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Down North
by Macdonald, Malcolm

Down North 
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  Reading Down North is like travelling through strange and fascinating regions with an unusually interesting companion. Malcolm MacDonald had unique opportunities to see the great Northwest Territories, now the subject of so much lively discussion and speculation – Whitehorse, Dawson City, Fort Yukon, Aklavik, Norman Wells, Port Radium, Coppermine, Yellowknife, Fort Smith, Chipewyan all the territory from Peace River and Great Slave Lake north and west, from tundra to the highest peaks of the Rockies, from prairie to the Arctic. The very names suggest romance, adventure, and high hopes for Canada's future greatness.

In the last three years, thousands of people, prospectors, trappers, missionaries, policemen, surveyors, engineers, miners, road-builders, truckmen, ground crews, troops, and airmen have poured into that vast area, and in their wake a host of reporters and photographers. Malcolm MacDonald describes what he saw and the people he met in vivid, vigorous prose. Of that great new Canadian land of promise he says: “Changes are coming quickly....The great river and the mountains beyond lay under snow. Sunrise and sunset over those massive snowfields were staggeringly beautiful. They seemed to express with a touch of defiance the unalterable, eternal sovereignty of Nature in that remote Kingdom. Yet her rule was being challenged....An expansion of oil production at Norman Wells, fresh aids to river navigation on the Mackenzie, Slave and Athabasca rivers, a set of vast airfields for a new airway along their valleys, the construction of two thousand additional miles of road in the region and other works were changing the face of the country. A feverish activity was in the air. Eager, restless, ambitious, visionary men were hurrying the Northwest forward to its new destiny.”

Quantity:1 item(s) available
Weight:0.40 kg
Price: CDN$ 50.00 (US$ 48.66)
Stock Number:70015AN
Author:Macdonald, Malcolm
Publisher:Oxford University Press
Publication Date:1943
Pages:274 pp
Condition:Cloth. Very Good/Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. cover slightly worn and chipped, 274pp.


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