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Down the Road

Journeys through Small-Town British Columbia

Down the Road
Rosemary Neering By (author)
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Whitecap Books Ltd.

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6.0 X 9.0 in
224 pg

TRAVEL / Canada / Western Provinces (AB, BC)


Traveling the roads and highways through the islands, mountains, and plateaus of British Columbia, Rosemary Neering talks to a fascinating cross-section of people in the small towns she visits. In coffee shops, post offices, and living rooms, she gathers their stories with the inquisitive ear of the traveller…[setting them] down with a storyteller's wisdom. When Rosemary Neering talks to former urbanites used to having the world at their door, they feel that life is more complete in places where people don't lock their doors at night, and where everyone knows your life better than you do. But in many resource-based communities where the fisheries, forests and mines are increasingly controlled by large corporations, there is resentment towards urban approaches to rural problems. As she travels, a compelling portrait is formed of a world often hidden to city dwellers.

A few of the places portrayed are Merritt, Campbell River, Vanderhoof, Nelson, Kaslo, Nakusp, Prince George, and Quesnel.


"An exceptionally well written and thoroughly reader engaging travelogue from beginning to end. . . An extraordinary, unique, compelling, thoughtful & thought-provoking read from first page to last — making it an unreservedly recommended addition."
Midwest Book Review

Author Bio

Rosemary Neering was born in England, but grew up in Brantford, Ontario. At nineteen, she moved to British Columbia and has lived in Vancouver, Nanaimo, and Victoria. Rosemary regards Down the Road: Journeys through Small-Town British Columbia as her favourite among the many books she has written, and the months spent travelling the backroads and byroads of the province as an adventure and an education never to be forgotten. A writer since forever, she is the author of, among others, Wild West Women: Travellers, Adventurers and Rebels, which won the 2001 Van City Book Prize, and A Traveller's Guide to Historic British Columbia.

Rosemary lives in British Columbia with her partner, Joe Thompson, but frequently ventures forth once more to visit her beloved small towns scattered across the map of British Columbia.