Finlay's River

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TouchWood Editions, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 305 pages
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Adventures on wild waters

In Finlay's River, R. M. Patterson, whose style was described by noted author Bruce Hutchison as a a mixture between Thoreau and Jack London, tells the story of his 1949 trip up this wild river in remote northern British Columbia. Patterson uses his own journey as a framework to recount the adventures of explorers who went there before. All had struggled up the Finlay for different reasons, and all left spirited accounts of that challenging, doomed river, which Patterson brings to vivid life again.

Much of the Finlay, a river of whitewater rapids that flowed through a magnificent country of dense forests and high mountains, disappeared forever under the waters of Williston Lake with the completion of the W. A. C. Bennett Dam in 1968. In this engaging book, Patterson preserves the memory of this wilderness and the long-gone adventurers who first told the world about its existence.

 

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A most excellent description of a beautiful adventure. One of my favorite books and favorite places to visit although mostly lost to the Williston Reservoir.

Contents

Southern Approaches Chapter 1 The Setting
2
Summit Lake IO Chapter 3 Crooked River
20
Warburton Pike
26
Ignatieff
37
Men Travelling into a Far Country
47
Finlay Forks
48
Samuel Black
53
Pete Toy
64
Swannell on the Mesilinka
94
Haworth
104
To the Headwaters
107
Deserters Canyon
108
Swannell on the Ingenika
129
Prairie Mountain
151
The Explorer
175
Thutadé
193

Butler
66
Selwyn
72
R G McConnell
80
Inspector J D Moodie
84
The Police Trail
88
Fleet Robertson
91
Bower Creek
208
The Surveyor
231
Downriver
251
Maps xiixiii 14 28 5657
292
Index
299
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About the author (2006)

R.M. Patterson (1898-1984) moved to Canada when he realized that working in a London bank would never bring him happiness. He spent the remaining years of his life pursuing adventure in the Canadian West and was a delightfully evocative writer and an intrepid explorer. Authoring a total of five books about his excursions into the Canadian wilderness and his life on a southern Alberta ranch, Raymond Murray Patterson earned himself legions of fans and made Canada's wilderness famous. TouchWood Editions is proud to be keeping his works in print.The Buffalo Head: 978-1-894898-16-4 / $19.95 pbFar Pastures: 978-1-894898-15-7 / $19.95 pbFinlay's River: 978-1-894898-38-6 / $19.95 pbThose Earlier Hills : 978-1-894898-67-6 / $24.95 clTrail to the Interior: 978-1-894898-50-8 / $19.95 pb

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