Ocean Falls – After the Whistle


With a sense of history that is deeply personal, Brian traces the trajectory of Ocean Falls from its unlikely gestation at the beginning of the twentieth century to its sad, bizarre and even comical demise at the end of the same century. Drawing on archival material, personal histories, local newspapers, various “studies” and interviews with his fellow Rain People and others who had a significant impact on Ocean Falls, he captures the spirit of the town and the historical context in which it briefly thrived. Supplementing the text are many photographs, maps, plans and sketches that graphically depict a way of life in a remote coastal company town that has all but disappeared but which represents an important part of British Columbia’s heritage that must not be forgotten.