• Short Summary

    With a multi-million dollar construction planned for the Canadian north, Prime Minister John Diefenbaker set out on a "see for himself" tour and became the first Canadian premier to visit Yukon.

  • Description

    With a multi-million dollar construction planned for the Canadian north, Prime Minister John Diefenbaker set out on a "see for himself" tour and became the first Canadian premier to visit Yukon.

    Film shows him walking through Whitehorse - capital of the Yukon - a town that once knew the boom of the gold rush.

    It was the search for gold that first drew the old time prospector to this area and from 1897 to 1904 more than one hundred million dollars in gold was recovered from the Klondike creeks, mostly by hand. Still relatively unprospected, in recent years Yukon's metals have brought in some of the biggest mining money in Canada.

    More than 25 different known minerals and oil have been discovered.

    Whitehorse is the starting-off point for most geological surveys. It is also the communications centre and headquarters for repair crews of the Department of National Defence who maintain the Canadian portion of the Alaska highway, which runs from Dawson Creek in the north of British Columbia 1,532 miles through the Yukon to Fairbanks, Alaska. The Federal Government's plan is to construct a network of roads into the Yukon hinterland into the highly mineralized areas.

    Taking time off to relax, film shows Mr. Diefenbaker and his party casting for trout in Big Kathleen Lake. Within two hours they had landed 25 fish.

    Continuing their tour, Mr. Diefenbaker and his wife reached Dawson - "City of Gold". It was here, 60 years ago, that the first prospectors struck it rich and started off one of the biggest gold stampedes in history.

    Men fought and struggled by foot over the mountain passes to the rivers and lakes and made rafts to get them to the Klondike - only to find the creeks were all staked when they got there.

    The city of Dawson was created overnight and soon had a population of 25,000 - a rough, tough city filled with gamblers and those for whom it did not "pan out". To-day it is almost a village - but a place where the spirit of another era truly exists.

    The Auditorium Theatre, built in 1898 still has the stage backdrop in place and boards still announce the next performance.

    The Dawson Museum brings back memories of the Flora-Dora saloon. The streets of Dawson are exactly as they were at the turn of the century.

    At the Yukon Pioneers Club, Mr. Diefenbaker was initiated as a member of the Yukon Order of Pioneers and panned for gold in a washtub - he came up with a nugget the size of a thumbnail!

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA7EUY0G5P7SEINMMRD6JU1JNRX
    Media URN:
    VLVA7EUY0G5P7SEINMMRD6JU1JNRX
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    10/10/1958
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:51:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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