Fisher Peak Chronicles

One of the most photographed landmarks in the Kootenay region, Mount Fisher holds the fascination of locals and visitors with its majestic vista and relatively easy access. It is our own little Mt. Everest, and scaling it has become a rite-of-passage for many outdoor enthusiasts from near and far. Fisher Peak Chronicles captures the heritage, culture and legacy of Mount Fisher through a series of real adventure stories from contributors and historical sources. To order a copy at $24.95 (plus $5.00 for shipping and mailing in Canada — $6.00 shipping to USA), Email



The adventurous life of Conrad Kain

This historical novel tells the story of Conrad Kain’s 25 years in Canada in a manner, which reflects the overall spirit and experience of the early days of alpine adventure in the Canadian Rockies – from his arrival as a young man to his later years in and around Wilmer in the Columbia Valley. To order a copy at $19.95 (plus $5.00 for shipping and mailing in Canada — $6.00 shipping to USA), Email



Life and times of Jack Fisher

This historical novel tells the story of Jack Fisher in an entertaining manner, one that reflects the overall spirit and experience of the frontier.  To order a copy at $21.95 (plus $5.00 for shipping and mailing in Canada — $6.00 shipping to USA), Email


The author unveiled his historical novel at 9,000 feet above sea level on the peak of Mt. Fisher



Author and publisher Keith G. Powell is pleased to announce the launch of his fourth and newest Kootenay-based historical novel, In the Shadow of Elephants.  You are invited to attend a slide show, book reading/signing and Q&A with the author. In celebration of the book's central theme of the "Great Elephant Escape" of 1926, come enjoy a glass of Elephant Run IPA from Fisher Peak Brewing.

Wednesday, June 12, 7:00 pm

Huckleberry Books

16 - 9th Ave S

Cranbrook, B.C.

Seating is limited at both venues, so come early.


Thursday, June 13, 7:00 pm

Kimberley Public Library

115 Spokane St

Kimberley, B.C.

Seating is limited at both venues, so come early.  


The historical novel In the Shadow of Elephants is a book about stampeding elephants, baseball-playing lumbermen, hockey-loving miners, women's hockey jerseys sporting swastikas, titans of industry and the winds of war. All play an integral part in the life of young Jimmie Peever as he struggles to overcome the odds stacked against him.

Jimmie Peever was a championship goaltender for the Kimberley Intermediates (predecessors to the famed Kimberley Dynamiters), and a notable baseball player in the  1920s. His hometown of Kimberley, British Columbia, was the site of the world's largest zinc and lead mine, and one of the thriving economic engines of a region rich in mining and lumbering resources.

Jimmie and his teammates captured the Coy Cup in 1926, a symbol of B.C.'s provincial hockey supremacy, beating the highly touted Vancouver Seaforths.  Jimmie was known more for his cat-like agility between the goalposts and his stellar, reliable play on the ball field rather than the fact that he was missing his left arm.  

In this new historical novel, the central character leads readers throughout the Kootenays as he encounters significant historical events at every turn, from the super-secretive P-9 heavy-water project in Trail to the Japanese internment camps of the Slocan Valley.

Keith G. Powell is also author/publisher of Living in the Shadow of Fisher Peak; Raising Kain: The Adventurous Life of Conrad Kain; and Fisher Peak Chronicles: Real Stories from a Tall Mountain.  His newest historical novel, In the Shadow of Elephants, in now available at local bookstores throughout the Kootenays.


Additional background information/synopsis....

In the new historical novel, In the Shadow of Elephants, set in 1926, young, one-armed goaltender Jimmie Peever wins the prestigious Coy Cup, emblematic of the hockey supremacy of British Columbia, as a member of the Kimberley Intermediates.

Later that same year, he also triggers the largest elephant escape in the circus's history in North America when 13 elephants bolt from the Sells Floto circus train visiting Cranbrook, B.C. – all because of his Jack Russell terrier's shrill bark, spooking the massive elephants and setting them off on a wild rampage into the Canadian wilderness. The escape creates an international sensation with local reporters penning some 30,000 words for newspapers from as far away as Toronto, Los Angeles and even Cuba, as the world clamours for news of “”he great elephant escape.” Calls for the most famous elephant handler of the day are issued and Frank “Cheerful” Gardner finally arrives in the Kootenays to head up the search for the escaped elephant, valued at $10,000 each, despite his airplane crash landing en route in Wyoming.

Jimmie Peever lost his arm in a local sawmill accident when B.C.'s early lumber industry was in its heyday. When he was hospitalized, Jimmie befriends a young First Nation boy who suffers the day-to-day harsh treatment and physical punishment of the headmaster at the nearby St. Eugene residential school. Despite having only one arm, Jimmie excels at both hockey, as goaltender, and baseball, as a pitcher and right fielder. In his travels around the Kootenays he encounters many of the region most memorable events.

On one of his hockey excursions he comes across the bombed-out wreckage of the train carrying Peter “Lordly” Verigin, leader of the Doukhobors in the Kootenays; he pitches an exhibition game against the Sultan of Swat, Babe Ruth; he plays against the Pacific Coast Champions, the Vancouver Asahi's Japanese baseball team, best known for their smart style of baseball nicknamed “brain ball;” he takes goaltending lessons from future Hockey Hall of Fame goalie “Tiny” Thompson of nearby Sandon, B.C.; and he meets B.C.'s hockey royalty, Frank and Lester Patrick and Fred “Cyclone” Taylor.

