promise of paradise


No other region in North America can outstrip British Columbia for the number of visionary, alternative settlement attempts made in the past 150 years.

Promise of Paradise: Utopian Communities in BC delves into the dramatic stories of these fascinating, often doomed efforts.

  • Missionary William Duncan and Metlakatla
  • The Norwegian colonies of Bella Coola and Quatsino
  • Cape Scott and its Danish settlers
  • The Finnish colony of Sointula on Malcolm Island
  • The story of the Doukhobors
  • Brother XII and the Aquarian Foundation
  • The alternative experiments and communes of the 1970s
  • Intentional communities in BC today

Whitecap Books, 1997, 224 pages, b&w photos, maps, index. Softcover, $17.95 Cdn