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Coquitlam Chronicles:
Historical Crossroads on the Fraser River

New History Book Now Available

The new history book Coquitlam Chronicles will be officially launched on October 15, 2018, and this latest work is now available for purchase –– the perfect gift solution for family and friends and any occasion!

Coquitlam Chronicles is follow-on research by Ralph Drew that covers the history of the Coquitlam area of Metro Vancouver. This book complements Forest & Fjord: The History of Belcarra that was awarded First Prize in 2013 by the B.C. Historical Federation as well as The Lieutenant-Governorís Gold Medal for historical writing in 2014.

MLA Linda Reimer's Statement Re Forest & Fjord

Coquitlam Chronicles: Historical Crossroads on the Fraser River

Coquitlam Chronicles covers the history of the Coquitlam Area of Metro Vancouver, and brings life to this history with historical photographs which truly are 'worth a thousand words'. This latest book by Ralph Drew is the perfect gift solution for family and friends.

This new book begins with a description of the geological history that facilitated human occupation of the area, and includes an extensive chapter on the indigenous presence that preceded European settlement. The book also describes the exploration of Burrard Inlet by the English and Spanish in 1792, the first Europeans to explore Burrard Inlet, and the exploration of the Fraser River by Simon Fraser that lead to the development of trade and commerce in the area by the Hudson's Bay Company.

The book describes the establishment of saw mills on the Fraser River in the 1870s and the associated settlement by early pioneers. That development created a demand for logs which resulted in logging of the forests that surrounded Coquitlam and the Fraser River, and the consequent appearance of the first European settlers.

Coquitlam Chronicles (ISBN 978-0-9813113-3-3) is both an 11" x 8Ĺ" landscape-format hard-cover 'coffee table' book and a fully referenced and indexed history. Like my previous books, I have made extensive use of historical photographs, maps, graphics, and documentary art, most of which are 9 x 6 inches, and contains more than 300 images that bring life to early Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam history. The book is 370 pages overall and organized into 9 chapters:

  • Chapter 1 – Natural History
  • Chapter 2 – Indigenous Presence
  • Chapter 3 – Exploration & Settlement
  • Chapter 4 – Arrival of the Railway
  • Chapter 5 – Logging & Lumbering
  • Chapter 6 – Coquitlam Lake
  • Chapter 7 – Fraser Mills & Maillardville
  • Chapter 8 – Essondale & Colony Farm
  • Chapter 9 – Incorporations & Boundary Changes

Order now to secure your copy of Coquitlam Chronicles, and order additional copies to give as gifts for family and friends. The book can be purchased by an email Interact e-Transfer to the author (or mailing a cheque payable to the author) for $49.95 plus 5% GST ($2.50) = $52.45 plus $21.00 for shipping via Canada Post (within Canada, west of Winnipeg) to:

Ralph Drew, 3772 Marine Avenue, Belcarra, BC, V3H 4R9

For purchase inquiries, either email Ralph Drew or telephone: 604-937-0143.

Coquitlam Chronicles: Historical Crossroads on the Fraser River

Ralph Drew
3772 Marine Avenue
Belcarra, BCCANADA
V3H 4R6

Tel: (604) 937-0143


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