Muskwa-Kechika: The Wild Heart of Canada’s Northern Rockies

The Dawson Creek launch of the book, Muskwa-Kechika: The Wild Heart of Canada¹s Northern Rockies, will take place at the Dawson Creek Art Gallery with a slide show and book signing by photographer and author Wayne Sawchuk. It¹s happening Wednesday May 5, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Art Gallery near the traffic circle in Dawson Creek.

?Not everyone knows about the Muskwa-Kechika, which proves that we still have a long way ahead of us promoting this last piece of remaining great wilderness in the Rocky Mountains of North America,? says Sawchuk. ?And it just happens to be in the Peace Country¹s back yard, in northeastern B.C.!?

Muskwa-Kechika, or M-K, is an area 1 1/2 times the size of Switzerland, but virtually uninhabited by humans with the exception of the Alaska Highway corridor. The M-K consists of several parks joined with special management zones which together form an ongoing experiment in wilderness management that is unique in that it integrates pure wilderness preservation with environmentally sensitive resource extraction.

The book, Muskwa-Kechika: The Wild Heart of Canada¹s Northern Rockies, is a visual exploration of the M-K, photographed and written by Wayne Sawchuk, who has extensively traveled the region for the past 20 years on foot and horseback. The remarkable book is produced by Dawson Creek?s Don Pettit, who took on the design, layout, and project coordination with his staff at Peace photoGraphics.

?Wayne?s work as a full-time environmental advocate has been largely responsible for the creation of the Muskwa-Kechika,? Pettit says. ?On top of that, he?s also a world class photographer.

Pettit, who wrote, photographed and published his best-selling book The Peace: An Exploration in Photographs in 2001, designed Muskwa-Kechika to be the same size and high quality as The Peace.

?Muskwa-Kechika is like a companion volume to The Peace. Both books describe great regions of Canada¹s North,? Pettit says. ?As a wilderness area, Muskwa-Kechika is of global importance, so we expect this book to do as well, if not better, than The Peace.?

Pettit says he¹s enjoyed working with Sawchuk on this book over the last year and a half.

?This book is a wonderful testament to his skill at capturing a really special wilderness area in all of its magnificence.?

Everyone is invited for the May 5 Dawson Creek event, to meet the author and photographer in a casual atmosphere at the Art Gallery, and learn more about Sawchuk¹s work as a wilderness advocate. Refreshments will be served, and Sawchuk will be presenting his slide show based on the book, explaining the lessons the wilderness has to teach and the creative techniques he used to capture the images.

Contact: Wayne Sawchuk: 250-788-2685

Don Pettit: 250-782-6068