Reviews for The Pathfinder


“He [A.C. Anderson] has a rightful place in our history books for all of the work he did for the company, the colony and the province. His knowledge of B.C. geography was probably unsurpassed in his day, and he worked hard to share that information with others. Nancy Marguerite Anderson's The Pathfinder helps us to remember all that he accomplished on our behalf.”

—Dave Obee, the Times Colonist

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“Nancy Anderson and Heritage House publishers of Canada have done A.C. proud with their book . . . It’s a fully-realized biography that erases all boundaries of politics, economics, and race as it follows one wiry, active, keenly intelligent man across a landscape that was changing under his feet.”

—Jack Nisbet, the North Columbia Monthly

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“A.C. Anderson was truly a maker of British Columbia. This well-researched, highly readable account of his remarkable, multi-faceted career as fur trader, explorer, civil servant and pioneer settler of Vancouver Island will help to give him the recognition he deserves. This book is a 'must read' for anyone interested in the fascinating history of the Pacific North West in the 19th century.”

—Sylvia Van Kirk, Professor Emeritus, University of Toronto, fur-trade historian and author of Many Tender Ties: Women in Fur Trade Society, 1670-1870


“A biography of Alexander Caulfield Anderson has been needed for many years. In The Pathfinder, Nancy Anderson deftly reconstructs the main stages and episodes of her ancestor's important career as fur trader, explorer, trail-maker, customs and fisheries officer, farmer, Indian Reserve Commissioner, cartographer, scholar and historian. This engrossing biography of A.C. Anderson is what we've been waiting for.”

—Richard Somerset Mackie, author of Trading Beyond the Mountains and Mountain Timber


“Nancy Anderson has plumbed the archives on two continents to produce a meticulously researched, unflinching account of A.C. Anderson. His life, and this book, open a window onto the Pacific Northwest’s restless transition from fur trade fiefdom into the place we know today.”

—Jack Nisbet, author of Sources of the River and The Collector: David Douglas and the Natural History of the Northwest


“A long-overdue comprehensive account of one of British Columbia’s pioneering but often overlooked explorers, a mapmaker par excellence, who in his time probably knew more about the geography of British Columbia than any other.” "

—Derek Hayes, author of Historical Atlas of the North American Railroad