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Klondike Gold Rush

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Primary Source: Hougen's History, a CKRW Yukon nugget by Les McLaughlin

It's a story many times told but never gets old, this tale of Kate and Otto Partridge of Ben-My-Chree, which is Manx for "Girl of my Heart" and is the greatest love story in the history of the Yukon. more

Yukon History

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Issue: 2018-08-01, PHOTO: Danny Macdonald

Historic Miles Canyon holds a special place in the story of Whitehorse. Today’s picturesque hiking trails, pedestrian suspension bridge and impressive rock cliffs are a popular destination for tourists and locals alike. And the historical... more

Yukon Arts

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Issue: 2018-07-04, PHOTO: Greg Runyan

Kristin Link is a visual artist based in McCarthy, Alaska, who works in natural history and science art. She creates interpretive signs and educational material about nature. She has a background in Environmental Studies and graduated from... more

Yukon Arts

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Issue: 2018-06-20, PHOTO: courtesy of Josh Winkler

Josh Winkler´s work is no stranger to the Yukon. In 2016 his work was exhibited with two other artists at the Yukon Arts Centre; Cut Climb Conquer was the title of his exhibition. He used watercolour and printmaking to show the history of American... more

Yukon Arts

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Issue: 2018-06-13, PHOTO: Danny Macdonald

The Frantic Follies Vaudeville Show was a staple for Yukoners and visitors alike for 47 years, bringing gold-rush themed vaudeville performances to the stage. Last year, owner Grant Simpson lowered the curtain on the show and it appeared that it... more

Theatre - Dance

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Issue: 2018-05-16, PHOTO: Kylie Campbell

Skagway holds its quirky charms with its Klondike-themed buildings and summer staff dressed similar to the time period. It’s no different as you step inside the Red Onion Saloon. The blood-red walls, wooden furniture and old-time music gives the... more

Alaska

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Issue: 2018-02-21, PHOTO: courtesy of Rolf Hougen

Our Yukon heritage is a mix of different traditions and different eras, including First Nations history, gold rush stories, the construction of the Alaska Highway and the evolution to the current day. The Yukon’s magic has captured the imagination... more

Yukon Music

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Issue: 2018-01-24, PHOTO: Vanessa Ratjen

On the surface of national history, the Yukon is primarily known for events that happened more than a hundred years ago: the Klondike Gold Rush. Residents of the Territory today know, intimately, how much more there is to the region than its... more

Literature

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Issue: 2017-12-20, PHOTO: courtesy of Government of Yukon

From a comfortable, 21st century perch, the casual Yukon visitor might mistakenly assume The Klondike Highway (Highway 2) was planned to be a Skagway to Dawson tourist route, roughly following the journey made by the stampeders in 1898, but... more

Yukon History

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Issue: 2017-12-20, PHOTO: Hoefs’ family collection

Gold-mining in the Yukon River watershed took place well before the Klondike discovery. It started in the Forty-Mile River in 1886 with 600 miners participating, and Lieutenant Frederick Schwatka (1892) described 100 to 200 miners working the... more

Yukon Hunting - Fishing

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Issue: 2017-11-01, PHOTO: Erik Pinkerton

The new musical drama Stonecliff, which opens at the Yukon Arts Centre stage on Friday, November 17 (for four performances only!) tells the story of Michael J. Heney, the son of poor Irish immigrants in the Ottawa Valley who went on to build one... more

Literature

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

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

Yukon Summer

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Issue: 2017-06-28, PHOTO: Andrea McGee

Ever since I was a child I would see the Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers and think, “Wow! Our national police force is beyond cool!” Today, I still think that. The Mounties definitely know how put on a good horse show and parade. more

Yukon History

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Issue: 2017-06-14, ILLUSTRATION: Shauna Jones

The cancan that began as an 1830s dance craze in Paris was a direct revolt against the rules imposed by men, society, press, clergy and narrow-minded citizens. From the beginning the cancan was a statement, and it became a symbolic statement... more

Yukon History

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Issue: 2017-05-10, PHOTO: Association franco-yukonnaise

Voilà maintenant dix ans que le gouvernement du Yukon a proclamé le 15 mai, la journée de la francophonie yukonnaise, un geste fort mettant en avant l’histoire des franco-canadiens du territoire. En effet, les premières personnes parlant français... more

Yukon Culture

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Issue: 2017-05-10, PHOTO: Sarah Conners

Anna Taylor spent this winter stitching the stories of Dawson City women. In March, the Halifax-based textile artist completed a month-long residency at the Klondike Institute of Art and Culture. There, her embroidery practice focused on Dawson’s... more

Yukon Arts

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Illustration: Shauna Jones

On November 28, 1891, the New York Sun dedicated a full page to the cancan. Titled "Eccentric Paris Dance," the article highlights Paris cancan stars of the day who describe intricate cancan dance moves. After the two decades of being attacked in... more

Yukon History

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Issue: 2017-05-03, PHOTO: courtesy of Conrad Boyce

When Michael Heney was just 14, he ran away from the family farm in the Ottawa Valley to work for an uncle who was building a portion of the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) near Georgian Bay. His father quickly dragged him home to finish his... more

Theatre - Dance

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Issue: 2017-04-05, Illustration: Shauna Jones

During the 1890s, the United States was a melting pot of entertainment - and vaudeville became the perfect vehicle to showcase this wealth of diversity. From New York to Victoria, B.C., vaudeville reigned supreme as the most popular entertainment in more

Yukon History

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Issue: 2017-02-15, PHOTO: Jozien Keijzer

Between the years of 1991 and 2011 my husband and I used to pack up our son and drive to a mountain summit a few times every winter. They were once our favourite places to be: those white wide-open expanses. An active community of winter lovers... more

Yukon Winter