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As a physician and British Columbia statesman, John Sebastian Helmcken was well travelled by the late 1800s.
British Columbia physician John Sebastian Helmcken had a lot of experience to draw upon when he sat down to write his memoirs in the 1890s. For starters, he had travelled the world, logging some 45,000 miles by sailing vessel. And later, while working as a surgeon for the Hudson’s Bay Company, he had piled up countless miles of rough wilderness travel by canoe and horse. In still another role, he was instrumental in B.C.’s decision to join Confederation.
Indeed, Helmcken’s role in the early years of B.C. medicine and politics led the provincial government, in 1913, to name Canada’...