The Best of Robert Service
In 1904, the Canadian Bank of Commerce transferred teller Robert W. Service to the Yukon Territory. Soon, he was famous as the poet who chronicled the Klondike gold rush and the savage beauty of the frozen north. His verse tales of hard-bitten prospectors and sourdoughs make vivid, exciting reading, with such colorful characters as One-Eyed Mike, Dangerous Dan McGrew, Pious Pete, Blasphemous Bill-and, of course, the lady known as Lou. This book features 49 of Service's poems, along with stunning duotone photos of people and landscapes of the Yukon.
Published in 1997 to commemorate the centennial of the Klondike Gold Rush, this book offers a pictorial celebration of Canada’s northern wilderness and the people who live there. Good coverage of Yukon’s diverse regions: from the lofty summit of Canada’s highest peak, Mt. Logan, to several rivers, including the Tatshenshini, Alsek, Snake and Firth, to favourite tourist destinations like Dawson City and Kluane Lake. Finalist in the 1997 Banff Mountain Book Festival.
The cover of the book "The Yukon", by Pat & Baiba Morrow has a spectacular cover picture of the Upper North Klondike River Valley with both Mount Monolith and Mount Tombstone visible.
In a survey released by the Canadian Bookseller’s Association September 1, 1999, this book was at the top of the Canadian Bestseller’s List, and remained in the top 5 for several weeks.
Common Yukon Mushrooms
Mushrooms play an important role in every ecosystem in Yukon. They were once thought to be very primitive plants, but are now recognised as neither plants nor animals, but members of their own kingdom: Fungi. Following insects, fungi are the second most diverse group of organisms in the world, and some estimate that only 10–15% of all North American fungi have even been described.
This guide will introduce you to some examples of common mushrooms you might find along Yukon’s trails. The mushrooms are grouped into categories based on their morphology (appearance and structure), including a photo and short description. You will likely recognise some mushrooms but in order to fully identify one you’ll need to purchase more detailed guides. Please remember that eating wild foods such as mushrooms can be dangerous and can result in severe illness or death.
Do not rely on this guide to identify edible mushrooms. This booklet will introduce you to the fungus among us, but there is much more to learn!
Klondike: The Last Great Gold Rush, 1896-1899
With the building of the railroad and the settlement of the plains, the North West was opening up. The Klondike stampede was a wild interlude in the epic story of western development, and here are its dramatic tales of hardship, heroism, and villainy. We meet Soapy Smith, dictator of Skagway; Swiftwater Bill Gates, who bathed in champagne; Silent Sam Bonnifield, who lost and won back a hotel in a poker game; and Roddy Connors, who danced away a fortune at a dollar a dance. We meet dance-hall queens, paupers turned millionaires, missionaries and entrepreneurs, and legendary Mounties such as Sam Steele, the Lion of the Yukon.
Pierre Berton's riveting account reveals to us the spectacle of the Chilkoot Pass, and the terrors of lesser-known trails through the swamps of British Columbia, across the glaciers of souther Alaska, and up the icy streams of the Mackenzie Mountains. It contrasts the lawless frontier life on the American side of the border to the relative safety of Dawson City. Winner of the Governor General's award for non-fiction, Klondike is authentic history and grand entertainment, and a must-read for anyone interested in the Canadian frontier.
Gold Diggers: Striking it Rich in the Klondike
Between 1896 and 1899, thousands of people lured by gold braved a grueling journey into the remote wilderness of North America. Within two years, Dawson City, in the Canadian Yukon, grew from a mining camp of four hundred to a raucous town of over thirty thousand people. The stampede to the Klondike was the last great gold rush in history.
