Around the Sound


240 pages
Contains Photos, Maps, Bibliography, Index
ISBN 1-55017-169-0
DDC 971.1'31





Reviewed by Allen H. Soroka

Allen H. Soroka is assistant law librarian at the University of British
Columbia Law Library and an avid sportsman.


The astonishing scenery of British Columbia—snow-capped mountains
meeting white-capped seas dotted with mountainous pine-covered
islands—finds a concentrated expression in the Howe Sound Whistler
area, just around the corner, as it were, from Vancouver. Around the
Sound is a literate, entertaining, and welcome contribution to the
history of this beautiful region.

The author begins her account 30,000 years ago, when a new ice age and
volcanic activity transformed the Northwest Pacific Coast Range. In 11
chapters, she traces the history of the region from its birth through
the colonial and gold-rush eras, through the times when logging and
fishing held sway to the present. Included in this history are the
memories and stories of many long-time residents of the area, who also
contributed advice and photographs. The story that results is well told
and worth reading.


Armitage, Doreen., “Around the Sound,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed November 28, 2023,