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Ray Phillips Launches the Royal Fjord

Posted: Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at 4:40pm

Pender Harbour author Ray Phillips launches his new book, The Royal Fjord: Memories of Jervis Inlet with two events on the Sunshine Coast. The EarthFair Store hosts the Pender Harbour book launch at the School of Music in Madeira Park, on Wednesday, May 20 from 4-6pm.

Talewind Books is sponsoring the Sechelt event at the Sunshine Coast Arts Centre (5714 Medusa Street) on Monday, May 25, from 4-5:30pm. Both events are free and open to the public and will feature readings by the author, refreshments and a book signing.

The most accessible and popular of British Columbia’s great scenic fjords, Jervis Inlet deserves to be called the “Royal Fjord” on two counts: the long zigzagging watercourse is comprised of four segments all with “royal” names—Prince of Wales Reach, Princess Royal Reach, Queen’s Reach and Princess Louisa Inlet; and second, the inlet possesses a scenic majesty that has made it one of the prime boating destinations on the Inside Passage.

Almost deserted now except for Young Life’s Malibu Club youth summer camp, Jervis Inlet was once the home of large Sechelt Nation villages and later, of innumerable homesteads, logging camps and fishing communities. That colourful past comes to life again in this new book by Ray Phillips, who grew up in the area and descended from local pioneers.

The book features original photos and the rough-hewn stories of the author and his father and some of those early inhabitants, such as the Silveys of Egmont, the Hollingsworth and Heid families and many others, as well as anecdotes about the different areas surrounding the Inlet, including Hotham Sound, Saltery Bay, Vanguard Bay, Earls Cove and Princess Louisa Inlet. The Royal Fjord makes fascinating reading and fills an important gap in the written history of the BC coast.

For more information about the events, please contact the EarthFair Store (for the Pender Harbour event) at 604-883-9006, or Talewind Books (for the Sechelt event) at 604-885-2527.