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category: Biography & Autobiography
published: Jun 2019
publisher: Royal BC Museum

By Snowshoe, Buckboard and Steamer

Women of the British Columbia Frontier

by Kathryn Bridge

tagged: historical, post-confederation (1867-), women

The vivid, personal accounts of four women who lived and travelled as settlers in early British Columbia.

??a cloud passing away from the face of the moon revealed a band of wild horses bearing down upon us at a full gallop. As they came near and saw us they divided into two groups, passing by on either side. Had the moon not come out they would probably have become entangled in our tent ropes, and we should not have lived to tell the tale.??Violet Sillitoe, between Osoyoos and Penticton

The women in this book were trailblazers. The frontiers they lived on were not only geographical but personal. As they left the drawing rooms of England and eastern Canada for new lives in the far West, social patterns were disrupted, and the status quo dissolved. On the wagon roads and river boats of nineteenth-century British Columbia, they found risks, opportunities and freedoms far beyond those familiar to their more settled contemporaries. By Snowshoe, Buckboard and Steamer tells four extraordinary stories of life on the unruly edge of empire.

Winner of the 1998 BC Lieutenant Governor's Medal for Historical Writing.

About the Author

Kathryn Bridge, a Victoria-based archivist and historian, knows how to tell a good story. Her award-winning biographies about pioneering personalities rely on original diaries, letters, journals and historical photos to bring her subjects life. Her interest in the mountains began while she was playing in the alpine meadows of Mount Revelstoke as a youngster. Kathryn lives in Victoria, B.C.

Contributor Notes

Kathryn Bridge is an author and archivist based in in Victoria, BC. She is a curator emerita of the Royal British Columbia Museum.

Editorial Review

"By Snowshoe, Buckboard and Steamer remain[s] engaging, readable, and pertinent . . . it is clear that Bridge spent many hours with the archival collections she draws from, a fact that shines through in her writing, analysis, and choice of artwork and photographs." — Kelly Black, The Ormsby Review

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