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Claire Mowat
Born Claire Angel Wheeler
(1933-02-05) 5 February 1933 (age 89)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Occupation Author, environmentalist, philanthropist
Language English
Nationality Canadian
Education Graphic designer
Alma mater Havergal College,
Ontario College of Art & Design
Period 1983 – present
Genre Memoir, young adult fiction
Notable works The Outport People
Spouse Farley Mowat
Relatives Angus McGill Mowat

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

Personal life

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. 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, about the five years she and husband Farley spent at the start of their marriage in the outport Newfoundland community of Burgeo. Her second book Pomp and Circumstances (1989) arose from witnessing protocol behind the scenes at the Governor General's residence Rideau Hall in Ottawa. A 2005 memoir Travels with Farley, describes the couple's life in the Magdalen Islands, following the still-birth of their only child. 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
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