Michael Gates

Jack Dalton and the shooting of Dan McGinniss

‘You’re a dirty, lying sonofabitch. You take it back!” growled Jack Dalton, and with that, he drew his gun and put six slugs into…

Memories of Bear Creek wanted

For three brief years, Dawson City was the epicentre of excitement. Ground zero for the Klondike Gold Rush. The Paris of the North.

Cattle drives to the Yukon

When you think of the great cattle drives of the pioneer West, you think of the famous Chisholm Trail in the United States, or the big cattle ranches…

Old tramway is now part of Whitehorse history

The Millennium Trail along the Yukon River, which is one of the finest urban walking trails I have had the pleasure to use, is also a walk through Whitehorse history.

Early feminist had a rough ride in the Klondike

I belong to the "lower classes;" That's a phrase we often meet.

To collect or not collect that is the question

During the holiday season that just recently concluded, I listened to Susan Stanley on the CBC, interviewing Gerry Peters, a local businessman with a passion for collecting old things. These were items salvaged from buildings being demolished, or artifact

The ground we stand on

Wissahickon schist is a grey stone. When you look closely at it, this rock shows tiny, shining flecks of mica and maybe even the occasional micro garnet embedded in it. Quarried in Mt.

Biographers honour two prominent Yukon geologists

One of the two men was a tubercular hunchback dwarf. The other was half blind. One had a city named after him, which he never saw.

Overland sleigh rides were a winter necessity

Just after Christmas, I treated my family to a sleigh ride in a winter wonderland. Though the wonderland was merely Meadow Lakes Golf Course, it was a perfect winter day: clear and crisp, but not too cold.

Watson Lake was a war baby

Two things impressed me about my recent trip to Watson Lake. The first was made clear when my wife Kathy and I stopped at a pull-off at the continental divide, located between Teslin and Watson Lake.

Yukon honeymoons are a challenge for any marriage

Madeleine Gould was sitting across the living room from me when I asked her about her honeymoon home back in 1946. Her new home sat on the edge of Nugget Hill, overlooking Hunker Creek, near Dawson City.

how the yukon made jack london

I travelled to Europe in 1993 on behalf of the Klondike Visitors Association to make the pitch for Dawson City to host the World Goldpanning Championship in 1996. I was also there to give a talk about early Klondike mining.

Pioneer historian Iris Warner dies at 86

Well-known Yukon historian Iris Warner passed away on Salt Spring Island on Friday, January 11. She was a member of the first generation of Yukon history champions.

Awards night in ‘Hollywood North’

When asked if the Yukon is becoming Hollywood North, New York filmmaker Bill Morrison turned the question on its head by stating that Hollywood is “Yukon South.”

  • Apr 21, 2017

The house that gold built

We may think of the classic Yukon building as the tiny cabin made of log, overlooking a small lake in a hidden corner of the territory.

History is on the move this summer

It has been a busy week. In fact, I have been practically run off my feet and still can’t keep up with every historical event that is being offered in Whitehorse.

An early trip on the Overland Trail

“We dashed through virgin forests, climbed mountains, flew around dizzying curves, and skidded along narrow cliffs until my heart was in my throat and my soul was full of thrills.”

The story of Chicken Billy Anstett

William Horkan had the prestigious job of gardener at the Commissioner’s Residence, but the horticulturist whose name stands out was William Anstett, but was widely known as Chicken Billy.

In Dawson, I saw wonderful things

When I visited the old courthouse in Dawson City this past weekend, where I had an office for 18 years as curator for Parks Canada, it was like seeing the place for the first time, and yes, I saw wonderful things.

This was Yukon life 100 years ago

One hundred years ago, war was the dominant topic in the minds of Yukoners as the “Great War” dragged on into its third year. Human life became an expendable commodity stalemate in the battlefields of France and Belgium.