A born adventurer, Catherine Marie Gilbert has had several careers that include teaching and travel counselling. A seasoned traveller, she has lived in various places including England, Switzerland and California. She earned a Bilingual Honours Bachelor degree in History at York University, where her studies centred on Canadian social and local history. Later her love of visual arts brought her to study Fine Arts at North Island College in Comox, where she also studied Journalism. Since September 2016, she has been enroled in Graduate Studies working on her Masters in History, the Public History Stream at the University of Victoria, researching for an environmental history thesis about Strathcona Provincial Park.
Her poetry was first published in a Northern Ontario anthology in 2000, where it won an award, and since then her articles and photographs have appeared in the BC Historical Federation Journal, the Western Mariner Magazine, and the Campbell River Mirror. She also currently contributes articles to Nauticapedia.ca and the Inspired Living magazine. She was the research assistant, copy and photo editor for the 2009 Strathcona Park Lodge history, Surviving Strathcona Style which she is currently re-editing for a reprint. Yorke Island and the Uncertain War was published in 2012 by Ptarmigan Press.
Her murder mystery novel, A Grim Perspective finished in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel contest (2013) in the Quarter Finalist Category, and is now available as an ebook on Amazon/Kindle and Kobo. She is currently working on a sequel. She is also collecting photos and stories for a second non fiction history book about the vessels and crews that protected the BC Coast during WWII.
In past summers, she has spent Sundays on the water, as an historic interpreter aboard Discovery Marine Safaris tour boats to a variety of destinations between Vancouver Island and the British Columbia mainland, from Desolation Sound to Alert Bay to Yorke Island for the Museum at Campbell River. She frequently gives pictorial presentations on several BC history topics. See the History talks page for a complete list.
When not at her computer or drinking tea, she loves to be in the garden, riding her bicycle or swimming in the ocean. You can also find her at the water’s edge in Port Alice during the summer, where she operates a bed and breakfast accommodation and continues with her research and writing of British Columbia history. She has lived on Vancouver Island for 20 years and resides in Victoria and Campbell River.