Sea Winter Salmon is about a great salmon river, the St. John River on the Lower North Shore of Quebec, and its most important visitor, the illustrious Atlantic salmon. It was the Canadian and American railroad magnate James J. Hill who travelled the Gulf of the St. Lawrence and in 1889 established the log camp that has now been in the family for five generations. A family memoir and a guide to a river's ecology and the life cycle of the Salmo salar, the book is also about what it takes to be a good conservationist in a remote and delicate region. Author and photographer Mari Hill Harpur tracks the special relationship between the salmon and the people of the river through diaries, legal documents, scientific data, rare archival photographs and her own photographic collection. Dramatic, tragic, amusing, and authoritative, Sea Winter Salmon addresses itself to readers of history, biography, and conservation biology — and to fisher women and men everywhere.
About the author
Author and photographer Mari Hill Harpur, great-granddaughter of James J. Hill, grew up in an agricultural culture in the American Midwest, driving a tractor before she drove a car. She studied at Bishop's University in Lennoxville, Quebec, graduating with a BA in 1971, and her professional life has been divided between business and photography, with a special interest in land management and iconic landscapes. She has had over thirty photographic exhibits internationally, and her recent work portrays large landscapes and deer in their habitats in Minnesota, Canada, and New Zealand. A Director of the World Forestry Center from 19971, serving as Chair 2003-2006, she and her husband have managed the family fishing camp on the St. John River in the Gulf of the St. Lawrence for the past twenty-five years.
"Part memoir, part rhapsody, Sea Winter Salmon is a fascinating read that brings insight to a beloved tradition. Through it all, the great Atlantic salmon prevails. Mari Hill Harpur illuminates a sport that is also a science, while paying homage to friendships and local expertise. In their role as river stewards, the family's continuing active involvement with salmon restoration programs is inspiring." — Karen Molson, author of The Molsons: Their Lives and Times