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Biography & Autobiography Adventurers & Explorers


Living with Swans in the Wilderness

by (author) Trudy Turner & Ruth McVeigh

Hancock House
Initial publish date
Jan 1977
Adventurers & Explorers, General
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Jan 1977
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A trilogy of stories by the Edwards family about their fascinating life in the Bella Coola area. Trudy, daughter of Ralph Edwards, continues the Lonesome Lake story. She, her husband and daughter carried on the work with the trumpeter swans that Ralph had begun. The book tells of their life on the isolated farm they built for themselves in the Chilcotin wilderness of the BC coast. Trudy's father is Ralph Edwards, a pioneer settler, who came to public attention in the early 20's when he spotlighted the plight of the Trumpeter Swans which were then in danger of extinction. He was appointed bird warden by the Canadian Wildlife Service. This work is now carried on by his daughter, Trudy. The lives of Trudy, her husband Jack, and their daughter Susan, now 17, complete the trio whose adventures and experiences are recounted in this fascinating story. A visit to Fogswamp Farm by co-author Ruth M. McVeigh provides the perspective of an outsider as she marvels at the surprisingly high standard of living the family has achieved and the prodigious amount of work and courage it represents.

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Contributor Notes

Halifax born Ruth M. (Jones) McVeigh lives in Union Bay on Vancouver Island. She began her career in writing as a cub reporter with the Halifax newspaper and wrote reviews and features for the Toronto GLOBE AND MAIL, the Vancouver SUN and WESTERN LIVING Magazine before taking the job of Women's Editor at the Campbell River COURIER & UPPER ISLANDER and writing the North Island Tourism booklet. Her autobiography, Shifting Ground, will be available through Amazon in June. In 1960 while living in Orillia, Ontario, she and her first husband founded the Mariposa Folk Festival which is now in its 45th year.