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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

Cabin-dwellers around the fire. Photo courtesy of Fritz Mueller/Government of Yukon

The Insider's Guide to the North - December

The days are getting shorter, and the mercury is plummeting. At Yuletide, Northerners take the party inside.

By Up Here
Jan 29
Photo by Gabriel Rivest

The Insider's Guide to the North - November

Sometimes, when the conditions are just right, Mother Nature provides the best ice surface in the world.

By Herb Mathisen
Jan 29
Paddling out to secret weekend camping spots at Hidden Lake, NWT. Photo by Tim Edwards

The Insider's Guide to the North - October

The last canoe of the season

By Tim Edwards
Jan 28
By early September, the fall colours along the Dempster Highway are out in force. Photo by Gerold Sigol/NWTT

The Insider's Guide to the North - September

Crazy fall colours on the Dempster Highway, and a hunt along a WWII-era trail

By Up Here
Jan 27
The Midway Music Festival grounds. Photo by Adam Jones, PhD/Global Photo Archive/FLICKR

The Insider's Guide to the North - August

A secluded spot along the Dempster Highway becomes a hub of activity

By Daniel Campbell
Jan 26
Ice boulders at low tide in Iqaluit. Photo by Herb Mathisen/Up Here

The Insider's Guide to the North - July

Summer is a time for gathering, a time for festivals, in the North

By Up Here
Jan 25
Your cup will runneth over at Yellowknife's Beer Barge Bash. Photo by Bill Braden

The Insider's Guide to the North - June

The month with the longest days in the North has one bubbly festival you may not know about.

By Up Here
Jan 22
The Barquentine tall ship. Photo courtesy The Arctic Circle

Escape Artist

Got writer's block? Go find an iceberg.

By Samia Madwar
Jan 20
Bring back a whale of a tale from the floe edge in Pond Inlet, Nunavut. Photo by Michelle Valberg

The Insider's Guide to the North - May

The landscape changes drastically this month in the North--here are the best spots to witness it.

By Up Here
Jan 19
Kite-skiing in Igloolik, Nunavut. Photo by Benjamin Aro

The Insider's Guide to the North - April

Bright days and steady winds make this month perfect for racing across the ice in Nunavut.

By Up Here
Jan 18