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The bell of HMS Erebus. Photo courtesy Thierry Boyer/Parks Canada

Closing In On Franklin

How Inuit history and underwater archaeology are combining to piece together the Arctic’s most...

January 2018 Elaine Anselmi
Captain Owen Stanley’s watercolour painting ‘Arctic Amusements’ captures the revelry of Christmas aboard HMS Terror in 1836.

Cross-dressing, Feasts and Fun

For crewmembers on early Arctic expeditions, Christmas was a time like no other

December 2017 Shane McCorristine
Photo courtesy Royal Newfoundland Regiment

The Inuk Sniper

John Shiwak of Labrador was a top marksman in WWI

November 2017 Herb Mathisen
Permanent wood piles replace a temporary pontoon bridge on the Alaska Highway. Photo courtesy of Yukon Archives, R.A. Cartter fonds #1498

It Takes A War

How southern reactions to international conflicts are responsible for the look of much of the...

August 2017 Elaine Anselmi
Crowds assemble on Treaty Day in Fort Rae, NWT, in the 1930s. Photo courtesy of Glenbow Museum NA-3844-58

A Tale Of Two Worlds: The North 150 Years Later

Seven moments when the North's relationship with Canada fundamentally changed

July 2017 Up Here
A bowhead whale bone on Deadman’s Island marks the grave of a whaler who died in the 1880s. Photo by Paul Souders/Worldfoto

The Curse Of Marble Island

And how its bloody history could become a blessing

June 2017 Kassina Ryder
Photo courtesy Denny May

If These Wings Could Talk

Aviator Warren Wright aims to recreate a bit of Northern history

May 2017 Herb Mathisen

Chasing the Echo

The annual race to be the first steamship North

April 2017 Herb Mathisen
Photo courtesy Dawson City Museum/1975.2.1.24

The Balloon Bubble

The Klondike's brief flirtation with hot air balloons and airships

April 2017 Herb Mathisen
Henry Hudson, the English explorer, is remembered by the gigantic bay that goes by his name. Small consolation for having been mutinied by his crew in 1611, set adrift and left to die on the shores of James Bay.

The Strangers On The Map

A history of Western imperialism as seen through the Arctic Archipelago’s place names

March 2017 Herb Mathisen