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up in the British Columbia mining town of Pioneer Gold Mines during
the late 1950s. I developed a triple interest in outdoor exploring,
photography and electronics while still a teenager. After a stint in
the Royal Canadian Air Force in eastern Canada, I and my family moved
back to B.C. to a job in electronics with writing and photography as
my major side interests.
my work took me to Kamloops B.C., where I began writing a weekly Outdoor
Scene column for the Kamloops Sentinel. From the column, I moved on
to features in BC Outdoors and many other magazines. My wife Katharine
and I now live in Merritt, B.C. where I write and illustrate newspaper
and internet columns, magazine articles and books.
300 of my magazine articles and 1000 of my photographs have been published
since 1965. They have appeared in such publications as: Adventure Travel,
BC Outdoors, Camping Canada, Canadian Geographic,
Field & Stream, MotorHome and Trailer Life. Plus
photos and features in many other magazines.
I have also
written and illustrated 11 books or book length publications since 1973.
Kamloops Country (1973) Back country exploring in the Kamloops
Gold & Opals (1975) Rockhounding, history and back country exploring.
the Nicola Valley (1981) A guide to Merritt and the Nicola Valley.
Craigmont Story (1983) The history of a mid 20th century copper
Explorer Vol. 1: Thompson-Cariboo (1985) Lytton to Barkerville.
Explorer Vol. 2: Similkameen & South Okanagan (1988) Manning Park
Country: An Outdoor Recreation Guide (1990) Hope - Merritt - Kamloops.
Country: An Outdoor Recreation Guide. (1992) Osoyoos to the Shuswap.
Country: A Guide to the North Cascade Mountains and the Nicola
Valley (Complete update - 1997).
Trips & Trails A Guide to Backroads and Hiking Trails in BC's
Okanagan-Similkameen Region (co-authored with Judie Steeves in
In the course
of my travels, I have accumulated over 30,000 35 mm transparencies.
Although my selection leans heavily toward outdoor subjects in western
Canada, I also have an excellent selection of images from Quebec, New
Zealand and Costa Rica. These are available for publication on a stock
basis and have been used extensively for brochures, book and periodical
illustrations and other products such as calendars and post cards.
to a life-long interest in photography and exploring the mountains of
western Canada, I have been a workshop speaker at writer's conferences
across Canada and in the U.S.A. My writing and photography have received
awards from the Outdoor Writers of Canada, the Northwest Outdoor Writers
Association and the Macmillan Bloedel newspaper journalism competitions.
In 1989, I was pleased to be honored with the Allen Sangster Award for
contributions to the Canadian Authors Association. From June, 1996 to
June, 1998, I served as National President of the Canadian
Authors Association. I am also a member of the Periodical
Writers Association of Canada (PWAC).
© 1999 - 2009 Murphy O. Shewchuk