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Praise for The Fraser River

Vancouver Sun
"Harbour Publishing has produced a coffee-table-beautiful call to arms to alert the public to a waterway in trouble...the wrier and phtographer take us on a journey from the headwaters in the north, where springs and snowmely combine to begin the river, to the place where the river splits its plume of silt and pollution into salt water 850 miles away..."

"The Fraser River honours the splendour of the water-way bearing its name."
-Rick Ouston, Vancouver Sun

Globe and Mail
"The accompanying promotional material describes this book as spectacular and the scenery as breath-taking. This is no exaggeration. The Fraser is both wild and winsome, and its beauty, as well as the lives of the people and creatures who depend upon it, are more than ably documented."

The Georgia Straight
In 1941, the Bonneville Power Administration commissioned Woody Guthrie to pen a series of songs celebrating the Columbia River and the construction of the Grand Coulee Dam - a commission that resulted in the folk standard "Pastures of Plenty", among other timeless ditties. Ironically, the songs that served to codify the Columbia's history for future generations were sponsored by the very force that, through its aggressive dam-building program, nearly killed it.

Our own biggest river, the Fraser, runs free and undammed for 1,368 kilometres but has yet to find its bard. Now, though, thanks to this handsome book, it has added another worthy biographer to the suprisingly skimpy list of those who have attempted to put its power into words.

It has been almost 50 years since the last in-depth look at the river - Bruce Hutchison's still irreplaceable The Fraser - was published. Alan Haig-Brown doesn't attempt to match Hutchison's comprehensive tone; instead, through a series of vignettes, he introduces us to the people who inhabit the banks of the flood - river rafters, fishermen, farmers, marine mechanics - and their communities. Wisely, he lets Rick Blacklaws tell the rest of the story through his photographs, and although this combination of text and image may not be the last word on the river, it is a worthwhile reminder of the awesome turbulence that lurks, all too often forgotten, in the Lower Mainland's backyard.
-Alexander Varty, Georgia Straight