Myrtle Siebert's From Fjord to Floathouse - subtitled one family's journey from the farmlands of Norway to the Coast of British Columbia--was first published in 2002 with Trafford. Then in 2012 it was withdrawn from that site, redesigned with an additional chapter, and self-published as a ten-year anniversary edition.

The story recounts the experiences of Siebert's Norwegian grandparents. After he lost the flip of a coin to go to the Klondike, Andy Forberg remained on the coast carving his livelihood in hand-logging. Ten years later he returned for a wife, Gunhild Gunnulfsen, and the pair were married in 1909. The Forbergs, with their three children established, a floathouse home, moving as more timber became available along the coast near Port Neville and other remote inlets.

In 2015, Siebert released a follow-up memoir, Beyond the Floathouse, Gunhild's Granddaughter. It outlines her own early floathouse life in remote Port Neville, sustained by the Union Steamships for mail, including correspondence lessons and all supplies. Siebert was brought by boat, as a month-old baby in the arms of her mother, to a water-surrounded home situated on a remote inlet. Hardy pioneers lived in drafty wood houses placed on log rafts and tied to the shore. In a lifestyle that no longer exists, the men supported their families with hand logging and fishing. The memoir also describes her experiences in a one-room school at Rock Bay and later the loneliness of boarding to attend high school in Campbell River.

To accompany her memoir, Siebert also prepared a small volume with photos, They All Came from Away (2016), to trace the story of ancestors of the Siebert children, and the circumstances that brought their grandparents to Canada. Copies can be obtained by request from the author.

Beyond the Floathouse, Lifelong Learning with friends and family is the sequel to Gunhild's Granddaughter. This book is about a very shy, ordinary girl, growing up in an insular loving family in a home surrounded by water on the remote BC coast. Her principal's encouragement to apply for a university scholarship led Myrtle to discover a whole new world beyond the opening door of education. The unanticipated opportunity became a significant key to a multi-faceted career and travel adventures. From teaching to entrepreneurship, to home building, to volunteering, her path continues, always with a focus on learning new things, including continuing determination to keep up with technology.

Myrtle Rae Forberg Siebert is a former teacher who participated in the Ministry of Education's Textbook Selection Committee and created a text for that ministry called Management and Foods. This led to publication of Food for Life (McGraw-Hill Ryerson, 1994) for students at grade nine and ten level. A former Registered Professional Home Economist, she was also the owner-operator of a fast food outlet in Nanimo.

Siebert lives with her husband near Sidney on Vancouver Island.


Management and Foods (Department of Education, British Columbia, 1975) 564 pages, ISBN: 0-9690498-5-4

Food for Life (McGraw-Hill Ryerson, 1992 401 pages

They All Came from Away, Ancestors of Norma, Eric and Linda Siebert, 2005, 120 pages

From Fjord to Floathouse - one family's journey from the farmlands of Norway to the Coast of British Columbia (2002; 2012) 978-0-9880709-0-5 $20

Beyond the Floathouse, Gunhild's Granddaughter 2015 978-0-9880709-1-2 134 pages $16

Beyond the Floathouse, Lifelong Learning with friends and family 2016 978-0-9880709-2-9

All available for purchase from Myrtle's website , and

[BCBW 2018] "Family History"