MacBride Museum

The Yukon’s dance hall queen

'The men did not come to the Yukon for the gold; they came to see me," Klondike Kate Rockwell, perhaps one of the most well-known dance hall girls during the Klondike Gold Rush, is quoted as saying.

two key letters began land claim process 100 years ago

The man who laid the foundation for Yukon First Nation land claims is widely known as Jim Boss, but he also had another name. He was called Kishwoot which means, "pound the table with fist," perhaps foreshadowing his strong negotiating skills.

transportation pioneer passed away before historic voyage

'We played together on the river as kids in Dawson 60 years ago - he worked on the river as a man, and, when the river died, he died," said an old friend of Yukon's jack-of-all-trades, Emil Forrest. In 1901, Forrest came to the Yukon with his family.

Arctic sea ice and polar bears

How do you study an animal that can weigh up to 700 kilograms, and each year will walk thousands of kilometres over sea ice in the remote Canadian Arctic and never return to the same place twice? It is not easy, says graduate student Vicki Sahanatien, who

pests take foothold as temperatures warm in the yukon

How can a plant with a nice name like sweetclover be bad? Yukon wildlife biologist Bruce Bennett can tell you at least three different ways that this invasive species could wreak havoc on Yukon's ecosystems and the environment.

What really happened in Copenhagen?

It was December 2009, and 28-year-old Yukoner Amber Church was in Denmark participating in a "bed-in. She was sitting outside one of the Bella Centre plenary rooms in her pajamas clutching a pillow and blanket...

one of yukons hidden histories

More than 30 per cent of the soldiers who built the Alaska Highway and about 45 per cent of the men who constructed the Canol Road were African American.

yukons working class poet criminal and pest

People who knew Marie Joussaye variously categorized her as a "woman of talent with a capacity for leadership," a "very kind person and a true Christian," and a 'public pest,' according to Carol Gerson's biography Only a Working Girl.

the man who walked with bear feet

According to Yukon lore, a group of hunters were out one day looking for game when they happened across some strange tracks in the snow. The men immediately recognised that the tracks had been made by a bear, but there was only one set of tracks.

Disastrous flood leads to storied career as Yukon leader

Although George Black has a long list of accomplishments to his name, his memory is often overshadowed by that of his first wife, Martha, in Yukon's history books. Martha is often portrayed as a fearless woman, who was, in some ways, ahead of her time.

Tragic figure’s family rewrites history following death

On a cold Friday in December 1898, a charming 19-year-old dance hall girl took her own life. Myrtle Brocee had been sick with flu and fever. For three weeks she had been convalescing, but she was expected back at the dance hall on Monday.

Daring photographer risked his life to capture railway construction

In May 1898, the White Pass &Yukon; Route railway's official photographer Harrie C. Barley narrowly escaped death by just a few inches. His camera was set up on a pile of rock near the other end of a tunnel, just above White Pass City.

trios klondike trip ends in murder

It was early summer 1902, and three men from Quebec were on their way to the Klondike to grab whatever fame and fortune were left at the end of the great gold rush. They had high hopes and more than enough pocket money to get them to Dawson.

canadas first top female journalist had a secret identity

In modern movies journalists are often portrayed unfavourably. They're shown as aggressive reporters waving a microphone in the lead character's face, or as eavesdropping paparazzi ruining lives for a sensational story.

Yukon pioneer built a legacy, three storeys high

Whitehorse was a boom town during the Second World War. Construction on the Alaska Highway and the Canol Pipeline meant that the budding city was crammed full of people, and as construction hadn't yet caught up with demand, those people had nowhere to live.

The Women’s Army Corps in Whitehorse

More than 150,000 American women answered the call to serve their country during the Second World War.

hobo bills wild ride

Back in the early 1900s the main way to get between Whitehorse and Dawson by land was to hop a coach or a sleigh on the Overland Trail. And back then "Hobo Bill" Donnenworth was one of the route's most famous drivers.

Building the DEW Line was like moving 2,000 Statues of Liberty to the Arctic

It sounds like something from an old movie. During the Cold War era North America was looking for a way to defend against the threat of an attack from the USSR.