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Anglophone East Regional Heritage Fair (Hopewell Cape)
Klondike Gold Rush and it's connection to NB
My project is about the Klondike Gold Rush. Through my research, I found its connection to New Brunswick. Prospectors from across North America, including my home province of New Brunswick, went to the Yukon to find gold.
What was the most interesting thing you learned about your topic?
The most interesting thing I learned was that there were people from New Brunswick who went North in search for gold. They were Katherine Ryan (also known as “Klondike Kate”), George Black, and Edwin Tappan Adney. This was a dangerous adventure that we are still reminded of today through books and movies.
What important lessons have you learned that you want to share with other Canadians?
The Klondike Gold Rush shaped Canada today. This huge migration to the North helped people realize that the Yukon was more than an unliveable place. People dropped their lives and risked everything for the dream of finding GOLD!! I hope today people still follow their passions and dreams just as those people did during the Gold Rush!
How would you compare your life today to the lives of those studied in your project?
Traveling to the Yukon from 1896-1899 was difficult and people traveled by water and land. These days, it would be easier for me to get to the Yukon because of the development of the Alaska Highway in 1942 after the Second World War. I also could fly by airplane to the Yukon. Today, I could go to the Yukon and find gold and many other minerals such as zinc, lead and silver.