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Book review: Campbell River: Gateway to the Inside Passage

by Colin Payne

A blend of the city’s fascinating history, independent spirit and contemporary life, Campbell River: Gateway to the Inside Passage is a must-read for anyone interested in learning more about the Campbell River area.

Penned by local writer Ian Douglas, who interviewed dozens of people to bring life to the area, the book contains outstanding images by award-winning professional photographer Boomer Jerritt. Campbell River: Gateway to the Inside Passage is a coffee-table book that tells the story of the region from its 12,000 years of First Nations history to the people who made the city what it is today, a vibrant hub for the northern part of Vancouver Island.

Readers will meet Campbell River founding father, Charles Thulin–a hand logger from Sweden who came to the area in 1904 and built the area’s first hotel and store–and get perspectives from other key pioneers, modern day artists, businesspeople and community leaders.

Learn about Mitlenatch Island, a seabird colony and nature reserve off the coast that has been nicknamed the Galapagos of the Strait of Georgia. Visit Strathcona Provincial Park, British Columbia’s oldest park. Get to know coast guard veteran Captain Geoff Saunders. Attend a traditional potlatch with Kwakwaka’wakw elder Daisy Sewid, or uncover the fascinating history of the Discovery Islands.

Campbell River: Gateway to the Inside Passage is available for purchase at Coho Books in Campbell River, Book Bonanza on Quadra Island, Blue Heron Books in Comox and area Coles Books stores.

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