“They call it the Spell of the Yukon, and I just think that is exactly what it is…. We think of [the] Yukon as a pristine, beautiful, welcoming oasis and it is. You have to have a strong character, and I find the people here are so welcoming. They didn’t even bat an eye about me coming out of the broom closet one bit.”
Patty Schramm is the Goldie Award-winning co-editor of Blue Collar Lesbian Erotica. She lives in Europe with her wife, Sandra, and their cats. In her Romance in the Yukon series, she used her poetic license to envision the Pot of Gold lesbian bar.
K.A. Tucker lives outside Toronto and is the international bestselling author of several romance series, including the northern-themed four-part The Simple Wild. Her books have been featured in USA Today, The Globe and Mail, and Oprah Mag.
Barbara Dunlop is a Yukoner and New York Times bestselling author. She has written 70 romance novels, including a series based in the fictitious community of Paradise, Alaska. She lives with her bush-pilot husband. Her neighbours include the moose and bears that wander through her yard.
Story by Haley Ritchie Photos by Manu Keggenhoff The poet Robert Service may have been infatuated with the North, but he never waxed poetic about the way a rugged bush pilot’s abs rippled while chopping fuel for the wood stove. There are hundreds of romance novels set in the Yukon and Alaska that do just […]
By Alison Criscitiello Photos by Leo Hoorn/National Geographic The horizontal bandsaw in my sub-zero ice-core-processing lab slices through ancient ice from Mount Logan’s summit plateau like a hot knife. Bits of potentially pre-Holocene snow crystals fly off the blade and get sucked away by a vacuum. Once each metre of this ice core is sliced […]
By Wayne Potoroka Photos by Manu Keggenhoff It’s a drizzly Saturday as Red Grossinger, 82, pilots his beefy, four-door F-350 up Whitehorse’s Two Mile Hill. He’s wearing a grey ripstop coat, matching cargo pants, and camouflage cap. It’s typical outdoor gear for an atypical outing: a tour of two of the nearly 150 sasquatch-sighting locations […]
By Tara Borin Photos by Manu Keggenhoff Dawson City left its mark on Gillian Campbell in more than one way. That’s where, in 1967, the entertainer and single mother landed the first major role of her career in the Gaslight Follies, a cabaret-style show that ran for 40 years at the Palace Grand Theatre. She […]
It’s HOT up here!YNoO Spring 2023 Romance novelists draw inspiration from life in the Yukon and Alaska—even if they’ve never experienced it themselves . By Haley Ritchie, photos by Manu Keggenhoff. Read. more… Climbing High to Drill DeepYNoO Winter 2022 Uncovering climate secrets on Mount Logan. By Alison Criscitiello. Read. more… Sasquatch and Red GrossingerYNoO […]
By Sandrine Murray Warning: This story contains details about abuse. Johnny Johns likes telling stories of his childhood, writing down bits of them on scraps of paper before he forgets. He’s got so much to tell. He remembers being nine at his grandfather’s hunting camp, in 1963. His grandfather and namesake, Johnnie Johns, whose Tlingit […]