Beautiful Desolation Sound, 150 km north of Vancouver, has for many years been the most popular cruising destination on the BC coast, but is today almost as devoid of local occupants as it was in 1792 when the dyspeptic Captain George Vancouver gave it its misleading name. It has not always been this way. Thick clamshell middens in remote bays, rotted pilings on silent estuaries, ambitious stone terraces on vacant hillsides, overgrown fences around deserted fields, even abandoned railroads -- all contribute to an impression that this is an area full of ghosts, an area with a storied past. In Desolation Sound, author Heather Harbord details that remarkable past and brings those ghosts back to unforgettable life. 'Desolation Sound' is a captivating book full of great characters, heroic deeds, humorous anecdotes and well-researched fact. It fills a crucial hole in the history of the BC coast.
An avid sea kayaker and canoeist since 1969, Heather Harbord has paddled the Gulf Islands and much of the Strait of Georgia between Vancouver and Cortes Island, BC. She was the first president of the Sea Kayak Association of BC and was awarded honorary membership in January 2003. A former professional librarian who worked in BC, Nova Scotia and Saskatchewan, she was president of the Canadian Library Association in 1980 and chief librarian in Powell River until 1995.