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"Becoming Coastal: 25 years of exploration and discovery of the British Columbia coast by paddle, oar and sail"

"Becoming Coastal: 25 years of exploration and discovery of the British Columbia coast by paddle, oar and sail"

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"Becoming Coastal: 25 years of exploration and discovery of the British Columbia coast by paddle, oar and sail"

by Alex Zimmerman

 

About the book

In this collection of narratives Victoria technologist, environmentalist and writer Alex Zimmerman tells stories not only of self-propelled travel and adventure but also of nature, the magnificent environment and of interesting people that he meets on the coast of British Columbia.

Zimmerman is not the first to paddle and write about the BC Coast, but he brings a fresh and personal perspective as he details how he learns the necessary physical and mental skills of solo travelling. His encounters with the non-human inhabitants of the coast, the whales, wolves, bears and a super-pod of dolphins, are brought to life with a thrilling immediacy.

Zimmerman's writing evokes vivid visual imagery and he conveys to the reader a strong sense of being there. You will share with him the wonder, joy, fear and awe he experienced as he discovered the coast's geography, its ecology, its people and his own growing capabilities in the process of becoming coastal.”

I’ve also been delighted to receive a couple of notes in the last few weeks from the very kinds of people I hoped to reach with the book:

This note is from Donna Kerr, who is a Light Keeper at the Nootka Lightstation on the west coast of Vancouver Island: “I just wanted to thank you for your beautiful writing in Becoming Coastal. It puts into words the magic we light keepers get to witness every day.”

This is part of a note from Colin Masson, who is recently retired from a lifelong career as a program manager with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, first in Nanaimo and then in Prince Rupert: “Well, Alex, I recently finished your book for a second time and have to say, I believe it is undoubtedly going to be a coastal classic! . . . There is so much which just rings true for me and that I can appreciate from personal experience. . . . You have certainly had some great trips and captured a wonderful adventuring and exploring spirit.