Have you ever seen the old TV show from the 1950’s called Sergeant Preston of the Yukon? Canadian Mountie Sgt. Preston patroled the wilds of the Yukon with his horse Rex and his faithful dog Yukon King, battling both the elements and criminals. That’s the official description of the show.
Retired Constable Bill Pringle lives in Carcross, Yukon. There are about 700 people living there. When it was even smaller, Bill called it home as well as his office. But during his long career in the RCMP, Bill was posted to many locations. And several were much smaller and much more remote than Carcross.
His dining room overlooks Bennett Lake. During the gold rush stamped of 1898, many thousands of people sailed across Bennett Lake on their way to Dawson City, including Jack London. After London left the Yukon, he became famous for his stories about the north.
Bill Pringle has many interesting stories to tell about life in the Far North, except they happened to him, and they aren’t fiction. He shares some of those stories with us on this week’s episode of My Yukon Life podcast radio.