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Canada's greatest explorers 2015

Jean Béliveau

Photo credit: Courtesy Jean Béliveau

Worldwide walker

Expertise: Adventure, Running, walking, Society

By Harry Wilson

It’s easy to quantify Jean Béliveau’s achievement. After all, when someone walks around the world to promote peace and non-violence for the world’s children, it’s practically impossible to not count the milestones. First, there’s the 11 years and two months the Montrealer spent on the road between August 2000 and October 2011, not to mention the 64 countries he walked a total of 75,543 kilometres through in that time. Or the 54 pairs of shoes he wore out. Or the one emergency surgery he had (in Algeria). Or the four Nobel Peace Prize winners he met. Or, perhaps most important, the countless thousands he inspired.


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