"The world is my pumpkin, Prince George is my home." -- Vivien Lougheed, CBC Radio, 2003

Vivien Lougheed spent her first five years living with her Polish-Romanian grandparents in northern Saskatchewan. At age five she didn't speak any English. Her mother remarried and home life was difficult. At 16, Lougheed quit school and left home, hooked on travel. She has since visited approximately 50 countries, mostly developing nations. "My mentor and constant companion is John Harris, fiction writer," she says.

Lougheed has written a weekly travel column in the Prince George Citizen, contributed to the anthology Exact Fare Only and published short stories. Her quickie, where-to-stay guide to Belize is a follow-up to her anecdotal volume Central America by Chickenbus and her book on Tibet called Forbidden Mountains. Accompanied by her friend Joanne Armstrong, Lougheed visited Tibet by illegally entering from Pakistan. "We feared we would starve, that we would die. We suffered from malnutrition. We had a lot of fear. We didn't imagine it would be that tough." She has also written about Bolivia, Mexico and central British Columbia.

Increasingly active as a photographer, she contributed some images to Alan Twigg's Understanding Belize: A Historical Guide (Harbour) prior to publishing her own book in the same series, Understanding Bolivia: A Traveller's History (Harbour), an illustrated overview.

CITY/TOWN: Prince George

DATE OF BIRTH: March 24, 1943




Understanding Bolivia, a Traveler's History (Harbour, 2008)
From the Chilcotin to the Chilkoot: Selected Hikes of Northern British Columbia (Caitlin, 2005). 1-894759-02-8
Adventure Guide to Mexico's Pacific Coast, Hunter Publishing, 2005, ISBN 1-58843-395-1
Adventure Guide to Bolivia, Hunter Publishing, 2004, ISBN 1-58843-365-X
Adventure Guide to Belize, 2002, Hunter Publishing, USA
Diary of a Lake, 2002 Repository Press (co-edited, with John Harris)
Tungsten John: Being an Account of Some Inconclusive but Nonetheless Informative Attempts to Reach the South Nahanni River by Foot and Bicycle, 2000, New Star Press (co-author with John Harris)
Kluane Park Hiking Guide, 1997, New Star Press (co-author with John Harris)
Fobidden Mountains, 1996, Caitlin Press
Central America by Chickenbus, 1993, Repository Press

[BCBW 2005] "Travel" "Outdoors"

Review of the author's work by BC Studies:
Sidetracked: The Struggle for BC's Fossils