Bunch Grass and Beef

Bunch Grass and Beef By guest blogger Ken Mather, author of several books on pioneer and ranching history, including Trail North, Ranch Tales and the most recent Stagecoach North. Ken has worked in curatorial, management and research positions at Hat Creek Ranch, Historic O’Keefe Ranch and Barkerville.  In the hot dry interior of British Columbia, […]

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Beef for the Colony of British Columbia

Beef for the Colony of British Columbia Governor James Douglas of the Colony of British Columbia had a problem, but it was a good problem. The gold rush to the Lower Fraser River, that had precipitated the creation of the Colony in 1858, had gradually spread up the river through the Fraser Canyon. By 1862, […]

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Learning Canadian Ways

Learning Canadian Ways The lives of Catharine Parr Traill (1802-1899) and Alice Ravenhill (1859-1954) spanned two centuries and two continents. They each left successful careers in England to forge new lives in what they thought was the Canadian wilderness. Traill immigrated to Peterborough, Ontario in 1833, and Ravenhill to Shawnigan Lake, BC in 1910.   They […]

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