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January/February 2020

Our annual travel issue is the ultimate guide for visitors to the North. Inside we find out what it’ll take to become the first person to stand-up paddle board the Northwest Passage, plus we visit some of the territories’ best kept secrets, and learn how Yellowknife’s snowking built an empire, one snow block at a time.

In This Issue

Tuktut Nogait National Park sees few visitors, but has spectacular scenery. CARLA JONES/PARKS CANADA.TN 050814-19

Hidden Gems

Some northern parks and historic sites see thousands of visitors every year. Others are a little more solitary. We can't promise good weather or a quick drive, but the one thing we can guarantee about all of these places is you'll never wait in line.

By Jimmy Thomson
Jan 24

Where Others Fear To Tread

Fat bikes aren’t just a tourist favourite in the North: they’re how many a Northerner makes it out of the house in the coldest months.

By Jessica Davey-Quantick
Jan 22
A dust storm rises on what was once the Ä’äy Chù riverbed. COURTESY MALKOLM BOOTHROYD

A Watershed Moment

A lucky pilot. A never-before-seen natural phenomenon. A rush of scientists scrambling to witness an extreme climate event. How the first documented case of river piracy was discovered, and how it changed everything.

By Malkolm Boothroyd
Jan 17

Frozen Fish

The weather outside is frightful, but the fishing is still delightful—if you know how to do it properly.

By Jessica Davey-Quantick
Jan 15

The Paddler Versus The Passage

Karl Kruger is on a mission to become the first person to stand-up paddle-board the Northwest Passage. Last July, he turned back before hitting the water. This summer, he’ll be ready.

By Dan Rubinstein
Jan 13
The famous Caribou Hotel is a designated Yukon Historic Site and one of the oldest buildings in the Yukon's Southern Lakes region. PHOTOS COURTESY ANNE MORGAN; MARK RUTLEDGE

Back From The Dead

Left decaying, empty, and almost forgotten, a decade of painstaking renovations means the Caribou Hotel is set to once more become the beating heart of Carcross.

By Lori Fox
Jan 10
 Qaqqaq pictured in Ottawa at her swearing-in ceremeony last October with NDP leader Jagmeet Singh.

Ottawa: the next generation

Nunavut’s newest Member of Parliament wants to talk about more than her age and what she’s wearing.

By Jessica Davey-Quantick
Jan 08

Dave England’s Aerial Yoga

Jumping a 450-pound vehicle 70 feet into the air is the preferred method of relaxation for this X-Games athlete from Yellowknife.

By Jacob Boon
Jan 08
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Holding Court

It’s good to be king. But Yellowknife’s snowking isn’t an absolute monarch. Over the past 25 years he’s built an empire, one snow block at a time.

By Jessica Davey-Quantick
Jan 06