The Gold Rush (1858 to 1863) was an important period in British Columbia’s history that brought thousands of prospectors and adventurers to the province. All the activity produced by the Gold Rush led to significant impacts on BC’s people and land, such as conflicts with the native peoples who inhibited the land, increased development throughout BC, and increased business and activity on Vancouver Island. Similarly, the Klondike Gold Rush (1897-1899) affected the landscape and development of the Yukon with the discovery of gold in 1896, resulting in the establishment of the Yukon Territory.
UBC’s Digital Collections has a number of materials relating to the Gold Rush within various collections, such as: The Chung Collection, BC Bibliography, the Royal Fisk Gold Rush Letters, Delgamuukw Trial Transcripts, BC Sessional Papers, BC Historical Newspapers, and the Okanagan Historical Society Reports.
Have you found resources in our collections about the Gold Rush that have helped you with research or peaked your interest? Let us know in the comments!
Below are some examples of the resources you can find in our digital collections: