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Yukon Escape Games offers breakout form of entertainment

I'm trapped in a log cabin with three of my friends as we frantically search for clues that will lead us to finding my grandfather's gold.

Start up promises the dawn of aquaponics in the Yukon

In The Martian, Matt Damon plays a botanist abandoned on Mars who is forced to MacGyver together a system that can grow potatoes.

A greenhouse for the North

If you've ever bitten into a slice of tomato and wished for a little more flavour, or watched sadly as your cucumbers begin to rot just days after you bought them - well, now there's a new, made-in-Yukon solution for your veget

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One of the Yukon budget’s odder line items: $50K to buy two ancient arctic camel skeletons

The back room used by Yukon's paleontology department is not all that flashy until Dr. Grant Zazula starts spinning wheels reminiscent of bank vault doors and the rows of shelves separate like a giant accordion.

Never ending battle against mosquitoes set to start once again

Starting in the next few weeks, the City of Whitehorse and a dozen Yukon communities will begin the annual battle against the invasion of mosquitoes in the territory.

The tiny plant that packs a punch

Duckweed isn't the most beautiful of plants. Each little plant is smaller than the size of your thumbnail - just a few tiny leaves floating on the surface of a pond.

Gettin’ a charge out of the electric car

As the story goes, when the speedy army engineers first built the Alaska Highway, no one had time to consider putting up gas stations.

A ski pole for the digital era

By his own admission, Alastair Smith only took up cross-country skiing to impress his wife. Before they were married, she was on the ski team at university, so he started skiing to spend time with her - as you do.

Bill McKibben to tell Yukon to keep carbon in the ground

There's a certain irony in the act of flying across the continent to give a speech about the perils of man-made climate change.

Highway grub worth pulling over for

The Alaska Highway can be one of the worst places for impromptu hunger pangs to hit. Options for food between Watson Lake and Whitehorse are limited to a handful of restaurants.

Raven bets on biomass

The backyard of Whitehorse's Raven Recycling is home to the territory's latest European transplant. The recycling depot has swapped out its old boiler for one originally developed in Austria.

Sugar Mobile aims to sweeten the deal for cellular customers

A regional wireless carrier with a 3G network across the territories is trying to go national - and it's getting pushback from some of Canada's big three telecommunications companies.

Tracking languages with eagles and arrows

The story goes that the rock monster eagle used to swoop down and carry people off to feed to his children in a nest on top of a tall rock. One day, the monster slayer decided to kill the eagle.

Turning Yukon’s IT sector Orange

Six years ago, Martin Lehner was designing websites for local businesses out of a home office. At the time, the co-owner of Orange Technology said, it wasn't his plan to build a technical support company at all.

A sip seven years in the making

Making whisky is all about the long game. It's been about seven years since the folks at Yukon Brewing expanded their operation beyond beer.

Good news from Kluane Lake

Heidi Swanson is delighted with the early results of contaminant testing on Kluane Lake fish. The lake trout and whitefish have extremely low levels of mercury, a common contaminant in northern lakes.

Preparing to leave the Den

Yvonne Ochsner remembers driving home from the Whitehorse airport one day about 14 years ago, in tears.

Mud volcanoes burble beneath Icy Beaufort sea

Normally, you wouldn't expect the Beaufort Sea to be a hotbed of volcanic action. It's covered with ice for much of the year.

Beans for an eco savvy coffee connoisseur

Hikers exploring the wilderness outside of Atlin, B.C.: do not be alarmed. Your senses are not deceiving you.

Snow fences and permafrost don’t mix

It probably seemed like a good idea at the time. In the early 1980s, highway maintenance people in the Northwest Territories put up a stretch of snow fence along a drift-prone bit of the Dempster Highway.