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April 2017

In the land, on the water and in the air, people, animals and goods make their way across the vast Canadian North. In the April issue, we look at road building and why some communities are happy to stay disconnected. We talk to a sealift crew member with marine transportation in his blood. And we look at a few species whose migrations are more impressive feats than necessary movements. We also look at the history and continued use of the amauti—the traditional baby-carrying jacket worn by Inuit women—and at the radically changed landscape of the North that harkens back thousands of years to when the Laurentide Ice Sheet first retreated.

In This Issue

Photo by Tawna Brown

To Connect To The World

Escape, invasion, industry and affordability—a road means many things in the North, but mostly it means change

By Herb Mathisen
Apr 24

By Hoof, Wing or Flipper

The most fantastic and harrowing journeys in the North aren’t taken by human beings

By Tim Edwards
Apr 21
Photo by Hannah Eden

From Compass to GPS

Joe Reid feels right at home when he’s a long way from nowhere

By Herb Mathisen
Apr 19
Pangnirtung, Nunavut, a runway runs through it. Photo by Michael H. Davies

The Observers

From their stations at Northern community airports, observers have their eyes on the sky

By Herb Mathisen
Apr 18

Chasing the Echo

The annual race to be the first steamship North

By Herb Mathisen
Apr 13
Photo courtesy Leo Karetak

Life On The Arctic Sea

The view from aboard a resupply ship

By Elaine Anselmi
Apr 12
Photo courtesy Keith Levesque/ArcticNet

The Big Spill

What do you get when you mix oil and Arctic water?

By Elaine Anselmi
Apr 06
Photo courtesy Dawson City Museum/1975.2.1.24

The Balloon Bubble

The Klondike's brief flirtation with hot air balloons and airships

By Herb Mathisen
Apr 04