The Wild Frontier by Pierre Berton
The Wild Frontier
More Tales from the Remarkable Past
Canada’s wild wilderness — a land unsettled and obscure, a place that is known for horrifying deterrents and frequenting excellence — wakes up through seven noteworthy people, including John Jewitt, the youthful British sailor who turned into a slave to the Nootka Indians; Dr. Wilfred Grenfell, the unconventional minister; Sam Steele, the most well known of all Mounted Policemen; and Isaac Jorges, the seventeenth century cleric who pursued suffering. A large number of the stories of these figures read like the most out of control of fiction: Cariboo Cameron, who, in the wake of striking it rich in B.C., salted his significant other’s body in liquor and gave her three funerals; Mina Hubbard, the youthful dowager who trekked over the unexplored heart of Labrador as a demonstration of requital; and Almighty Voice, the rebel Cree, who was the key figure in the last fight between white men and Aboriginals in North America.
Spreading over two centuries and four thousand miles, this book exhibits how our outskirts looks like no other and how for better and for more terrible it has molded our particular feeling of Canada.