Drifting Home is an account of a journey by Pierre Berton and his family as they raft down the Yukon River from Lake Bennett, British Columbia, to Dawson in the Yukon Territory. It is a meditation on family and childhood and the small moments from which memories are drawn. It is also a tribute by a son to his father.
During the Klondike summer of 1898, Francis George Berton paddled the waters of this historic river. Berton was one of the pioneering adventurers who sought his fortune in the goldfields of the north. When the gold rush ended and the crowds left, he stayed on in Dawson City, Yukon, as government mining recorder, married and started a family. It was there, in Canada's most famous ghost town, that Pierre Berton spent his vividly remembered childhood.
Through a unique blending of nostalgia, his deep love of the land and his unrivalled knowledge of the history and the area, Pierre Berton has created this magical tale. As he and his entire family drift along this slow-moving, braided, shallow river -- one of the world's last great wild rivers -- they discover their connection to each other and to this pristine wilderness with a colourful past.
About the author
Pierre Berton, well-known and well-loved Canadian author, journalist, and media personality, hailed from Whitehorse, Yukon. During his career, he wrote fifty books for adults and twenty-two for children, popularizing Canadian history and culture and reflecting on his life and times. With more than thirty literary awards and a dozen honorary degrees to his credit, Berton was also a Companion of the Order of Canada.
Other titles by Pierre Berton
Pierre Berton on the Young Queen Elizabeth II
In 1953, Maclean’s Sent a Special Correspondent Behind the Scenes of the Royal Household. A Seven Part Series from the Pages of the Magazine
Pierre Berton's War of 1812
The Battles of the War of 1812
Adventures in Canadian History
Exploring the Frozen North
Pierre Berton's History for Young Canadians
Canada Moves West
The Wild Frontier
More Tales from the Remarkable Past
The Klondike Quest
A Photographic Essay 1897-1899
Prisoners of the North
The Joy of Writing
A Guide for Writers Disguised as a Literary Memoir
Marching as to War
Canada's Turbulent Years