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Canadian Adventurers and Explorers Bundle

David Thompson / Vilhjalmur Stefansson / Samuel de Champlain / John Franklin / George Simpson / Phyllis Munday

by (author) D.T. Lahey, Tom Henighan, John Wilson, Tom Shardlow, Kathryn Bridge & Francine Legaré

translated by Jonathan Kaplansky

Dundurn Press
Initial publish date
Dec 2013
Expeditions & Discoveries, General, Historical
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Presenting six titles in the Quest Biography series that profiles prominent figures in Canada’s history. Canada is a vast land with many remote regions to be explored. Among the intrepid explorers who travelled the wilderness and mapped Canada’s geography are: the French founder of Quebec, Samuel de Champlain; surveyor David Thompson; doomed seeker of the Northwest Passage Sir John Franklin; Arctic explorer Vilhjamur Stefansson; legendary Upper Canada governor Sir George Simpson; and mountaineer Phyllis Munday. Their stories are detailed in these entertaining and informative biographies.


  • Samuel de Champlain
  • John Franklin
  • David Thompson
  • Vilhjamur Stefansson
  • George Simpson
  • Phyllis Munday

About the authors

D.T. Lahey is a retired Ontario teacher and department head of English. Laheyís interest in genealogy led to research of Sir George Simpsonís origins, his wives, and his children. He has published articles breaking new ground in Simpson research in Families: The Journal of the Ontario Genealogical Society, and lives in Guelph, Ontario.

D.T. Lahey's profile page

Tom Henighan is the author of 17 published books, including Mercury Man, shortlisted for the Red Maple Award; Viking Quest and Viking Terror, two historical novels set in medieval Canada; and more recently, Demon in My View and Doom Lake Holiday. In 2008 he was awarded the Victor Tolgesy Prize for lifetime contribution to the arts in Ottawa, where he lives.

Tom Henighan's profile page

John Wilson was born in 1951 in Edinburgh, Scotland. He did his early growing up on the Island of Skye and in Paisley, near Glasgow. From 1969 to 1974, he attended the University of St. Andrews where he took an Honours B.Sc.. in Geology and never played golf once. He took a position with the Geological Survey of Rhodesia (Zimbabwe). In his two years there, he mapped rocks, dodged land mines and watched the country sink ever deeper into civil war. Shortly before he was due to be called into the army, John retreated back to Britain on his way to the safety of Canada. He settled on Calgary where geology was booming and the only danger was freezing to death in January. In 1979, he moved to Edmonton to take up a post with the Alberta Geological Survey. In 1988 he sold a feature article to the Globe and Mail. This fueled a smouldering mid-life crisis and he took up freelance writing full-time. With some success, John mined the experiences of his travels for articles, journalism and photo essays. He even began to express himself poetically and, with a young family, began writing children's stories. He moved to Nanaimo and then Lantzville on Vancouver Island. John has been widely published by a number of Canadian presses, with his acolades including a shortlisting for the Governor General’s Award.

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Tom Shardlow holds a B.Sc. and M.Sc. from the University of British Columbia and is a Research Biologist with more than thirty articles contributed to international scientific and technical journals. His diverse writing, ranges from poetry and prize winning short fiction published in literary magazines to book reviews for Quill and Quire and Canadian Geographic. His freelance work, which includes creative drawings and photographs, often appear as feature articles in magazines and in newspapers. Tom has completed a biography of David Thompson , A Trail by Stars, for XYZ Publishing and is currently working on a popular history of biology and a science-fiction novel. He lives with his family on Vancouver Island.

Tom Shardlow's profile page

Kathryn Bridge, PhD, is an archivist and historian who has curated exhibitions and written about Emily Carr for several decades. Her research is focused on the body of Carr's art and writings held in the BC Archives collections. Exhibitions include Emily Carr: Artist, Author, Eccentric Genius (2001) and The Other Emily (2010) at the Royal BC Museum, Victoria; and Intimate Glimpses: The Early Life of Emily Carr (2011) at the Wing Sang Gallery, Vancouver. Writings include the introduction to Carr's Klee Wyck (2004) and the forewords to Wildflowers by Emily Carr (2003) and Sister and I: From Victoria to London, an illustrated manuscript journal by Carr published in 2011. Bridge's Emily Carr in England is to be published by the Royal BC Museum in 2014.

Kathryn Bridge's profile page

A researcher and freelance writer, Francine Legaré lives in Quebec.

Francine Legaré's profile page

Jonathan Kaplansky has translated several titles by Hélène Rioux, as well as several children’s titles and adult titles. His published translations, besides those by Rioux, include work by Annie Ernaux, Hélène Dorion and Serge Patrice Thibodeau. He also translated an extensive biography on filmmaker Frank Borzage. Jonathan Kaplansky studied at Tufts University and Université de Paris III, receiving an MA in French Language and Literature from McGill and an MA in Translation from the University of Ottawa. Originally from Saint John, New Brunswick, he currently lives in Montreal.

Jonathan Kaplansky's profile page

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