Editor's Note ~ Summer 2012 (V6I2)
If you asked me five year ago where I'd be in 2012, Whitehorse would not have been the assured reply--but then again, I haven't exactly been the type to forecast five years ahead. The fact remains that in the spring of 2007 I left my life in a suburb outside Toronto for the Yukon capital, with nothing but a few suitcases, a new parka, and a book of Robert Service poetry in hand.
Friends and family badgered me with critiques, placing their bets on whether the city-girl personality lurking in my heart and habits could or would ever be conquered by the unfamiliar mountains of the North. It was uncharted territory, but this tale is not unique--it is very much like the familiar refrain you'll hear from so many Yukoners: I came, I say, I stayed.
A lot can happen in five years. Just look at the publication you're holding. Now celebrating its fifth anniversary, Yukon, North of Ordinary
has come a long way, yet still aims to share stories of this extraordinary place of incomparable, wide-open spaces juxtaposed with an element of metropolitan life. This issue, we're thrilled to debut a new voice with the column "The Boreal Herbalist," penned by Beverly Grey, who reveals how to utilize the North's natural treasures.
Take my word for it when I say I can hack the plummeting temperatures of winter, but I'd be lying if I didn't admit that Yukon summers hold a special spot in my heart. It's the time when communities come alive with countless occasions, bringing everyone together under the illustrious glow of the midnight sun. In this issue, find out about some of the territory's staple summer happenings with our festival guide and go behind the scenes of the Kluane Mountain Bluegrass Festival, celebrating its tenth birthday.
Perhaps that city gal within me has never truly vanished. Nevertheless, I've been lived in by the call of the North, and I'm certain there is no other place I'd rather be. I am honoured to embark on the journey with our assiduous Harper street Publishing team, our talented writers and photographers, and especially all of you, our loyal and loving readers.