Adventure Canada Book-Tour Extravaganza

The headline doesn’t do it justice. Full title: The Adventure-Canada, Searching-for-Franklin, Ocean-to-Ocean-to-Ocean, Book-Tour Extravaganza.

Yes, we’re launching my new book, going voyaging in the Northwest Passage, and offering YOU a chance to win a $5,000 voucher to come sailing with us.

Let’s break that down. My publisher, Douglas & McIntyre, has produced a splendiferous objet d’art in Searching for Franklin: New Answers to the Great Arctic Mystery. No, really. The book is gorgeous, from the dust jacket to the hardcover binding (a glorious red) to the maps and the overall design. On production values alone, this baby is a keeper, I’m telling you.

All of which inspired Adventure Canada, the award-winning travel company, to sponsor our extended book launch — and so to design a contest. Details will follow but today I can tell you that some lucky wayfarer will win a $5,000 voucher to be applied against the cost of one of AC’s Arctic voyages — perhaps the one Sheena and I will undertake early next fall: Into the Northwest Passage. 

Did I mention the extended launch? By that I mean going beyond even the VIA-Rail extravaganza we undertook ten years ago (!!!) in support of  50 Canadians Who Changed the World. This time around, we propose to bring the new book to “our” three oceans — the Pacific, the Atlantic, and the Arctic. Once we have launched in Toronto (October 12), we head west (Oct. 18-Oct. 29) to do events in Calgary, Vancouver, Victoria, and Prince George. Next spring, we propose to ramble around Atlantic Canada looking for readers — and contestants. And then, early in the autumn, we make for the Arctic. In short, please stay tuned!






  1. Janet Donohue on September 9, 2023 at 2:04 pm

    Imagine what a trip that would be, to travel with you and Sheena would be an experience, always nice to have knowledgeable guides!

  2. Cynthia Lee on September 9, 2023 at 3:16 pm

    It’s on my list of things to do shortly, and it will be an extra special bonus to be on the same trip with you and Sheena, most definitely!

    • John m on September 9, 2023 at 4:15 pm


  3. John m on September 9, 2023 at 4:16 pm

    Count me in. What a Great idea!

  4. Esmeralda Cabral on September 9, 2023 at 5:33 pm

    This sounds like a fabulous opportunity!! I’m in.

  5. Heather Conrad on September 10, 2023 at 12:46 am

    Yes! What an opportunity!!

  6. Deborah AM Phillips on September 10, 2023 at 9:49 am

    The book cover is awesome. The journey would be a thriller. Deborah

    • Rosslyn Bentley on September 10, 2023 at 4:10 pm

      What an opportunity for true adventure! This would be my second trip to the Arctic – last time I was camping!

      • Ken McGoogan on October 29, 2023 at 11:50 am

        This is it for sure. Having done a little camping myself, I can tell you that the cabins on the Ocean Endeavour are definitely a step up. Heck, maybe you’ll win that $5,000 voucher? See you next August.

    • Ken McGoogan on October 29, 2023 at 11:51 am

      Will be for sure! Maybe see you en route?

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