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Author Archive: "Frances Greenslade"

The Exotic Alaska Highway

Shelter by Frances GreensladeIf you look at a globe from a couple of decades ago, you'll find it dotted with the names of major cities that you'd expect — Casablanca, Moscow, Vancouver — but you'll also find a dot marking a tiny town in the far north of British Columbia, Canada, called Fort Nelson, a town most people, even in B.C., have never heard of. I learned this about a month ago when I was on a book tour up in this region, which is known as Peace country, after the Peace River that runs through there. I heard the story from a guy named Marl in the Fort Nelson museum. "Check it out next time you see a globe," he said. Marl had a long silver beard and a glint in his eye that made think he was pulling my leg. But I said I would.

For the book tour, we had flown in to Dawson Creek, mile zero of the Alaska Highway, then the next morning we got in the car and took the highway north again. I was traveling with children's illustrator Rae Mate ...

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