Things to See - Yukon, North of Ordinary

Visit Skagway

The real jewels of Skagway A Summer 2015 Yukon Prospector Web Extra  “Is it always this windy in Skagway?”   That’s the current question I’ve been using to torment my American hosts. The answer, every time, is “Yes.”  “Yes it is.”  “Yes, why are you asking that.” “Yes, occasionally I feel like it will drive me mad.” Continue reading

Medieval Fighting

Full-contact medieval fighting is growing in Whitehorse A Summer 2015 Yukon Prospector Web Extra The clang of clashing metal echoes through the Yukon woods. Not in a ringing way, but with dull thudding bashes, like someone striking the side of a car with a pole. Continue reading

Liard Hot Springs

  A Summer 2015 Yukon Prospector Web Extra Go to Liard Hot Springs. Go when it’s cold and the forest glistens with wet.  Go when the hoarfrost dangles from the trees in -40 and the northern lights ripple overhead. Go at midnight in the blazing hot sun of the northern summer if you have to. Just go.  Continue reading

Miles Canyon

A Summer 2015 Yukon Prospector Web Extra Do you want to walk through Miles Canyon, but you're just too lazy? No worries, Prospector Jon has you covered with his hyperlapse video. Experience the best Whitehorse has to offer, without all that pesky sweating. Continue reading

Hanging out in Haines Junction

A Summer 2015 Yukon Prospector Web Extra I’m sitting here in Haines Junction a day before the bluegrass festival. There’s a cozy little spot called the Village Bakery, just off the highway. I am eating too much, because the food is too good, and I have a ravenous appetite for croissant. Continue reading

Yukon Arts Centre

Warm Crafts and Cold Architecture A Summer 2015 Yukon Prospector Web-Extra The Yukon Arts Center opened two new exhibits on Thursday. Continue reading


The End of the Road is Getting a Fresh Start A Summer 2015 Yukon Prospector Web Extra When thinking of the Yukon, thoughts of escape and adventure often crop up.   Escape from the banality of the rat race, from the stressed out masses, from pretension, expectation, and the creeping suspicion that buying more things won’t eventually make you happy. Continue reading

An Ancient Corridor

Floating the Pelly River This story originally ran in the Fall 2014 (V8I3) edition of Yukon, North of Ordinary.   Continue reading

The Appealing Peel

Last summer, 10-year-old Maya Cairns-Locke and her family journeyed down the Wind River in the Peel Watershed. Maya wrote this piece not only to remember her incredible trip, but also in support of protecting the region from development. Here is the story of her summer voyage. This story originally ran in the Fall 2014 (V8I3) edition of Yukon, North of Ordinary. We were midway through our trip along the Wind River when our posse got rained in and our canoeing adventure was delayed. My sisters, Kennedy and Ava, and I spent at least four hours in our tent playing cards and Battleship, reading, drawing, and giggling. Finally, after what felt like an eternity of waiting, the downpour turned to mist and we were able to leave the tent—mostly because our mom made us. We left the next day in 30-degree weather. That would be the first of dozens of scorching-hot days. Continue reading

Capturing the Quest

Snapshots from the 2011 Yukon Quest Trail  This story originally ran in the Winter 2012 (V6I4) edition of Yukon, North of Ordinary. Each year, the Yukon Quest switches its starting point. The race begins in Whitehorse during odd years and in Fairbanks, Alaska, for even years. There are ten checkpoints along the 1,600-kilometre trail. In 2011, Whitehorse-based photographer Justin Kennedy went along for the ride, capturing the journey by land and from above. Here he shares some moments from the race.  Veteran musher Mike Ellis, from Two Rivers, Alaska, passes the historic Dredge No. 4 outside Dawson City. This stretch of trail is nothing compared to the 1,220-metre climb of King Solomon's Dome that Ellis and his team had just conquered.   Continue reading