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Berton, Pierre, 1920-2004.
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Toronto : Stoddart, 1998.
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222 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 28 cm
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Maps on lining papers.
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F1089.P2 B47 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize Non-Circ

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Nations are built from the relationship between a country's unique physical features and the people who live in and around them. Canada is a most spectacular example of such a glorious marriage. In this sweeping look at the country he knows so well, Pierre Berton has compiled the stories of twenty-five people who have shaped our history or been shaped and influenced by the geography they found themselves contending with. He sees genius and madness in characters from all parts of the country: from Maquinna, the emperor of the rainforest who battled fellow chieftains and European invaders alike, to Robert Service, who loathed the poem that made him rich, to Mina Hubbard, the widow who raced across Labrador in long skirts to carry out her late husband's dream. Pierre Berton's Canada visits every region, adding daubs of color to our vast map. And the stunning photos that fill the book complement the stories, and explain the hardships and joys that motivated Berton's cast of characters.

Author Notes

Pierre Berton was born in 1920 and raised in the Yukon. He worked in Klondike mining camps during his university years, spending four years in the army, rising from private to captain/instructor at the Royal Military College in Kingston.

After the military, Berton went to Vancouver where he began his career at a newspaper. At 21, he was the youngest city editor on any Canadian daily. He moved to Toronto in 1947, and at the age of 31 was named managing editor of Maclean's. In 1957 he became a key member of the CBC's public affairs flagship program, Close-Up, and a permanent panelist on Front Page Challenge. He joined The Toronto Star as an associate editor and columnist in 1958, leaving 4 years later in '62 to commence The Pierre Berton Show, which ran until 1973. Since then he has appeared as host and writer on My Country, The Great Debate, Heritage Theatre, and The Secret of My Success. He has received numerous honourary degrees and served as the Chancellor of Yukon College.

Berton is also a Companion of the Order of Canada, and has received a Stephen Leacock Medal for Humor in 1959, a Govenor's General Award for The Mysterious North in 1956, Klondike in 1958 and The Last Spike in 1972. Berton has also won a Nellie Award for best public broadcaster in radio in 1978, the Canadian Authors Association Literary Award for non fiction in, 1981 and the Canadian Booksellers Award in 1982.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Table of Contents

Introduction: From Sea to Shining Seap. 6
The Pacific Coastp. 27
Chapter 1 The Potlatch Peoplep. 28
The Queen Charlottesp. 40
Chapter 2 What Happened to the Salmon?p. 52
The Days When Salmon Was Kingp. 60
Chapter 3 Keepers of the Lightp. 69
B.C.'s Love Affair with the Seap. 76
Land Scapesp. 88
The Arctic Coastp. 93
Chapter 4 The Elusive Passagep. 94
First Views of the Passagep. 104
Chapter 5 What Happened to the Whales?p. 116
The Days of the Whalersp. 126
Chapter 6 The Clash of Culturesp. 136
Delta Countryp. 146
Sea Shapesp. 158
The Atlantic Coastp. 163
Chapter 7 The Golden Age of Sailp. 164
Historic Lunenburgp. 174
Chapter 8 What Happened to the Cod?p. 182
Work and Play at the Century's Turnp. 192
Chapter 9 The Graveyard of the Atlanticp. 204
The Maritime Lookp. 212
Creditsp. 224