Jimmie also works his way up the ladder of the Consolidated Mining and Smelting Company (CM&S) to become security boss, gaining the confidence of one of Canada's leading industrialists Selwyn Blaylock; his love of baseball takes him to the Japanese internments camps of the Slocan Valley where he is re-acquainted with the incarcerated members of the Vancouver Asahi baseball team; on another occasion his hockey team is hosted by the Fernie Swastikas, one of the best women's hockey teams in Western Canada, he witnesses the genesis of the famed CM&S/Cominco Elephant brand of fertilizer; he keeps a watchful eye on the development of the super-secretive P-9 project in Trail which sees the growing industrial mining giant CM&S produce heavy water in the frantic race to create the world's first atomic bomb; and he investigates the bombing of the longest electric cable in the world spanning Kootenay Lake by the radical Sons of Freedom.

In the golden era of company town baseball and hockey teams, Jimmie Peever leads a life of action and intrigue. The new historical novel, In the Shadow of Elephants by author Keith G. Powell follows the rollicking adventures of young Jimmie Peever as he encounters excitement and historically significant events at every turn.


New Card Line Launched


Have you seen our new line of scenic and unique greeting cards?

Wild Horse Creek Press recently launched a new line of unique greeting cards – scenic and original.

Some of the most popular cards are entitled “Rusty Relics” featuring abandoned but colourful old vehicles (cars and trucks) from around the region.

Other popular cards include Autumn Brilliance, Wonderful Waterfalls, Sunny Sunflowers and Classic Kootenays.

Watch for them on display at local markets.


See Us at the Special Winter Markets Nov. 24 and 25


Special Farmers market celebration brings together more than 70 local producers and artisans


The Cranbrook Farmers’ Special Winter Markets will be held over two days, starting Saturday, Nov. 24, 1 to 7 p.m.  On Sunday, Nov. 25, the Winter Market is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

More than 70 local a food producers and artisans will come together for the annual festive market celebration, offering parade goers, food lovers and holiday shoppers produce, meats, home-cooked sweets, pickles and jams, as well as hand-knit wears, crafts and decor, beauty products, jewellery, household items, art, books and so much more.


“The special winter market features both our regular vendors and some new merchants who come out especially for this weekend,” says Livia Lara, Cranbrook Farmers’ Market manager. “This event is joyful, vibrant and fun, with many seasonal sparkle and holiday-themed offerings.  Whether you want to fill the fridge, find a unique gift, treat yourself to something special, or just come out and enjoy all the sights and sounds, it’s going to be a marvellous weekend.”


Winter Vista of Mount Fisher

This beautiful winter vista reminds us that February will mark the 151st anniversary of American prospector Jack Fisher and his group of men coming to Wild Horse Creek which lies at the foot of Mount Fisher, near Fort Steele.

They were on their way to Findlay Creek but heavy snows prevented them from reaching much further north than the mouth of the St. Mary's River.

Their exploits are legendary with the discovery of the rich gold stream, which they eventually named Wild Horse Creek.  By the turn of the century it was reported that they and those who followed them had taken over $15 million worth of gold from the small, roiling mountain stream.

The gold strike on Wild Horse Creek was short lived but prompted the territorial government of the day to provide access to the southeast corner of the province.

Thus a contract was let to Edgar Dewdney and his foreman William Fernie to extend and complete the Dewdney Trail which today's Highway #3 closely follows across the southern part of British Columbia.

To read the story of the Wild Horse gold rush pick up a copy of the historical novel Living in the Shadow of Fisher Peak and the new book, Fisher Peak Chronicles at your local bookseller.


Author Thanks Readers for Making New Book a Local Bestseller


The new book Fisher Peak Chronicles is proving to be one of the bestselling books at local bookstores this fall.  Author Keith G. Powell invites readers to come by Coles Books in the Tamarack Centre this Saturday, December 20th, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., to share their Mount Fisher experiences, if they would like to.

 “This will be my last book signing of the year, so I’d like to invite people to stop by and bring their own Fisher Peak stories if they like,” said Keith G. Powell.  “As well, I would like to personally thank everyone who has been so enthusiastic about the new book.  I look forward to hearing more of your mountain stories, seeing your photos or just saying hello.”

Powell added, “It has been very exciting to hear that so many people have been enjoying Fisher Peak Chronicles.  According to Erin Dalton, owner of Lotus Books in downtown Cranbrook, Fisher Peak Chronicles has been the store’s bestselling book this fall.”

A recent book reviewer of the Fisher Peak Chronicles called the new book, “an intricately woven and well told tale.” Many others have especially enjoyed the over 70 historical and contemporary photos contained in its pages.

“I would like to extend a tremendous thank you to everyone who has been so generous in contributing their stories and pictures to the book.  I know this local input is what really makes Fisher Peak Chronicles so popular with readers,” said the author.   

The new book is published through the author's own publishing company, Wild Horse Creek Press.  Keith G. Powell has also written and published two other books, Living in the Shadow of Fisher Peak and Raising Kain, the adventurous life of Conrad Kain.

You are invited to stop by Coles Books in the Tamarack Centre this Saturday afternoon during the book signing. Please feel welcome, if you like, to share your own Fisher Peak stories and photos.