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Issue: 2018-03-21, PHOTO: courtesy of Dan Davidson

When we look back on Canada’s sesquicentennial year (and yes, I did look it up to make sure I spelled it correctly), what will we think of it? There were some who felt that the events, which began somewhat sluggishly under one government... more

Mar. 21, 2018 midnight Literature


Issue: 2018-02-28, PHOTO: Dan Davidson

I Am Canada – A Celebration (North Winds Press, $19.99) has come up with a novel way of assembling an overview of special things about our country. In an author’s note in the back of the book, Heather Patterson explains the vision behind her... more

Feb. 28, 2018 midnight Literature


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

Jan. 24, 2018 midnight Literature


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

Dec. 20, 2017 midnight Yukon Hunting - Fishing


Issue: 2017-12-20, PHOTO: Dan Davidson

It’s been just 10 years since Amazon sold its first Kindle reader devices and the market for ebooks exploded. Not that there weren’t ebooks before that. The Palm series of personal digital assistants (PDAs) made ebooks possible as early as 2002... more

Dec. 20, 2017 midnight Dawson City

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Issue: 2017-11-15, PHOTO:

In the summer of 1972 Pierre Berton decided to recreate a trip he had taken with his mother, father and sister back in the 1930s and take his family rafting from Bennett Lake to Dawson City. Some of them had earlier hiked the Chilkoot Pass, so... more

Nov. 15, 2017 midnight Literature

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Issue: 2017-11-08, PHOTO: courtesy of the Gates Collection

This is a slightly different edition of The Bookshelf. As with the earlier columns, this one features a book that reflects on Canadian and Yukon history. The difference is that this column is going to direct you to a website... more

Nov. 08, 2017 midnight Literature


Issue: 2017-11-01, PHOTO: Hoefs family collection

Yukon’s history – its time scale and events – is different from any other Canadian jurisdiction. The northern portion of the Territory was part of Beringia, an ice-free area that extended from the Yukon and Alaska across the Bering Land-bridge... more

Nov. 01, 2017 midnight Yukon Hunting - Fishing

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Issue: 2017-11-01, PHOTO: Pixabay

Just for the heck of it, let’s take a look at three English words that, on the surface of things, appear to have a lot in common. Before we start, I want to mention once again my amazement that anyone can actually understand the English language... more

Nov. 01, 2017 midnight Humour


Issue: 2017-10-25, PHOTO: Pixabay

The editor at What’s Up Yukon doesn’t often receive handwritten letters, but there were two on file when I arrived. We’ve sent Mrs. Schorn a copy of her letter in print and I hope she’s found some new penpals from our efforts... more

Oct. 25, 2017 midnight Literature

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Issue: 2017-10-04, Photo:

Continuing this series of reviews of books that deal with the Canadian identity and, to an extent, with the idea of Canada at 150, we come to the latest book by former Berton House writer-in-residence Charlotte Gray. It’s called The Promise of... more

Oct. 04, 2017 midnight Literature

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Issue: 2017-09-06, PHOTO:

In the aftermath of getting kicked out by his wife, Jack Vesoovian begins a cross-country search for his missing friend, Petronius Totem. But there’s nothing straightforward about finding anyone in a world where a multi-national fibre optic... more

Sep. 06, 2017 midnight Literature

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Issue: 2017-08-30, PHOTO:

Every summer, Rose and her family pack up and head to their cottage in Awago Beach. There, the long days melt into lake swims and beach fires, counting stars, five-cent candies, watching movies and running around with her summer-sister, Windy. more

Aug. 30, 2017 midnight Literature


Issue: 2017-08-23, PHOTO: courtesy of the Went family

The Yukon Imagination Library — non-profit organization that gives free books to Yukon children from birth to age four — is turning 10 this year. To celebrate the milestone we have collected reading stories from families who have used the library... more

Aug. 23, 2017 midnight Literature

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Issue: 2017-08-09, Photo: Caitlin Press

If there is any failing in Terry Milos' excellent memoir North of Familiar: A Woman's Story of Homesteading and Adventure in the Canadian Wilderness, it is this: nowhere within these wonderful 208 pages does she get around to physically describing... more

Aug. 09, 2017 midnight Literature 1 Comments

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Issue: 2017-08-02

Writers have been fictionalizing the Yukon since the days of London and Service. This may just happen for dramatic licence, to fit some plot point, or to be certain that they don’t actually come too close to describing a real person or place. more

Aug. 02, 2017 midnight Literature

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Courtesy of the Yukon Imagination Library

To kick off this series, we asked MLA Geraldine Van Bibber to tell us what her favourite book was when she was a child. Here’s what she said: “When I was asked to name a favourite book, I could not. Because to me each book had magic and secrets in i more

Jul. 26, 2017 midnight Literature

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Issue: 2017-07-12, PHOTO: United States Library of Congress

It occurred to me while watching the 2016 World Series between the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians with my grandchildren – their first World Series – that I wasn't doing a very good job of explaining the game to them because we were all too... more

Jul. 12, 2017 midnight Yukon Active

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Issue: 2017-07-12, PHOTO: courtesy of Yvonne Mueller

MacLeod’s Books in Vancouver is a book lover's dream. Books are piled up from floor to ceiling. Fortunately, the friendly staff helps you to navigate through the wide selection of books – some of them quite old and rare. When my partner and I... more

Jul. 12, 2017 midnight Literature


Issue: 2017-06-14, PHOTO: Pixabay

It occurred to me while watching the 2016 World Series between the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians with my grandchildren – their first World Series – that I wasn't doing a very good job of explaining the game to them because we were all too... more

Jun. 14, 2017 midnight Yukon Active