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Heritage House Publishing Spring 2021

Wagon Road North
The Saga of the Cariboo Gold Rush, Revised and Expanded Edition
5th edition
By (author): Art Downs Edited by: Ken Mather
Art Downs ,

Edited by :

Ken Mather


Heritage House - Victoria



Product Form:


Form detail:

Paperback , Flaps


General Trade
Jun 18, 2021
$26.95 CAD


11in x 8.5 in

Page Count:

160 pages


b&w and colour photographs and maps throughout
Heritage House
HISTORY / Canada / Pre-Confederation (to 1867)
History of the Americas|Social and cultural history|Industrialisation and industrial history|Historical geography|Colonialism and imperialism|Later 19th century c 1850 to c 1899

A newly revised and updated edition of the classic pictorial account of the Cariboo Gold Rush trail.

First published in 1960, Wagon Road North is the quintessential popular history book chronicling gold-rush-era BC. Focusing on the Cariboo Wagon Road—the crucial transportation route stretching from Fort Yale to Barkerville that made it possible for tens of thousands of prospectors to make their way to the Cariboo goldfields in the 1860s—this newly updated, expanded, and re-designed edition brings to life the adventures, hardships, and blind ambitions of the men and women who risked everything in the quest for gold. Packed with more than one hundred archival photos, many of them rarely seen, as well as maps and contemporary images of historical sites, this fascinating book is a visual celebration of a pivotal chapter in early BC history.

Art Downs (1924–1996) was a writer, editor, historian, and pioneer of BC book and magazine publishing. Born in England, he moved to Saskatchewan as a young child and later settled in Quesnel, BC. He became owner of the Cariboo Digest, which evolved into BC Outdoors, a successful magazine about BC history, wildlife, and conservation. Downs and his wife, Doris, were the founders of Heritage House Publishing.

Ken Mather has been researching western Canadian heritage for over four decades, working in curatorial, management, and research roles at Fort Edmonton Park, Barkerville, and the O'Keefe Ranch since the early 1970s. He is the author of several books on pioneer and ranching history, including Stagecoach North, Trail North, Ranch Tales, and Frontier Cowboys and the Great Divide.

Targeted print, online, and broadcast media (interviews, features, reviews):

  • Canada’s History, BC History, BC Studies, Ormsby Review, Vernon Morning Star, Vancouver Sun, BC BookWorld, The Orca.ca, 49th Shelf, Read Local BC, CBC Daybreak South, CBC Daybreak North, CBC Kamloops

Author events:

  • Author readings at the Vernon, Clinton, and 100 Mile House public libraries
  • Author signing at Chapters Kamloops
  • Reading and book signing at O’Keefe Historic Ranch


  • BC BookWorld
  • Facebook Ads

Marketing & promo deliverables:

  • Electronic blads/ARCs
  • Online banner
  • Press Release

For more information contact
[email protected]

"The book is as informative today as it was six decades ago—especially with Mather’s additions."
British Columbia Magazine

"Updating a classic work is a tricky and dangerous business, but Mather has succeeded admirably here. ... Mather’s updates will help ensure that Wagon Road North remains a mainstay for years to come." —BC Studies

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