For more than 500 years, the Canadian North has captured the imaginations of explorers from all over the world. As repelling a landscape as the North can sometimes be, it can also be awe-inspiring and beautiful. While mirages, northern lights, perihelia (mock suns) and white-outs both confused and terrified early explorers, pingos, polygons, prehistoric muskoxen and herds of caribou––40,000 to 60,000-strong––left many of them incapable of describing what it was they saw to people back home. In Ten Rivers: Adventure Stories From the Arctic, award-winning writer Ed Struzik takes the reader on a journey down 10 rivers in the Canadian North.
Along the way, he describes the people, the landscapes, the wildlife and the history that has, and continues to make this part of the world such an inspiration to count artists, writers, poets and adventurers. The North, Ed reminds the reader, is not so much a place as it is a state of mind––a landscape that is an intriguing mix of myth and reality, science and neo-science, truth and error.