Hannah J.

Vancouver, British Columbia

Vancouver Heritage Fair

Gold Rush

My topic is on gold rushes. I decided to choose two of main gold rushes that happened in Canada, Fraser River and Klondike gold rush, and decided to compare the impact each gold rush had to Canada's history.



What was the most interesting thing you learned about your topic?

I think the most interesting thing I learned from this topic is that gold rush actually has a lot of impact to the development of the city and the country. I just thought all you can earn from the gold rush is gold, only for the individuals that actually joined the gold rush. However, now I know that gold rush leads to having many immigrants, which leads to creating more jobs and companies that will develop the city.

What important lessons have you learned that you want to share with other Canadians?

From this project, I learned that gold rush isn't just beneficial to those who join the gold rush, it is beneficial to everyone. It is beneficial to people living in the city that took place of the gold rush because many cities have developed greatly from the gold rush. Even the people in the future can benefit as well. Many people immigrating to the city that took place of the gold rush would benefit from all the developed buildings and developed system of the government from the gold rush.

How would you compare your life today to the lives of those studied in your project?

People who travelled to join the gold rush were all in harsh conditions of travelling to the destination. People joining the Klondike gold rush would have to walk thousands of kilometers with heavy backpacks on their back in a really cold weather. But now, we don't have to travel there by walking, we can use efficient transportation such as planes or cars to arrive, with controllable temperature through heater. Now, it would be a very easy to arrive at far away places.