Business

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.

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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.

Brewing up a busy holiday season

The smell of pungent hops, alcohol and fruit fills the small space where Winterlong Brewery owner Marko Marjanovic and his only employee, Matt Waugh, are preparing for a busy holiday season.

Cutting edge

The shop floor at Duncan's Ltd. is buzzing with activity as dozens of employees man the loud, industrial machines that feed Whitehorse's steel needs.

On the land at Coffee Creek

Angie Joseph-Rear has known about plants all her life. Growing up in the small village of Moosehide, outside Dawson City, the Tr'ondek Hwech'in elder spent a lot of time on the land.

Getting in the holiday spirits

When the folks at Yukon Brewing’s offshoot, Yukon Spirits, began considering the recipe for their newest foray into libation creation, everyone gathered around for a taste test - of tea.

Return of the caribou

A pair of golden caribou antlers poke above the snowy horizon. A group of 20 caribou saunter past with confused yet quizzical looks in my direction. 

A howling good time

When Gypsy wakes up in the morning, she pads across the heated floor of her hotel room and heads outside for a quick stretch. Then she heads back in and lounges on her raised bed for a while.

Elemental Farm takes a back to basics approach

Bart Bounds comes across as a bit of a mad scientist with his dishevelled beard and hair. Sitting at a small table inside a cozy yurt, he talks about his passion for food.

On the scaly trail of Yukon’s chinook salmon

When you gaze across the waters of the Yukon River, you probably don't think about the mass of fishy mucus, urine and feces roiling beneath its surface. From now on, though, you might. Sorry.

Flight school lands back in the Yukon

After two years without a flight school in the territory, Alkan Air has taken up the cause to get more Yukoners in the sky.

Whitehorse contractor has big dreams for tiny homes

The tiny house doesn't actually look all that tiny when you're inside it. There's a bedroom and a little bathroom with a walk-in shower. A washing machine and dryer are tucked into a little alcove in the hallway.

Macaron mania: new shop offers more gourmet food options to Whitehorse

Stepping into Sylvain Belmondo's gourmet food store is like finding yourself in a small shop in southern France. Hanging aged meats cover the walls, terrines tempt the palate.

Outside the Cube prepares to shut its doors

After more than a decade in business, a successful Whitehorse marketing firm is closing up shop. Dee Enright has been the owner of Outside the Cube since 2008.

Hatchery seeks to supersize fry numbers

A tiny fish hatchery just outside Porter Creek is making big strides to help the Yukon's struggling chinook salmon population. If you're not looking for it, the McIntyre Creek hatchery is easy to miss.

Kaminak finds a golden glimmer of hope in gloomy times for miners

All but one of the Yukon's hard rock mines have shuttered. Annual surveys from the Fraser Institute have shown the territory declining in investment attractiveness.