All Roads Lead to Wells: Stories of the Hippie Days

All Roads Lead to Wells: Stories of the Hippie Days

by Susan Safyan


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In the late 1960s and '70s a small group of idealistic young women and men, self-described as "volunteer peasants," moved to the tiny town of Wells in British Columbia's Central Interior. These hippies, with their waist-length hair and handlebar moustaches, long paisley skirts and gumboots, rusted cars and worn sofas, brought with them a Canadian version of the continent-wide back-to-the-land movement, the sexual revolution and the privilege of personal freedom. All Roads Lead to Wells tells the story of these young settlers, their migration, their values, the unexpected friendships forged between the town's old-timers and newcomers and the inevitable clash--occasionally violent--of generations and cultures.

Built during the Depression, Wells nearly became a gold-mining ghost town like nearby Barkerville, but thanks to the influence of the "back-to-the-landers" it has evolved into one of BC's renowned arts-based communities. All Roads Lead to Wells offers a new take on the Cariboo--beyond gold and ranching.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781894759762
Publisher: Caitlin Press Inc.
Publication date: 05/21/2012
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 18.80(w) x 7.00(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Susan Safyan moved to Wells from Los Angeles in 1980 and lived there until 1985. She returns to visit her friends in Wells every year and has dedicated herself to collecting and preserving their stories. Safyan works as an editor for Arsenal Pulp Press in Vancouver, BC, but still owns a useable pair of felt-packs and can kindle a fire in an airtight.

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