Accidental Eden: Hippie Days On Lasqueti Island by Douglas HamiltonAccidental Eden: Hippie Days On Lasqueti Island by Douglas Hamilton

Accidental Eden: Hippie Days On Lasqueti Island

byDouglas Hamilton, Darlene Kay Olesko

Paperback | October 21, 2014

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Lasqueti Island has a rowdy and divided reputation. Between the 1970s and early ?80s, the island attracted a flood of counter-culture seekers - communards, hippies, utopians, revolutionaries and other exotic characters looking for an alternative lifestyle. Today many perceive it as a romantic fantasy: an existence of bucolic peace, surrounded by isolation and wild nature, a great place to bring up children and a grand place to grow old. Yet many others would disagree, believing these islanders to be inbred hermits," unfettered by social niceties or the rule of the law. Many consider them troglodytes who hide out from authorities, grow or brew drugs and vandalize what they can for pure amusement. Regardless of its reputation, Lasqueti Island is one of the least populated and least known of Canada's Gulf Islands. ACCIDENTAL EDEN explores both its eccentric days and its political accomplishments. The Islanders' efforts to convince BC Hydro to re-route the Cheekeye-Dunsmuir powerline around, rather than over, the island was an outstanding accomplishment, changing the way BC Hydro managed its power delivery into rural areas. These stories are a unique collection of unusual tales, hippy communes, curious characters and, whether perceived as good or bad, an irreplaceable era in British Columbia's history."
Douglas L. Hamilton was born in Washington DC, and received an MA in history from the University of California, Riverside. Inspired after a brief vacation to British Columbia in the early 1970s, he moved to Lasqueti Island where he built a squatter's shack made of driftwood on an isolated beach. Soon after, he became interested in writ...
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Title:Accidental Eden: Hippie Days On Lasqueti IslandFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8.97 × 6.11 × 0.67 inPublished:October 21, 2014Publisher:CAITLIN PRESSLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1927575524

ISBN - 13:9781927575529

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Interesting This was a well written and interesting book. I enjoy reading from local (BC) authors and this was the first Lasqueti book I've come across.
Date published: 2017-01-14