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A bowhead whale bone on Deadman’s Island marks the grave of a whaler who died in the 1880s. Photo by Paul Souders/Worldfoto
And how its bloody history could become a blessing
June 2017
Photo courtesy Denny May
Aviator Warren Wright aims to recreate a bit of Northern history
May 2017
The annual race to be the first steamship North
April 2017
Photo courtesy Dawson City Museum/1975.2.1.24
The Klondike's brief flirtation with hot air balloons and airships
April 2017
Henry Hudson, the English explorer, is remembered by the gigantic bay that goes by his name. Small consolation for having been mutinied by his crew in 1611, set adrift and left to die on the shores of James Bay.
A history of Western imperialism as seen through the Arctic Archipelago’s place names
March 2017
NWT Archives/Curtis Merrill
How Aklavik, NWT defied a flooding river, a skittish government and the nation’s expectations
March 2017
​Abandoned in the midst of Great Slave Lake, the miners had just one hope: Build a boat, set sail — and pray
September 2013
Illustration by Beth Covvey
The arrival of television forever changed the North
December 2016
After the Second World War, miners and prospectors flocked to gold-rich Yellowknife and drained the town’s most precious commodity. What ensued was a uniquely Northern crisis.
During a grim yuletide on Great Slave Lake, a team of starving explorers yearn for the gift of survival
January 2011