Seeking fortune & adventure,
two young German Canadians,Art and Ernie Barz,
were down to their last dollars when they reached
Dawson City in 1937. A year later, aided by some of
Yukon’s leading citizens, the Barz brothers chartered
four plane-loads of huskies, equipment, and supplies
to the Territory’s remote Bonnet Plum region.
Seeking to avoid the expensive non-resident trapper’s
licence fees, the brothers convinced the authorities
that they were miners. Instead, they set up one of
the largest clandestine fur-trapping operation in the
Canadian north. In time, they became legal trappers
and ran Chappie’s Trading Post near the confluence
of the Bonnet Plume and Peel Rivers. During their
five years in Yukon, they met some of the Territory’s
larger-than-life characters, and explored its vast,
pristine wilderness. Yukon Wanderlust weaves the
Barz brothers’ stories, their photographs, and
related historical events into a fascinating chronicle
of a vibrant, yet overlooked period of Yukon history.
Soon will be available as an ebook through Amazon.
For more information contact celticfrog(at)live.com and put
Yukon Wanderlust in the subject line.