Rainy day in Carcross

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A raven flies along the waters where Bennett Lake meets Nares Lake in Carcross. It’s been a rainy summer in Yukon with far more misty and wet conditions than usual.

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Testing the Sherp: Russian innovation

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A company called Sherp Canada held a demonstration outside Whitehorse. These machines are made in Ukraine and can go through mud, water, ice, snow — you name it.

One thing I noticed though, is that they tear up the countryside. This is partly because of the huge wheels and the method of turning, which is like a tank. Wheels turning forwards and backwards, pivoting the vehicle, tend to mash the ground and dig into it.

The manufacturers hope the Canadian Forces will buy some.

Adäka festival: Traditional watercraft

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The Akäka Arts and Culture Festival wrapped up today with a splash: Traditional canoes and kayaks were launched onto the Yukon River after more than a month of work.

Canada’s 150th parade in Whitehorse

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Canada Day, July 1st, was marked with a parade in downtown Whitehorse. Canadian Rangers, horses, firetrucks even knights in armor (from the local medieval sports league..)

This year was the 150th anniversary of Confederation.

The last picture shows Teagyn Vallevand of Whitehorse holding a sign saying “150 years of resilience: Yukon First Nations.”

Rainy summer day in Whitehorse

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A rainy summer day in Whitehorse. It hasn’t been very hot this summer but it’s been good for the flowers blooming downtown.

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.

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.