Born in Prince Rupert, British Columbia in 1921, she received a B.A. from UBC in 1943. After raising a family she returned to academic life and in 1964 earned an M.A. in history from UBC. Her thesis was on the history of settlement and economic development in the Shuswap Lake district, where the Akriggs had a cottage. She and her husband George Philip Akrigg wrote two widely-used B.C. histories, British Columbia Chronicle: 1778-1846 and British Columbia Chronicle: Vol. II 1847-1871, plus they produced a perennial bestseller, 1001 British Columbia Place Names, which includes anecdotes, maps and historical characters. The couple were pioneers in the field of self-publishing under their imprint, Discovery Press. She has contributed numerous historical essays on B.C. history. Her father was E.C. Manning, a Chief Forester of B.C., after whom Manning Park is named. In 1970 she was elected a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. George and Helen Akrigg won the Government of British Columbia's first Heritage Award in 1995.

Books published, co-authored with George Philip Akrigg.

1001 British Columbia Place Names (Discovery Press, 1969).
British Columbia Chronicle, 1778-1846 (Discovery Press, 1975).
British Columbia Chronicle, Vol II, 1847-1871 (Discovery Press, 1977).
H.M.S. Virago in the Pacific (Sono Nis Press, 1992).
British Columbia Place Names (UBC Press, 1997).

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Review of the author's work by BC Studies:
British Columbia Chronicle 1847-1871: Gold and Colonists
British Columbia Chronicle 1778-1846, Adventurers by Sea and Land