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  • Roy Minter during a Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous.

  • Roy Minter with Bea Lillie at 1962 Dawson Festival.

1996 Historical Photos

Roy Minter

Once you have breathed its early morning air after a light rain… Once you have listened to the silent hiss of the slowly flowing Yukon River… Once you have basked in a Yukon sun-tinged midnight dawn… And once you have seen the ice come in and the ice go out, you are beguiled and enchanted and you are never quite the same again.

These words by Roy Minter to the Vancouver Yukoners annual dinner capture the spirit of Roy’s life long love of the Yukon.

  • Roy Minter believed Yukon history should be told accurately and defended.
  • Now, the late writer’s and filmmaker’s estate will help perpetuate those ideals.
  • The estate has donated $100,000 to the Yukon Foundation’s Minter Fund, bringing the total to $110,000.
  • Minter helped establish the foundation in 1980.
  • The money will go to help historians research and publish their work.
  • Minter was born in England, but came to Canada as a child.  He later served as an officer in the Canadian Army.
  • In 1955, he began his long association with the Yukon while serving in the Whitehorse HQ of the Northwest Highway System.
  • He later joined the White Pass and Yukon Route.  Before his retirement to pursue his writing career, he promoted the Yukon as “The Real Kondike” throughout North America.
  • He spearheaded the fight against Edmonton, which stole the Klondike theme for its own annual exhibition.
  • He’s also known for producing internationally acclaimed colour films, TV and radio programs and 20-year-long book project, The White Pass: Gateway to the Klondike.
  • A recipient of the Order of Canada, Minter died in February, 1996.