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Lake LeBarge

One of the most recognized names in the Yukon is Robert Service.  He spent many years in the far north and wrote poems to express his feelings about the land.  One of his most famous poems is “The Cremation of Sam McGee”.  The poem is set on Lake Le Barge which is just outside of Whitehorse.  So this was first on the list to see today since the day started out with sunshine.  We had to access the lake in a provincial campground.  There were very few campers in the campground so getting to the lake posed no problem.  We went to the Yukon Wildlife Preserve.  Sadly this was just an area where wild animals had been penned in and you paid to be driven around to see them, thus we moved on.

Back in Whitehorse we went to the McBride Museum.  In the museum are artifacts depicting the history of the Yukon and the early settlers who ministered to the native peoples.  The conditions they endured makes on wonder why they stayed. 

Also housed at the museum is the real Sam McGee’s cabin.  Sam McGee was a friend of Robert Service and he gave his permission for Robert Service to use his name in the poem.  He fortunately was not cremated.

While at the museum, I tried my hand at gold panning finding exactly 3 flakes of gold.  Sure won’t pay for the trip.

After dinner we drove around town photographing the many murals painted on the walls of the buildings.  My favorite was the mural of the fronts of buildings painted on the backs of the buildings.

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Lake LeBarge
Lake LeBarge
Takhini River
Takhini River
The Cremation of Sam McGee
The Cremation of Sam McGee
Sam McGees cabin
Sam McGee's cabin
Inside the cabin
Inside the cabin
Wagon used in Whitehorse
Wagon used in Whitehorse
Tram used in Canyon City
Tram used in Canyon City
Old washing machine
Old washing machine
Flowers in downtown Whitehorse
Flowers in downtown Whitehorse
Main street
Main street
Mountie mural
Mountie mural
This mural is on the backs of the …
This mural is on the backs of the…
Worlds largest weathervane
World's largest weathervane
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photo by: silan