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The Ladies, the Gwich'in, and the Rat

Travels on the Athabasca, Mackenzie, Rat, Porcupine, and Yukon Rivers in 1926

by (author) Clara Vyvyan

edited by I.S. MacLaren & Lisa LaFramboise

The University of Alberta Press
Initial publish date
May 1998
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    Publish Date
    May 1998
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    Jan 2015
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In 1926, two British women came from Cornwall to Edmonton and travelled through northern Alberta, the Northwest Territories, and the Yukon by rail, sternwheeler, and canoe. For the women, it was a liberating experience, yet Vyvyan's narrative, supported by MacLaren and LaFramboise's insightful editorial work, reveals the imperialist attitudes underlying their travels.

About the authors

Clara Vyvyan's profile page

I.S. MacLaren teaches at the University of Alberta in the Department of History and Classics and the Department of English and Film Studies. Mapper of Mountains: M.P. Bridgland in the Canadian Rockies, 1902–1930 (2005) is his biography of the Dominion Land Surveyor whose phototopographic work in Jasper in 1915 created the first reliable maps of the area and made possible, eight decades later, the Rocky Mountain Repeat Photography Project.

I.S. MacLaren's profile page

Lisa LaFramboise's profile page


  • Short-listed, Banff Mountain Book Festival, Adventure Travel
  • Short-listed, Independent Publisher Book Awards, Travel

Editorial Reviews

“An informative double-voiced text that allows the reader to see what Vyvyan did not include from her field notes in her original publication.”

Canadian Literature

“This remarkable and very attractive volume leaves one with a fresh and lively impression of the people and places of the North in a particular era…

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