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Gifts for those who dream of a wilder life...

By Andrea Routley
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tagged: BC, wilderness, rural
This is a list of books that would make a great gift for that person who dreams of a quieter life off-the-grid, off-shore, or on a ranch. From rural and wilderness regions of Canada's westernmost province. All of these books are published by Caitlin Press, the voice of rural British Columbia.
Becoming Wild

Becoming Wild

Living the Primitive Life on a West Coast Island
edition:Paperback
also available: eBook

Nikki van Schyndel is not your typical grizzled survivalist. She is a contemporary, urban young woman who threw off modern comforts to spend nineteen months in a remote rainforest with her housecat and a virtual stranger. Set in the Broughton Archipelago, a maze of isolated islands near northern Vancouver Island, BECOMING WILD is a story of survival in the pristine wilderness of BC. Sometimes predator and sometimes prey, twenty-nine-year-old Nikki and her companion Micah fend off theharshweather …

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Born Out of This

Born Out of This

edition:Paperback
also available: eBook

BORN OUT OF THIS, Christine Lowther's first collection of essays, follows her journey from the unutterable loss of her mother to the discovery of her own poetic voice through deep reflection and her intimate connection to the coastal rainforest. Lowther looks back on her mother's poetry and activism. She recalls the day the police arrested her father, and the indifferent beauty surrounding that life-changing moment. Tumbling through the years that follow, Lowther searches for her ownidentity-fos …

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And the River Still Sings

And the River Still Sings

A Wilderness Dweller's Journey
edition:Paperback
also available: eBook

How does one go from English villager to wilderness dweller? Chris Czajkowski was born and raised at the edge of a large village in England, until she abandoned the company of others to roam the countryside in search of the natural world. As a young adult she studied dairy farming and travelled to Uganda to teach at a farm school. Returning to England she found nothing to hold her interest, so in 1971 she hitchhiked around the world spending as little time as possible in cities. Her travels took …

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Somewhere In Between

Somewhere In Between

edition:Paperback
tagged : literary

Following tragic events from which Juliee O'Dale believes she will never recover, she buys into her husband Ian's dream to give up their comfortable city lives and retreat to the isolated Chilcotin area of British Columbia. Only after purchasing the remote six hundred acre cattle ranch do they realize that, along with the and, they have inherited the reclusive tenant who occupies and old trapper's cabin on the property. As both Juliee and Ian wrestle with their individual guilt over their deteri …

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The Junction

The Junction

Stories of Land and Place in the BC Interior
edition:Paperback
also available: eBook

In his third book, "The Junction," John Schreiber invites us to join him on a journey into the hidden corners of BC's Cariboo Chilcotin, where he observes and describes a land of mountains and old trails, coyotes and bighorn sheep, Aboriginal folk, homesteaders, ranchers and the stories of long ago. Driven by his love of this land, Schreiber wanders the hills, mountains and valleys visiting old-time characters and old friends. He wakes to the sound of coyotes howling next to his tent,witnesses a …

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Drawn to Sea

Drawn to Sea

Paintbrush to chainsaw - carving out a life on BC's rugged Raincoast
edition:Paperback
also available: eBook

In the early 1980s, Yvonne Maximchuk, a single mother of two, was living in Whiterock, BC, and making a living as a working artist and art instructor. Then she fell in love with Albert, a crab fisherman who fished the waters of Boundary Bay. Drawn to his seemingly idyllic life and her desire for connection with the natural world, Yvonne and her children moved with Albert to Echo Bay, a tiny settlement east of Vancouver Island.

Life in this remote community was a lot different from life in the cit …

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The Light Through the Trees

The Light Through the Trees

Reflections on Land and Farming
edition:Paperback
also available: eBook
tagged : essays

'The Light Through the Trees' is a remarkable and deeply wise reflection on land, farming, a sense of place, connecting with nature and what it means to live on this earth. As a third-generation farmer, the author's roots go deep into the land but her work also captures her thoughts on such current issues as the environment, environmental identity, and animal ethics. Her writing is poetic, lyrical, and engaging. Part farmer, part poet, part activist, Armstrong engages herreaders through her fasc …

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Seasons of a Fly Fisher

Seasons of a Fly Fisher

Fly Fishing Canada's Western Waters
edition:Paperback
tagged : fishing

In 'Seasons of a Fly Fisher', Brian Smith takes us on a journey to the Pacific Northwest where we experience the thrill of fishing for salmon and cutthroat trout. He expertly guides us to lakes and rivers in BC's Central Interior that are world-renowned for rainbow trout fishing, then to the Bulkley Valley for steelhead fishing and finally the east Kootenays and southern Alberta for still more trout fishing. 'Seasons of a Fly Fisher'is a year-long adventure through the seasons and theharmonies o …

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