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Herb Mathisen

The view from Sisimiut, Greenland. Photo courtesy Greenland Travel
You’re probably familiar with Nunavut’s crippling housing crisis. It needs thousands of houses, but construction costs are astronomical, and utilities, heating and annual maintenance costs for existing homes continues to rise–to $26,000 per unit in 2015. What might be done to build more and build better?
May 2016
Svartifoss Falls, Iceland. Photo courtesy Javier Losa
I'm probably just a really, really terrible person
May 2016
Eastbound’s felt at home in Dawson this winter, surrounded by like-minded, hands-on folks: “Everyone up here is just automatically DIY because they were raised that way.” All photos courtesy Cud Eastbound
Dawson City’s Cud Eastbound turns his van into a warm and cozy abode.
April 2015
Virginia Falls, in Nahanni National Park. Photo courtesy George Fischer/NWTT
How the NWT's biggest waterfall compares to Niagara
April 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
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.
April 2016
The MV Lafferty, captained by Graham Cox, battles the Liard River current in the Deh Cho. Photo: Herb Mathisen/Up Here, Photo illustration: Beth Covvey
Small-talk from the captain's nest of the Fort Simpson ferry
April 2016
"If I have to, I'll run for mayor and I'll save this damn headframe." - Walt Humphries, prospector and local historian.
Surveying the post-Rob-Shaft horizon
April 2015
A little bit of the North, inscribed on the cup. Photo: Hockey Hall of Fame
What would you do for a chance to play for the Stanley Cup?
March 2016
The agony of defeat--shellshocked Molson's players drink bubbly from a gallon pail. Photo courtesy Ron Sulz
A look back at the wildest 20 minutes in Yellowknife hockey history
March 2016
Photo by Angela Gzowski
Northern newspapers are surviving and even thriving in the Internet age
July 2013