Richard Wright is one of B.C.'s foremost outdoors writers. Born in Vancouver in 1940, he left the Vancouver Fire Department in 1970 to produce and direct CBC films, work for B.C.'s Dept. of Recreation and Conservation, pursue freelance writing and photography, and begin a river rafting company. His many books co-authored with Rochelle Wright include Canoe Routes: British Columbia, Canoe Routes: Yukon Territory, Cross-Country Ski Routes: British Columbia, four Lower Mainland Backroads titles and three histories. Wright's The Bowron Lakes: A Year-Round Guide is a perennial seller and The Overlanders is his 1985 study of goldseekers who travelled the land route to the Cariboo gold fields. After a 13-year relationship, Richard Wright parted with his musical collaborator Cathryn Wellner [at right] in 2003. Wright has been researching the life and work of James Anderson, the bard of the Barkerville, and has taken two treks with camels in the Cariboo, reconstructing the 'Cariboo Camel' myth for a segment on National Geographic Today.

In 2014, when his study of Barkerville was republished, he was living in Wells as a town councillor and the founding and ongoing president of Friends of Barkerville--also as a director of the Barkerville Heritage Trust.

Review of the author's work by BC Studies:
Barkerville and the Cariboo Gold Fields

BOOKS:

Barkerville and the Cariboo Goldfields (Heritage 2013) $19.95 9781927527061

Ride Around Real Slow. With Cathryn Wellner and Raven Carleton Wright.
Cowboy poetry. Williams Lake: Winter Quarters Press: 2001

Overlanders: The epic cross-Canada treks for gold, 1858-1862. A revised and updated edition of the 1984 publication. Williams Lake: Winter Quarters Press. 2000

Castles in the Air: Music & Stories of British Columbia's 1860s gold rush. (With Cathryn Wellner) Williams Lake: Winter Quarters Press. 2000. A companion to Rough But Honest Miner.

Action Y2K: A guide toward solutions for communities, business & individuals for the coming millennium. (With Cathryn Wellner) Williams Lake: Winter Quarters Press. 1999

Barkerville, A Gold Rush Experience. Williams Lake: Winter Quarters Press. 1993. 1998, 2000 Revised edition, 1998. Original edition: BC Outdoors, OP Publishing. 1984

In a Strange Land: A pictorial record of the Chinese in Canada, 1788-1923.
Saskatoon: Western Producer Prairie Books. 1988

Overlanders. Saskatoon: Western Producer Prairie Books. 1988

Bowron Lakes: A Year-Round Guide. Surrey: Heritage House Publishing. 1985
Revised edition. 1989

The Canadian Rockies. North Vancouver: Whitecap Books. 1981

Canada. The Scenic Land. (With Stan Garrod). North Vancouver: Whitecap Books. 1981

Lower Mainland Backroads (with Rochelle Wright)
Vol 1, Garibaldi to Lillooet, 1977
Vol 2, Fraser Valley, 1978
Vol. 3, Hope to Clinton, 1979
Vol. 4, Garibaldi Region, 1979
Sidney: Saltaire Publishing. Revised editions: BC Outdoors, OP Publishing. 1985. Heritage House. 1989.

British Columbia Cross-country Ski Routes. (With Rochelle Wright). Surrey: Antonson Publishing. 1978. Vancouver: Douglas & McIntyre. 1983.

Canoe Routes: British Columbia (with Rochelle Wright)
Surrey: Antonson Publishing. 1977.
Vancouver: Douglas & McIntyre. 1980.

Canoe Routes: Yukon Territory. (With Rochelle Wright) Surrey: Antonson Publishing. 1977. Vancouver: Douglas & McIntyre. 1980.

Westering (essays). Surrey: Antonson Publishing. 1978.

Yellowhead Mileposts Vol. II (history) (with Rochelle Wright) Vancouver: Mitchell Press. 1977.

Yellowhead Mileposts Vol. I (history) (with Rochelle Wright) Vancouver: Mitchell Press. 1974.

Cariboo Mileposts: Points of Interest Along a Famous Road. By Richard Wright and Rochelle Wright. Mitchell Press Ltd., 1972.

ALSO:

CD - Rough But Honest Miner: Reclaimed music of BC's 1860s gold rush (With Cathryn Wellner and Ken Hamm) Williams Lake: Winter Quarters Press. 2000

Major Research Reports:

A River Rafting Guides' Manual. 1982. For the Ministry of Lands Parks and Housing and the River Outfitters Association of B.C.

The Pembertons. 1984. A research project for Pemberton Houston Willoughby Securities.

The Gold Rush Trail. 1987. A research project for the Ministry of Tourism.

Quesnelle Forks - A Historical Perspective. 1987. A historical research report and recommendations for restoration. Prepared for Friends of Barkerville Historical Society.

The Burial Site of Chilcotin Indians Executed at Quesnelle Mouth, 1864 during the Chilcotin Uprising. 1994. A search for graves, prepared for Archeology Branch. Ministry of Small Business, Tourism and Culture, Victoria B.C.

The Williams Lake Community Arts Council Assessment and Revitalization. 1998

[LITHIS / BCBW 2014] "Local History" "Chinese" "Outdoors" "Cariboo" "Gold"