Boom & Bust: The Resilient Women of Historic Telegraph Cove

Join author Jennifer L. Butler as she discusses her book Boom & Bust: The Resilient Women of Historic Telegraph Cove!

Telegraph Cove, one of Vancouver Island’s most visited tourist destinations, has humble origins as a one-shack telegraph station, established a century ago. The community grew, first with a salmon saltery and sawmill, then with new industries developed by the ingenuity of the Cove’s inhabitants. From the 1920s, Irish, Chinese, Japanese, German, Danish, Italian, and English community members, along with other old and new Canadians, were neighbours in a place accessible only by boat.

In this book, over 25 women tell their own stories and memories of life in the Cove. They faced down the impacts of isolation, hazardous terrain, war, immigration, internment, social change, economic development, and more—remarkable, given that Telegraph Cove’s population peaked at 60.

About Jennifer:

Jennifer L. Butler is the great-granddaughter of Mame and Duke Wastell, who bought and named Telegraph Cove in 1912. She has been a sound engineer, school teacher, swing dancer, actor, caterer, and consultant. A Vancouver-based author, she focuses on BC History and writing for the Canadian academic research community.

We’re hosting this virtual program on Zoom. 

What you’ll need to attend: a computer with microphone (or headphones) and webcam, or your smartphone/tablet.
Registration required in order to receive a Zoom invitation to prior to the meeting time(s). Register online or call 604-984-0286, ext. 8144.




Monday, October 26, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm


  • Adults