Monthly Archives: July 2018

Yukon Native Language Centre

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It’s always interesting to check out the Yukon Native Language Centre.

The office within Yukon College is adminstered by the Council of Yukon First Nations.

It’s a place for courses and workshops, and features material in eight languages: Gwich’in, Hän, Kaksa, Northern Tutchone, Southern Tutchone, Tagish, Tlingit and Upper Tanana.

The centre has storybooks, classroom materials, legends, elders’ interviews and more.

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Dawson City: View from the dome

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A view of Dawson City from the ‘dome’ which is a high lookout point. The Yukon river is seen in the distance.

Paddling the Yukon River: Carmacks to Dawson city

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Some friends and I recently paddled from Carmacks to Dawson City. The journey takes about 6 days.

It’s a very easy section to do as the current is strong. The river pushes you along at around 6km/hour without even paddling. With some paddling you can push to about a 10 km/hour average speed.

The distance of about 400 kilometres means about 40 hours of sustained paddling at this speed.

Rental places allow you to be dropped off in Carmacks then drop off the canoe and supplies in Dawson City before taking a bus back to Whitehorse.