UpHere Logo

History

In a drawing by explorer George Back, a band of British adventurers bunk down in the wintery north woods. Institute for Northern Studies Fonds, University of Saskatchewan Archives

The Hungriest Holiday

During a grim yuletide on Great Slave Lake, a team of starving explorers yearn for the gift of...

December 2013 Jennifer Kingsley
At Yellowknife's Giant Mine, little remains of a once-bustling frontier community. Photo Angela Gzowski

Where Have All The Mining Towns Gone?

They're toxic and deserted wastelands - but to those who once lived there, the remains of...

September 2013 Ashleigh Gaul

The Great Escape From Outpost Island Mine

​Abandoned in the midst of Great Slave Lake, the miners had just one hope: Build a boat, set sail...

September 2013 Eva Holland
Prentice G. Downes, intellectual and adventurer, was in love with the romance of the 'Old North.' His passion for the place very nearly got him killed. Photo courtesy McGahern Stewart Publishing

A Daring Search For The 'Secret Lake Of The Dene'

The inland sea of Nu-thel-tin-tu-eh had long been a place of legend. One man was dying to find it.

March 2013 Conor Mihell

The Rescue That Went Wrong

On an icy October morning, two Igloolik hunters set out in their boat, looking for walruses. What...

February 2013 Katherine Laidlaw
Helen Klaben was near death when she was rescued in 1963. She and Ralph Flores had survived a plane crash and six hungry, cold weeks in the bush. Courtesy Charles Hamilton

'In the Name of God, Please Come Back!'

Fifty years ago, a pilot spotted an arrow stamped into the snow near the B.C.-Yukon border. He had...

January 2013 Elizabeth Hames
Long before the U.S. temperance movement put a cork in Klondike liquor, Yukoners loved their 'hooch.' Here, Dawson ladies hold a 'drinking bee' in 1900. Joseph Duclos/Dawson City Museum

When Booze Ran Dry in the Klondike

In the tipsy Yukon, prohibition was a buzzkill. Would bush planes full of liquor quench their...

December 2012 Tristin Hopper
Following a deadly accident involving a bomb-laden B-52, crews at Greenland's Thule Air Base load cylinders of irradiated snow onto a U.S.-bound ship.

The Crash, The Inuit, And The Bomb

When a top-secret U.S. jet went down near Nunavut, it left a mystery: is there a nuke beneath the...

October 2012 Nathan Vanderklippe
Friedrich Trump lacked his grandson's combover, but shared his lust for lucre. His White Pass eatery served the finest food, with a slice of sin on the side.

How the Trumps Struck Klondike Gold

Long before 'the Donald,' his stampeder grandpa's seedy restaurant gave birth to a...

September 2012 Eva Holland
Father Joseph Buliard moved to Gary Lake to net not just fish, but Inuit converts. His harvest would be their undoing - as well as his own. Courtesy R.C. Episcopal Corporation

'He Came And Dwelt Among Us'

Sixty years ago, a hapless priest brought God to the Barrenlands. Then the locals met their maker.

September 2012 Jennifer Kingsley