Scurvy, dysentery, frostbite, and starvation stalked all who dared to be in Dawson. And yet the possibilities attracted people from all walks of life—not only prospectors but also newspapermen, bankers, prostitutes, priests, and lawmen. Gold Diggers follows six stampeders—Bill Haskell, a farm boy who hungered for striking gold; Father Judge, a Jesuit priest who aimed to save souls and lives; Belinda Mulrooney, a twenty-four-year-old who became the richest businesswoman in town; Flora Shaw, a journalist who transformed the town’s governance; Sam Steele, the officer who finally established order in the lawless town; and most famously Jack London, who left without gold, but with the stories that would make him a legend.
Drawing on letters, memoirs, newspaper articles, and stories, Charlotte Gray delivers an enthralling tale of the gold madness that swept through a continent and changed a landscape and its people forever.
Wildflowers Along the Alaska Highway
A fullcolor guide to the flowers seen along the Alaska Highway from Dawson Creek, BC to Fairbanks. Colorcoded pages correspond to the color of the flowers in that section. The book contains more than 500 beautiful color photographs and ink drawings.
Tr'ochëk - The Archaeology and History of a Hän Fish Camp
For millennia, the Hän-speaking people of the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in and their forebears lived and travelled in a vast territory extending from the Yukon River valley into the mountains to the north and south. The heart of their homeland, however, was a fishing camp at the confluence of the Klondike and Yukon rivers. This site, Tr’ochëk, was also an important summer gathering spot and base for moose-hunting on the Klondike River valley.
The Klondike gold rush brought many changes to the lives of the Hän people, including the displacement of the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in from their traditional home. The village site became the infamous red light district of Lousetown and later, Klondike City, an industrial suburb of Dawson City.
In this booklet, you will learn of the many changes to the Tr’ochëk site over the past century, the continuing relationship of the Hän to this special place, and how the archaeological work helps tell the story of the Hän and their lives at Tr’ochëk.
Common Yukon Roadside Wildflowers (and trees)
Yukon is home to more than 1,250 species of flowering plants. Many of these plants are perennial (continuously living for more than two years). This guide highlights the flowers you are most likely to see while travelling by road
through the territory. It describes 58 species of flowering plants, grouped by flower colour, followed by a section on Yukon trees. To identify a flower, flip to the appropriate colour section and match your flower with the pictures. Although it is often thought that Canada’s north is a barren landscape, you’ll soon see that it is actually home to an amazing diversity of unique flora.
Make it Pay! Gold Dredge #4
Dawson remains the centre of the Klondike. It is a living community of gold miners, government employees and tourist operators. It is hoped that this volume provides the many visitors to the gold fields and those who study it a new insight into the Klondike gold mining industry and its historical importance.
Black and White photographs of men and women working at Gold Dredge Number Four. The history of Gold Dredge Number Four.
A Summer in Alaska
A popular account of the travels of an Alaska exploring expedition along the Great Yukon River, from its source to its mouth, in the British North-West Territory, and in the Territory of Alaska.
This work has been selected by scholars as being culturally important, and is part of the knowledge base of civilization as we know it. This work was reproduced from the original artifact, and remains as true to the original work as possible. Therefore, you will see the original copyright references, library stamps (as most of these works have been housed in our most important libraries around the world), and other notations in the work.
This work is in the public domain in the United States of America, and possibly other nations. Within the United States, you may freely copy and distribute this work, as no entity (individual or corporate) has a copyright on the body of the work.
As a reproduction of a historical artifact, this work may contain missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. Scholars believe, and we concur, that this work is important enough to be preserved, reproduced, and made generally available to the public. We appreciate your support of the preservation process, and thank you for being an important part of keeping this knowledge alive and relevant.
The Nature of Gold: An Environmental History of the Klondike Gold Rush
In 1896, a small group of prospectors discovered a stunningly rich pocket of gold at the confluence of the Klondike and Yukon rivers, and in the following two years thousands of individuals traveled to the area, hoping to find wealth in a rugged and challenging setting. Ever since that time, the Klondike Gold Rush - especially as portrayed in photographs of long lines of gold seekers marching up Chilkoot Pass - has had a hold on the popular imagination.
