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April 2016

One thing the North has in abundance is water. In this issue, we explore the ways Northerners use this precious resource: from canoeing, kayaking and even stand-up paddleboarding, to fishing and hydroelectric power. Daniel Campbell chats with Tuktoyaktuk's mayor about his efforts to revive the Mackenzie Delta qajaq, Tim Edwards journeys down the NWT’s Emile River, and Chesterfield Inlet’s Peter Autut waxes appreciation for frozen water. Plus: we check the pulse of the apparently-doomed fishing lodge industry, see how Niagara Falls stacks up against Virginia Falls, and detail every paddling river you never heard of in our definitive paddling guide. 

In This Issue

The water levels were likely higher when dinosaurs swam in this sea, as is evidenced by the rock hanging precariously above our travellers. Photos by Eric Binion and Bob Saunders

Along The Arctic Coast

A 1,700-kilometre trek across ice, sea and tundra in the heart of Nunavut

By Tim Edwards
Apr 22
2016
Photo courtesy Mike Peake/Canoe North Adventures

Wilderness Checklist: 16 Essentials

On a multi-day canoe adventure, you want to keep your loads light. But make sure you have what matters.

By Up Here
Apr 21
2016
Virginia Falls, in Nahanni National Park. Photo courtesy George Fischer/NWTT

Virginia Is For (Waterfall) Lovers

How the NWT's biggest waterfall compares to Niagara

By Herb Mathisen
Apr 20
2016
Photo illustration by Beth Covvey

We've Got What They Want

As the disparity in access to fresh water grows across the globe, it won’t be long before the Canadian North is confronted with an awkward proposition.

By Tim Edwards
Apr 19
2016

Raindrops On Ice

What happens in the North when the sky starts falling.

By Beth Covvey, Samia Madwar
Apr 18
2016
On the waters outside of Plummer's Lodge on Great Slave Lake. Hannah Eden/Up Here

Hitting A Snag

A downturn in Northern sport fishing could spell disaster for lodge owners. But some are adapting.

By Daniel Campbell
Apr 15
2016
Photo by Geoff Foster

From The Barrenlands Back Home

Wind and wildlife on the NWT's Emile River

By Tim Edwards
Apr 13
2016
Photo by Nathalie Heiberg-Harrison

Pulled From The Brink

Without luck, determination and Darrel Nasogaluak, the Mackenzie Delta Inuvialuit may have lost their qajaq forever.

By Daniel Campbell
Apr 12
2016
Photo courtesy Gerold Sigl/NWT

Beginner's Guide To Paddling

It's not all raging rapids and remote rivers up here

By Up Here
Apr 12
2016
The Whitehorse Dam. Its construction drowned the capital's namesake White Horse Rapids, which now lie beneath Lake Schwatka. Photo courtesy Archbould Photography/Yukon Energy

Water Power

Hydro electricity is often seen as the panacea to the North’s energy woes—and for good reason. It’s cleaner than diesel, it’s worked up here for more than a century, and the natural potential is boundless. But remember, nothing’s perfect.

By Herb Mathisen
Apr 11
2016