Ian Stewart/Yukon News
Saturday is Canada’s Parks Day and there are free events taking place across the territory.
In Whitehorse, there’s live music, games, wildlife activities, storytelling, face painting and cake from noon to 5 p.m. at the SS Klondike.
For a little more exercise, hike to Canyon City with historian Dave Neufeld. Meet at the Miles Canyon Suspension Bridge at 10 a.m. The tour is about two hours long.
In Kluane National Park and Reserve there’s a musical hike on the Dezadeash Trail. Meet at the Kluane RV Campground trailhead at 1:30 p.m.
For a trip down the Yukon River, grab a free boat ride to Fort Selkirk Historic Site. Call 667-5386 for more information and to make reservations.
If you’re at the Dawson City Music Festival, take a detour to Tombstone Territorial Park for a Junior Naturalist Parks Day event. It starts at the Interpretive Centre at 1:30 p.m.
Or head up to the Tombstones after the music fest on Monday, July 18 for the celebratory opening of the new Beaver Pond Interpretive Trail at 1:30 p.m. There’s a potluck supper and a unique mountain-view coffee house. Bring your instrument! It starts at the Interpretive Centre at 5:30 p.m.
Finally, if your at the Chilkoot Trail National Historic Site, you can hear Robert Service poetry at Lindeman, Bennett and on the train during the Parks Day weekend.
For more information go to parksday.ca or call 667-3910.
Dancing under the Dome
Pack up the tent, and get on the North Klondike Highway; the Dawson City Music Festival kicks off Friday night with Shotgun Jimmie, Shout Out Out Out Out and Rich Aucoin. The weekend also features Fish & Bird, Chic Gamine, Mr. Something Something, Yukon Blonde and The Stampeders. Local acts include Tr’ondek Hwech’in Singers, Sarah MacDougall, Dennis Allen & the Hellhounds, the Done Gone Trio and Ryan McNally.
Weekend passes cost $126, while day passes cost $20.
For a bit of Yukon gore and Western lore head to Qwanlin Cinema to see The Mountie, a made-in-the-Yukon duster that follows a lone Mountie who comes to town to clean up the crime and corruption, after finding an innocent man dead. Once he uncovers the men behind the crimes he prepares to take them down one by one in the most vicious showdown this town has ever seen. Showtimes are 7:15 and 9:15 p.m.
Trouble finding a place to live?
A public forum to address Whitehorse’s housing crisis is taking place on Monday, July 18 at the L’AFY Building on Strickland Street and Third Avenue. The hope is to find immediate solutions. Representatives from First Nations, the city, YTG, NGOs, landlords and tenants have been invited. NDP Leader Liz Hanson will moderate the event, which begins at 7 p.m.
The world of orienteering is descending on Whitehorse this week with athletes and supporters from as far afield as Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Sweden, Czech Republic, Switzerland, the United Arab Emirates and the United States. Six days of top-class orienteering kick off in the territory off on July 16 and run through to the 24. Midweek, on July 20, there will be a High Performance Program Fundraiser starting at Selkirk Street School at 6 p.m. There are also three races that are world-ranking events. Only a few races of this standard are held each year in North America.
The public is encouraged to come and cheer for the local competitors. Leading the way will be local juniors Lee Hawkings and Kendra Murray, recently returned from the Junior World Orienteering Championships in Poland. There are excellent viewing opportunities on Sunday July 17 at Rotary Peace Park and on Monday July 18 at Elijah Smith School. Both of these races start at 10 a.m. with finishes expected between 10:30 a.m. and noon.
For full details of the locations of each days activities go to http://www.yukonorienteering.ca/coc2011/
Group of Seven
After researching and tracking down the sketching sites for over 200 of the Group of Seven’s iconic works of art, Jim and Sue Waddington of Hamilton, Ontario, are coming to the territory to talk about it. Photographs of the locations today will be compared with the earlier artistic versions of the locations. The talk is on Thursday, July 21 at the High Country Inn. Doors open at 7 p.m. for the 7:30 talk. Admission is by donation.