A community turned upside-down by the social changes of the 1970s. Seen through the eyes of a young man newly fled from his straight-laced Dutch upbringing, the fishing village of Bamfield on Vancouver Island’s pristine west coast is the unlikely meeting place of an uneasy mix of fishermen, the Dog Salmon whaling clan, hippies, drug peddlers, and the scientists and students of the Bamfield Marine Station.
Bamfield resident and marine botanist Louis Druehl captures this untidy, imperfect world in his novel about human flotsam and jetsam stranded on the kelp-strewn beaches, content, like Gaz and his girlfriend Heidi, to live their dreams, to watch sunsets, to be with friends."
This is the story I was meant to tell. Bamfield is my community and the situations and the characters represent the village well. Like Simon Winchester wrote in the New York Times, “A town so tight knit and far from mainstream society is full of hidden intrigues and eccentrics… Bamfield, with its extraordinary history, seems the perfect subject for a novel…”
The author with his dog, Brady.
Photo: Toby Reeve