Three Against the Wilderness

Trapping & writing

Veasy grew up working with his father on his trap line on Meldrum Creek. He talked about the life of a trapper and his father’s relationship with those who had hunted in those parts long before the Colliers arrived.
[Click on the ‘play’ arrow to hear the interview clip below.]

In a review of Three Against the Wilderness, Alan Twigg of BC Bookworld has some interesting information on Collier the trapper and writer.  It’s quoted here.

In November 2006, Andrew Anaka, Conservation Officer with the Ministry of Environment, based in Williams Lake, e-mailed to say: ‘I came across these beaver traps this weekend. They are the actual traps used by Collier (believe it or not). The owner is Gordon Smilie of Williams Lake. He is a (retired) trapper and trap collector with loads of local knowledge.’

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  1. Val Biffert said, on May 17, 2010 at 4:35 am

    Gordon Smilie is our neighbour, good to know we could view the traps at his place. We just returned from the Collier homestead, what a place! We saw a beautiful black bear both coming and going on our ATV’s. Our book club will discuss the book tomorrow night, very interesting to listen to your interview with Veasy. Thank-you.


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