In this first environmental history of the gold rush, Kathryn Morse describes how the miners got to the Klondike, the mining technologies they employed, and the complex networks by which they obtained food, clothing, and tools. She looks at the political and economic debates surrounding the valuation of gold and the emerging industrial economy that exploited its extraction in Alaska, and explores the ways in which a web of connections among America's transportation, supply, and marketing industries linked miners to other industrial and agricultural laborers across the country. The profound economic and cultural transformations that supported the Alaska-Yukon gold rush ultimately reverberate to modern times.
The story Morse tells is often narrated through the diaries and letters of the miners themselves. The daunting challenges of traveling, working, and surviving in the raw wilderness are illustrated not only by the miners' compelling accounts but by newspaper reports and advertisements. Seattle played a key role as "gateway to the Klondike." A public relations campaign lured potential miners to the West and local businesses seized the opportunity to make large profits while thousands of gold seekers streamed through Seattle.
The Boreal Herbal: Wild Food and Medicine Plants of the North
The Boreal Herbal: Wild Food and Medicine Plants of the North, A Guide to Harvesting, Preserving and Preparing is an indispensable guide to identifying and using northern plants for food and medicine.
Whether you're hiking in remote areas or gardening in your backyard, this easy-to-use handbook will help you recognize and use fifty-five common wild plants that have extraordinary healing properties. With The Boreal Herbal you will learn how to soothe pain with willow, staunch bleeding with yarrow, treat a urinary-tract infection with bearberry, and create a delicate and uplifting skin cream from sweetgrass. Also included are dozens of healthy and delicious recipes, including Wild- Weed Spanakopita, Dandelion Wine, and Cranberry-Mint Muffins.
Author Beverley Gray is a boreal herbalist, aromatherapist, natural-health practitioner, journalist, and an award-winning natural health-product formulator. She owns the Aroma Borealis Herb Shop in Whitehorse, Yukon.
A Cheechako in Alaska and Yukon
Excerpt from A Cheechako in Alaska and Yukon
The war, thank God, had ended. There was no further sacrifice of splendid lives. And as I progressed through that beautiful State of California, Queen of the Pacific, with its glorious sunshine, carpets of wild-flowers, snow-clad moun tains, and golden harvests of yellow oranges, yellow gold, and, in the north, yellow grain, I began to have thoughts of Alaska.
On the Pacific Coast one seems quite near, as Seattle is the principal port for embarkation to Alaska. One meets people who have lived there, who speak of the Great Country, as the Indians used to call it. My mind was made up. Here, then, was an opportunity to realize that dream of my childhood and see Nome. But I am patriotic, and ardently desired to see the Yukon as well, so determined to wait until the snow and ice had melted in June. And thus it happened that in Golden California I abided until the season favoured my long-anticipated journey.
Hammerstones: A History of the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in
This is the story of the Tr'ondek Hwech'in, the First Nations people who lived at the confluence of the Klondike and Yukon rivers. The 1896 Klondike gold discoveries brought massive changes to the Yukon and displaced the Tr'ondek Hwech'in from their traditional home at Tr'ochek. Mining destroyed hunting grounds, new laws limited access to the land and the newcomers almost overwhelmed their culture. A century later, the battle to save Tr'ochek was part of a larger struggle by the Tr'ondek Hwech'in to regain control of their lives and become a self-governing First Nation. Today, the Tr'ondek Hwech'in celebrate their heritage as hey build for the future.
Wild Flowers of the Yukon, Alaska & Northwestern Canada
In recent years, more and more nature lovers have been flocking to discover the untouched serenity of the North. Those who make the journey are rewarded with views of a remarkable landscape abounding in colourful, fragrant wild flowers unmatched elsewhere in the world.
