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Peer through the mists of time and experience the incredible lives of trail men and women who have made their living in and around Willmore Wilderness Park. The intimate tales of these tenacious mountain people are humorous and riveting. The lure of spectacular alpine landscapes and a way of life will haunt one’s soul long after the chronicles are read. Willmore Wilderness Foundation has published four books that are first person accounts of the history, culture and traditions of the northern Canadian Rockies.

  • ISBN 978-0-9783377-1-1 The People & Peaks books are a series of publications of true stories of the traditions, history and culture of an almost forgotten mountain people. These 'first person' accounts have become founding documentation about the people, past and present who lived and worked in the Canadian Rock Mountains. The description below about People & Peaks of the Panther River & Eastern Slopes is an exposé of twenty colourful mountain men and women in the Banff, Panther River and Red Deer River areas.  
  • ISBN 978-0-9783377-0-4

    The People & Peaks books are a series of publications of true stories of the traditions, history and culture of an almost forgotten mountain people. These 'first person' accounts have become founding documentation about the people, past and present who lived and worked in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. The following quote from Roger Brunt is about the first book in the series.

    "We know that Canada, especially western Canada, was pioneered by hunters, trappers and mountain people. But seldom are we provided with a modern-day, close- up view of the day-to-day lives and activities of these people, whose courage, resourcefulness and humour (often in the face of, what would be for lesser stock, overwhelming calamity) is captured here in the pages of the 
People & Peaks of Willmore Wilderness Park. 

In private correspondence, author Susan Feddema-Leonard wrote to me: “You birth your story—then begins the work of chiseling and shaping the initial thoughts, finally refining them into a work of art.” That’s exactly what Leonard has achieved, a work of art that not only brings to life in words and fine photography (much of it by Leonard herself) one of Canada’s most beautiful and little-known wilderness areas, but pays tribute to the brave folk who opened up, and now fight to preserve, the Willmore Wilderness. " Roger Brunt, Salt Spring Island

  • ISBN 978-0-9783377-3-5

    The People & Peaks books are a series of publications of true stories of the traditions, history and culture of an almost forgotten mountain people. These 'first person' accounts have become founding documentation about the people, past and present who lived and worked in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. 

    People & Peaks of Willmore Wilderness Park: The Legacy Continues is the a continuation of People & Peaks of Willmore Wilderness Park: 1800s to mid-1900s. The stories are primarily in the Jasper National Park and Willmore Wilderness areas of the Canadian Rockies.

  • ISBN 978-0-9783377-2-8

    The People & Peaks books are a series of publications of true stories of the traditions, history and culture of an almost forgotten mountain people. These 'first person' accounts have become founding documentation about the people, past and present who lived and worked in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. 

    Women of Willmore Wilderness shares the written journals and photo journals of women who ventured on extended horse pack trips  in Mt. Robson Park, Jasper National Park, Willmore Wilderness Park, Kakwa Wildland Provincial Park and Kakwa Provincial Park in B.C. The journals are from 1915, 1937, 1942 to 1946 and a present day journal of the author finding and clearing the trails of yesteryear.

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