Three Against the Wilderness

Where it all happened

A view of the Chilcotin in the fall
Photo: William Hughes-Games

This map is centred on the exact location of the Collier cabin indicated by the longitude and latitude kindly supplied below.

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  1. John Coles said, on February 27, 2011 at 4:41 am

    Long Lats
    122 32 17 W
    52 12 26 N

    • stewartjc said, on August 17, 2011 at 8:17 pm

      Tegan Heard says: ‘If you stay at the Chilcotin Lodge in Riske Creek it’s not far from there to get to the cabins. Visit

    • dot said, on September 20, 2011 at 5:43 pm

      • Terry said, on June 18, 2017 at 2:23 am

        That’s what I think is the site too. Notice the one small building appears to be just a foundation. That could be the original cabin.

    • stewartjc said, on September 25, 2012 at 9:32 am

      Dustin Porter, who lives in Williams Lake, says ‘if anyone is traveling from far away to see the Collier site but do not know how to find it I can take you there. Give me a call 250-267-9550’.

      • Martha Siemens said, on May 13, 2017 at 11:44 pm

        I just watched your video and shared the link. Now watching your video of Russian Island I just connected the dots the it was your videos. I am considering going in there next time I pass through the Chilcotin and we might just give you a call.

  2. Ms. Wallis said, on October 6, 2011 at 1:21 am

    I’ve recently read the book and it was one I could not put down, I feel as if I know all three personally….I only wish I could know more and see the cabins inside and out…..and know more about Lillian etc…

    • stewartjc said, on October 7, 2011 at 4:24 pm

      Dear Ms Wallis, I hope you found out a bit more by exploring this site. James Stewart

  3. Mark G. said, on July 2, 2012 at 5:27 am

    Wonderful book and it helped me make friends with a good fellow from Elmira, New York who loved the book too. We became friends through the internet after searching for more information there. He flew there all the way from New York in his light plane to see the old homestead and met with Veasy and other people who know the area. A remarkable and inspiring book. Thanks for this great website!

    • Tara Valpy said, on January 22, 2015 at 9:20 pm

      Would that be Richard Williams? I am Veasy’s daughter and was just in contact with Richard recently.

      • G said, on March 4, 2016 at 5:08 pm

        I am reading the book now and enjoy it very much! I could see me reading it again as it is that good!

      • Howard Maxwell said, on July 25, 2016 at 10:11 pm

        Ms. Valpy, I have read your grandfather’s book many times since the 1980s. I now own two copies. Hope to make the trip to Meldrum Creek before I croak.. I have had many hours of enjoyment reading and rereading the book. Howard Maxwell, Cascade, Montana.

  4. Betty Gregory said, on August 15, 2015 at 8:37 pm

    I may have found the Collier Cabin. I searched on Google Earth guided by the map in the book. On Madden Lake there is a peninsula on the north end that has 3 buildings on it, It is at 52* 10′ 51.3″ No 122* 31′ o6.63″ W, elevation 3,176 Ft. I had to use the *asterick to designate Degree. comments invited.

  5. Sheila said, on August 26, 2015 at 8:06 pm

    I am a huge fan of the book and am riding in the area this weekend hoping to explore some of the historic sites…the cabin etc. Any advice from those who have been is appreciated. We will be camping at the Macintyre Lake rec site with horses.

  6. Patrick said, on August 9, 2018 at 7:56 am

    Last year (september 2017) I wanted to visit the location of Eric Collier’s cabin. But due to the wildfires, the area was closed and no-one at the Tourist Bureau could tell us if the cabin had been burnt down or not. So I cancelled the trip to Williams Lake.

    Would anyone know if the cabin is still up ?

    Thanks in advance for your answers.

    Patrick, France

    • Monika said, on August 9, 2018 at 10:35 am

      Dear Patrick, I know the book since my childhood and love it very much for the feeling of truth and the strength that develops if you believe in your aims. Would you please give me a hint if the wildfires have damaged the place? For long I have a look at the weather forecast of Chilcotin but I live too far away to travel there? Hope that the cabin stood still there!
      Monica, Germany

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