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Pierre Berton

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Issue: 2018-10-24, PHOTO: Alexander Weber

Things started off great when we immediately got off trail (we wouldn’t know this till days later). We attempted to follow some GPS tracks I plucked from the internet. This involved scaling a wet, lushly vegetated and slippery mountainside... Read more

Travel Outside

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Issue: 2018-07-11, PHOTO: Dan Davidson

Each summer the Klondike Visitors Association (KVA), working with the Dawson Community Library and the Writers’ Trust of Canada, honours the memory of four writers who have meant a great deal to the public profile and history of Dawson City and... Read more

Dawson City

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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... Read more

Literature

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Issue: 2017-11-15, PHOTO: amazon.ca

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... Read more

Literature

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Issue: 2017-09-27, PHOTO: Helen McCullough

Despite the romantic image of the grizzled miner panning by the creek side in search of gold, that phase of the Klondike’s mineral saga was relatively short. Entrepreneurial minds knew of more efficient and less-labour intensive ways of getting... Read more

Dawson City

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Issue: 2017-09-27, PHOTO: Vanessa Ratjen

“Ship’s logs, myths, stories of quiet exaltation and wrenching lamentations can all become poetry when the experience resonates deeply with the rhythm of the human heart…”— Anita Hadley in the introduction to Spindrift: A Canadian Book of the Sea... Read more

Literature

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Issue: 2017-08-16, PHOTO: Dan Davidson

During the week that leads to the Discovery Days weekend, the Klondike Visitors Association, Parks Canada and the Writers’ Trust of Canada celebrate the writers who have made Dawson City world famous. Read more

Dawson City

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Issue: 2016-12-14, PHOTO: Dan Davidson

In just about two-and-a-half months the nomination dossier for the Tr’ondëk/Klondike World Heritage Site will be sent to Paris, France, to UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre. It will be evaluated by the International Council on Monuments and Sites... Read more

Dawson City

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Issue: 2016-07-21, PHOTO: Dan Davidson

Each year the Klondike Visitors Association works with the Writers’ Trust of Canada, Parks Canada, and the Dawson Community Library to put on the Authors on Eighth Walking Tour during the week before Discovery Days. Read more

Dawson City

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Issue: 2015-02-05 Photo: Dawson City Curling Club

It's younger than the Stanley Cup (1892), but a decade older than the Grey Cup (1909). And in the world of curling, it makes the national men's championship originally named to promote the Macdonald Tobacco Company's "Brier" brand seem ... Read more

Yukon Winter

Being in Dawson City for a residence at the Berton House is a dream come true for Winnipeg writer Joan Thomas. This is not the first time that Thomas has been to this area. In 1996, she spent a month camping in the Yukon with her family. Read more

Literature

When I left off with this history of the Berton House, Pierre Berton had bought back his childhood home for $50,000 in 1989 and donated it to the Yukon Arts Council. Read more

Dawson City

Welzl was born in Zábreh, Moravia, in 1868, at a time when that city was part of the sprawling Austro-Hungarian empire. He died many years later in Dawson City, in 1948. Read more

Literature

There are strange things found on the Internet when you're surfing just for fun. There's misinformation galore and yet, there's no way to get it undone. I won't even apologize to Robert Service because I'm here to defend his honour. Read more

Literature

Forty years ago, an undiscovered English painter, new to the Yukon, had his first Canadian art show at the Whitehorse Public Library. Now, that painter, Ted Harrison, is the subject of the biography Painting Paradise by Katherine Gibson. Read more

Literature

Celebrate Northern literature on August 13 during Authors on 8th, a literary walking tour through the lives of Klondike authors Jack London, Robert Service and the Bertons, Laura and Pierre. Read more

Literature

Yukon legend Dick Stevenson earned his status honestly, which, according to Captain Dick's Au'toe'biography: One Toe of a Tale, is a rarity for the captain of the Yukon Lou and the creator of the SourToe Cocktail. Read more

Literature