From a very young age he gazed out at the horizon from the shores of the St. Lawrence. Atop the White Rock (Rocher Blanc), he could see even farther. His curiosity grew as he did, along with his taste for exploring. A life dedicated to Adventure, rewarded by numerous awards and distinctions. Today he devotes his time to his motivational speaking engagements and his commitments to young people and the environment. He will soon be off on a new adventure.
Sir Ed Hillary: A living monument, my hero!
Yves Laforest: A friend, the first Quebecker to summit Everest.
Reinhold Messner: The modern mountain climber.
Erhard Loretan: What a climber, and what a tragic end…
Goran Kropp and Renata Chlumska: With them at base camp, and atop Everest.
Inaki Ochoa: Such splendid memories of shared laughter.
Dorjee Sherpa: My climbing partner, my friend, six-time Everest summiter!
Borge Ousland's motivation? Pure adventure, high challenges and total commitment!
Erlin Kagge: A Norwegian friend who also reached the South Pole and climbed Everest. My twin, you might say!
Lucien Berardini, with whom I shared my ascent of Aconcagua. Lucien managed the first ascent in 1954, via the south face.
2017 - Honorary PhD, Concordia University For his trailblazing dedication to environmental protection and today’s youth
2015 - Meritorious service medal In recognition of his tireless support for and dedication to the Canadian Rangers and Junior…
2015 - Explorateur Trail A hiking trail in Rimouski's faunistic Reserve leading to Mount Bernard-Voyer.
2014 - Honorary Nepalese Consul in Montreal In recognition of his Himalayan exploit and his commitments with Nepalese young people.
2012 - Mount Bernard-Voyer, Rimouski The highest summit of Rimouski's faunistic reserve named for Bernard Voyer.
2012 - Commemorative medal, Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II For his significant contribution to Canada.
2011 - Commandeur, Tastevin Promoted Commandeur of the Brotherhood.
2010 - Prix Hommage, LOJIQ Foundation In recognition of his many years of involvement with young people.
2009 - Torchbearer, Vancouver Olympic Committee Torchbearer of the Olympic Flame on its journey across Canada.
2008 - Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel, Rangers Appointed Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel of the 2nd Canadian Rangers Patrol Group.
2007 - Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur Named Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur by Presidential decree.
2005 - Chevalier, Tastevin Appointed as Chevalier de la Confrérie du Tastevin.
2005 - Member, The Explorers Club Elected as member of the prestigious Explorers Club - New-York.
2005 - Honorary PhD, University du Québec PhD awarded for his contribution to Northern research.
2004 - Lecture hall Bernard-Voyer Maison du Prêt d’honneur, Cégep Vieux Montreal.
2003 - Commemorative plaque, The Sir Edmund Hillary Foundation (Canada) Award presented by Sir Edmund Hillary.
2003 - Medallion, Jubilee anniversary of the first ascent of Mount Everest Presented by the Prince of Nepal to all Everest summiters.
2002 - Commemorative medal, Golden Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II For his significant contribution to Canada.
2002 - 50 greatest Canadians Recognized by the Governor General, Adrienne Clarkson.
2002 - Stamps, Canada Post Tribute to Bernard Voyer for his World Tour of the highest summit on each continent.
2002 - The Bernard-Voyer Trail, in Rimouski A hiking trail leading to the White Rock (Rocher Blanc).
2001 - Personality of the Week, in La Presse A tribute to a public figure for his or her contribution to Quebec society.
2001 - Officer, Order of Canada For his contribution to Canada as an explorer and mountain climber.
2001 - Honorary PhD in Geography, Laurentian University, Sudbury Awarded for his remarkable contribution to geographical knowledge.
2000 - Gold Medal, Royal Canadian Geographic Society The highest distinction to recognize Mr. Voyer’s remarkable personal achievements and his contribution to geography.
1999 - Motion of congratulations, National Assembly of Quebec Unanimous motion for his ascent of Mount Everest.
1997 - Chevalier, Ordre national du Québec For the exceptional nature of his achievements and his contribution to the development of Quebec.
1997 - Medal, National Assembly of Quebec In recognition of the pride inspired in the people of Quebec by his exceptional achievements.
1997 - Lecture hall Bernard-Voyer, Cégep de St-Hyacinthe Cégep de St-Hyacinthe library.
1996 - Laurier Honoris Causa, Cégep de Saint-Hyacinthe Distinction awarded in recognition of his many achievements.
1996 - Motion of congratulations, National Assembly of Quebec Unanimous motion to congratulate him on reaching the South Pole.
1996 - Commemorative plaque, City of Rimouski Unveiled in recognition of his conquest of the South Pole.
1996 - Personality of the Week, in La Presse A tribute to a public figure for his or her contribution to Quebec society.