Who’s ready for an all-Cana­dian, all-awe­some ad­ven­ture?

In­dulge your five senses in Canada’s North.

ELLE (Canada) - - In­sider - By Christina Reynolds



Within 15 min­utes of ar­riv­ing in the city, I was in­hal­ing the savoury steam of a siz­zling cross-rib elk roast at the Fire­weed Com­mu­nity Farm­ers Mar­ket along the banks of the Yukon River. Chef Michele Gen­est was sear­ing the meat be­fore tuck­ing it into a Le Creuset pot with root veg­gies, spruce tips, ju­niper berries and Labrador tea—an herb that grows wild in the bo­real for­est—along with a splash of lo­cal stout and espresso.

“Peo­ple here are more will­ing to ex­per­i­ment with wild foods, and brais­ing is a good way to work with wild meat,” ex­plained the au­thor of The Bo­real Feast: A Culi­nary Jour­ney Through the North to on­look­ers at her plein-air cook­ing work­shop. (If we wanted to have a taste, we’d have to come back in three to four hours to sam­ple the fin­ished prod­uct.)

Those meaty scents min­gled in the fresh sum­mer air with those of In­dian samosas, Mex­i­can tacos and yeast—thanks to the whole-wheat loaves and berry pies from the Home Sweet Home Bak­ing stand. Given White­horse’s lo­ca­tion north of the 60th par­al­lel, I was sur­prised to see stacks of vi­brant-hued lo­cal car­rots and red pota­toes. On the Au­gust day I vis­ited, there was even a busker sell­ing home­grown let­tuce out of his gui­tar case for $5 a (giant) head. It turns out that this city of close to 30,000 is the warm­est spot in Canada’s North due to its lo­ca­tion in the pro­tected White­horse val­ley. It also has more than 20 hours of sum­mer sun­shine a day, which su­per­charges its oth­er­wise short grow­ing sea­son.

White­horse, the Yukon’s cap­i­tal city, is built along the banks of the Yukon River.

One of the many vi­brant build­ings in the com­mu­nity of Car­cross—a must-see stop near the Car­cross Desert.

White­horse-based chef Michele Gen­est’s lat­est cook­book

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