Franchère was a native of Montreal and joined the Pacific Fur Company as a merchant apprentice, arriving at Fort Astoria on the Tonquin. After Astoria was sold to the North West Company, Franchère returned to Montreal overland in 1814. He was employed for a time by John Jacob Astor in Montreal. He wrote Narrative of a Voyage to the Northwest Coast of America, which was published in 1851. This work was edited translated into English, and published as part of the General Series of the Champlain Society in 1969. The untranslated version was one of Washington Irving's sources for his book Astoria.
- Cogswell, Philip Jr. (1977). Capitol Names: Individuals Woven Into Oregon's History. Portland, Oregon: Oregon Historical Society. p. 26.
- Franchére, Gabriel (1969). Lamb, William (ed.). Journal of a Voyage on the North West Coast of North America during the Years 1811, 1812, 1813 and 1814: The Publications of the Champlain Society. Toronto: Champlain Society Publications. doi:10.3138/9781442618039.
- Place-names of Alberta. Ottawa: Geographic Board of Canada. 1928. p. 54.
- Gabriel Franchère from the Dictionary of Canadian Biography
- The Quebec History Encyclopedia: Gabriel Franchère from Marianopolis College
- Works by Gabriel Franchère at Project Gutenberg
- Works by or about Gabriel Franchère at Internet Archive
- . Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography. 1900.
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