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A community turned upside-down by the social changes of the 1970s. Seen through the eyes of a young man newly fled from his straight-laced Dutch upbringing, the fishing village of Bamfield on Vancouver Island’s pristine west coast is the unlikely meeting place of an uneasy mix of fishermen, the Dog Salmon whaling clan, hippies, drug peddlers, and the scientists and students of the Bamfield Marine Station.


Cedar, Salmon and Weed
"Louis Druehl takes you off to a roaring start as he introduces characters that come alive from the 1970's, then brings them home with the tunes we remember. The graphic description of devastation to rocky shore sea life as oil moved in from a grounded freighter should be read by all those making decisions on oil tanker traffic. The juxtaposition of the muted sounds in a forest, the cacophony of a chainsaw felling a tree, the serenity of a calm sea, and the potential disaster from storm waves all make for compelling reading."

This is the story I was meant to tell. Bamfield is my community and the situations and the characters represent the village well. Like Simon Winchester wrote in the New York Times, “A town so tight knit and far from mainstream society is full of hidden intrigues and eccentrics… Bamfield, with its extraordinary history, seems the perfect subject for a novel…”

–Louis Druehl

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The author with his dog, Brady.
Photo: Toby Reeve