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Whalewatcher, A Global Guide to Watching Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises in the Wild
A photo guide to whales, dolphins and porpoises worldwide, with featured spreads on 40 commonly encountered species.
Maria Chapdelaine, A Tale of French Canada
A young woman living with her family on the frontier in Quebec, Maria endures the hardships of isolation and climate and must choose between three suitors.
The St. Lawrence
In this original survey of the St. Lawrence, renowned naturalist Henry Beston not only includes the history of the river, but also its land and its people. Originally published in 1942, illustrated with sketches.
A deeply engaging meditation on all things whale. Hoare saves his special love and attention for the sperm whale -- not only via a beautiful literary analysis of Moby Dick -- but also by indulging in a childhood fantasy and actually swimming with whales in the Azores.
In this stunningly researched and engaging biography, Pulitzer Prize-winner David Hackett Fischer weaves together the epic story of soldier and explorer Samuel de Champlain, a colonizer of North America who spent 30 years bringing his vision of a New France to life.
The Canadian Frontier, 1534-1760
A popular, groundbreaking academic history of New France in the colonial era.
Shadows on the Rock
Set at the end of the 17th century in rural Quebec, this beautifully realized novel highlights the struggles of the Parisian widower Auclair and his young daughter to adapt to their new land.
Negotiating a River, Canada, the US, and the Creation of the St. Lawrence Seaway
This political and environmental history looks at the defining episodes of the St. Lawrence Seaway megaproject, from the complex diplomatic negotiations between the US and Canada to its lasting impact on transnational relations.
Pandora's Locks, The Opening of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway
This detailed history of the St. Lawrence Seaway, which opened in 1959, focuses on the engineering feat's often devastating environmental effects.
Watching Giants, The Secret Lives of Whales
Kelsey's highly personal introduction to the culture, behavior and ecosystems of whales brims with vitality and funny anecdotes. She also discusses the human impact on underwater ecosystems.
A People's History of Quebec
This swift overview of Quebec’s 450-year history by a leading historian covers everything from the earliest days of colonization to the province’s recent efforts to gain independence. Includes a helpful timeline.
Three Weeks in Quebec City: The Meeting That Made Canada
A riveting history of the earliest drafting of a Canadian national constitution during the Quebec Conference of 1864.
Canada and Quebec: One Country, Two Histories
An in-depth look at Canada-Quebec relations through interviews with prominent Canadian figures.
Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises
In the trademark, graphic Eyewitness style, this sturdy guidebook colorfully describes the world's cetaceans with numerous illustrations, range maps, fluke drawings and a few paragraphs on each species.
One of Atwood's earliest novels, a suspenseful yarn where a young woman becomes entangled in affairs, mysteries and the haunting draw of nature as she searches for her missing father on an island off the coast of northern Quebec.
The grand historical novel of Colonel Benedict Arnold's doomed march on Quebec in 1775, told through the eyes of a soldier in the Continental Army. Rich in historical detail.