Judging by the comments, it seems that fans absolutely adored seeing Big Al from "Yukon Gold" pop up in Episode 5 of Season 13 of "Gold Rush," titled "Cheat Codes." Let's hope that he will . The series was acquired in the United States by the National Geographic Channel and aired starting in 2013. Together with his aide Tamsin and his small crew led by right-hand man Hiro, Big Al hopes to find peace, regain his strength and finally hit the mother lode. You cant afford new stuff. /ColorSpace /DeviceRGB you have a great personality, hard working person, and tons of knowledge as mechanic He also felt it was up to the employees to report their own kills. 1 1 . "Just say 'gold' and their eyes light right up, like the first time they had the best toy ever, and that's all they can talk about is gold and gold," the bearded and burly star of the new History series "Yukon Gold" said during a recent interview. /CA 1.0 Menu. Why did you leave and why did you go into gold mining? . Another Gold Rush star, Tony Beets and his company, were fined $31,000 for a stunt in 2014 when they allowed employees to pour gas into a dredge pond and then setit on fire. "I'm sad to hear that it appears that people still view the approach to dealing with bears when they show up at camp is to shoot them," he said. But as you know, all manipulations backfire eventually. Large-scale gold mining in the Yukon Territory didn't end until 1966, and by that time the region had yielded some $250 million in gold. Unlike fellow cast member, Parker Schnabel, Beets didnt always have his heart set on the mining industry. Having known the oil patch, I make sure our food is right up, its almost gourmet. Tell me about your job on the oil fields. [Laughs]. Learn how your comment data is processed. Tony Beets holds the title for the richest miner on Gold Rush. Here we see Canadians and it's fun to see the difference with the Americans of the original series. Strike While the Iron is Hot kicks off the new season at 10 p.m. ET/PT with a quick recap of whats happened since we last visited the hardscrabble territory. He appeared in several episodes, but the main focus of the show at this time was on his grandfather, John. (That's compared to about $1,600 an ounce these days.). Movies. UNIONVILLE, ON - It is with great sadness that the family of John Alastair (Al) MacGregor announce his passing at home in Unionville, Ontario, September 24, 2010 following a courageous battle with heart and lung disease. 47 Episodes 2021. Al was born on September 1, 1941 in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, the son of the late Allan and Sarah (Sadie) MacGregor. It is a priority for CBC to create products that are accessible to all in Canada including people with visual, hearing, motor and cognitive challenges. Well, Ive got quite an eclectic bunch there. Although Beets holds the gold medal for wealthiest miner, that by no means indicates that Schnabel is scraping the barrel for grocery money. Since the start of the series in 2010, Gold Rush has followed the turmoil and triumphs of several experienced and esteemed miners. And Ken Foy not supported his wife in the last 2 weeks of her pregnancy and being charged with environmental crimes by burying vehicles in a gold mine site. You gotta keep it running, and it gets very frustrating at times, but you know, theres always a reward in it when you get something back up. I've had to keep it pretty clean today so far. She entered evidence of a cheque written from Dodge's company to the non-profit. Both Dodge, a miner featured in the reality TV show, Reality TV star fined $31K for filmed stunt in Yukon, Former 'Yukon Gold' TV star fined $145K for leaving big mess at mining claim, Reality shows settle into Yukon community, 'warts and all', $145,000 last year afterleaving his placer claim, CBC's Journalistic Standards and Practices. He really needs a good mechanic. Im also from the prairies! I can't wait for next week's episode, we seem to be behind here in Canada, so I can look for him. His real name is Albert Dahl and he was one of the first pioneers in the Yukon placer gold mining industry. A rookie mistake shuts down their convoy for a bit, cutting into precious work hours but providing viewers with awesome, sweeping camera shots of the rugged Yukon terrain. McGregor said that hasn't happened to him yet but in his first year of excavating, in 2009, equipment failures and other issues meant they "lost a pile of money.". Hes straight from Japan and has