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New Book: Squamish, the Shining Valley, by Kevin McLane

It gives a detailed history of the place, people and more

Kevin McLane is one of Canada’s most accomplished guidebook authors with thousands of pages printed over the past 30 years with legendary topos and memorable write-ups.

The 72-year-old Squamish resident has just released his most recent book, the second edition of Squamish, the Shining Valley. It’s not a rock climber’s book, per se, rather a comprehensive history about the Squamish Valley.

The first edition was published in 1994, but much has changed in town since nearly two decades before the Vancouver Olympics. The book adds a history up to 2009.

“This new edition describes why and how changes in the valley occurred, and the forces that shaped Squamish as we know it today,” McLane told me at the new Climb On store in Squamish this week.

He added that the story of the Skohomish people has been expanded in the 2020 edition. The hardcover coffee-table book starts by telling the story of Squamish from the past to present and leads into a photo essay of life in town and the mountains that surround it.

There are three photo-essay galleries with over 140 photographs that gives the reader a window into the past and life today; each image has an in-depth caption.

You can purchase the book at a number of locations in Squamish, including Climb On, Nesters Market, the Squamish Adventure Centre, Tantalus Bike Shop, The Zephyr Cafe, the Sea to Sky Gondola and Valhalla Pure.

For more books by McLane’s publishing company High Col visit here.

Kevin McLane with his new book in Squamish Photo Brandon Pullan