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Yukon Spellbound

The only major roadway in the province, we encountered few other travelers along the Yukon Highway.
"There’s a land – oh, it beckons and beckons / And I want to go back – and I will.” – from The Spell of the Yukon by Robert Service.
Jason van Bruggen stops to shoot on a hike in the woods outside Dawson City. Featuring: The Waxed Cotton Ranch Jacket.
Pierre Satureuil walks to the pasture to round up the horses as the light fades at Yukon Horsepacking.
Pierre leads the horses in for the evening at Yukon Horsepacking.
Maegan McCaw runs evening chores on her ATV at Yukon Horsepacking.
“There are strange things done in the midnight sun / by the men who moil for gold.” – from The Cremation of Sam McGee by Robert Service.
“On the marge of Lake Laberge,” we find the inspiration for Service’s The Cremation of Sam McGee.
You can only reach Ned Cathers’ camp by boat in warm months and by dogsled after the freeze. Featuring: The Wool Pullover.
Peter takes a snooze on the shore of Lake Laberge. Featuring: The Chambray Shirt.
A juvenile Bald Eagle soars high above Lake Laberge.
Ned Cathers has been leading excursions as an outfitter on Lake Laberge for 35 years.
As a storm approaches, Dustin Elliot leads his horse away from the water’s edge and back into the shelter of the woods that run along Lake Laberge.
Ben navigates the wooded trails down to Lake Laberge on horseback.
Jason takes a break on the porch of Robert Service’s cabin on the outskirts of Dawson City.
The trading post in Dawson City is full of rare and unique editions of Robert Service’s poetry.
High above Dawson City, the vistas from Midnight Dome reveal the full expanse of the Yukon River.
Jason stops in for a beer at “the Pit” in Dawson City. Featuring The Featherweight Chambray Shirt.
Mike Mancini’s Keno City Snack Bar is the legendary home of the Yukon’s best pizza.
The proprietor of the Keno City Snack Bar, the curator of the Keno City Mining Museum and the unofficial mayor, Mike Mancini is the man to know in Keno City.
Ben catches up on the Yukon News as a loop of home videos plays in the background at the Keno City Snack Bar. Featuring: The Indigo Workshirt.
Launched in 1960, even today the Yukon News is the most widely read newspaper in the territory.
From the abandoned Warnika Silver Mine, Hanson Lakes unfold at the foot of Keno Hill.
Former silver miner Dirk Rentmeister guides us up Keno Hill in his ATV.
Jason fords Lightning Creek as we ascend Keno Hill.
One single lane road is all that disturbs the wilderness around Keno City.
Dirk gathers firewood in preparation for the Solstice bonfire on top of Keno Hill.
Bushpilot Geoff Koots prepares the cockpit of his Beaver De Havilland for take off on the tarmac of the Tintina Airfield in Whitehorse. Featuring: The Shetland Ball Cap.
Jason navigates the mist atop Keno Hill. Featuring: The Cap of Courage.
Vistas constantly shift, as the clouds begin to break on top of Keno Hill.
Peter sets the pace as we explore Keno Hill. Featuring: The Watershed Animas Dry Bag Backpack.
Leo Martel is the kind-eyed owner of the Keno City Hotel and Bar, which has no hours of operation posted. “I’ll stand there as long as you sit there,” he assures us.
“It’s the great, big, broad land ‘way up yonder." – from The Spell of the Yukon by Robert Service.
Photographed at midnight, Jason captures Best Made founder in our Shetland Voting Jacket, in the full glare of the midnight sun.
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Fall 2016, The Yukon

As a born and bred Canadian, well versed in the lore of Sam McGee, I have always dreamed of a Best Made Yukon adventure. And, at last, here we are: me, my crew, renowned Canadian adventure photographer Jason van Bruggen and the ghost of Robert Service, the Yukon’s legendary bard. We’re all standing on the mythical shores of Lake Laberge, shooting in broad daylight well into the wee hours of the night. Stranger things have doubtless transpired in the land of the midnight sun. Robert Service was keenly aware that there is no better fuel for the imagination than spending time in the wilderness. I’m putting our gear to the test, but it’s hard not to track the flight of a soaring bird, decipher the next steps of an incoming storm front, or get lost in the mechanics of a campfire that refuses to light. Since the Klondike, the Yukon has attracted big dreamers. The gold rush may be over here, but discoveries are still plenty and close at hand, especially for curious adventurers.

– Peter Buchanan-Smith, Founder

Photography by Jason Frank Rothenberg