Yukon Love

Yukon Love columnist Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail, tells the Territory’s tales of romance.

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Jana and Bruce McDonald

They each moved to Whitehorse to start fresh, but Bruce and Jana McDonald never thought that would include a second chance at love. Jana, a psychologist, moved north in 2012 after her 30-year marriage and then-Alberta-based job came to an end. One of her sons, who lived in Inuvik, knew how much she loved Whitehorse and …

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Fighting for Love

On July 17, 2014 Stephen and Rob Dunbar-Edge will celebrate their 10th wedding anniversary. This event, a milestone for any couple, is especially significant for them: it commemorates a battle, hard won. Stephen and Rob were the first gay couple to legally marry in the Yukon. And before they tied the knot, they had to …

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From Mexico with Love

In 2007, Craig Graham-Biggers left the Yukon to run a bar in Baja, Mexico for a year. He expected sun and sand and to earn a living, but did not think he would find love. But he did. In August, he and Fernando Biggers started chatting on a popular site for “bears” (“big, hairy men” …

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Doug and Pearl Bell

Doug Bell is still in love with the “beautiful, bubbly blonde” he met while he was a teenager in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. Pearl, his wife of 64 years, passed away in 2010 but the memory of their wonderful marriage remains strong, nurtured by regular strolls down memory lane through her journals and scrapbooks. Recently, Doug …

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The Yukon Romance of Claude and Mary Tidd

The following story is from an online exhibit by Yukon Archives that features letters, diaries, manuscripts, newspaper articles, photos, home movies and sound recordings collected and saved by Mary’s family in Pennsylvania. He was a British teacher who came to Canada in 1910 and became a Mountie. She was an American farm girl-turned-nurse on the …

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Coffee and Good Conversation

“We’ve been married 65 years and we still talk to each other,” Gordon Toole chuckles warmly. “I still feel the same about Rose as I did when we first got married, even more so.” The two met in 1948 thanks to Rose’s brother, Louis. Louis and Gordon both worked in the Yukon at the Snag …

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Adventurers Find Each Other

Bruce Barrett and Judy Forrest came up to the Yukon for adventure and work, but never dreamed they’d fall in love with the territory — or each other. Bruce grew up in Toronto but was living in the Northwest Territories when a friend suggested the Yukon would be the perfect fit. “In 1978, I decided …

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Andy and Esmé Cruickshank

A 1920s Love Story, a Ryan B-1 high-winged monoplane named the Queen of the Yukon and the start of the Yukon Airways and Exploration Company.

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