Germans are here, too.

We don’t read much about them. But German British Columbians were, until recently, one of the dominant ethnic groups in the province. Harold Rhenisch (left) looks at two recent memoirs. FULL STORY

Postcard of BC Ferries in Active Pass, circa 1962, with Mayne Island at right and Galiano at left


Ode to Island Life

Salt Spring Island has been inhabited so long, it has a soil called Neptune: an accumulated dark sediment of people and their activities in one place over thousands of years.

A new book examines the layered life on islands in the Salish Sea, including Salt Spring Island. Review by Theresa Kishkan FULL STORY

Sea Otters: A History

The B.C. sea otter population (approx. 6,000) are descendants of 89 Alaskan otters relocated to Vancouver Island in 1969-72. Review by… FULL STORY

From alienation to adulation

Flow is a wonderful, 640-page tribute by Michael Barnholden and Talonbooks, according to Grahame Ware, who providess an extensive response.

A Peakbagger’s Guide

Glorious Mountains lists North Shore peaks by height, difficulty, best berry patches, best for kids, most masochistic, etc. The Glorious… FULL STORY

Shale fellow, well met

Yoho National Park, on the western slope of the Rocky Mountains in B.C., figures prominently in Rocks, Ridges, and Rivers…. FULL STORY

The birdman of Tofino

For hardcore birders and casual watchers alike, Adrian Dorst’s 560-page volume has been gleaned from sixty years of experience. The… FULL STORY

My Private Italy

Ware’s odyssey of cuisine Italiana is rooted in the east end of 1950-70s Vancouver with stories of restaurants, nightclubs, family,… FULL STORY

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