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January 2016

In our first issue of 2016, we welcome Nick Sibbeston into our new “Icebreaker” section, as the fiery NWT senator talks about pounding the table in the politics of a bygone era. We also list off the best things to see and do in the North that you've never heard of, with our month-by-month insider's guide. Then, Tim Edwards takes you across the Mackenzie Delta's tundra with Canada's only reindeer herd. Plus: check out the winners, and honourable mentions from our annual photo contest. 

In This Issue

The NWT's game of choice. Photo by David Ducoin

The Insider's Guide to the North - March

The busiest month of the year in the NWT: handgames, hockey and a castle built on ice.

By Up Here
Jan 14
2016
The only reindeer herd in the Canadian Arctic. Photo courtesy of Jason Van Bruggen/NWTT

Two Feet and 12,000 Hooves

After 100 years, reindeer in Canada’s Arctic have gone from outcasts and undesirables to tourist attractions and culinary staples. Meet the herd and the man at the forefront of a new Northern tradition.

By Tim Edwards
Jan 13
2016
Bison on NWT Highway 3. Photo by Daniel Campbell

Blind Alertness

A long drive on a short day

By Samia Madwar
Jan 13
2016
The front deck of the Mackenzie Rest Inn overlooks the mighty Mackenzie River. Photo by Herb Mathisen/Up Here

Home Away From Home

It used to be an RCMP lock-up. Believe us when we say it's come a long way.

By Herb Mathisen
Jan 13
2016
Whitehorse does winter. Photo courtesy Peter Mather/Government of Yukon

The Insider's Guide to the North - February

It's a cold month, but the days are getting brighter, and Whitehorse residents are ready to celebrate. Plus: a secret waterfall in the NWT.

By Up Here
Jan 12
2016
Camp at the Barrenlands. Photo by Kristen Gilbertson Olesen

The Insider's Guide to the North - January

The long dark month allows for spectacular trips by dogteam, and gives Dawson City time to get creative.

By Up Here
Jan 08
2016
From battling Arctic hares and a hand games tourney to ice fishing on a midsummer night, this year’s winners have captured what it means to live and love in the far north. Photo: Fred Lemire

Freeze Frame on Last Year's Winners

Up Here's annual readers’ photo contest winners and honourable mentions from 2015

By Up Here
Jan 05
2016
Photo by Hannah Eden/Up Here

Old Town's New Pub

It's been nearly 20 years since Yellowknife (or the NWT, for that matter) has had its own brews. For one Northerner, it's a party well worth the wait

By Herb Mathisen
Jan 01
2016

'From All Directions'

War and peace along the Peel River

By Tim Edwards
Jan 01
2016
Photo by Hannah Eden/Up Here

Our Man In The Red Chamber

The NWT then and now, with its former premier and current senator Nick Sibbeston

By Tim Edwards
Jan 01
2016
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