Quadra Island, the largest and most populated of the Discovery Islands at the top end of Georgia Strait, has a history loaded with adventure. From the We Wai Kai warriors of the 19th century to the loggers, gold miners, prostitutes and ranchers who followed, its people have provided the stuff of legend. Taylor draws us into the story of her island home with tales of people like WeKai, the ancestor of the We Wai Kai First Nation, Reginald Heber Pidcock, the crusty potlatch-busting Indian Agent and Helen Bull, the torious mistress of the Heriot Bay Hotel, who survived a point blank pistol shot. This book is the product of decades of research that dates back to Taylor's years with the BC Archives and the Museum at Campbell River. The end result is as engaging as a vel while affording a deep understanding of the turmoil European settlement brought for the First Nations people and the adventure and privation settlers experienced in their search for a better life.
Jeanette Taylor started her career in history transcribing taped interviews in the BC Archives. For nearly twenty years she was on the curatorial staff for the Museum at Campbell River. Currently Taylor is the executive director of the Campbell River Art Gallery. Her passions for history, art and coastal life are evident in her books. Taylor is a resident of Quadra Island and leads heritage site tours of the Discovery Islands by boat, kayak and bus.