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The Encyclopedia of British Columbia

The Encyclopedia of Raincoast Place Names

Marine Life of the Pacific Northwest

Raincoast Chronicles 20: Lilies and Fireweed: Frontier Women in British Columbia

Far West: The Story of British Columbia (for Junior readers)

BC Natural History

From the West Coast to the Western Front

Tofino and Clayoquot Sound: A History

The Sea Among Us: The Amazing Strait of Georgia

Pacific Seaweeds: Updated and Expanded Edition


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