Paul Rath

Paul Rath is a freelance writer who lives on the Haines Road where the mountains are many and the people are few.

Moose Bush: The way-posts home

In the North, we measure distance by the amount of time it takes. A way-post is an item that marks your progress along a road or trail.

How to travel the Dempster

Travelling the Dempster Highway is an iconic Northern experience. If it is not on your bucket list, consider revising your list.

The secret to composting

We all know we should compost. It is the right thing to do, even in bear country. Composting is the natural process of decay.

The Road Less Travelled: The Dempster Part 2

When a Canada 150 project resulted in a road linking Inuvik and Tuktoyaktuk, the shores of the Arctic Ocean were newly accessible. So too, then, were my plans to drive the length of the Dempster Highway.

The Road Less Travelled: The Dempster Part 1

As the Alaska Highway became more accessible and faded from myth and legend, The Dempster Highway, for me and many others, became the new Holy Grail. It enticed us with the promise of adventure, of unseen vistas.

Photo-bombed by a moose

I didn’t see the moose when I took the pictures, nor when I looked at the images the first time. I was too busy enjoying the shots of the sun-kissed Three Guardsmen peaks and the brilliant skyline. I had been photo-bombed by a moose—twice! Imagine the story the moose had to tell back with his buddies.

Chew on this

Robertson, nicknamed Nimrod, was a gentlemen gold miner and inventor, whose homemade choppers were just one of many memorable things about him.

Doggie function in the Junction

My dog Bear has special needs. There, I said it. His name is Bear, because a small dog needs a big name. After the death of his brother and constant companion Moose, Bear developed separation anxiety.

The twice-caught fish

This is a story about an Ontario Northern pike that was caught twice on the same day by two different anglers.

Fireweed Jelly

Fireweed Jelly Yield: approximately 15 x 125 ml jars Ingredients: 8 cups fireweed blossoms (no stems or leaves) ¼ cup lemon juice 4 ½ cups water 2 packages powdered pectin 5 cups sugar Method: Collect the fireweed blossoms. Avoid the green stems and leaves. I harvest the blooming stalks while my patient wife picks and …

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Christmas Crockpot Candy

This delicious mélange of peanuts, chocolate, and almond bark has become a family favourite. 6. Allow to harden for at least 1 hour. 7. Enjoy responsibly! Notes: Be careful though…Christmas Crack is extremely addictive.  It is best served chilled.  We eat it right out of the freezer.

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