Strathcona Wilderness Institute

“The Land of Heart’s Delight”

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On Friday May 1, Strathcona Wilderness is hosting our next community presentation: author Michael Layland on: “The Land of Heart’s Delight: Early Explorations & Mapping of Vancouver Island”.

Michael Layland was born and educated in England and trained as an officer and a mapmaker in the Royal Engineers, serving for seven years. He then worked on civilian survey projects in Peru, Central America, Nigeria, Mexico, and North and West Africa.

Michael Layland

Michael Layland

He has lived in British Columbia for over 30 years, the last 24 in Victoria. Michael serves as the past- president of the Friends of the BC Archives, is a former president of the Victoria Historical Society, and is on the committee of the Historical Map Society of BC.

Book Cover

Book Cover

He has collected and researched old maps of the region, many of which were included in his well-received 2013 book “The Land of Heart’s Delight” — a cartographic history of Vancouver Island — and he is currently completing a companion book of stories of the early explorers of the island, for publication in the fall, 2016.

Central Vancouver Island Map Detail

Central Vancouver Island Map Detail

The presentation will start at 7 pm at the theatre at North Island College, 2300 Ryan Road in Courtenay. Doors open at 6:30. Tickets are $10 at the door.

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