British Columbia Bizarre

Stories, Whimsies, Facts and a Few Outright Lies from Canada's Wacky West Coast

By (author): Rosemary Neering
ISBN 9781926741253
Softcover | Publication Date: April 15, 2011
Book Dimensions: 5.5 in x 7.5 in
240 Pages

About the Book

Britsh Columbia Bizarre is a fascinating and eclectic mix of tales, snippets, historical facts, fancies and misconceptions teased from the history of British Columbia. No one should read this book to obtain a balanced view of the province’s history. It ignores the important people and trends that contributed to BC’s story, and instead favours the often strange, sometimes wonderful, and frequently insignificant events and people that make this province a storyteller’s dream.

Amuse yourself with tales of the brothels, bowdy houses and bagnios that existed in every town, the wild camels of Vancouver Island, communists (well, sort of), duels to the death and goose-races. And if that isn’t enough, fill your boots with a potpourri of editorial feuds, gamblers and professional hangmen, lepers and lynching, and, let’s not forget, angry moose. Sure to delight and surprise, British Columbia Bizarre is a wild safari through provincial history that ill confuse your assumptions and tickle your taste for the unusual.

About the Author(s)

Rosemary Neering was born in Croyden, England, grew up in Brantford, Ontario, and has been a resident of British Columbia for over thirty years. She is the author of more than forty non-fiction books for adults, teens, and children, most of which focus on Canadian history and travel with an emphasis on the lives of ordinary people. Her writing has won a number of awards, including a BC Book Prize for Non-Fiction for Down the Road: Journeys through Small-Town British Columbia and a VanCity Book Prize for Wild West Women: Travellers, Adventurers and Rebels. A full-time freelance writer since 1981, she lives in Victoria, British Columbia.