Jacqueline Windh's Wild Edge
With this book,” writes photojournalist Jacqueline Windh, “I
am sharing with you the mystery and charm of Vancouver Island’s
central west coast—from the wild and hidden secrets of the Hesquiaht
Peninsula south to the wave-pounded islets at the entrance to Barkley
Sound, and from the lofty craggy peaks of the central mountains down
the forested slopes to the rugged Pacific shores.“I hope that
this book will give you some idea of the complexity and allure of the
wild west coast—the savage beauty, its fascinating history, and
the people who make their home here… I want to show you the places
that you don’t make it to (this time!), and give you greater
insight into the places that you do see. And I hope to inspire you
to help protect them so that this ancient and venerable land and its
traditional inhabitants will be here for all future generations.”
Pacific Rim region of Vancouver Island—including the Clayoquot
wilderness, Long Beach, Barkley Sound and the communities of Tofino,
Ucluelet and Port Alberni—has become one of western Canada’s
prime tourist destinations, drawing over a million visitors a year.
Few are disappointed by what they find, but the region is so vast and
rich in natural wonders many have difficulty deciding just how to spend
their time and return home with the uncomfortable feeling of having
missed some of the main attractions.This beautiful photographic study
of the region will go far towards revealing its legendary charms both
to actual visitors and armchair travellers.
Jacqueline Windh has spent
ten years photographing the Clayoquot–Pacific Rim in all its
seasons and moods, studying its history and getting to know its people.
In The Wild Edge she shares her findings in images and words,
supplementing her unforgettable scenic photographs with a light-hearted
text that blends history and science with essential visitor guidance.
Windh is a photojournalist, geologist and outdoorswoman who has published
her images and articles in many leading magazines, including BBC
Wildlife, Adventure Kayak, WaveLength Paddling Magazine and Beautiful
lives in Tofino, BC.
Canadian photojournalist Jacqueline Windh received the Logan
Gold Medal at McGill University and holds a PhD in geology from the University
of Western Australia. As a geologist she published many scholarly papers
and did field work in Canada, Australia, Chile, Argentina, and Peru.
She started sea kayaking in 1993 and has paddled in Australia, New Zealand,
Hawaii, Rangiroa, Patagonia and Baja California. In 1995 she moved to
Tofino BC and spent four seasons as a sea-kayak guide. She now makes
her living as a writer/photographer and has been published in BBC Wildlife
Magazine, Adventure Kayak Magazine, WaveLength Magazine, Geo, Oasis and
Beautiful BC. The Wild Edge: Clayoquot, Long Beach and Barkley Sound
is her first book.
The Wild Edge is Jacqueline Windh's first book, a guide to the Pacific Rim of Vancouver Island with photos by the author.