From Native peoples in search of new hunting grounds to European fishermen out for bigger catches, explorers were drawn to Canada for many reasons. They discovered a vast and mysterious land that took hundreds of years to explore and map. But the story of Canadian exploration is about a lot more than mapping wilderness. With no new lands left to discover, present-day explorers focus on outer space, the ocean and the preservation of Earth's changing ecosystems.
Ann-Maureen Owens is co-author of the popular children's information books Forts of Canada, Canada's Maple Leaf; The Story of Our Flag and The Kids Book of Canadian Exploration. She lives in Kingston, Ontario.
Jane Yealland is a research associate at the Centre for Studies in Primary Care at Queen's University. Together with her friend and collaborator Ann-Maureen Owens, Jane is the co-author of the popular children's information books: Forts of Canada, The Kids Book of Canadian Exploration and Our Flag: The Story of Canada's Maple Leaf. She lives in Kingston, Ontario.
John Mantha is an artist and illustrator. His books include The Kids Book of Canadian Firsts and The Kids Book of Canada's Railway. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.