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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.


Cedar, Salmon and Weed
"Bamfield is a coast village in the old style where denizens still get about by boardwalk or boat, and nobody knows its secrets like Louis Druehl. This novel would be worth reading just for the coastal ambiance, even if the story weren't such an energetic romp."

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…”

–Louis Druehl


The author with his dog, Brady.
Photo: Toby Reeve