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The Last Pioneer

Max Ward took on the world with his airline, but it’s his time navigating the Northern wilderness...

August 2016 Daniel Campbell
Queen Elizabeth II speaks to an Inuk woman during her 1970 visit to the NWT, and Jean Chretien (then minister of Indian and Northern Affairs) cracks a smile. Photo by Doug Griffin/Cp Images.

The Queen And The North

On her 90th birthday, we look back at Queen Elizabeth’s four Northern visits

August 2016 Up Here
Grant McConachie was what you might call a shrewd businessman. Photo courtesy of the Fort St. John North Peace Museum

The Yukon's Deal-maker

Grant McConachie could wheel and deal on the fly

August 2016 Daniel Campbell
A makeshift hangar for a Fokker Universal on the coast of the Hudson Strait. Photo - Canada Aviation and Space Museum

A Voyage Into Wind, Ice And Fog

The cold facts of flying learned on the Hudson Strait Expedition

August 2016 Herb Mathisen
Willy Laserich might have been the world's most decorated ambulance driver. He died in 2007 at age 75. Photo by Margo Pfeiff

Willy And The Bandits

The story of the NWT's beloved air maverick, in numbers

August 2016 Katie Weaver
Bob Engle pioneered scheduled flight service across the North. Photo courtesy Roxy Engle

The Big League

Bob Engle and NWT Air connect the dots

August 2016 Tim Edwards
Dawn Bartsch made her career in the Yukon. Photo courtesy Dawn Bartsch

She Was That Good

How Dawn Bartsch proved 'em all wrong

August 2016 Katie Weaver
Weldy Phipps pioneered tourism expeditions to the North Pole. Photo by Erik Charlton, (Flying to North Pole) [CC BY 2.0]

North Pole, Ho!

Weldy Phipps’s madcap tourism package

August 2016 Herb Mathisen
The Fairchild FC-2 Razorback. Photo courtesy Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada

Last Of The Wild Razorbacks

Northern aviation buffs are saving a rare, abandoned bushplane from oblivion

August 2016 Katie Weaver
The Bolkhovitinov DB-A, a Soviet long-range bomber prototype, disappeared in 1937 in an experimental flight over the North Pole from Moscow to the United States. Photo: Public Domain

Lost And Never Found

Enduring mysteries of the Northern skies, from missing people to missing planes

August 2016 Tim Edwards