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Our Coloured Past: The Arrow Lakes in the Age of Colour Photography

$30 (Canadian funds)
Our new coffee table book featuring 350 full-colour photographs takes you on a journey through the evolution of the Arrow Lakes and upper Lardeau from 1940 to the present. Author Kyle Kusch has filled the book with historical facts, stories, and whimsical anecdotes.

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SS Minto: The Arrow Lakes’ Longest Serving Sternwheeler

$30 (Canadian funds)

Author Bruce Rohn has used his extensive knowledge of navigation on the Arrow Lakes to write the first-ever complete history of the SS Minto, the longest-serving and most beloved of all Arrow Lakes sternwheelers. The SS Minto plied the Arrow Lakes for 56 years, from 1898 until 1954.

Winner of the BC Historical Federation’s Community History Award.


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Centennial Series

All five books in this series are hard cover, 9″ x 12″, printed on glossy paper. Replete with original photographs, great effort was made to portray the history accurately, chronologically and in an interesting manner so that all readers could not only understand the stories but get a real sense of life during these exciting years of development. Based on personal interviews made by the author as far back as 1970 and an equally impressive collection of photographs (around 7000), a history of the Arrow Lakes is presented to the reader in a format designed to capture one’s interest.

The Historical Society, formed in 1984, is most proud of this achievement that took twenty years to complete.

Payment by Cheque, Money Order or Paypal prior to shipping. Orders for these books which are placed in a bubblepack will cost (within Canada) $20. In the US the cost will be $25.

Volume 1 coverVolume 1: Faces of the Past

A pictorial overview of the entire Arrow Lakes region plus scenes from the Lardeau area.

$40 (Canadian funds)


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Volume 2 coverVolume 2: Port of Nakusp

An in-depth history of Nakusp’s first 30 years from 1892 to 1922. The information in this book is almost entirely formulated from interviews due to the lack of a Nakusp newspaper in these early days.

$60 (Canadian funds)


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Volume 3 coverVolume 3: Silent Shores & Sunken Ships

The story of the Beaton Arm, Arrowhead, Comaplix, Galena Bay, and the river above Arrowhead from the late 1880’s until the building of the Hugh Keenleyside dam.

$50 (Canadian funds)


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Volume 4 coverVolume 4: Circle of Silver

A close look at the great mining area known as the Lardeau garnered the author, Milton Parent, the Lieutenant Governor’s award for Historical Writing in 2001. Old towns associated with the Lardeau in its heyday were Camborne, Trout Lake, Ferguson, Beaton and Gerrard.

$50 (Canadian funds)


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Volume 5 coverVolume 5: Bugles on Broadway

A History of Nakusp – Part 2

A continuation of Nakusp’s history from 1922 up until 1970.

$50 (Canadian funds)


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Caulkboot Riverdance book coverCaulkboot Riverdance

The first part of the book is an overview of logging and mill operations on the Columbia-Arrow Lakes Region from Castlegar to the Big Bend.

The Arrow Lakes Lbr. Co. at Arrow Head chose to transport logs from the Galena Bay area by the use of a locomotive. This company, along with the Big Bend Lbr. Co at Arrowhead and the Bowman Lbr. Co. at Comaplix, made the upper lake one of the largest lumber complexes in the province at the turn of the century.

Powerful tugs were needed to ply the heavy currents along the Columbia River above Revelstoke. Giant log jams had to be disentangled in this Celgar operation of the 1960’s. How it was done is explained by the young men involved in the operation.

$25 (Canadian funds)


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Payment by Cheque, Money Order or Paypal prior to shipping. Orders for these books which are placed in a bubblepack will cost (within Canada) $20. In the US the cost will be $25.

Halcyon book coverHalcyon – The Captain’s Paradise

A history of Halcyon Hot Springs.




Our Coloured Past
This DVD is 84 minutes long and has the best coloured photos and slides of our collection. These are from 1940 up to 1985 and are from Trout Lake to Renata, Fauquier to Ferguson, and everywhere in between. The Arrow Lakes underwent a multitude of changes between those years which are shown in the photos on this DVD. There are sternwheelers, silver mines, July 1st parades, pre-Keenleyside Dam landscapes or bears being hand-fed from the bow of a tugboat. This presentation captures pivotal moments and scenes throughout the Arrow Lakes region. $15 + $7 shipping & handling


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This DVD is 60 minutes long and is a celebration of the photographs and films of Ichiro Shiino on the occasion of his 100th birthday. Originally from Cumberland, Vancouver Island, Ichiro Shiino (1915-1999) arrived in the West Kootenay as a Japanese-Canadian internee. Though arriving under the bleakest of circumstances, ‘Ichi’ persevered to become a beloved member of the Arrow Lakes community for over half a century. From his arrival in Nakusp in 1943, Shiino documented the region through films, drawings, and thousands of photographs developed in his private dark room. Many of these photographs were published in local newspapers and magazines. We offer this presentation as a tribute to his kind, industrious spirit. $15 + $7 shipping & handling


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