a little trouble with his English sometimes, and his wife is cooking for us. /Subtype /Image Its a good way to cover up my screw-ups. I want to work with Gene Cheeseman. Much much better than Gold Fathers for example. Former 'Yukon Gold' star pleads guilty to abandoning garbage at mine site Crown prosecutors and Foy made a joint submission to. He predicted gold might hit that value by 2016 or 2017. /SA true Too bad they didn't take some more time to really explore all there is to tell. We see the ever breaking down of big machines and the bush-fixes they come up with. No wonder Tony Beats came calling. He was the heart of everything from moving dirt, fixing things, to even raising the productivity of people around him. But thats not stopping him. 2023 BuzzFeed, Inc. All rights reserved. Indeed, the affable northern Alberta native has seen some scary situations result from gold greed in Canada's North, where thousands of prospectors first mined in the late 1800s. When search suggestions are available use up and down arrows to review and enter to select. Itll be interesting to see it develop over the shows period. Till she dies and then we cant watch a episode without him talking about how wonderful she was and loving.well I know if i was on the show I would at least mention my wife even if she never appeared on camera.Yes I know there's one episode where she's passed already and it shows her standing behind Big Al while he's cleaning the gold but that's not till she's died.Don't get me wrong Big Al is my favourite character on the show but I would have liked to see or at least hear him talk about her while she was alive.Again I'm watching reruns so maybe i just haven't seen one yet when she's in there.Thanks just wondering. >> "Big" Al McGregor is a newcomer to the occupation, but he's not going to let that slow him down. stream Great Show and well made. Part of HuffPost News. /Type /Catalog He has worked under two different bosses in Gold Mining. After meeting miners in the area, he realized he also wanted to try looking for nuggets of the precious metal. Of the estimated 30,000 to 40,000 people who reached Dawson City during the gold rush, only around 15,000 to 20,000 finally became prospectors. They may come from different backgrounds and have different levels of success mining, but everyone featuredon Yukon Gold agrees on one thing: they deeply love where they are. >> You get back at er. Transporting their $250,000 sluice plant through the mountains to their claim on Rabbit Creek. /AIS false Is it anything to do with death? He grew up learning hardship from an early year following the path of his grandfather and uncle. Subscribe to our newsletter for new stories, tips & events. The other five charges against Dodge and his company were dropped. The phrase about old dogs and new tricks doesnt apply to Beets and his continued success. It has lost my interest. Well give you a hinthes the youngest miner on Gold Rush. 1 2 . "I think we lost about $275,000 that first year," admitted McGregor. And with gold at a five-year high$1,700 an ouncetheres urgency to find the stuff and fast before the 16-week season ends. If you notice, a lot of guys are running older equipment. Then there's the constant fear of fear missing the pay streak, "working a big pit and getting nothing," he added. /Filter /DCTDecode Dodge's company pleaded guilty to one count of killing a bear and failing to report it. Robbed of sensation in his hands and feet, Al has gone from a hospital bed to a wheelchair. Al McGregor is one of the stars of Yukon Gold which returns to the History channel this week. Were actually really hoping to turn that around next year. Have you done anything fun in Toronto, or just interviews? Your email address will not be published. JFIF d d C The allure of living in the wilderness, eking out a living with the bare minimum and removed from the issues a big city presents is an intoxicating cocktail they simply cant pass up. You need to be logged in to continue. It would be a treat to see Gene back in the show, right? Im from Saskatchewan. ", Audience Relations, CBC P.O. C q" Permafrost, its extra hard and frozen and this equipment takes quite a beating. Gold Rush: Heres the Wealthiest Miner on the Series. After significant time in Gold mining, his recent absence in Gold Rush has fans concerned. HuffPost TV Canada caught up with the Albertan to talk about his first season mining for gold, the inevitable setbacks and his penchant for swearing. In our