Way back when, Mary Macaree and David Macaree co-wrote 103 Hikes in Southwestern B.C., a classic regional title that has reputedly sold more than 120,000 copies since 1973, and has been reprinted seven times. He was an English professor at UBC and she was a librarian at UBC. Their often whimsical and beguiling text accounted for the much of the book's appeal. As long-time members of the British Columbia Mountaineering Club since 1964, they also wrote 109 Walks in B.C.'s Lower Mainland (D&M 1980), also reprinted.

In 2018, Stephen Hui carried on the Macarees' legacy in 105 Hikes In and Around Southwestern British Columbia (Greystone)-an expanded follow-up version with an additional selection of trails on the islands and in Washington's North Cascades. 105 Hikes covers a wider area and wider range of abilities than its predecessor.

David Macaree (MA, PhD) was born in Dunblane, Scotland on October, 8, 1919. During the Second World War he served with the Royal Marines from 1940 to 1946, first in the Mediterranean Sea, the Indian Ocean and later with the Commando in continental Europe. David married Mary Watson in 1949, and in 1955 they immigrated to Prince George, B.C., first teaching in northern British Columbia before moving to Vancouver. David Macaree joined the Department of English as a lecturer after he completed his M.A. at UBC. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Washington in 1965, and became Associate Professor of English at UBC in 1970. In 1985, after his retirement, Macaree was honoured with the title of Associate Professor Emeritus of English. He died on Dec 9, 1998.

In 2003, the David Macaree Award for Improved Dementia Care, worth $500, from the Alzheimer's Society, was created by Mary Macaree in honour of her late husband David, who had dementia.

She was born Mary Watson in Luthermuir, Scotland on September 28, 1922. In Vancouver, she went back to school and graduated from UBC with a Bachelor of Library Science in 1963. From 1968 to 1985 (her retirement year) she was the head librarian at the MacMillan Library at UBC. Mary Macaree died on July 31, 2008 due to complications from a stroke. A celebration of Mary Macaree's life was held at the West Vancouver Seniors' Centre - 695 -21st Street in West Vancounver on Saturday October 18th, 2008.

A new version of 103 Hikes in Southwestern British Columbia: Revised and Updated by Jack Bryceland, listing Mary and David Macaree as co-authors, reappeared on the BC Top Ten Bestseller list in August of 2008. In 1972, there was a predecessor to the Macaree's book, Mountain Trail Guide for the South West Mainland Area of British Columbia, published by the Federation of Mountain Clubs of B.C.

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