Daphne Mennell: Chilkoot Trail

Chilkoot Trail is an exhibit iconic to those who have hiked the trail, or have ever dreamed of hiking the trail. Yukon artist Daphne Mennell vibrantly renders trail milestones in paint, including "Beaver Pond" and the Parks Canada warming cabin, a happy site for weary hikers who just completed the "Golden Stairs". Inspired by her 2014 Chilkoot Trail Artist Residency, Chilkoot Trail interprets her journey through paintings and sketches of the landscapes she encountered.


Left: Hikers along Crater Lake, 2014-2018. Oil on canvas. 40 x 60 in.

Right: The Boardwalks. Walk This Way, 2014-2018. Oil on canvas. 48 x 60 in.

Image above: Welcome to Canada, 2014-2018. Oil on canvas. 24 x 40 in.


Audible Landscape: Select Work from the Chilkoot Trail Artist Residency

Audible Landscapes features works from four previous Chilkoot Trail Residency artists, and explores the diversity of works the trail has inspired. From accordian books to film, the Chilkoot Trail's ecology and history is a constant muse. This exhibit features work by: Michelle Latimer, Steve Snell, Anthony Wallace, and Julie Zhu


Left: Anthony Wallace, Still from Remnant Vibrations, 2017-2018. Two-channel video projection, 10 min 45 sec.

Right: Julie Zhu, Temper (accordian book), 2017. Mo ink, pen on rice paper.


The Chilkoot Trail Artist Residency is a cross‐border creative journey within Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, Alaska and Chilkoot Trail National Historic Site in British Columbia. Each year three artists are selected to hike the trail over a two-week period, engaging with its history and ecology through interaction with hikers and developing artwork based on their experience. Founded in 2011, the program is presented in partnership with the Yukon Arts Centre, Parks Canada, US National Parks Service, and Skagway Arts Council.