Canada’s wild frontier—a land unsettled and unknown, a land of appalling obstacles and haunting beauty—comes to life through seven remarkable individuals, including John Jewitt, the young British seaman who became a slave to the Nootka Indians; Dr. Wilfred Grenfell, the eccentric missionary; Sam Steele, the most famous of all Mounted Policemen; and Isaac Jorges, the 17th-century priest who courted martyrdom. Many of the stories of these figures read like the wildest of fiction: Cariboo Cameron, who, after striking it rich in B.C., pickled his wife’s body in alcohol and gave her three funerals; Mina Hubbard, the young widow who trekked across the unexplored heart of Labrador as an act of revenge; and Almighty Voice, the renegade Cree, who was the key figure in the last battle between white men and Aboriginals in North America.
Spanning more than two centuries and four thousand miles, this book demonstrates how our frontier resembles no other and how for better and for worse it has shaped our distinctive sense of Canada.
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
A Family's Voyage of Discovery Down the Wild Yukon
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 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