Children of the Klondike

City of Victoria Butler Book Prize
About this Work 

From the discovery of gold in 1896 to the emergence of Dawson City as a post-gold-rush town in the early twentieth century, Children of the Klondike chronicles the stories of individual children. Drawing on letters, journals, contemporary accounts and memoirs, it looks at the lives of youngsters who witnessed the treasure hunt of the century firsthand. With anecdotes that range from humorous to heartbreaking, it paints a detailed picture of what it was like to grow up in a rough, yet cosmopolitan northern frontier community populated by lucky millionaires, down-and-out dreamers, “scarlet” women, and a few adventurous families.

Whitecap Books Ltd.
Frances Backhouse

A long-time freelance journalist and award winning author, Backhouse specializes in writing about history and biology (sometimes even in the same story). Her historical non-fiction work Women of the Klondike, tells the unique stories of women during this period of history. She also draws on her training as a biologist and experience as an interpretive naturalist to write about nature and the environment. Backhouse has travelled in Africa, studied grizzly bears in the remote and spectacular Khutzeymateen Valley, and has conducted seabird research in Haida Gwaii. Backhouse lives in Victoria with fellow writer, Mark Zuehlke.