Author John Trelawny's passion for northern landscapes is reflected in Wild Flowers of the Yukon, Alaska and Northwestern Canada. Over 200 pages of gorgeous colour photographs illustrate informative descriptions and useful facts for each species. This new, updated edition will satisfy even the most discriminating botanist while remaining accessible to the amateur naturalist.
Land of the Midnight Sun: A History of the Yukon
This completely revised edition of Land of the Midnight Sun, first published in 1988, is a comprehensive overview of Yukon history. This book places the Klondike Gold Rush within the broader sweep of the past, giving particular emphasis to the role of First Nations people and Aboriginal-white relations and to the lengthy struggle of Yukoners to find their place in the Canadian confederation. This broader story incorporates the mammoth dredges that scoured the Klondike creeks, the impressive silver mines in the Elsa-Keno Hill area, the sinking of the Princess Sophia, the Yukon's remarkable contributions to the war effort in World War I, and the sweeping transformations associated with the American "occupation" during World War II.
The Call of the Wild
The Call of the Wild is one of Jack London's most popular novels. The story follows a dog named Buck, a 140 pound Saint Bernard and Scotch Shepard mix. Buck is abducted from a comfortable life as a pet and tossed into the chaos of the Klondike Gold Rush and the brutal realities of frontier life. Buck changes hands a number of times before landing in the kindly hands of John Thornton.
Thornton takes ownership of Buck from a trio of ignorant stampeders, intent upon making a dangerous river crossing. Buck refuses to cross, despite a vicious beating. Thornton recognizes the dogs intelligence and strength. He steps in to claim the dog and nurses Buck back to health. But Buck is forever changed by the treatment he has received at the hands of other men.
Jack London spent a year living in the Yukon and drew heavily upon his experiences there while writing the book. He later said, "It was in the Klondike that I found myself."
(Serialized in The Saturday Evening Post, June 20-July 18, 1903)
All That the Rain Promises and More: A Hip Pocket Guide to Western Mushrooms
Over 200 edible and poisonous mushrooms are depicted with simple checklists of their identifying features, as author David Arora celebrates the fun in fungi with the same engaging blend of wit and wisdom, fact and fancy, that has made his comprehensive guide, Mushrooms Demystified, the mushrooms hunter's bible.
All That the Rain Promises deserves a spot in every wanderer's backpack. It's small, it's concise, and it covers the most notable mushrooms one would expect to encounter in North America. If you had to have ONE mushroom ID book, this is it! David Arora's wit is just a bonus, buy two of these, one for yourself, and one as a gift for your hiking partner (in case you forget and leave it at home).
A Look Back in Time - The Archaeology of Fort Selkirk
The Fort Selkirk area of central Yukon embodies one of the most colourful chapters in the short written history of the Yukon. It was here that Hudson’s Bay Company factor Robert Campbell established his ill-fated trading post in 1848. Later, it was the location of one of the largest towns in the Yukon and was even proposed as the capital of the territory. Today, it is one of the Yukon’s most important historic sites.
But the history of the Fort Selkirk area did not begin with the arrival of Robert Campbell. Since before the end of the last Ice Age, people have lived in this part of Yukon. For more than 10,000 years, people have hunted, camped and travelled throughout the central Yukon landscape.
The history of these first people is the focus of this booklet. With the help of Elders, archaeologists have begun to write the ancient and traditional history of the Fort Selkirk area. This booklet is an introduction to that history. In the following pages, we will discuss some of the results of archaeological investigations at Fort Selkirk, and see how students and Elders from the Selkirk First Nation worked with archaeologists to rediscover the past.
After the Ice Age: The Return of Life to Glaciated North America
The fascinating story of how a harsh terrain that resembled modern Antarctica has been transformed gradually into the forests, grasslands, and wetlands we know today.
"One of the best scientific books published in the last ten years."—Ottowa Journal
"A valuable new synthesis of facts and ideas about climate, geography, and life during the past 20,000 years. More important, the book conveys an intimate appreciation of the rich variety of nature through time."—S. David Webb, Science