I came across this photo by Michael Edwards on flickr while trying to figure out what life is like in post-summer Yukon:
From the photo, I concluded that living in the Yukon year-round may or may not involve occasionally exploring large fields of abandoned appliances.
I asked Michael to describe the photo, and he wrote:
"This is a shot of Toronto-based artist Margaux Williamson, who was recently KIAC's artist-in-residence here in Dawson City. One day I took her and fellow artist Wednesday Lupypciw for a drive out to the Dawson Dump, or, as it is properly called, the Quigley Landfill. I don't know who Quigley is.
The dump has a great 'free store' -- you're encouraged to set aside things that might still be useful, and scavenging there is great fun. (As it is for the dump's many resident ravens.)
Row after row of refrigerators, stoves, washing machines, dryers, and hot water tanks cover an area of about an acre."
Michael's well-edited photostream provides a peek into a part of the Yukon you won't see in the free vacation planner that you requested from the Yukon tourism website that got mailed to you after you already returned from your trip (but thank you anyway, Yukon government, I enjoyed the pictures and articles nonetheless, although they did not help me plan my trip), and helps me imagine what it might be like to live there.
Why am I obsessed with the Yukon? That's for another entry.
In the meantime, you can read about another Yukon experience last February from Geist's Michal Kozlowski.