Skip to main content Skip to search Skip to search

Book Lists

BC Pioneer Stories

British Columbia's pioneer history runs deep and touches on all communities throughout the province. Check out this list of books that looks at the lives of adventurers, loggers, miners, ranchers, scoundrels, scallywags, tycoons, and everything in between!

by HGD | Heritage Group Distribution · Tagged pioneer stories, biography, memoir, bc

Stagecoach North

A History of Barnard's Express

by (author) Ken Mather

Ranch Tales

Stories from the Frontier

by (author) Ken Mather
illustrated by Rob Dinwoodie

Boom & Bust

The Resilient Women of Historic Telegraph Cove

by (author) Jennifer L. Butler

Along the E&N

A Journey Back to the Historic Hotels of Vancouver Island

by (author) Glen A. Mofford

Cornelius O'Keefe

The Life, Loves, and Legacy of an Okanagan Rancher

by (author) Sherri Field
foreword by Ken Mather

Against the Current

The Remarkable Life of Agnes Deans Cameron

by (author) Cathy Converse

Trail North

The Okanagan Trail of 1858–68 and Its Origins in British Columbia and Washington

by (author) Ken Mather

Children of the Kootenays

Memories of Mining Towns

by (author) Shirley Stainton

Aqua Vitae

A History of the Saloons and Hotel Bars of Victoria, 1851-1917

by (author) Glen A. Mofford

Gold Rush Queen

The Extraordinary Life of Nellie Cashman

by (author) Thora Kerr Illing

Through an Unknown Country

The Jarvis–Hanington Winter Expedition through the Northern Rockies, 1874–1875

by (author) Mike Murtha & Charles Helm

The Cariboo Trail

A Chronicle of the Gold-fields of British Columbia

by (author) Agnes C. Laut
foreword by Diana French

Barkerville and the Cariboo Goldfields

by (author) Richard Thomas Wright

Cariboo Gold Rush

The Stampede that Made BC

edited by Art Downs

Frontier Cowboys and the Great Divide

Early Ranching in BC and Alberta

by (author) Ken Mather

Chilcotin Yarns

by (author) Bruce Watt

Above Stairs

Social Life in Upper-Class Victoria 1843–1918

by (author) Valerie Green

Pioneers of the Pacific Coast

A Chronicle of Sea Rovers and Fur Hunters

by (author) Agnes C. Laut

Bronc Busters and Hay Sloops

Ranching in the West in the Early 20th Century

by (author) Ken Mather

Buckaroos and Mud Pups

The Early Days of Ranching in British Columbia

by (author) Ken Mather

Rebel Women of the West Coast

Their Triumphs, Tragedies and Lasting Legacies

by (author) Rich Mole

The Maquinna Line

A Family Saga

by (author) Norma Macmillan
foreword by Alison Arngrim
afterword by Charles Campbell

The Forgotten Explorer

Samuel Prescott Fay's 1914 Expedition to the Northern Rockies

by (author) Samuel Fay
edited by Charles Helm & Mike Murtha
foreword by Robert William Sandford

The Chilcotin War

A Tale of Death and Reprisal

by (author) Rich Mole

Page 1 of 2