Travel Books:

Walter Moberly

Sorry, this product is not currently available to order

Here are some other products you might consider...

Walter Moberly

and the Northwest Passage by Rail



Customer rating

Click to share your rating 0 ratings (0.0/5.0 average) Thanks for your vote!

Share this product

Walter Moberly by Daphne Sleigh
Sorry, this product is not currently available to order


An unacknowledged explorer hero or a surveyor who was known to exaggerate the truth? On his death, one newspaper pronounced Walter Moberly second only to Captain Vancouver in the record of western Canadian exploration. Moberly would certainly have agreed with this eulogy, for he saw himself as the true discoverer of the Northwest Passage by land -- the all-Canadian route for the transcontinental railway. From childhood, stories of this passage had filled his imagination, and when he journeyed from Ontario to British Columbia in 1858, it was with the express purpose of exploring for this route -- but by land, not sea. And Moberly succeeded. He discovered a route through the Monashee Mountains via Eagle Pass (his best-known achievement); he fought his way through the supposedly impregnable Selkirks in the dead of winter; he explored and surveyed one of the major passes in the Rockies. These discoveries vanquished the last obstacles that stood between the Pacific Coast and the Prairies and opened the way for the future railway. Moberly's story is told from a personal and sympathetic angle, but does not overlook his character flaws that withheld any material success in life. Difficult and hot-headed, he quarrelled with those in authority. He could not manage money, and was always in debt. This book offers a critical appraisal of the man and his accomplishments. Containing never-before-published information about Moberly's personal life, which was indeed colourful, the book will certainly interest readers of exploration history and biography.

Author Biography

Daphne Sleigh was born in Ewell, Surrey, England, and moved to Vancouver in 1957. She became interested in BC history during the province's 1971 centennial, for which she co-wrote a history of Maple Ridge. She won the Lieutenant-Governor's Medal from the BC Historical Federation in 1984 for her book Discovering Deroche. She has written three histories and three biographies, including The Man Who Saved Vancouver. Daphne lives in Deroche, BC, with her husband, Francis.
Release date NZ
May 15th, 2003
Country of Publication
45 photos & illus
Hancock House Publishers Ltd ,Canada
Product ID

Customer reviews

Nobody has reviewed this product yet. You could be the first!

Write a Review

Marketplace listings

There are no Marketplace listings available for this product currently.
Already own it? Create a free listing and pay just 9% commission when it sells!

Sell Yours Here

Help & options

  • If you think we've made a mistake or omitted details, please send us your feedback. Send Feedback
  • If you have a question or problem with this product, visit our Help section. Get Help
Filed under...

Buy this and earn 149 Banana Points