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Daniel Francis (born 1947) is a Canadian historian and journalist. He has published approximately two dozen books, primarily on British Columbia and Canadian history.[1]

Francis graduated from the University of British Columbia and Carleton University.

In 2010, Francis was on the shortlist for the Pierre Berton Award awarded "for distinguished achievement in presenting Canadian history in an informative and engaging manner".[2] However, the award was given to Desmond Morton instead. In 2014, the City of Vancouver awarded Francis the Mayor’s Arts Award for Literary Excellence.[3]

Francis is editor of the Encyclopedia of British Columbia (Harbour, 2000); 10 years in the making, it has been described as "a labour of love" by The Globe and Mail.[4] A best seller with 30,000 copies in print, now it is only available online for a fee,[5] and is known as KnowBC. There it continues to be updated and expanded by Daniel Francis. The KnowBC portal includes access to many other Harbour Publishing publications.[6]


  1. ^ "Q and A: Daniel Francis pens history of North Vancouver". The Vancouver Sun. August 26, 2016. Retrieved 2 April 2017.
  2. ^ "Daniel Francis shortlisted for Pierre Berton Award (Oct. 2010)". ArsenalPulp. Retrieved 2 April 2017.
  3. ^ "Daniel Francis Wins the 2014 Mayor's Arts Award for Literary Excellence". Harbour Publishing. October 3, 2014. Retrieved 2 April 2017.
  4. ^ "Reviews & Excerpt from The Encyclopedia of British Columbia". Harbour Publishing. August 17, 2016. Retrieved July 6, 2017.
  5. ^ "The Encyclopedia of British Columbia". Daniel Francis. Retrieved July 6, 2017.
  6. ^ "About KnowBC". KnowBC. Harbour Publishing. Retrieved July 6, 2017.

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