We're ringing in the new year with our annual travel issue.
Learn everything you need to know before taking a trip to the North—from those who live here. From an insider's guide to pan-territorial travel, to an upclose look at the North's newest roadtrip—Dawson City, Yukon to Tuktoyaktuk, NWT—this is the authentic Northern travel guide.
Also in this issue, we land on a remote island in the Arctic Archipelago to learn how the story of the Franklin Expedition is being unravelled by Inuit historians and underwater archaeologists. And we get a first-hand account of paddling from Yellowknife to Baker Lake, Nunavut, and find out that misadventure isn't the only way to get a good story out of a trip.
Happy New Year, and happy reading!
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.
Our final issue of the year highlights the movers and shakers of our region, from a woman preserving her language through social media, to a 28-year-old mayor in Nunavik, culminating with our Northerner of the Year. We’ll also explore a young family homesteading outside Wrigley, NWT, a comic book detailing a futuristic American invasion of Yellowknife, and a collection of Christmas tales from across the North. Check out the back page for a killer Northern four-course holiday feast as well.
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.
This month, dive into the Northern arts scene, with stories on famous NWT fashion designer D'arcy Moses, a Yellowknife composer using the ice of Great Slave Lake an inspiration for her next opus, fiddling lore of the Arctic, and a failed pottery experimient in Rankin Inlet, Nunavut in the 1960s. Also: get the breakdown on the music, film and literature scene by territory, check out a leaning tower of meat in Fort Providence and thumb your way through some great Northern ghost stories.
See what it's like to live in all three territorial capitals, or strike it off on your own and discover life in the many small communities dotting the Northwest Territories, Yukon and Nunavut. You'll also learn a couple of important "c-words" in the North: consultation and consensus, courtesy of Tim Edwards and Herb Mathisen. Keep an eye out for a few more Northern political tidbits in this issue too, in light of the upcoming election(s).
We look into what today's Northern explorers are trying to find, chat with some of the custodians of the NWT's territorial parks, and dive in to the wild world of Northern aviation. Eva Holland takes us into the fray of the battle for the Peel watershed, digesting four days of courtroom hullabaloo (or, as close as you can get to that in a courtroom). Then the editors take a lunch break feeling out food trucks North of 60.
The Hudson's Bay Company has faded from the Northern landscape. Mining communities commemorate their early history through theatre. As we look back at how the North has changed, we visit photo albums from the 1970s. And looking ahead, we map what it'll take to bring Nunavut online--and offer a cheeky (but educated) glimpse at the North in the year 2100.