The Whisper on the Night Wind: The True History of a Wilderness Legend

Category: Book
By (author): Shoalts, Adam
Subject:  BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Adventurers & Explorers
  BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Environmentalists & Naturalists
  HISTORY / Expeditions & Discoveries
  NON-FICTION / Canadian
Publisher: Penguin Canada
Published: October 2021
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 256
Size: 9.00in x 6.00in
Our Price:
$ 32.95
Available: 5 Oct 2021

Additional Notes

From The Publisher*Spellbinding adventure from Canada's most beloved modern-day explorer.

Traverspine is not a place you will find on most maps. A century ago, it stood near the foothills of the remote Mealy Mountains in central Labrador. Today it is an abandoned ghost town, almost all trace of it swallowed up by dark spruce woods that cloak millions of acres.

In the early 1900s, this isolated little settlement was the scene of an extraordinary haunting by large creatures none could identify. Strange tracks were found in the woods. Unearthly cries were heard in the night. Sled dogs went missing. Children reported being stalked by a terrifying grinning animal. Families slept with cabin doors barred and axes and guns at their bedsides.

Tales of things that "go bump in the night" are part of the folklore of the wilderness, told and retold around countless campfires down through the ages. Most are easily dismissed by skeptics. But what happened at Traverspine a hundred years ago was different. The eye-witness accounts were detailed, and those who reported them included no less than three medical doctors and a wildlife biologist.

Something really did emerge from the wilderness to haunt the little settlement of Traverspine. Adam Shoalts, decorated modern-day explorer and an expert on wilderness folklore, picks up the trail from a century ago and sets off into the Labrador wild to investigate the tale. It is a spine-tingling adventure, straight from a land steeped in legends and lore, where Vikings wandered a thousand years ago and wolves and bears still roam free.

In delving into the dark corners of Canada's wild, The Whisper on the Night Wind combines folklore, history, and adventure into a fascinating saga of exploration.
"One of Canada's greatest modern explorers." CBC
"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." POSTMEDIA
"Explorer Adam Shoalts's monumental 4,000-kilometre journey . . . calls to mind the likes of Vilhjalmur Stefansson and Joseph Tyrrell." CANADIAN GEOGRAPHIC

"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." BUZZFEED
"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 . . ." CANADA.COM

"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." TVO
"[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." NATURE

"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." 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." CBC
"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." POSTMEDIA
"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."
"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)
Biographical NoteADAM 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.