An archival photo of 70-year-old Capt. Joseph-Elzéar Bernier hoisted on a bosun’s chair, piqued Season’s curiosity. After a discovering that Bernier wanted to ‘discover’ the North Pole for Canada, she was inspired to write her 2003 master of journalism thesis, which explored Capt. Bernier’s contribution to Arctic sovereignty. But the captain didn’t go away after her thesis was submitted. She continued reading about his explorations, which subsequently led to extensive research into Canadian and ‘foreign’ expeditions to the North. It was a story that she felt all Canadians should know, and it morphed into a book – In the Shadow of the Pole: An Early History of Arctic Expeditions, 1871-1912.
[image of SoP book cover] When the images and maps in her book turned out too small to see properly, Season launched a website www.shadowofthepole.ca. It features detailed maps, photographs and information about the expeditions carried out by the Canadian explorers at the turn of the 20th century.
Season has travelled with Adventure Canada as historian on five Arctic cruises: Out of the NWP, September 2014; Heart of the Arctic, July 2015; Out of the NWP, September 2016; Into the NWP, September 2017; and Arctic Safari, August 2018. Season’s blog highlights her Adventure Canada expeditions: https://arcticfrontdoor.wordpress.com/
Season lives in Ottawa where she is a senior writer at The Ottawa Hospital Foundation. Although she spends workdays writing about extraordinary patient care, treatment, and research, she spends her free time at Library and Archives Canada researching intriguing pieces of northern history. Her fascination with Arctic exploration continues, and she is enthusiastic to share her love of Arctic history with anyone keen to hear about it.