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Issue: 2018-10-10, PHOTO: Teresa van der Meer-Chassé

For a two-night gig this past July in Beaver Creek, Larry Berrio and his band shut the town down! Berrio, from Sudbury, Ontario, travelled 5,000 kilometres with his bandmates to the most westerly community in Canada. With open arms, the town of... Read more

Beaver Creek

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Issue: 2018-06-20, PHOTO: Teresa Vander Meer-Chassé

Exploration, adventure and community are among the most important aspects of living in the North. For many Yukoners, it was the “want” to explore a fantasized part of the world and to seek adventure in discovering Canada’s North, but it was the... Read more

Beaver Creek

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Issue: 2017-11-01, PHOTO: Sid Vander Meer

The first snow has settled in the border town of Beaver Creek, Yukon. Sid is preparing his house and museum for a long cold winter. He drives his recently purchased Caddy into the garage and closes the door. Although his private home is not... Read more

Beaver Creek

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Issue: 2017-06-14, PHOTO: Teresa Vander Meer-Chasse

There are thousands of antiques to ask Sid van der Meer about, however, his most recent addition has been the latest topic of discussion. The 1949 Jeep, that was once gold, has now faded to a stil de grain yellow as it basks in the dry sun. “The... Read more

Beaver Creek

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Issue: 2017-05-24, PHOTO: Courtesy of Teresa van der Meer-Chasse

In February, Sid Van der Meer received the History Maker Award presented by the Yukon Historical and Museums Association. The History Maker Award is presented to an individual, organization or business for outstanding contributions to Yukon heritage. Read more

Beaver Creek

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Issue: 2016-08-04, PHOTO: Teresa van der Meer-Chassé

Today, Sid and I are on the hunt for an unusual piece in his collection. As we sift through antiques after antiques, we come across a bellows. A bellows pumps air, and they are commonly known to be hand-held devices used to stoke small fires... Read more

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Issue: 2016-07-21, PHOTO: Teresa van der Meer-Chassé

“It’s a 1942 International,” Sid tells me as we are standing by a truck whose yellow paint is slowly chipping away with age. The truck’s original grey colour has been exposed underneath the bright yellow. Its large body and tires tell us it was a... Read more

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Issue: 2016-05-26, PHOTO: Teresa Vander Meer-Chasse

Sid van der Meer hustles about Beaver Creek’s Visitor Information Centre preparing his workplace for the 2016 tourism season. With new Yukon tourism commercials airing widely and with the Canadian dollar so low, Sid expects a rise in international... Read more

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Issue: 2015-08-27 PHOTO: Teresa Vandermeer-Chasse

The tree leaves are rapidly changing and the temperature is beginning to drop. Autumn is about to arrive in Beaver Creek, Yukon and the tourism season is nearly complete. Like many residents of the small border town, Sid van der Meer is starting... Read more

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Issue: 2015-08-06 PHOTO: Teresa Vandermeer-Chasse

The airport in Beaver Creek, Yukon is small and if you don’t know what you’re looking for, there’s a good chance you will miss it. Many who know Sid van der Meer may recall him owning and operating a small aircraft in the 1970s. Read more

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Issue: 2015-07-23 PHOTO: Teresa Vander Meer-Chassé

Sid van der Meer’s Bordertown Garage & Museum is composed up of numerous themed rooms. One room is themed as an old general store and post office. “I made the General Store because I had all this stuff pertaining to an old store. Read more

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Issue: 2015-07-09 PHOTO: Teresa Vander Meer-Chasse

Today, Sid sits outside the Beaver Creek Visitor Information Centre basking in the warm summer sun. As he waits for visitors to arrive, he admires the bodywork of his 1956 Pontiac in the sunlight. “I bought the ’56 in Whitehorse a few years ago. Read more

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Sid van der Meer is an antiquarian and a storyteller; he has many wild yarns to share with his family, friends, and visitors who come to his Bordertown Garage & Museum. One particular story he tells is how he found his Western Command military vehicl Read more

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The beginning of September brings snow to Beaver Creek, home of Sid van der Meer’s Bordertown Garage & Museum. On a chilly September morning, van der Meer takes time to remember the past and retell the stories about the building of the Alaska Read more

Beaver Creek

This week, van der Meer tells the story of his collection of White Pass and stagecoach foot warmers. As the winter months are fast approaching, he digs out his collection of three foot warmers. As seen in the image, the foot warmers are rectangular- Read more

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