My historical writing narrates untold stories of the people of Vancouver Island and the Salish Sea, combining local history, family history and geography.

VI Salish Sea Google earthVancouver Island and the Salish Sea. Thanks, Google Earth. (Labels added.)

I’ve published seven books about this region, including three histories in photographs. Two websites combine the threads of local, family and natural history.

Contemporary works include guidebooks to Victoria and Vancouver Island, the compendium Vancouver Island Book of Everything (in its second edition) and an album of photographs of the region and people by Boomer Jerritt that I curated.

I’ve published literary essays and reviews and many feature articles about my home province, British Columbia. I maintain websites on postmodern poetics and foreign travel.

These résumés are works in progress:



essays and articles

in 100 words or less

Current projects include a story of shipwreck on the Salish Sea, a biography of Captain William Henry McNeill and a revision of The Story of Sidney.

I give slide talks on local history and conduct neighbourhood and cemetery tours.

In the wider realm of historical scholarship I have recently published a long-form article about an occurrence of the so-called Spanish flu in Kansas in March 1918.

Facebook is my medium of choice.

Header photo by Godfrey Stephens. Background image: detail of Gonzalo Lopez de Haro’s 1790 Plano del Estrecho de Fuca