Justin Hooper

Places That Are ‘Found’

My favourite places in the Yukon are obscure … they are not found in guidebooks, websites, during tours or by pestering a long-time local long enough to spill the beans. They are found by chance and not while actively seeking them out. For example, during a recent commute between distant Yukon communities, I was forced …

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The Flare of the Yukon

Don’t get me wrong, Whitehorse is great: I love Canadian Tire and sushi, but there is an air of excitement and freedom when living in the communities that is irreplaceable. This personal freedom is partially derived from the pop culture telling us that big metro is cool and rural is not. So no matter how …

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The ‘Grid Siphon’

A robust breed that turns their backs on running (hot) water, limitless electricity, indoor plumbing, & mechanical laundry. Not Gridless Sid.

‘Tis the Season

It’s that time of year when you forecast your fuel/wood needs and size up your supply. Some may feel comfort, eyeing up their abundant stacks with pride. Others, myself included, have watched this relatively warm early winter devour more of the supply than predicted. And with the true cold snaps forthcoming, fear of hypothermia or …

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The Yokel Goes to Whitehorse

Restraining my metropolis desires in Whitehorse can be hard. Community members aren’t privileged with many urban opportunities, so when I get together in the “WH” with my community comrades, it is usually nothing less than a blur of gluttony, to say the least. The feelings I get when arriving in the “Horse” reminds me of …

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I’ve Heard So Much About You…

Gossip is everlasting in all small towns, but in small-town Yukon it is constant, like time itself. I grew up in a provincial small town and don’t recall much rampant gossip. Perhaps as a teenager you don’t clue into such things. But shortly after arriving in small-town Yukon I realized that the grapevine here is …

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Mount Maichen Ski Hill: A Tradition of Kindness

I was disturbed to see a local writer publicly disapproving of how the Mount Maichen Ski Hill is operated. Her article depicts this hill as a poorly run, poor excuse for a ski hill. Strangely, this author is from the very community she defiles. It’s obvious you’re just trying to rattle the Chatty-Kathys, and I …

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Northern Migrants

Spring is near, with a sure indication being the en route and soon-to-depart migrants of the North. The first to arrive are the fair-weather Northerns, returning from southern winter retreats. These people are the envy of town, blessed with living the dream of eternal summer, bouncing between the southern Canada/USA or Caribbean and the Yukon’s …

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The Terror of the Toothless Wolf

Fluffy didn’t mind being outside. It was warm these days and the long winter of being cocooned in the house had sparked claustrophobia. At least outside he could smell the northern scents and defend his food bowl from those no-good squirrels and co-conspiring gray jays. Furthermore, Fluffy had been out on edge by suspicion. Earlier …

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