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Heritage House Publishing Spring 2023

Room at the Inn
Historic Hotels of British Columbia’s Southern Interior
By (author): Glen A. Mofford Foreword by: Greg Nesteroff
Glen A. Mofford ,

Foreword by :

Greg Nesteroff


Heritage House - Victoria



Product Form:


Form detail:

Paperback , Trade


General Trade
May 16, 2023
$26.95 CAD


8.5in x 5.5 in

Page Count:

336 pages


b&w photographs, illustrations, and maps
Heritage House
HISTORY / Canada / Post-Confederation (1867-)
Architecture: public, commercial and industrial buildings|Hospitality, sports, leisure and tourism industries|Social and cultural history
  • Short Description
A fully illustrated social history profiling forty-two historic hotels spread over six regions of the southern interior of British Columbia, covering the time period of the 1890s to 1950s.
A fully illustrated social history profiling forty historic hotels spread over five regions of the southern interior of British Columbia, covering the time period of the 1890s to 1950s.

Room at the Inn reveals the long-forgotten histories of British Columbia’s early hospitality industry, through the riveting stories of the men and women who built, ran, and frequented hotels, hostelries, resorts, and roadhouses in the southern Interior. From the Similkameen town of Keremeos to Spences Bridge at the confluence of the Thompson and Nicola Rivers, east to the Alberta border along the Trans-Canada Highway, and south to the Canada–US border, the history of these hotels mirrors the history of BC’s mining towns and boom-bust economy of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, as waves of prospectors, settlers, and eventually tourists shaped the culture of the province that we know today.

Of the forty historic hotels profiled in this book, all contributed to their communities in various ways. They provided more than just a roof over the heads of weary travellers; they were often the sites of live entertainment, places where community members could meet and socialize. Some even doubled as makeshift hospitals during wildfires and floods. Through colourful anecdotes, meticulous research, and fascinating archival photography, Room at the Inn transports readers to a bygone era and pays tribute to the pioneers, entrepreneurs, and hard-work men and women who built and operated these historic accommodations.

  • Features 40 historic hotels in the southern interior of BC: from the Similkameen town of Keremeos to Spences Bridge at the confluence of the Thompson and Nicola Rivers, east to the Alberta border along the Trans-Canada highway and south to the Canada-US border.
  • Salacious stories of murder, robbery ,and suicide are mixed in with the daily social routine and operation of these early hotels.
  • Focuses on the social history—the local hotel contributed to its community by providing entertainment, a roof over the head, a place where the citizens of that community could meet and socialize, and even sometimes as make-shift hospital.
  • Previous book, Along the E&N: A Journey Back to the Historic Hotels of Vancouver Island  (Touchwood Editions, 2019) was a BC bestseller and listed in the top 20 bestselling books of the year.
  • Before he passed away, author was a regular history columnist for Port Alberni Valley Vibe and published articles with a number of BC outlets, including Times-Colonist (Victoria), BC History magazine, The Valley Times (Port Alberni), and Coastal Vibe Magazine (Sechelt).
  • Author also co-moderated a very active Facebook group, “Historic Hotels & Pubs of British Columbia,” with nearly 10,000 members and daily engagement.
  • Greg Nesteroff, a Trail-based author and journalist, wrote the foreword and helped complete the manuscript after Glenn Mofford’s death. Nesteroff is available for publicity to promote the book.

Glen A. Mofford was a historian and a writer with a passion for sharing the social history of British Columbia. He held a degree in history from Simon Fraser University and was the author of two previous books on BC’s historical hotels and their drinking establishments: Along the E&N and Aqua Vitae. He passed away in 2022.

Greg Nesteroff is the former editor of the Nelson Star, former news director of the Vista Radio stations in the West Kootenay, and the co-author of Lost Kootenays: A History in Photographs. He runs "The Kütne Reader," a blog about local history.

