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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
Photo courtesy of YKDFN archives
Some of the North’s biggest “discoveries” weren’t discoveries at all
November 2016
Grandin College yearbook photos from 1967
A bishop with a vision, a residential school without abuse and a class of teenagers who would lead the North
September 2016