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The Whisper On The Night Wind


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Adam Shoalts is a historian, archaeologist, geographer, and Westaway Explorer-in-Residence at the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. Shoalts holds a PhD from McMaster University where his research examined the influence Indigenous oral traditions had on fur traders in the subarctic and Pacific Northwest. He is also the author of Alone Against the North, A History of Canada in Ten Maps, and Beyond the Trees, all of them national bestsellers. He enjoys long walks in the woods. Follow his adventures on Facebook and Instagram.



"A fantastic, fun and chilling tale..."---Canadian Geographic

"Modern-day explorer Adam Shoalts...reminds us that our world is full of mystery, possibility and awe." --

"It is a spooky read, and after finishing it you might want to take a few days off before heading back into the wilderness....a page turner for sure." ---Kevin Callan, Explore Magazine

"The place they end up is so isolated and untravelled that it could give the yips to even the most seasoned explorer. Shoalts is precise in his descriptions of setting and his writing is filled with ...a clever, intentional use of language that heightens tension and lets a creepiness seep into the narrative." ---Quill and Quire

"...Like something out of Lovecraft....He writes like an explorer of old....thrilling and sometimes unsettling." ---Book City

"[Adam Shoalts]...continues to go where his curiosity pulls him - often into uncomfortable places we might not go ourselves - and is more than happy to bring us along in the recounting. Spine-tingling...captivating." ---Sudbury Star

"He's a great writer...enthralling...his use of language keeps you glued to the page." ---Mysterious Universe Podcast

"This book tweaks Shoalts' previous formula in all the right ways - the addition of another person allows for cheeky banter to pepper the narrative...All this is couched in what you expect from Adam Shoalts' adventure books: an exciting wilderness expedition, which is capped off with a satisfying conclusion to the mystery." ---The Book Lady


"One of Canada's greatest modern explorers."

"Adam Shoalts is Canada's Indiana Jones-portaging in the north, dodging scary rapids, plunging into darkness, and surviving to tell the tale."
-Toronto Star

"Adam Shoalts is one heck of a paddler."

"Explorer Adam Shoalts's monumental 4,000-kilometre journey . . . calls to mind the likes of Vilhjalmur Stefansson and Joseph Tyrrell."
-Canadian Geopgraphic

"Move over Jacques Cartier, Christopher Columbus, and Sir Francis Drake-Adam Shoalts is this century's explorer."
-Hamilton Spectator

"Adam Shoalts . . . [has] finished an incredible journey through Canada's Arctic."
-Global News

"Shoalts is a skilled woodsman and naturalist, able to survive the northern wilds with rudimentary equipment."
-Canoe and Kayak Magazine


"Beyond the Trees is a remarkable tale-and a staggering feat... It's mesmerizing to be guided through Canada's wilderness through Shoalts' eyes...Shoalts also wields a wicked wit."
-Atlantic Books Today

"[Beyond the Trees] might just soothe your need for adventure . . . wonder-filled . . . [a] beautiful book."

"A wild adventure . . . riveting."
-Montreal Gazette

"Adam Shoalts does what most of us would never dare to do... Beyond the Trees is a very readable homage to the wilds of the Canadian North."
-Richmond News

"[A] rousing adventure story . . ."

"Adam has a magic way of writing and making you feel like you are hiking through the wilderness with him."
-Books With Cooke

" . . . the adventure of a lifetime [told] in thrilling detail."

"[Shoalts] brings us along on his solo journey across the Arctic, infused with the wonder of seeing this majestic land and the urgency of making it back before winter sets in." TORONTO STAR
"His journey took him...across the terrestrial world's largest expanse of wilderness outside Antarctica...[an] engaging, hazard-strewn account."

"If you love an outdoor adventure, Beyond the Trees is for you."
-Kamloops Matters


"It's an epic journey . . . Shoalts has done an elegant job of . . . reminding us of the vast and brooding influence of geography on our history."
-The Globe and Mail

"Shoalts analyzes early maps in order to paint a picture of the land that would become a nation, bringing its earliest stories, voices, and battles to life. Combining geography, cartography, history, and anthropology, Shoalts leaves no stone unturned."

"A brilliant book."
-Canadian Geographic

"[A] marvel . . . If you like maps, you'll like this book; if you like both maps and crisply recounted Canadian history, you'll love it. Shoalts . . . takes you inside [explorers'] heads as they face fear, doubt and despair in tandem with cold, starvation, and rebellious wanting-to-turn-back companions . . . Canadian history writ well."
-Winnipeg Free Press

"A masterful approach to mapping Canada."
-Toronto Star

"[O]ne fine book perfectly written for the armchair adventurer."

"Adam Shoalts's book is a must read for anybody with interests in Canadian history, geography, and exploration."
-Canadian GIS


"Rare insight into the heart and mind of an explorer, and the insatiable hunger for the unknown that both inspires and drives one to the edge. Adam Shoalts...calmly describes the things he has endured that would drive most people to despair, or even madness."
-Col. Chris Hadfield, astronaut, International Space Station commander

"As gripping to read as it must've been exciting to live!"
-Les Stroud, Survivorman

"Adam Shoalts's remarkable solo foray . . . is the kind of incredible effort that fosters legends."
-The Winnipeg Free Press

"Shoalts's love of nature, cool professionalism, and almost archaically romantic spirit draw us into his adventures . . . Shoalts is a knowledgeable and observant guide."
-Quill and Quire

"Anyone who thinks exploration is dead should read this book."
-John Geiger, author, CEO of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society

"The more layers you peel away, the more you begin to see the quick mind and quiet intensity that helps propel Adam Shoalts."
-Brian Banks, Canadian Geographic

"It is a story of brutal perseverance and stamina, which few
adventurers could equal."
-Life in Quebec Magazine

"Shoalts is a fearless adventurer . . . Alone Against the North is a rip-roaring yarn."
-The Great Canadian Bucket List

"While the book is a nail-biting chronicle of polar-bear encounters, brutal swarms of black flies, and surprise tumbles down waterfalls, Shoalts also vividly describes an area of the country most of us will never witness."
-Metro (Toronto)

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