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Travel Western Provinces

A Traveller's Guide to Historic British Columbia

by (author) Rosemary Neering

Whitecap Books
Initial publish date
Oct 2023
Western Provinces
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Oct 2023
    List Price

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Revised and completely updated, this new edition of the much-loved A Traveller's Guide to Historic British Columbia takes travellers, armchair and actual, on a road trip through the province's history.

This classic handbook follows main roads and back roads to historic sites, heritage experiences and the narratives of the past. The stories of First Nations, ethnic minorities, and incoming settlers weave a rich tapestry that underlies the region's present.

Included in this new edition are First Nations experiences, displays and museums that limn indigenous heritage; details of changing museums and revamped and newly designated heritage sites; and notes of sites and buildings that sadly have slipped away.

The author blends quirky tales with evidence of landscape change, tragic timelines with soaring successes, accounts of relatively recent big-city historic buildings with the signs and tales of thousands of years ago.

Not a history of British Columbia, but an introduction to the ever-changing ways of experiencing that history in all its variations, this book will live in glove compartments, on screens, and on bookshelves as curious travellers happily discover the country of the past.

About the author

Rosemary Neering is a Victoria-based writer, editor, and photographer. She has published numerous articles in noted periodicals such as British Columbia Magazine, Canada's History Magazine, and Western Living. Rosemary also has over 40 book-length publications to her name, including A Traveller's Guide to Historic British Columbia and Down the Road. Her most recent publications include The Pig War: The Last Canada-US Border Conflict and British Columbia Bizarre: A Compendium of Facts, Stories, Whimsies and a Few Outright Lies from Canada's Wacky West Coast. When Rosemary isn`t travelling throughout BC looking for new stories, she enjoys time at home with her partner, Joe, and her cat.

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Editorial Reviews

"A terrifically interesting book that is unusual among guidebooks for its strong voice… It may be the only travel guide I'd stay home to read."
BC BookWorld

"History buffs will love A Traveller's Guide to Historic British Columbia."
Vancouver Sun

"Take an enchanting trip back in time to visit historical B.C… where the rich stories of each region weave an unforgettable account of the past."
The Province

"A fascinating and unique book, which serves as a combination travel guide and history book."
BC Library Association Reporter

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