The man who is walking around the world will trudge into town today…

Jean Beliveau posing with some friends in Japan. Photo courtesy of Jean Belliveau

By David F. Rooney

A Montrealer who has spent the last 11 years walking 71,000 km around the world in support of the United Nations’ proclamation of 2001-2010 as the International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-violence for the Children of the World is expected to arrive in Revelstoke sometime later today.

Jean Beliveau, who is now on the final homeward portion of his global walk, left Salmon Arm on Wednesday and should walk across the Columbia River Bridge sometime today (Saturday, March 19).

Where he will stay is anyone’s guess, but Joanne Patrick Lomax who billeted him in Salmon Arm hopes someone will step up and offer him a place to stay for a night or two.

“I had the pleasure of billeting Jean Beliveau, the amazing man who has been walking around the world for almost 11 years,” she said in an e-mail to The Current. He left here from Salmon Arm on Wednesday… after meeting with Mayor Marty Bootsma and… so I thought I had better contact someone ahead to get ready to welcome him to your community.

“As well, to ask you please, if you could contact the next community he is going to, to make them aware of his coming.

“It was an experience I am happy to have had in my life. It is well worth your time.”

Beliveau has a website where he has been chronicling his experiences walking around the world. You can find it at

If you’d like to put him up for the night you can contact him on his cell at 778-926-6235.

This online map shows Jean Beliveau's route around the world. Image courtesy of Jean Belliveau