Sylvie Painchaud

The Yukon, as the crow flies

Martin Hebert is a nomad. He has always liked to be on the move, earning enough in a few months' work so that he can spend the rest of the year travelling. In his early twenties, he left Quebec for Western Canada.

The Yukon, an artist’s paradise

By Sylvie Painchaud It was -47 degrees when Nathalie Parenteau first set foot in the Yukon. "I was 17 years old and a member of a volunteer group. I thought I was going to land in a polar station with nothing but construction trailers.

Image hunter

By Sylvie Painchaud For some time, nature photographer Nicolas Dory had been dreaming about the great escape. During the week, he developed websites.

A dog’s life, you say?

If you were a dog living in a kennel, you would probably dream of living at the one run by Normand Casavant. There is moose stew, slowly simmered with rice in fish stock, a personalized physical fitness program with an experienced professional trainer, genetics carefully analyzed.

Skiing on gold

Over the last three years, Claude Vallier has criss-crossed the White Pass slopes and carefully documented the details of his excursions. In this famous mountain corridor linking Canada to Alaska, dozens of trails are accessible to skiers. But until now, no one had identified or mapped them.

The Yukon set to music

There are times in life when everything seems to be going wrong and only a major change can revive the oxygen-starved flame inside us. That was how Pascal St-Laurent was feeling when he left Sherbrooke, Quebec.

Two languages, one voice

Singer Nicole Edwards can hold a note in two languages. Inspired by her French first name, an Anglo-Ontarian is now Yukon's francophile folk-rock diva. Many agree Edwards has the most beautiful voice in Yukon.

An Acadian in a world of dogs

She is surrounded by 150 dogs. Some bark as she passes by. Others jostle for attention, hoping to be chosen for the trip.

Pictures worth a thousand words

Sylvie Painchaud Special to the News Mario Villeneuve had visited Yukon many times in summer, his knapsack on his back, like the happy wanderer in the famous folk song, and he had gone into the backcountry countless times before realizing, at long last, t

All roads lead to Yukon

Suzanne was only 19 when she left her hometown of Bathurst, New Brunswick. Her first husband brought her to Haines Junction on their honeymoon with the intention of settling down there.

A skier at the end of the world

In a land as isolated as Yukon's backcountry, only experienced skiers can brave the cold and the risk of avalanches to practise their passion. Stephan Poirier is one such man. Forget about chairlifts and cable cars.

Yukon seen from above

To see through Marcel Dulac's eyes, you have to fly with him. "You have to see it to believe it," says Dulac, a pilot, about the beautiful landscapes he sees from his cockpit.