Born in England to a Scottish family, Robert W. Service (1874-1958) emigrated to Canada as a young man. Dubbed the “Bard of the Yukon,” Service is well known for his long, darkly humourous ballads about the rugged Canadian North, like “The Shooting of Dan McGrew” and “The Cremation of Sam McGee.” The log cabin where he lived in Dawson City is maintained by Parks Canada.

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