Another's treasure: Meet Yukon's most dedicated collector of old things


There are collectors and history buffs — and then there’s Sid van der Meer.

He got thousands of weathered old artifacts from Yukon’s colourful history, collected over a lifetime and spread out on display in his ramshackle, home-based museum in Beaver Creek, Yukon.

“I just collect,” he said while guiding another drop-in visitor around his property, “I’m still collecting, if I find anything.

“We used to live in a house back in the Netherlands, it was built in 1491. So I’ve probably been … you know, interested in old history all my life, I guess.”

Van der Meer was a child when his family immigrated to Canada in 1953 and in 1961 he moved from Alberta to Yukon. He’s

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