We all need a holiday every now and it was just my great luck that the need for a recharge coincided this year with my sister’s insistence that I go skiing with her in British Columbia. What a gift! My sister owns a log cabin in Revelstoke, BC, which lays claim to the highest lift-serviced vertical in North America (1,713 metres or 5,620 feet).
I cheerfully packed up my ski gear, folded up my laptop, and flew off for an amazing week of powdery exertion in the mountains.
It was beautiful! (See my Shades of Teale Facebook Page for a photo. (If you would Like the page while you’re there, that would be nice too!)
Revelstoke is a town of just over 7,000 people located in southeastern BC about 640 kilometers east of Vancouver and roughly 400 kilometers west of Calgary. The Columbia River flows through the city and it’s nestled in amongst the Selkirk and Monashee Mouintain ranges. The town was named in appreciation of Lord Revelstoke, head of the UK investment bank that helped save the Canadian Pacific Railway from bankruptcy in 1885. A little south of Revelstoke is the whistle stop of Craigellachie, which some folks may recall was where the last spike was hammered into the ground marking the completion of the Canadian Pacific Railway. (There’s another photo waiting for you on my Shades of Teale Facebook Page).
I’ve been to BC a couple of times and although gorgeous terrain is common throughout Canada, I find the BC mountains represent a spectacular feast for the eyes. And the skiing is a demanding workout!
While in Revelstoke I was pleased to appear with fellow Manor House author Jane Eamon at two booksigning events hosted by local bookstores. Castle Joe Books at 103 Second Street West, is a very charming store that focuses primarily on second hand books and art supplies. (feel free to Like Castle Joe’s as well.)
Owner Gwen Lipps gives a very warm welcome and her engaging appreciation of books and business added a very bright note to the visit. I’ve left some copies of “Shades of Teale” with Gwen so if you’re in Revelstoke and you’d like a copy, you can pick one up there.
I also dropped in on Grizzly Books, at 208 Mackenzie Street in Revelstoke for another enjoyable few hours in the company of books and book lovers. Vanessa Smith is the owner of Grizzly’s and the store features an impressive selection of reading material.
Needless to say, it’s been tough to get back to work! If you’d like me to appear at a speaking or booksigning event for your store, group or organization, please get in touch. I enjoy opportunities to talk about the book world and I love meeting other folks who are book lovers too. We’re everywhere!