From explorers marooned on their ships to traders confined to their posts, here is a collection of festive season tales from the days
before satellite communications. A holiday treat for the whole family.
A true story of a search for riches and struggle for survival on the shores of Great Bear Lake. As a young writer in the “Dirty 30s”, Watt tried his hand at claim staking, and met fate head on in the Northern wilderness. A Canadian classic.
This book brings to life the amazing saga of Canada’s cross-country skiing pioneers—the talented young Aboriginal racers from Inuvik, Northwest Territories who skied to international glory in the late 1960s and 1970s. When these kids blazed their way to the Olympics,
they set the stage for today’s Canadian stars.
Stories from Mining Camps of the Northwest Territories.
High-Grade Tales explores the cultural impact of mining in the NWT on its early pioneers. It covers the events from the pouring of the first gold brick at Yellowknife in 1938 and the effects of the boom and bust cycles.
Anglican bishop ‘Jack’ Sperry spent years learning from Inuit across the Arctic. His admiration for his parishioners is reflected in his writing. Sperry records an Inuit way of life that has virtually disappeared, from his early days well into the development of modern Nunavut. Igloo Dwellers is an amazing record of his cross-cultural career.
The men and women who explored Canada’s Arctic recall the spirit of adventure that urged them to uncover the secrets of the North. These first-hand accounts of scientific and geographical exploration are a fine introduction to today’s North.
Musings on 40 years spent travelling the North, hilarious, wry, and sometimes full of terror. On foot, in iglus and in the air, this former newsman recorded memorable tales of the people and adventures he met along the years. A moving tribute to days and lifestyles now long gone.
Yellowknife's Old Town has undergone huge changes in its almost 80 year history. From being the center of a gold mining frontier town in the 1930s, to becoming the relaxed and often controversial oldest neighbourhood of today's modern capital city. Old Town has somehow managed to maintain a lot of its original character.
Author/photographer Fran Hurcomb takes you through a photographic journey through Yellowknife's defining neighbourhood.
The North was a different place just a few short years ago. Former Hudson’s Bay factor, airline base manager, broadcaster, justice of the peace and diplomatic escort, L.A.C.O. Hunt was an all-round Northerner of the old school.
Elizabeth Cass once claimed she’d examined every pair of eyes in the North. Opinionated and controversial, she battled the establishment in a crusade for better health care. In the process, she built a unique rapport with Northern patients.
“The Arctic and its people remain a distant mystery for most of us,” says His Royal Highness Charles, Prince of Wales, in his forward to The Kazan. “To seek solutions... is important, both for the land and its inhabitants... in an awareness of that heritage lies the key to its preservation.”
In English, French and Inuktitut, this book offers the experiences and observations of young people attending Iqaluit’s Gordon Robertson Education Centre in the mid-1980s. The students share their perceptions and talk about what it means to live in the Arctic.