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Ancient British Columbia


We've lived in British Columbia well over three decades and have seen many many areas but still not all of this beautiful province. We're now inspired anew to go exploring those yet unknown corners with the recent arrival into our hands of a beautiful new book: In Search of Ancient British Columbia, by Barbara Huck, with Philip Torrens and Heidi Henderson.

Here's the blurb on the back:

"Once, parts of British Columbia lay on the far side of the Pacific. Once, its ancient seacoasts were inhabited by creatures on the threshold of evolution. Once it was populated by some of Canada's first peoples.

Today, B.C. is one of the world's most geographically varied places. But clues to its ancient past are everywhere, in its mountains and arid valleys, along its lakeshores and seacoasts. For the first time, the geological, paleontological and archaeological wonders of southern B.C. are gathered in one place. With hundreds of color photographs, maps and drawings, In Search of Ancient British Columbia presents an accessible, route-oriented approach for today's time travellers, creating an indispensable guide to the forces that have shaped the spirit of the land."

Heartland Books is a Winnipeg-based publisher of history, heritage, travel and non-fiction. I look forward to Volume II covering the northern regions.

I'm thrilled and proud to have two of my photographs of Hornby Island petroglyphs, shown above, included in this fascinating and well-designed publication on a subject of great interest to me. We're going to be doing some wonderful armchair travelling for the next while and start planning a few trips around our own backyard this summer!

Marja-Leena | 28/01/2007 | 3 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Books, Canada and BC, Rock Art & Archaeology


Congratulations on the inclusion of your photos, they look great! This sounds like a good source of inspiration for some trips. You do live in a beautiful and fascinating part of the world.

I tried to comment last night, but I was having technical difficulties (don't anyone install IE7 - bad idea; I deinstalled it but then could no longer use IE at all, nor my Outlook, etc. sigh). So... congratulations on your photos being included, as well they should! The table of contents on that books looks daunting - it is a huge province!

MB, thank you. Yes, it is a most beautiful province - why don't you come see for yourself? Welcome!

Leslee, sorry about your problems! My husband got a new PC at work and is cursing it! We're Mac happy at home, and I don't mean to gloat. Thanks for the congrats, I'm very pleased. And this book just covers the south of the province, so yes, it is big compared to some places. I think it's about the size of Finland.