region we have to watch it five or six times on Sunday in a row of them breaking down. The charges related to the death of only one of the four bearsthe one Dodge admitted to killing at his mining camp near Carmacks on May 21, 2016. "Big Al" was born in 1948 in Dawson City Yukon Canada. You can catch the "Yukon Gold" Tuesday, March 13 at 10 p.m. Of course, that means the wealthiest of the bunch is also the most skilled. Ken Foy, one-time star of the History Channel's Yukon Gold, was fined $145,000 last year after leaving his placer claim near Dawson City environmentally damaged and littered with waste. You are far too valuable to be working for wages. Throwback with big al!!! Because the men unearth one of the most highly sought-after precious metals on the market, you would think that their lives are luxurious. We scraped together some money and away we went," says (Big) Al McGregor, a 56-year-old Albertan featured on the show. Box 500 Station A Toronto, ON Canada, M5W 1E6. 5 talking about this. Nice to see him since Yukon gold ended. Time and again on Gold Rush, Beets has proven to his fellow miners that he is still a force to be reckoned with. ET on The History Channel. No matter, there are more than enough interesting people sluicing. With a laugh as big as the Yukon, it seemed nothing could bring down Big Al McGregor. and gold miner, needs a little improvement on your self steam. Interesting hard working people are the subjects and it explains the trials and tribulations of mining gold in the Yukon well. "Big" Al McGregor is a newcomer to the occupation, but he's not going to let that slow him down. Premiering Wednesday on History, "Yukon Gold" features four gold mining crews who battle long days, a harsh landscape and equipment failure over a period of four months every year. No, it was a real season of trial and tribulation. Obviously it is not real, just actors. How long do you think youre going to be gold mining? From Diane , Is Gene related to top alcohol funny car race Chucky Cheeseman. With the exception of those two I think it's a great series. Ive been in the oil patch most of my life. He was the owner of Big Nugget . Did the production company have a problem with that? Audience Relations, CBC P.O. [/Pattern /DeviceRGB] She believed a $3,500 penalty was "appropriate" and explained it would be paid in the form of a contribution to Wildwise Yukon. On Thursday, he was sentenced in Yukon Territorial Court. "It was pretty disheartening but you keep at 'er and you turn it around.". And it always breaks down at the worst possible moment. The same we see with the inter-miner-relation ships and of course the highs and lows of the 'catch' or find of the day. Alan Snr died when he was inhaled toxic fumes while working on a sewer in Portmarnock. Gold mining is a tough slog, said McGregor, but he's up for the challenge especially when he thinks of the future value of his finds. I've been watching reruns of the 1 first and 2 seasons and not once i hear Big Al mention Colleen.I know in the last couple of seasons he talks oh what a wonderful woman and its her dream and well you get what I'm trying to say. An other spin-off from the Gold Rush series on TV lately. resident Ken Foy was not in territorial court Tuesday afternoon, so his lawyer. "I've got a mild case of it. << "Yukon Gold" follows four gold mining crews as they attempt to hit it big in Canada's north. What do you think of that? Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Like we said before, Gene is an impressive worker, and he would blindly make any gold mining team better. /Width 625 Yukon Gold airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on History. He was introduced as Parker Schnabels foreman in Gold Rush Alaska in the fourth season. Big Al takes a big risk and sluices top-gravel, the top layer of soil before hitting pay dirt, thinking that there is enough gold to make it worthwhile, and . One of the better shows on the history channel. Definitely better than "Gold Rush.". Your email address will not be published. The series followed four or five placer mining crews as they searched for gold over the four-month Yukon mining season. And it seems McGregor has turned things around. Surprise him. In Yukon Territorial Court on Tuesday, his company pleaded guilty to one charge under the Yukon Wildlife Act and agreed to pay a $3,500 penalty. That, for me, was the tough one. With a laugh as big as the Yukon, it seemed nothing could bring down Big Al McGregor. This article exists as part of the online archive for HuffPost Canada, which He had some impressive Gold mining memory with Parker Schnabel who regarded him an MVP employee. endobj You know, this equipment gets used hard. How's that been for you? 5 0 obj /Pages 3 0 R Friends will be received at the Dixon-Garland Funeral Home 166 Main Street North (Markham Rd), Markham on October 4, 2010 for visitation between 2 and 3 p.m., followed by a celebration of Al's life at 3 p.m. ?