Media + Publicity Plans

  • Confirmed excerpt in BC History’s Spring 2023 issue. 
  • Targeted print, online, and broadcast media outreach among outlets in the southern interior of BC as well as media focused on BC books and historical topics. Such as CBC Daybreak South, CBC Radio West, BC History, BC BookWorld, BC Studies, Canada’s History, Vancouver Sun, Awesome Okanagan, CFJC Today, Kootenay Coop Radio, Novel Ideas podcast, Vernon Matters, etc.
  • Location-specific pitches based on hotel locations to local outlets: Arrow Lakes News, Ashcroft Cache Creek Journal, Boundary Creek Times, Boundary Sentinel, Castlegar News, Castlegar Source, Columbia Valley Pioneer, Cranbook Daily Townsman, Creston Valley Advance, Creston Community Radio, Eagle Valley News, e-KNOW, EastShore Mainstreet, Fernie Free Press, The Golden Star, Grand Forks Gazette, Kamloops This Week, Kelowna Capital News, Kelowna Daily Courier, Keremeos Review, Kootenay Advertiser, Lake Country Calendar, Merritt Herald, Nelson Star, Oliver Chronicle, Osoyoos Times, Penticton Herald, Revelstoke Current, Rossland News, Salmon Arm Observer, Trail Times, and Vernon Morning Star.
  • Advertising in BC BookWorld, BC Studies, BC History, Canada’s History, and more.
  • Online promotion through social media campaigns, digital advertising, and author’s Facebook community
  • Outreach to relevant historical and travel organizations such as the Central Okanagan Heritage Society, Boundary Museum, Touchstones Nelson Museum, Arrow Lakes Historical Society, Fort Nelson Historical Society, North Shuswap Historical Society, Cranbrook History Centre, Nelson & District Chamber of Commerce, Golden BC Museum, Kootenay-Columbia Discovery Centre, Kamloops Museum & Archive, etc.
  • Award submission to relevant historical and regional prizes, such as the BC and Yukon Book Prizes, BC Historical Federation Awards, Canadian Historical Association Clio Awards, etc.

For more information contact
[email protected]

"Mofford’s unexpectedly final book leaves behind a remarkable legacy of provincial history, that will be surely enjoyed here for years to come. But Room at the Inn is also so deftly told, populated with the vivid true-life characters, places and events that make up that story, it surely will also fascinate and delight readers far away from British Columbia as well.”
—Aaron Chapman, bestselling author of Liquor, Lust and the Law and Live at the Commodore

"An essential guidebook to the history of grand old hotels in southern interior British Columbia. Room at the Inn is a treasure trove of information that most certainly should accompany anyone ready to hit the road and embark on their own historical explorations of Canada’s western-most province."
—Daniel Marshall, author of Claiming the Land: British Columbia and the Making of a New El Dorado

“Reading the late Glen Mofford’s book is like attending a reunion of old friends, and a reminder of a time when people met face to face in their communities rather than virtually on the internet.”
—Michael Kluckner, author of Vanishing British Columbia

“Glen Mofford finds misdeeds and murder, success and disappointment as he profiles the men and women who operated historic hotels throughout the southern interior. Room at the Inn sifts through the ashes of hotels long ago destroyed by fire, but still fondly remembered in local memory.”
—Wayne Norton, author of Fernie at War and Beyond the Coal Dust

“In Room at the Inn, Mr. Mofford rather ingeniously takes us on an entertaining and informative trip across the southern interior British Columbia of a century ago by way of the popular hotels of the day. If you enjoy time travel, this is a most pleasant way to go.”
—Jim Cameron, author of Cranbrook: Then and Now - Volumes One and Two

“Glen Mofford brings a unique insight to the history of British Columbia, weaving together fascinating stories of the famous hotels and intrepid entrepreneurs who built them in the 1890s and early 1900s. Room at the Inn is an enjoyable stroll through early BC. Mr. Mofford, you will be missed.”
—Terry Gainer, author of When Trains Ruled the Kootenays and When Trains Ruled the Rockies

“Glen Mofford had a passion about BC Hotels and dug up much information that would have been lost forever without his expertise. His books are indeed a source of history.”
—Tom Lymbery, owner/operator of historic Gray Creek Store and author of Toms Gray Creek, Vols. I and II

“Arson and accidents, banquets and beer parlours. Brimming with anecdotes and tales of colourful personalities, Room at the Inn is an enjoyable read and a great resource for students of the province’s social history. “
—Rosemary Neering, author of A Traveller’s Guide to Historic British Columbia

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