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SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2019

Our 35th-anniversary special takes a trip back in time to chronicle the story of the North from the past 35 years, as only Up Here can tell it. Plus, we've got stories of terrifying Inuit monsters, busting the ghosts of Rankin Inlet's haunted fire hall, and a quest to grow the perfect northern apple. October is also election time in the NWT, which means it's time once again to talk about party politics versus consensus government. All this plus much, much more.

Previous Issues

Ever wondered how healthcare works in a place where airplanes replace ambulances? In our April/May issue we talk to the people who make sure Northerners—coming from cities connected by highways and communities only reachable by air and water—get the care they need. Spoiler alert: it's not easy.

We also talk to Yellowknife cartoonist and author Alison McCreesh about her latest project, a series of postcards she illustrated on a trip around the Circumpolar North. It turns out, parts of Russia and Greenland have a lot in common with the Canadian North. And in the Yukon, we follow a new paddling trend: boats that fit in a backpack.

There's a lot more inside, so don't miss this issue.

Cryogenic frogs! The man with nine lives! The alien invasion afoot in the Arctic! Our March issue includes the Northern Enquirer, with all the news that's strange but true. Look for it on newsstands or in your mailbox next week.
Also in this issue, we take a look at the legacy of the Arctic Winter Games and the Top of the World Ski Races in Inuvik. And we give you a glimpse of the North through the lenses of our readers with the winners of our annual Up Here Photo Contest.

We're ringing in the new year with our annual travel issue.

Learn everything you need to know before taking a trip to the North—from those who live here. From an insider's guide to pan-territorial travel, to an upclose look at the North's newest roadtrip—Dawson City, Yukon to Tuktoyaktuk, NWT—this is the authentic Northern travel guide.

Also in this issue, we land on a remote island in the Arctic Archipelago to learn how the story of the Franklin Expedition is being unravelled by Inuit historians and underwater archaeologists. And we get a first-hand account of paddling from Yellowknife to Baker Lake, Nunavut, and find out that misadventure isn't the only way to get a good story out of a trip.

Happy New Year, and happy reading!

You probably figured from the cover: Iqaluit folk-rockers The Jerry Cans, are Up Here's 2017 Northerners of the Year. They’ve launched their own record label, Aakuluk Music, and organized the inaugural Nunavut Music Week. And they’ve got some of the catchiest tunes on the radio. Check out the December issue to hear their story, and why they’re our pick.

There’s a lot to look forward to in this issue: A Greenlandic couple sails the Northwest Passage and finds connections to their home; and we take a look at what it was like to celebrate Christmas on a 19th century Arctic expedition. Plus much, much more.

As always, thanks for reading and happy holidays.

In our October/November issue the annual Mining Report covers the ups and downs this year in the industry that drives the Northern economy and we look at just what a diamond is really worth. Hint: it involves complicated calculations and bold marketing tactics. Along with mining, this issue is dedicated to art and the artists that represent the North at home, across the country and the world. And we take a trip down the ice road that once was, with an oral history of the Inuvik-Tuktoyaktuk Highway.

Happy reading!

In our education issue, we look at the different ways Northerners learn, and at a few institutions that are bringing students up from the South.

Also in this issue, Dwayne Wohlgemuth takes us on a hike from Kugluktuk, Nunavut to Paulatuk, Northwest Territories and we take a trip to the floe edge in Pond Inlet, to hear about a critical Arctic ecosystem that Inuit are looking to protect.

Happy fall everyone and happy reading.

As Canada rings in its 150th birthday, we look back at some major turning points that have changed the North—and its relationship with Canada—over the last 150 years. It’s a story of colonization, of imposed institutions, of resilient people.

Also, we profile seven entrepreneurs across the three territories creating in-demand products inspired by the land and waters around them. And we get a peek inside the clay-covered creative world of Yellowknife’s Guild of Arts and Crafts.

The midnight sun takes over the June issue of Up Here magazine, and the land and waters we write about.

We’ve got solstice celebrations and a look at just what 24 hours of sunlight does to people, plants and animals.

We also travel out to Marble Island, near Rankin Inlet, where a legendary curse lives up to its hype. And from the photography department, we bring you a feature from inside a taxidermist’s shop in Yellowknife.

 

 

For all those planning Northern treks, our May issue features a rundown on all kinds of hikes. From afternoon trips to overnight adventures, near or far from the city—this should give you an idea of what the northern trails have to offer.

We take a look at the way the North is portrayed in the South, and get a tour of a Northern garden in all four seasons.

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.