Northern Manuscripts

Life under the diamond air of the North

New Release: Scatter my Ashes

Remembering Mabel Brewster, an amazing lady as wild and true as Canada’s wilderness.

Release time: December 10th, 2019

Elisabeth Weigand

With Northern Manuscripts Elisabeth Weigand recounts her adventures in Canada’s True North.
Yukon River canoeing, remote cabin life and horse trips in the Yukon await you in her spellbinding memoirs.

Born and raised in Germany, she started travelling the world at an early age.
During these visits to many parts of this globe, she discovered Canada and decided in 1993 to make this wonderful country her future home.

Elisabeth moved right into the Yukon, the most north-western territory Canada’s.
She lives on a rural acreage with her horses and dog, only minutes away from the mighty Yukon River.


 Latest Release:

Scatter my Ashes in the Fields Up Top

Elisabeth Weigand’s heart-wrenching tribute to the life of Mabel Brewster (1935-2015), whom she met upon her immigration to Canada’s Yukon Territory in 1993.  This memoir is a stunning retelling of her life in the remote north that is at once spellbinding, light-hearted, beautiful, and heartbreaking, the reader is transported to the last untamed frontier—where nature reigns supreme and true friendship never dies.

This is a magnificent manuscript, radiating with beauty, passion, humour, and positive life energy.
A masterful accomplishment—well done.

Yukon Facts


Yukon is the smallest and westernmost of Canada’s three federal territories, with a population of 40,369 people (2019) and its capital Whitehorse lovingly called “The Wilderness City”.

At 5,959 m (19,551 ft), Yukon’s Mount Logan, in Kluane National Park and Reserve, is the highest mountain in Canada and the second-highest on the North American continent. Most of the Yukon has a subarctic climate, characterized by long cold winters and brief warm summers. The Arctic Ocean coast has a tundra climate.

Notable rivers include the Yukon River, as well as the Pelly, Stewart, Peel, White, and Tatshenshini rivers.

Adventures in Canada's True North

Yukon Map



Living in the North

Yukon Stories, & Yukon News

During my 30 years living in the Yukon, I have seen some cold temps, especially on our fly-in trapline at the Hess River. But that is another story for another day.

Every year for the start of the Yukon Quest Sled Dog Race, it got cold. Always below -40Celsius. This year, the Quest became a story of the past, but the cold returned.

For over a week temperatures at night plummeted to -50 Celsius with the days only slightly warming up.

After a frosty Night                                                                           February 14th, 2021

At 5 am in the morning I throw on coverall, parka, and fur hat, push my feet into seal skin boots and grab my huge trapline mitts. My dog Stella got up with me and faithfully waits at the door until her human is finally ready to go outside.

We open the door and a wave of white condensation swallows us up. It is pitch dark, and as silent as in a cave. A few tiny stars twinkle above the tops of the spruces trees.

Trying to shake off the sleep, I stomp to the shed. The headlamp’s light bobbing on the packed snow in front of me, half-obscured by the clouds of my frosted breath

I grab another bucket of beet-pulp mash and carry it over to the horse corral.  As the dog and myself, Amigo, the horse, is in its senior years. We all try to get through this winter together.

Extreme Cold Spell in Yukon
Extreme Cold Spell in Yukon
Extreme Cold Spell in Yukon