Secret Life of Canada

What was the real cost of the Klondike Gold Rush?

The Secret Life of Canada takes a look into how the gold rush impacted the people and land, and what happened to the area when the rush was over.
At the height of the Klondike Gold Rush, Dawson City — the hub of the region — was a bustling town filled with dance halls, theatres and saloons. (Hegg & Co./Library and Archives Canada)
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The Klondike Gold Rush has been captured on film, in literature and in music. But what was its real cost?

The Secret Life of Canada team takes a look into how the Klondike Gold Rush impacted the people and land, and what happened to the area when the rush was over.

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What you'll hear this episode:

  • A brief history of humanity's complicated relationship with gold
  • Falen grosses out Leah
  • The recipe for the Sour Toe Cocktail
  • How does one get Sourdough status?
  • What's the tie between sourdough bread and mining?
  • Why was flash-frozen horse meat so plentiful?
  • What was Donald Trump's grandfather up to in the Yukon?
  • How the gold rush disrupted and displaced the Indigenous people of the area

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