Seeking Inspiration — Laura Berton: Teacher in the Klondike

Gwen Twuinman posts about the Yukon in the early 1900’s through the eyes of Laura Berton, the adventurous mother of famed Canadian author, Pierre Berton. Enjoy!

Gwen Tuinman

i married the yukon

A gold mine has been sitting on my shelf for years in the form of a slim book about great Canadians. Only recently did I discover a chapter about Laura Beatrice Berton: Lady Teacher in Dawson City. I went on to read the full account of her experience, I Married the Klondike.

The accounts I’ve read about life in the Klondike region of the Yukon have, so far, centered around people pursuing the gold rush (1896-1899). The stories of ruddy-faced men and sharp businesswomen who braved geography and climate in search of a new life. One of my favourites is The Klondike Quest by the well-known Canadian author, Pierre Berton. As you may have guessed, he’s the son of Laura Beatrice Berton. My interest was doubly piqued. I promptly ordered a copy of her biography, I Married the Klondike.

Photo credit: Canada. Dept. of Interior / Library and Archives Canada / PA-044666 Dawson City Elementary  School (Photo credit: Canada. Dept. of Interior / Library and…

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