Into the Beautiful North!
Happy Spring Equinox! Joanna Priestley here, on my way to Dawson City, Yukon in northern Canada to be artist-in-residence at the Klondike Institute for Art and Culture (KIAC) for a month. It’s hard to get to Dawson. First I flew from Portland, Oregon to Vancouver, B.C. and then to Whitehorse, Yukon, where I am spending the night. My hotel is on the commercial fringe, next to the Dollar Store and the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network.
I arrived in Whitehorse at noon (early flights!) and just spent four hours sliding around on the icy, slushy sidewalks. The sun is shining and there will be ten hours of light today. The most interesting thing I found was the amazing log structure you see above. It looks like a residence or even three apartments.
Whitehorse was a major jumping off point for gold miners headed to Dawson during the 1896–1903 Klondike Gold Rush but only a few buildings remain from that era. Most of the structures are plain boxes from the 1970′s, 80′s and 90′s. The city is ringed with lovely mountains and is right on the Yukon River, the third longest river in North America (1980 miles), after the Mississippi and the Mackenzie. Tomorrow: north to Dawson City!