Monthly Archives: June 2017

Yukon River Quest 2017 begins

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Today was the start of the 700-kilometre journey from Whitehorse to Dawson City: The Yukon River Quest.

Some people use canoes, some use kayaks and some even use stand-up paddle boards.

There are two enforced rest stops totalling 10 hours in all, but other than that it’s go-go-go for a few days. Some people sleep while others paddle and some nights people don’t sleep at all.

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Aboriginal Day 2017

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This is the first year that Aboriginal Day is a statutory holiday in Yukon. This means government employees had the day off.

The celebration in Whitehorse included music, dancing, fish and bannock, and stories told around a campfire.

Firefighters respond in Whitehorse

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Here are some views of Yukon firefighters responding to a call. There are full-time firefighters in Whitehorse as well as volunteer departments in other communities.