“In those days, the dams seemed inevitable. While we cannot claim credit for stopping them (economic considerations did that), the concerted effort of people in Telegraph Creek and in southern BC delayed the construction of access roads until, finally, postponement of the dams made these roads unnecessary. The lesson is, never give up even when the situation seems hopeless!” — Rosemary Fox


Diane Pinch’s non-fiction homage to Sierra Club BC provides an overview of the lasting impact the group has had, not only in BC, but in all of Canada. Replete with first-hand accounts, maps, and photos, the book is a heartfelt in-depth look at environmentalism in Western Canada through the years, from the perspective of one of the most influential groups in operation. Sierra Club BC’s philosophy of “passion and persistence” and commitment to science-based evidence and peaceful activism have given the club its incredible staying power.


  • Short-listed, George Ryga Award 2020


“Pinch shares the group’s work through the words of its activists. Her book contains excerpts from more than thirty interviews she conducted with the club’s founders, employees, and volunteers. They help to colour the narrative and provide valuable insight regarding different movements in which the club has participated—from fighting for the protection of wild and marine spaces to its advocacy regarding the impacts of climate change.”

- Brooke Campbell, <i>Canada’s History magazine</i>

“Author Diane Pinch, a long time Sierra Club of BC (SCBC) member, offers an important aspect of our provincial history, employing prose that is engaging and accessible and using first hand accounts, archival club materials, maps and photographs.”

- Janet Nicol, <i>BC History Magazine</i>

“...a useful, well-grounded summary... provides a succinct account of the issues and the [Sierra Club BC] players involved, as well as a useful primer on environmental issues in the province.”

- Graeme Wynn, <i>Ormsby Review</i>