Began his career as in journalism, acquiring the position of city editor at a Vancouver paper when he was 21. Later became better known for his TV appearances and his popular books on aspects of Canadian history.
Was an ardent Canadian nationalist.
He was awarded the O.C. (Officer of the Order of Canada) on December 18, 1974 and the C.C. (Companion of the Order of Canada) on June 23, 1986 for his services to broadcasting, journalism, and media.
His full name (with honors was) Pierre Francis Berton, C.C., O.Ont., B.A., D.Litt.
Inducted to Canada's Walk of Fame in 1998.