a monthly outdoors column for an Ontario outdoors magazine. One evening, after a day spent hunting moose, we pulled the canoe up on the sandy shore of an island and started a small campfire a short distance from our... Read more

    Oct. 02, 2019

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    Issue: 2019-09-25, PHOTO: Pixabay

    How was Your Summer?

    How was your summer?  That seems to be the question Yukoners ask each other at this time of year. Along with recounting various adventures, most of us give our summery (pun intended) of the weather... Read more

    Sep. 25, 2019

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    Issue: 2019-08-14, PHOTO: Sam Hertz

    Friends discover Yukon

    When you tell your friends and family that you’ve finally found the place you want to settle, they get a little excited. I mean, after living in London, Moscow, Dublin, Edinburgh, they figure it must be a truly vibrant city with access to the world. Read more

    Aug. 14, 2019

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    Issue: 2019-06-12, PHOTO: Pixabay

    Who invited all these bugs?

    I’ve often wondered what it would be like to go camping, fishing, hiking or just relaxing by the fire without the abundance of biting insects that seem to enjoy the same places as we do. Read more

    Jun. 12, 2019

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    Issue: 2019-01-30, PHOTO: Murray Martin

    Are you prepared for a forest fire?

    First and foremost … I have the greatest respect for all firefighters when they fight a fire—be it a house fire or a forest fire. As a conservation officer in Ontario, we were trained in fighting forest fires. It is one of the most-dangerous jobs... Read more

    Jan. 30, 2019

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    Issue: 2018-09-26, PHOTO: Lauren Humble

    International Falls

    International Falls. You’ve probably seen the signs, but have you gone for the hike yet? If not, what are you waiting for? Just past the Fraser border crossing, it’s a pretty chill adventure you can easily do enroute to Skagway. Shortly after you... Read more

    Sep. 26, 2018

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    Issue: 2018-09-26, PHOTO: Adam Jones via Wikimedia Commons

    To ‘Looks Like a Caribou’ and back - Part 6 of 6

    Driving to Tuktoyaktuk, N.W.T. (located on Kugmallit Bay of the Beaufort Sea of the Arctic Ocean), is no big deal. Canadians have been doing it for many years on the annual winter ice roads that used to run down the Mackenzie Delta, from Inuvik... Read more

    Sep. 26, 2018

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    Doomsday camping on Top of the World - Part 5 of 6

    Grandpa, if a giant asteroid was on target to collide with Earth and everyone knew the exact day and time of the explosion to blow up the planet, where would you want to go camping for the last night? Read more

    Aug. 22, 2018

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    Credit: courtesy of the Government of Yukon

    Old tramways and new ziplines on Windy Arm - Part 4 of 6

    There is a precise and exact spot on the Alaska Highway between Watson Lake and Teslin, a little way northwest of Rancheria, where you cross the Continental Divide for the last time on your long journey to the northern hinterlands of our continent. Read more

    Aug. 08, 2018

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    Issue: 2018-07-18, PHOTO: courtesy of the Government of Yukon

    Kathleen & Kokanee in Kluane - Part 3 of 6

    All Yukon RV campgrounds were not created equal. The territorial government operates and services 42 campgrounds from Watson Lake to Rock River on the Dempster, and Snag Junction on the Alcan, but the Feds (Parks Canada) have just one, Kathleen... Read more

    Jul. 18, 2018

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    Issue: 2018-06-27, PHOTO: Jerry E and Roy Klotz via Wikimedia Commons

    Atlin: Boom town to burnt down … to boom, burn, bust and boom again - Part 2 of 6

    Of all the cities, towns and villages in northwestern Canada, Atlin's journey through the turbulent 20th century was more dramatic than most. It went from a golden boom town, in 1898, to a burnt-down town in 1901, then another boom until the fire... Read more

    Jun. 27, 2018

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    Issue: 2018-06-06, PHOTO: Jenny Trapnell

    Going from Whitehorse to Dawson on the Yukon River? You better believe that’s a paddlin’

    The world’s longest annual paddling race is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year with the largest slate of international teams and racers ever. Up to 277 racers on 125 teams are expected to start the race at Rotary Peace Park at noon on... Read more

    Jun. 06, 2018

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    Issue: 2018-06-06, PHOTO: Rear Admiral Harley D. Nygren, U.S. Government

    A Kenai kickoff to a new series - Part 1 of 6

    There are so many good places in Alaska to go RV camping; it's a bit of a fool's errand to select just one to kick off our new six-part summer series on RV Hotspots in Alaska, Yukon, northern B.C. and N.W.T. That is the challenge at hand—a dirty... Read more

    Jun. 06, 2018

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    Issue: 2018-05-23, PHOTO: Kylie Campbell

    Top 10 items needed for all camping trips

    By no means do I consider myself an aficionado about hiking, but I love it most of the time and learn something new every single hike – either through an experience or meeting someone who does it better. Slowly, over the years I have accumulated... Read more

    May 23, 2018

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    Issue: 2018-05-09, PHOTO: Kylie Campbell

    Top 10 tips for your first summer in Whitehorse

    Welcome. Here are some tips and tricks to starting out in Whitehorse as a Cheechako (which is the name for being new to the north of 60th parallel). 1. Long summer days and the outdoors Sunsets at midnight can make it difficult to know when to... Read more

    May 09, 2018

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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... Read 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... Read 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. Read 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... Read 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... Read more

    Sep. 13, 2017

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