Step Into Wilderness

December 8 at 7pm join the Museum at Campbell River and the authors of this spectacular new book for a virtual event featuring stories and never-before-seen photos from the Courtenay Museum and Archives Collection.

The spectacular landscapes in and surrounding the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island have long shaped the lives of the valley’s diverse inhabitants. From expansive shorelines to snowy mountain peaks, the region contains a wide variety of attractions to lure people over their thresholds for sustenance, recreation and survival, including such landmarks as Forbidden Plateau, Paradise Meadows, Comox Glacier, Mt. Washington and Miracle Beach.

More than a volume of beautiful photos, this collection illustrates a community’s evolving relationship with the natural wonders surrounding it, as well as the emergence of outdoor exploration on Vancouver Island.

Author bios:

Deborah Griffiths is the Executive Director/Curator of the Courtenay and District Museum. Actively engaged with curatorship in the Okanagan and on Vancouver Island during her career, she has a keen interest in historical images and collaborative research. She co-authored narrative for the Courtenay Museum’s Watershed Moments and Step into Wilderness. She has an MA from Royal Roads University.

Christine Dickinson is an educator with a passion for regional history. She co-authored Atlin: The Story of British Columbia’s Last Gold Rush (Atlin Historical Society, 1995), which received the Lieutenant-Governor’s Award, and Watershed Moments.

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