Much of the Canadian North has existed, and still does to a degree, in a sort of historiographical dead zone. The paper reflects on multiple aspects of the writing of northern history in Canada and concludes that the problem of the limited production of academic northern history does not stem from any one condition or obstacle. Rather, a number of elements are at play, including tightly held mythologies and a tiny number of resident historians. The issue is complex, with tangled roots. The North, it believes, will be an excellent adventure for the right historians.