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Drifting Home: A Family's Voyage of Discovery Down the Wild Yukon River

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In the 1970s, Pierre Berton and his family recreated the trip down the Yukon made by his father, Francis George Berton, in 1898. This compelling story of the later journey is a valentine from son to father, a magical tale of a family adrift, and a poetic exploration of the regionOCOs rich history. In experiencing this great wilderness, Berton and his family discover their ...more
ebook, 176 pages
Published December 1st 2009 by Douglas & McIntyre (first published November 30th 1972)
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Jill Robbertze
Jun 28, 2015 Jill Robbertze rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Possibly I enjoyed this book so much because I live in the Northwest and love this part of the world so much. This is not only a record of this family's adventure trip on the Yukon river in 1972 but also a look back into the interesting history of the area and at some of it's amazing characters. I sat with my book and my laptop and I followed the journey on Google Maps and visited these towns as they are today by looking at them on "Street View". I also enjoyed the scenery along the way by looki ...more
Lisa Kearns
Jun 24, 2013 Lisa Kearns rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! Pierre Burton takes his large family on a one week canoe trip down the Yukon river. They camp and cook over a campfire, and have a few funny and scary incidents as they float away the days. As he tells a little about each person's unique personality, you can tell how much he loves his family.

But the wonderful part of this book is the history of his own father and childhood. As his family progresses down the Yukon, he recounts his father's young years as an Alaskan miner, trapp
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Zuzana
Apr 29, 2012 Zuzana rated it it was amazing
In Drifting home, Canadian historian, Pierre Berton, tells a story of his family's voyage down the wild Yukon river in the summer of 1972. Born and raised in Dawson, he wanted to show his children the town and wilderness he dearly loved. They travel by boats for thirteen days and their story is mixed up with the author's father's stories, letters and Berton's own childhood memories.

I have always been strangely attracted to Canada, Yukon and the goldrush, so I suppose that my review may be a bit
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Diane
Jul 11, 2012 Diane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A vacation in condensed form...no mosquitoes, sunburn, or discomforts, but all the adventure of trekking through three levels of history seen through Berton, his father's recollections, and his family as they travel down a river of memories.
Lee Scoresby
The stuff about his family's ride up the river was as bad as watching home movies, but his stories about his father's adventures in the north were great.
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From narrative histories and popular culture, to picture and coffee table books to anthologies, to stories for children to readable, historical works for youth, many of his books are now Canadian classics.

Born in 1920 and raised in the Yukon, Pierre Berton worked in Klondike mining camps during his university years. He spent four years in the army, rising from private to captain/instructor at the
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