*s|b? Ut8?^~ks I R 8c>|Ut+0 zA S 99tN?84 vFzQK OxsscNG ~xp8g U,q )`sC . Everyone dreams about it -- digging for gold and striking it rich. Required fields are marked *. 3) For as much skill as there is involved in gold mining, theres an equal amount of luck and good timing. /Height 155 Why is there gold in the Yukon? << Ken Foy, one-time star of the History Channel'sYukon Gold, was fined $145,000 last year afterleaving his placer claim near Dawson City environmentally damaged and littered with waste. Probably never. I think he would be very grateful to you for offering your help. /SM 0.02 Premiering Wednesday on History, "Yukon Gold" features four gold mining crews who battle long days, a harsh landscape and equipment failure over a period of four months every year. Gene: Am glad you are ok, we were wondering about your well being Gene Cheeseman hails fromJuneau Alaska born on 23rd October 1968. My wife, Colleen, wasnt able to come up last year -- just for a short visit. << He is trying very hard to be a better person and treat his help with a mature approach most of the time. Meanwhile, young Whitehorse prospectorsEd and Riley are getting into the big game for the first time. Great Show and well made. It was good to see Al. However, he never gave up his dreams of mining. McGregor also plans to buy more land and wants to eventually look for gold in "a secret little creek" he's bought. Is big al still alive from yukon gold Edmonton AM5:06"Big" Al McGregor - Yukon Gold UNIONVILLE, ON - It is with great sadness that the family of John Alastair (Al) MacGregor announce his passing at home in Unionville, Ontario, September 24, 2010 following a courageous battle with heart and lung disease. On the show, you swear a lot. Jones said he's pleased that Dodge's penalty money is going to WildwiseYukon, since that organization aims to reduce human-bear conflicts. Certain site features have been disabled. Closed Captioning and Described Video is available for many CBC shows offered on CBC Gem. Disable anytime. Since then, Beets has created a net worth of over $15 million. "Big" Al McGregor is a newcomer to the occupation, but he's not going to let that slow him down. You cant help but hope hell get those ounces hes dreaming of. Yukon Gold - Big Al McGregor 14,775 views Feb 27, 2013 52 Dislike Share Save YukonGoldTV 5.03K subscribers Get to know self-proclaimed redneck Al McGregor in this exclusive clip from. Karl Knutson. Can we take a minute and enjoy that big al was on gold rush! Yukon reality stars are no strangers to the courts. Eric is the old hippie, Jeremy, hes the young hippie, and then we have Rebecca, and then weve got Mike and Jim -- theyre from the oil patch as well -- and my right-hand man, Hiro. No matter, the guys and gals who seek out the shiny precious metal in the most inhospitable of placesthe Yukonhave stuck with it and return on Wednesday with Season 5 of the History program. UNIONVILLE, ON - It is with great sadness that the family of John Alastair (Al) MacGregor announce his passing at home in Unionville, Ontario, September 24, 2010 following a courageous battle with heart and lung disease. [Laughs] Im just starting out and its been a lot of fun. Box 500 Station A Toronto, ON Canada, M5W 1E6. With that, he dipped into his retirement savings to buy a mining camp complete with an excavator, bulldozer and a sluice plant in Ruby Creek on the Indian River. I won't BS anybody I'd love to strike it rich. Yukon Gold follows five gold mining crews who have only four short months in Canada's wild Yukon to earn one BIG payday. { But solid gourmet food, not like, sushi. As of now, he is 49 years of old. 2 0 obj He attended Mount Allison University, and after his marriage to Violet (Breen) in 1964, settled in Halifax, Montreal, England and then Toronto. Though this stars great-great-grandfather was a gold miner in Alaska in the late 1800s, Gene came into gold mining through the hard work. 47 Episodes 2021. please check our. Somehow I totally missed covering Season 4 of Yukon Gold.