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November 2015

Explore what lies beneath us North of 60. Our November issue features stories on the lost mining town of Pine Point, NWT, a look at the age-old technique of placer mining that's still used in the Yukon today, and a comprehensive report on mining projects up North. Plus: Yukon’s fossil miners, where to find sapphires, jade, and other gemstones in the three territories, and a look at an ancient Arctic city.  

In This Issue

Shawn Ryan. Photo by Chris Healey

The Gold Magnet

Shawn Ryan launched one Yukon gold rush. He's ready to do it again

By Herb Mathisen
Nov 21
2016
Illustration by Beth Covvey

The Helen Back Trail

How a hiking route gets its name

By Tim Edwards
Nov 18
2016
Photo courtesy of YKDFN archives

First People, First Finds

Some of the North’s biggest “discoveries” weren’t discoveries at all

By Herb Mathisen
Nov 01
2016
There's a theory that the geological anomaly underneath Darnley Bay, NWT, was caused by a massive prehistoric meteorite impact. Photo: Shutterstock

What's Under Darnley Bay?

The North's biggest potential mining project is also its most mysterious

By Tim Edwards
Nov 19
2015
Jim Fowler with his wife Jacquelin in 2009, with the Yukon's Tagish Lake in the background. Photo courtesy of Gord Yakimow

A Once-in-a-Lifetime Guy

A dirge for Jim Fowler, who lived for the great Yukon outdoors

By Gord Yakimow
Nov 18
2015
Carver Jerry Ell breaks out blocks of limestone on Bear Island, near Coral Harbour, Nunavut. Photo courtesy Government of Nunavut

The Work of Art

Here's how that beautiful soapstone carving got to your display case

By Daniel Campbell
Nov 17
2015
If you're invited to dance during a Baker Lake community event at 1:00 a.m., how can you say no? Photo by Hannah Eden/Up Here

Two-Stepping Up

Lessons from a late night dance session in Baker Lake

By Daniel Campbell
Nov 17
2015
Archeologists excavate one of the houses at Kuukpak, located along the Mackenzie River, earlier this year. Photo courtesy of Max Friesen

The Biggest Little City North of 60

For four centuries, Kuukpak, located in the Western Arctic along the Mackenzie River, was the richest, busiest summer settlement around

By Tim Edwards
Nov 13
2015
Author France Rivet, right, and Hans-Ludwig Blohm on the fateful 2009 cruise. Photo courtesy of France Rivet

The Long Journey Home

More than 130 later, Abraham Ulrikab's remains may finally return to Labrador

By Herb Mathisen
Nov 12
2015

Case Study: Not Permitted

Why Husky Oil left the shores of Great Slave Lake with its tail between its legs

By Daniel Campbell
Nov 11
2015