Issue: 2019-04-17, Photo: Dan Davidson

Members of the Yukon Order of Pioneers (YOOP) have placed the Ice Pool Tripod on the ice of the Yukon River and the tickets for the IODE Ice Guessing Contest, generally just called the Ice Pool, will be on sale at various places between Whitehorse... Read more

Dawson City


Issue: 2019-03-13, PHOTO: Pixabay

From pleasure rides to bison hunts, snowmobiles have revolutionized backcountry travel in the winter. Sadly, too many people are not at all prepared for the possibility of the many life-threatening situations that can arise. Already this season... Read more

Yukon Winter


Issue: 2018-12-12, PHOTO: Dan Davidson

One of the most annoying things about the fall and spring seasons is the need to scrape the frost off your vehicle’s windows before you can drive anywhere. In the summer, you only have to worry about a little bit of fog; and in the winter, there’s... Read more

Dawson City


Issue: 2017-05-24, PHOTO: Jozien Keijzer

On a spring hike to the ice cave near Haines Junction, we found that the ice cave looks more like a bridge. Neither did we cross that bridge nor did we go under it. After reading a CBC news story called “Once a local secret, visitors flock to... Read more

Yukon Winter

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Issue: 2017-02-01, PHOTO: Tuomas Romu, Naval Architect at Aker Arctic

Since graduating from Porter Creek Secondary Nicolai Bronikowski has been working on ship design and transit studies. Through his work in Finland, Russia and Canada he showcases the Yukon’s strong science programs and growing potential as an... Read more

Yukon People


Issue: 2016-11-30, PHOTO: Nancy Ohm

In the beginning of October, before it started snowing, there was a brief period when the thermometer dropped below zero Celsius long enough so that small lakes and ponds were able to freeze without the ice being mixed or covered with snow. A few... Read more

Yukon Winter

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Issue: 2016-03-17, Photo:

All the safety rules in the world have no effect if they aren’t followed. Too many people just think, “It can’t happen to me,” and off they go, oblivious to possible danger. In recent years with our now super-powerful snow-machines, more and more... Read more

Yukon Winter


Issue: 2016-02-18, PHOTO: Ruth Lera

We always said that when the kids were old enough we would take them for an Alaskan kayaking expedition, just like the one we had gone on before the kids were born. So last summer we did just that, and what we learned is that an eight-year-old... Read more

Yukon Summer


Issue: 2015-12-24, PHOTO: Kirsten Scott

Last Friday morning we headed to the riverbank to meet a few locals, to mark a trail across the ice to the other shore. The goal was to choose the least-worst trail because, although rough areas can be avoided on foot, those on snowmobiles need a... Read more

Dawson City


Issue: 2015-12-24, PHOTO: K. Thiesenhausen

Ice is important. It allows people and wildlife to use or cross lakes, ponds and rivers. Ice also provides access to what’s below: fish, muskrats and water, for example. Unfortunately, the mild fall temperatures in many parts of Yukon have again... Read more

Yukon Winter


Issue: 2015-12-10 PHOTO: Kirsten Scott

Last Friday I returned from a run to find The Frenchman shovelling snow. The end result is like an iced cake: smooth, precise and clean. It’s peculiar how one can go from being wrapped in one’s tiny world to having a sudden connection with things... Read more

Dawson City


Issue: 2015-11-26 PHOTO: Kirsten Scott

I’m not sure where the second week of freeze up has gone. After the protracted nature of my preparations, the flurry of activity upon arrival, and the pleasantly systematic organization of the cabin once here, time itself has taken on a different... Read more

Dawson City

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Issue: 2015-11-19 PHOTO: Dan Davidson

The ice is coming down in a rush this year. While there was not a sign of the stuff in the river on the day they pulled the George Black Ferry out of the Yukon on October 29, it took just a few nights of minus teens temperatures to bring small... Read more

Dawson City


Issue: 2015-05-14 PHOTO: by Alexander Weber

The Zhange Danxia landform in Gansu, China; The Great Blue Hole in Belize; Tulip Fields in the Netherlands; Mount Roraima in Venezuela, Brazil, and Guana, and 23 more places make up a Buzzfeed list of “27 Surreal Places to Visit Before You Die”. Read more


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Issue: 2015-04-30 PHOTO: Dan Davidson

Dawson has entered that phase of spring I call Puddletime. City workers have been trying to keep up by opening storm drains. The rapidly accumulating melt-water makes its way to the river, but it’s a losing battle. The darn streams freeze up again... Read more

Dawson City

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Issue: 2015-04-23 PHOTO: Dan Davidson

In the April 8 edition of the Klondike Sun I put a little note inside the Sun graphic, in the banner. We always do this, sometimes to comment on events or the weather, and sometimes to fl ag a coming event. This time I wrote, “How’s the Ice Bridge... Read more

Dawson City


Issue: 2015-02-26 PHOTO:

Ice rescue is required when someone crashes through the ice, or finds him or herself in an area where there is no ice at all. Sadly, in many cases the victim is alone, and it’s often dark. By the time other people notice the absence of the victim... Read more

Yukon Winter

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Issue: 2015-02-05 Photo: iStock

The 1-10-1 principle refers to time: one minute, 10 minutes, and one hour. “One minute” deals with cold-water shock; when you first fall into the cold water. There will be an immediate deep gasp followed by hyperventilation and possible panic. Read more

Yukon Winter

With warm weather things change quickly, as we have seen this year. By mid-December there was a great freeze on most lakes, with little snow. Then the pineapple express brought warm weather and bad ice. But as the weather cooled, the winds came up, Read more

Yukon Winter

Freeze-up on the Yukon River is not proceeding according to custom this year. Despite the lack of ice at the regular crossing down by the ferry landing in Dawson City... Read more

Dawson City