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Heather Harbord

Photo: Lorna McCahon 2006

Coming from generations of English blue water sailors, Heather Harbord arrived in Canada in 1963. She lived in British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Nova Scotia before returning to British Columbia in 1977. She now makes her home in Powell River in a house overlooking three islands with ferries running between two of them. Eagles wheel overhead and sea lions bark as they swim along the beach two blocks down the hill. In the evening, the sun sinks behind snow capped mountains.
Degrees in Social Anthropology and Geography from Edinburgh University and Librarianship at UBC sparked a lifelong interest in travelling which has taken her to Antarctica, the Canadian Arctic as well as India, China, Australia, the South Pacific and many parts of Europe and the U.S.
A sea kayaker since 1969, she loves to skim over glassy seas, rocked by gentle swells, or to paddle in shallow water peering at underwater marvels. Summer camping trips governed by the tides are the norm. Much of her writing reflects her exploration of coastal British Columbia. With camera and laptop, she is ready to travel, write, read and show slides to young and old.

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Texada Tapestry: A History. Harbour Publishing, 2011
Desolation Sound: A History. Harbour Publishing, 2007
Sea Kayak Desolation Sound and the Sunshine Coast. Rocky Mountain Books, 2005
Sea Kayak Nootka and Kyuquot Sounds. Rocky Mountain Books, 2004
Nootka Sound and the Surrounding Waters of Maquinna. Surrey, BC: Heritage House, 1996.
Feature articles on the BC Coast. Victoria Times Colonist, 1997-2001
Powell River People column. Powell River News, 1996-1999


Honourable Mention, BC Historical Federation for Texada Tapestry: A History, 2012
Honourable Mention, BC Genealogical Society for Texada Tapestry: A History, 2012
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