September 23, 2017

I had an adventure today. I went along with students from the School of Visual Art in Dawson City and we boarded a lovely bus with Jeffrey Langille at the wheel and we headed off through the fog to Forty Mile, the oldest settlement in the Yukon and where the Tr’ondek Hwech’in had their first settlement.

foggy start Sep 23

We were on our way to the Tr’ondek Hwech’in Fall Harvest Camp. I wasn’t sure what to expect, what it was they would be harvesting. But once I arrived I thought to myself, ‘Ahh yes, of course.”

They were harvesting moose and fish to be ready for winter. The young woman explained to us how they use all the parts of the moose save a small piece of hide and a few internal organs. They thank the moose for giving his life to sustain them and sharing the meat is of utmost importance.

We saw the first Mission School in the Yukon at Forty Mile.

first Mission School 40 Mile Sep 23

And a short distance from the school was the first Northwest Mounted Police detachment.

first Northwest Mounted Police station at Forty Mile

And then next door to that was the Telegraph Station. The site is a designated Heritage Site and interpretive signs provide information as to the original stories of Forty Mile.

original telegraph station Forty Mile

Forty Mile community is where the Fortymile River flows into the Yukon River. A rainbow welcomed our arrival.

Fortymile River at Yukon River at Forty Mile

The Yukon River upstream from Fortymile River.

Yukon River at 40 Mile Sep 23

And then we were on our way home.

path in to 40 Mile

The fog had cleared for the drive home. And one does get the sense that we were at the Top Of The World. An absolutely lovely day


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