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February 2016

Sit down with Canada’s leading polar bear scientist, Ian Stirling, as he dishes on the likely decline of our iconic animal. Then, dive into our “How-to” guide and learn to prepare for some unorthodox situations you might only encounter in the North; Tim Edwards gathers stories of savvy Northerners who got trapped out on the land in “How I got home”; Samia Madwar takes a deeper look at the places many believe to be in the middle of nowhere, and an old Dene caribou hunting technique is brought to light. 

In This Issue

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How To Measure Lake Ice

Without falling through

By Tim Edwards
Feb 22
2016
Pictured: how not to. Photo: Shutterstock

How To Build On Permafrost

And have your house remain where it is

By Tim Edwards
Feb 18
2016
Once the herd was spotted, the men would make wolf sounds to scare the caribou into the corral. Women and children would line the fence to keep the caribou headed towards the ambush point, where a team of men would be ready with spears and arrows to slaughter them. Illustration by Beth Covvey

Fence Narrows

How an ingenious hunting practice let the Tłįchǫ survive in the harsh North

By Daniel Campbell
Feb 17
2016
What a seven-canoes-turned-sailboat looks like. Photo courtesy Toban Leckie

How To Sail A Canoe

Why paddle when you can sail? Great Bear Lake can be a slog, but every once in a while the wind is just right.

By Daniel Campbell
Feb 16
2016
The Farmer's Market in Yellowknife. Photo by Hannah Eden/Up Here

How To Incubate Small Businesses

Here's how start-ups are born

By Herb Mathisen
Feb 15
2016
Ivvavik National Park. Not Ellesmere Island, but the same concepts apply. Photo by Tim Johnson

How To Build An Airstrip On The Tundra

With your bare hands

By Samia Madwar
Feb 12
2016
Illustration by Beth Covvey

How I Got Home

Sometimes, in the North, you actually do have to reinvent the snowmobile.

By Tim Edwards
Feb 10
2016
In his workspace, Holloway examines an aileron, a hinged piece that attaches to the wing. Once complete, the Sonex (that’s the name of the aircraft model) will measure 5.5 metres long and 6.7 metres wide. Photo by Hannah Eden/Up Here

How To Build Your Own Plane

And why skill and craftsmanship have little to do with it

By Samia Madwar
Feb 09
2016
Photo by Darren Roberts

The Middle of Everywhere

Most official maps today show the North to be a vast, empty land, with scattered communities and various geographical features named by European explorers who once passed through. As communities and researchers team up to map the traditional knowledge of elders before it disappears, they’re revealing the complete opposite.

By Samia Madwar
Feb 08
2016
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How To Build A Fire

Life-saving tips from land-savvy survivors

By Samia Madwar
Feb 05
2016