Barbara Kingscote, who lives near Red Deer, Alberta, earned her MA and Ph.D in Veterinary Science from the University of Guelph. Having researched zoonosis (diseases that can be passed from animals to humans) and studied reindeer, Kingscote has many natural history stories, not the least of which is her memoir of riding her horse Zazy from Quebec to British Columbia in 1949 and 1950, leaving home with a rifle and her mother's salmon sandwiches.

According to her publisher, NeWest Press, "in May 1949, at the age of twenty, Barbara Kingscote left her farm in Mascouche, Quebec, and set out for the Pacific Ocean on horseback. Barbara and her equine companion Zazy reached the West Coast just over a year later, after travelling 4,000 miles and discovering the heart of this great country. A touching coming of age tale, Ride the Rising Wind invites us all to travel along with Barbara and Zazy as they struggle through the harsh wilderness and still-developing urban centres of the Canadian landscape in the mid twentieth century. With only $100, a map, and a handful of supplies, the intrepid duo made their trek across the country counting on luck, determination, and the generosity of strangers to see them through. From the vast shores of the Great Lakes, to the stark beauty of the plains, to the towering heights of the Rockies, Ride the Rising Wind reveals Canada through the fresh eyes of a brave young woman discovering both herself and her country on the journey of a lifetime."


Ride the Rising Wind: One Woman's Journey Across Canada (NeWest Press, 2006). ISBN 10: 1-897126-05-0; ISBN 13: 978-1-897126-05-9

[BCBW 2006] "Women"