Michael E. Farquhar was born and raised in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. He attended Victoria College (now the University of Victoria) and subsequently the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, B.C. where he received his B.A. and M.A. degrees. In the fall of 1965 he set out on a twenty-month travel adventure in Europe, returning to Canada in the spring of 1967. In June 1967 he moved to Ottawa, Ontario where he began his thirty-year career in the Public Service of Canada. He retired from the Public Service as a Senior Executive in August 1997 with Transport Canada. Mike continues to live in Ottawa.
In 2004 he compiled a “book” entitled “I Remember It Well”, comprised of letters home, travel essays and extracts from his diaries, covering a twenty month period from 1965-1967, during which he traveled and worked his way throughout most of Western Europe.
Since his retirement, Mike has continued to travel all over the world, often as a part of small escorted tours. Over the years he has set foot in all ten Canadian Provinces, some thirty-eight American States, over seventy different countries and all seven continents including Antarctica in 2016.