In early 1978 my laissez-faire life in Vancouver, BC drove me to Yukon, a year later to the Northwest Territories, for adventure. I imagined seeing huge polar bears leaping from ice floe to ice floe or lumbering across the tundra. I fancied nights outdoors under the colourful auroborealis, how romantic it seemed. I was not prepared for black flies and mosquitoes and days with only 6 hours of daylight for a several months of the year. But I loved it every single minute!
I returned south in 1988 and a couple of years later realized I was homesick for the north but not able to go back so I collected these wonderful women's stories.
I hope you enjoy hearing their voices tell of their life in Canada's arctic.
Thirty-six short stories by Canadian women who adventured into Canada’s frozen north as far back as 1937. They tell of happiness, tragedy, mishaps, loneliness and above all, love. They went to Yukon and the Northwest Territories for work, adventure or to accompany a beau or husband who went north for work. The oldest story is from a woman who, in 1937, went to Yellowknife when the first gold mine opened and Yellowknife was born.They were fiances or wives of: RCMP officers or other workers; on their own a nurse, teacher or went for the adventure. One married an Inuk, some never married, some stayed a while, some stayed forever. To the last woman, they loved the North and are grateful for the lifelong friends they made.