Alfred Wellington Purdy was born in Wooler, Ontario on Dec. 30th, 1918. He attended Albert College in Belleville, and then high school in Trenton. He dropped out of school at 17. He served with the Royal Canadian Air Force during World War II.
In 1957, Purdy and his wife Eurithe purchased the property on Roblin Lake where they built their A-frame house. The Purdy’s lived here for many years, and eventually bought a second property in North Saanich, B.C.
Purdy received the Governor- General’s Award for English-language poetry or drama in 1965 for The Caribou House, and the Governor-General’s Award for English-language poetry in 1986 for The Collected Poems of Al Purdy. His body or work includes 39 books of poetry, a novel, two volumes of memoirs, and four books of correspondence.