Doug Sack

Eco Geezers and Environettes

If there is anywhere in western Canada outside of the oilpatch where a quick primer on environmental reclamation and restoration is timely, it is the neglected goldfields of the Yukon generally and the Klondike specifically.

Cal Miller brought the Flying Fathers to town

As a professional storyteller with a long memory, I've been asked many times which story of them all stands out in the memory bank from my days pioneering sportswriting in the Yukon.

Canadians fought in Vietnam, too

Doug Sack According to Canada's Department of Veteran Affairs, the following is what you will be solemnly remembering this week during the 11th minute of the 11th hour of the 11th month of 2015: October 11, 1899 South African War begins October 30, 1899

Daughter of the glaciers

Sian Williams, 43, and her sister, Megan, 40, daughters of Carole and Andy Williams of Kluane's Arctic Institute of North America and founders of the flight-seeing charter business.

Guru of the glaciers

Andrew Williams, 74, is a muscular, wiry former Royal Marine-commando and bush pilot with a crisp and precise British accent, an unmistakable twinkle in his eyes and the well-leathered face of an man.

The day David slayed Goliath

A recent online comment from a manly reader using his real name after an earlier nostalgia piece about Eddie Overshoes went something like this: “Hey Doug, do you recall the amazing fastpitch game...

The Yukon Kid rides again

For most of my adult life, as a writer always looking for new ideas or markets to sell stories, I've wondered why westerns were so popular and successful yet there was no such genre known as "northerns." 

  • Sep 16, 2015

To fish, or not to fish

Although I have written many fishy stories over the years, both saltwater and fresh, alas I have never caught one, at least as an adult who first came to the Yukon in 1971.

Birds of the Yukon

Although this is only my second summer of being a retired RV enthusiast, already I’m learning many things that escaped my attention in the long, hard years of a working life.

No shortage of fish stories at Tagish Bridge

Doug Sack Special to the News Tagish Bridge, Yukon Sometimes when Mitch Dupont stumbles down the stairs early in the morning to fire up the stove in the kitchen of Six Mile River Resort.

The last ride of the man called Overshoes

When your given and legal name is Edward Roy Overton from Laval, Quebec, and you are a former Canadian paratrooper and Korean war veteran who first viewed the Yukon from beneath...

Albertans stampeding to Klondike

The sudden loss of 50,000 full time jobs in Alberta so far this year due to the global dip in the price of oil which has now been compounded by the shocking election of an NDP government in Edmonton.

April is the best month to visit Alaska

Doug Sack Here is one of the best-kept secrets in the Yukon...Here is one of the best-kept secrets in the Yukon… or maybe I was just the last to find out about it.

The Yukon’s worst poker player

When Yukon balladeer Hank Karr sings "The Gambler," he advises young players the key to winning money is knowing when to hold 'em and when to fold 'em. And, for the most part, that is good and true advice.

Burning daylight

The most famous dog musher in Yukon history, in one man's opinion, was a character who appeared in several of Jack London's Klondike tales called "Burning Daylight.

Laments of a ‘semi skilled labourer’

This autumn, during my recent six-month transition from a retired oilpatch catskinner to a born-again Yukon cheechako, I did a pretty good job keeping my yap shut.

The day Denali turned deadly

In July 1967, 12 young mountain climbers, nine from the coastal mountains of Oregon and Washington and three from the Colorado Rockies.