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July/August 2014

July/August 2014

We list off the North's top 15 water getaways, explore the Yukon's breathtaking Tombstone Territorial Park and show you how to run a northern lodge without running out of food, getting ransacked by bears, or completely losing your mind. 

In This Issue

Illustration by Tonia Cowan

Swarm out there

Climate change is allowing biting flies to move farther North, partly because it’s getting warmer, and partly because it’s raining more often in the summer, creating more soggy breeding grounds.

By Up Here
Jul 29
2014
Wayne Cockney finishes cutting a fillet from a freshly-caught whitefish. Photo by Angela Gzowski

The Catch

A fisherman pulls in some fish on the Arctic Ocean’s shore

By Tim Edwards
Jul 29
2014
Illustration by Jonathan Wright

Arctic Dispatches: Tapper’s last stand

When life handed him illness, he made birch syrup—and kept a tradition alive

By Ashleigh Gaul
Jul 29
2014

Arctic Dispatches: Camp Mary River

A mine worker talks steak, doughnuts, and the good life.

By Samia Madwar
Jul 29
2014
Alexandra Falls is one of several highlights of the Mackenzie Highway waterfall route. Photo by Adam Hill

The North’s Top 15 Waterways

How to dive into an iceberg, swim with canaries of the sea, avoid seamonsters in the Arctic—and much more. Take a plunge into our 15 top watery Northern getaways.

By Up Here
Jul 27
2014
The southern portion of the Ogilvie Mountain range includes Tombstone Mountain, for which the park is named, and Mount Monolith.

At Home in Tombstone

Every summer, Anna Tupakka and her partner roam in the Yukon wilderness. Bugs, broken gear and inquisitive wolves can’t wear them out—but the human condition might

By Anna Tupakka
Jul 12
2014
Illustration by Michael Byers

Running a Northern Lodge

A peek behind the scenes of the business of running a Northern lodge: from blizzards, bear invasions and caretakers gone crazy, to the ever-changing face of tourism.

By Margo Pfeiff, Up Here
Jul 07
2014
Photo by Angela Gzowski

Visions of Deline

A tiny community beside a huge body of water makes a historic decision. Its prophet would approve.

By Tim Edwards
Jul 02
2014
Illustration by Monika Melnychuk

Last Word: She comes with baggage

Housesitting is usually a fun escape. But as one veteran discovers, it’s the tiny, but crucial, details that get you.

By Angela Gzowski
Jul 01
2014