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Feature articles by Darrell Hookey

Contact Darrell at darrell.hookey@gmail.com

Darrell Hookey     Darrell Hookey is a freelance writer who lives in Whitehorse, Yukon. He knows the Yukon and its people intimately, yet Darrell's writing reflects the amazement and wonder he has always felt for his northern home.

    He graduated from Loyalist College in 1981 with a diploma in print journalism and has worked on various newspapers. As a freelancer, he has written humour for Reader's Digest, business profiles for Home Business Report, historical pieces for The Yukoner Magazine and many features for the Yukon News. He has also written travel stories for Up Here, Maturity and travelwithachallenge.com, and was Editor of What's Up Yukon for a few years.

    Darrell is a long-time supporter of ExploreNorth and it's predecessor, Arctic/Northern Culture. The articles we have posted on our network are linked below.

Buzzsaw Jimmy
One of the Yukon's "Colourful 5%", James D. Richards is most famous for his massive portable sawmill that severed a few body parts.

Anatomy of a Busy Day on the Trains
The White Pass & Yukon Route has been one of the most popular trips in Alaska for most of the last century.

Sharing Time with Dad
It was my Dad's watch - it doesn't keep very good time, and I have to wind it, but it keeps me connected to him now that he's gone.

The "Other" Historians
This article, originally published in The Yukoner Magazine #15 (July 2000), features unofficial Yukon historians Murray Lundberg, Lyall Murdoch, Grant Simpson, Jan Wotton, and Chris Caldwell.

Faro - the Yukon's Yukon
Faro is what the world thinks of when it thinks of the Yukon. And yet how many of us in Whitehorse have dared visit Faro to see just how horribly we have gone wrong?

He Lives in a Garage
Darrell introduces us to another of the colourful characters that make the North so interesting.

Driving Outside to Find the Yukon
Yukoners are proud of what the Yukon is, and proud of what the Yukon makes us. But we must drive our vehicles beyond our isolation at least once in our lifetimes.

The Final Wish
It was Sanae Nakai's final wish to see the northern lights, and a team of Japanese and Canadians were able to make her wish come true.

Industry & Art in Whitehorse
New York City has its Soho District; Paris has its Montmartre; and Whitehorse has its ... McRae Industrial Park.

Wearable Art for the Hunter
Leisa Gattie-Thurmer takes a moose hide and creates rugged, yet fashionable, shirts.

'Mature Travel' in the Yukon
There is a niche market of a niche market that has become a dominant force these past few years: Mature travellers who are seeking alternative experiences and opportunities to learn.

A river guide runs through it...
A good river guide can strap 12 days of food and gear onto a raft, flip it upside down in the water, bounce it off a canyon wall and find a current to bring their shell-shocked guests into a pleasant harbour for an evening of song and story telling.

Concretions: The Other Valuable Mineral
As round as a bowling ball and just as heavy, a concretion is 'the other valuable mineral' found in the Yukon.

Getting 'Pack' to Nature with Dogs
If you've ever thought about taking your dog on a hike, this article will convince you of the value a husky can add to the experience.

The Impact of a Meteor
Every Yukoner over the age of three will be able to tell you exactly where they were when the sky lit up on that morning of January 18, at 8:43 in the year 2000.

Gold panner's manual leads to fun
Sam Holloway has published a book that tells you how to pan for gold in the Yukon - you may not get rich, but you will have fun.

The Lewes River
Darrell clears up the confusion about what the real name of the river that passes by Whitehorse is.

Living High in Whitehorse
It is the most prestigious address in Whitehorse: 210 Lambert Street, usually refered to as 'the log skyscraper.'

My walking stick is my pal
Nature walks are to be enjoyed by all the senses. And there is nothing like a wooden walking stick to send gentle signals from the ground to the finger tips.

Margaret and Marie in the Klondike Gold Rush
Disputes over gold mining could get out of hand, as the battle between Margaret Mitchell and Marie Fotheringham shows.

Boxing in the Klondike
The good citizens of Dawson City loved the manful sport of boxing. Just six years after the Gold Rush, in 1904, they were treated to The Fight of the Century.