Claire Mowat

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Claire Mowat
BornClaire Angel Wheeler
(1933-02-05) 5 February 1933 (age 87)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
OccupationAuthor, environmentalist, philanthropist
EducationGraphic designer
Alma materHavergal College,
Ontario College of Art & Design
Period1983 – present
GenreMemoir, young adult fiction
Notable worksThe Outport People
SpouseFarley Mowat
RelativesAngus McGill Mowat

Claire Angel Mowat (born 5 February 1933)[1] is a Canadian writer and environmentalist.

Personal life[edit]

Born on February 5, 1933, Mowat (née Wheeler) was raised and educated in Toronto, Ontario. She graduated from Havergal College and the Ontario College of Art & Design as a Graphic designer and was married to the late author Farley Mowat.[1][2] The couple divided their time between Ontario, and Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.


Mowat began writing memoirs in the 1960s, leading in 1983 to her first book The Outport People,[2] about the five years she and husband Farley spent at the start of their marriage in the outport Newfoundland community of Burgeo.[3] Her second book Pomp and Circumstances (1989) arose from witnessing protocol behind the scenes at the Governor General's residence Rideau Hall in Ottawa.[2] A 2005 memoir Travels with Farley, describes the couple's life in the Magdalen Islands, following the still-birth of their only child.[3] She has also written a trilogy of young adult fiction: The Girl from Away (1992), The French Isles (1994) and Last Summer in Louisbourg (1998).


  • The Outport People (1983) published by McClelland & Stewart - ISBN 978-0-7710-6549-1
  • Pomp and Circumstances (1989) published by McClelland & Stewart - ISBN 978-0-7710-6548-4
  • The Girl from Away (1992) Illustrated by Malcolm Cullen, published by Key Porter Books - ISBN 978-1-55013-428-5
  • The French Isles (1994) Illustrated by Huntley Brown, published by Key Porter Books - ISBN 978-1-55013-591-6
  • Last Summer in Louisbourg (1998) published by Key Porter Books - ISBN 978-1-55013-941-9, (2012) Nimbus Publishing - ISBN 978-1-77108-065-1, 978-1-55109-910-1
  • The Girl from Away Trilogy (2002) published by Key Porter Books - ISBN 9781-55263-489-9
  • Travels with Farley (2005) published by Key Porter Books - ISBN 978-1-55263-714-2, (2015) Pottersfield Press - ISBN 978-1-89742-674-6


  1. ^ a b "Mowat, Claire". The William Ready Division of Archives and Research Collections. McMaster University. 2006-12-08. Retrieved 2009-07-11.
  2. ^ a b c "Claire Mowat". Writers' Union of Canada. Retrieved 2014-05-23.
  3. ^ a b Robertson, Patricia (2009-04-07). "Claire Mowat, Farley's Boswell". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2009-07-11. [Originally published 2005-10-15].