Gumboot Guys

Nautical Adventures on British Columbia's North Coast

Edited by Lou Allison
Compiled by Jane Wilde

Categories: BC History, Anthology
Imprint: Caitlin Press
Paperback : 9781773861180, 192 pages, September 2023

From the editors of Gumboot Girls and Dancing in Gumboots comes Gumboot Guys, the first-hand stories of a generation of men who answered the call of the sea.


Gumboot Girls and Dancing in Gumboots chronicled the fascinating and inspiring stories of the 1970’s migration of women seeking a new way of life on BC’s West Coast, from Prince Rupert and Haida Gwaii to the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island. But what about the men who came in search of their own adventure, who became smitten with boats and the smell of salty air? Now, Gumboot Guys joins the two previous collections in chronicling this exciting decade, when all seemed possible.

Stories of buying, fixing, building and running boats; learning to navigate the ocean’s many moods; describing the abundance, and subsequent decline, of salmon stocks; and many, many tales of the unpredictable nature of life on the sea paint a vivid picture of the thrilling, adventurous and occasionally dangerous world awaiting these men. The constant current running through each of these stories is community—the guidance of experienced mentors, the encouragement from fellow adventure-seekers and the generous support of partners and families. These stories serve as a time capsule commemorating an era of hope, fortitude and freedom.