About the series

DownNorth Tales

Stories From Yellowknife is the first in a series called DownNorth Tales.

The 24 chapters in this first book in the DownNorth Tales series (launched in November 2011) are about real people and real events that took place in and around Yellowknife from the 1930s through to the 1970s.

In Stories From the Mackenzie Valley (anticipated release June, 2013) and Stories From the Arctic (anticipated release December, 2013) you’ll read about:

  1. -a whiskey swilling Governor General who climbed a mountain along the Mackenzie River;

  2. -an RCMP ventriloquist who used his dummy to interrogate crime suspects (a classic ‘good cop’ ‘bad cop’ routine);

  3. -a greenhorn woodcutter who freezes his gigantic feet;

  4. -the first verified conquering of the North Pole (that was in 1968!);

  5. -and a story of murder at an ice-island research station, a ‘furthest north’ record.

Watch this website for dates when these new books in the DownNorth Tales series are released.

Why Down North?

The term ‘down north’ was commonly used from the late 1880s through to the 1950s as a description for how people and freight got into the western part of the Northwest Territories. Early travellers into the Mackenzie River basin crossed a small bump in the landscape, a continental divide, north of Edmonton, Alberta to then float down north on the Athabasca, Slave and Mackenzie rivers to the Arctic Ocean.