Our annual travel issue is the ultimate guide for visitors to the North. Inside we find out what it’ll take to become the first person to stand-up paddle board the Northwest Passage, plus we visit some of the territories’ best kept secrets, and learn how Yellowknife’s snowking built an empire, one snow block at a time.
He’s a globally recognized voice speaking against climate change in the North. He’s a land and water protector who’s battled Donald Trump in Washington to preserve the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. He’s chief of the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation and now Dana Tizya-Tramm is our 2019 Northerner of the Year.
In our December cover feature, Tizya-Tramm shares his story of hardship and hope with journalist Eva Holland—from his teenage years spent homeless in Whitehorse, to his inspirational return to Old Crow and his continuing work as a leader for the Gwich’in people.
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.
The July/August issue has whale snot, polar bear costumes, KFC, and more of the weirdest research projects happening across the North. Also in this issue, we take a tour of CHARS' Arctic experiment, dig up the dirt on NWT's lack of paleontology protection, and uncover the origins of the red boat of Apex. Plus, Nunavut beer, golf-course ravens, and your need-to-know guide for the territories' summer festival season.
Not only is the June issue of Up Here filled with incredible stories and photos from across Canada's North, but it's also a handy mosquito swatter. Just in time for summer. Inside we look back at the history of shrinking Northern connections, find some answers about life and death at a muskrat trapping camp for kids, and serve up a delicious sampling of edible morsels to eat on the perfect Northern road trip.
Happy birthday, Nunavut! Up Here celebrates the territory’s milestone 20th anniversary by visiting its vibrant communities and asking what the future holds for the next generation of Nunavummiut. Also in this issue, follow along as trail-runners tackle the 53-kilometre Chilkoot Trail in a single day, the Yellowknives Dene consider the future of their felled sacred tree, and Cullen Crozier recounts a story from his grandfather, the legendary Peter Fraser, in the winning entry of this year’s Sally Manning Award for Indigenous Creative Non-Fiction.
Inside the March issue of Up Here we profile several of the North's smallest communities, look at one Yukon town's battle with the United States government to protect the Porcupine caribou herd and showcase the winners of our annual Up Here photo contest—including our sleepy little cover model. Photographer Natalie Gillis snapped the bear cub catching a snooze on the Eclipse Sound between Baffin and Bylot islands. We also listen to Pat Braden preserve the North's music history, and stop by Churchill, Manitoba as the tourist town celebrates its first passenger train in 18 months. Plus, everything you need to know when nature calls in the tundra.
New year, new adventures—that's what was on our minds as we put together the January/February travel issue. This issue showcases some of our most breathtaking landscapes that will no doubt inspire your own adventures. Also, this issue includes a profile of the curling stars of the Koe family and a month-by-month guide to unique events across the North in 2019.
Our December issue delves into a changing North—from Tuktoyaktuk’s shoreline slowly falling into the ocean to warming Northern air and its effect on weather patterns across the country. And we take a look at the Greenland shark, a species that can live for more than 200 years. If sharks could talk, what would they tell us about the changes they’ve seen.
We also showcase our 2018 Northerners of the Year, the Yellowknife Women’s Society. Read about this group of tireless advocates that has spent 30 years listening to women and getting things done.
In case the cover doesn't make it clear enough, this is our arts issue and we catch up with musicians and performers from across the North and ponder one big question: how is it that Nunavut still doesn't have a theatre?
But this double-issue isn't only about the arts. We put a spotlight on wildlife and check in with new technology that allows Nunavummiut to indulge in a class country food dish, without fear of bacteria contimating their meat. And we travel to remote Coats Island with its perfect conditions for research due to a lack of certain predators and permanent human settlements.