Welcome to my World

  • Sunset reflections on pond at Blanket Creek Provincial Park, British Columbia.
    Sunset at Blanket Creek Park.

I am a writer/photographer with numerous other interests. My Autobiography presents a bit more detailed background than I will here. However, I am active with the Nicola Valley Museum & Archives and I am now going into my 43rd year as a contributor to BC Outdoors magazine. Check the newstands for my latest “Backroads” contribution. You should find it near the back of the magazine.
Murphy Shewchuk

PS: I am slowly updating this website so please excuse the strange pages and text.


5 thoughts on “Welcome to my World”

  1. I enjoy your columns. Looking for copies of your guides. The Fitzhenry on-line order facility is not working.

    Where can I get a copy of:

    Okanagan Trips & Trails
    A Guide to Backroads and Hiking Trails in BC’s Okanagan-Similkameen Region
    by Judie Steeves and Murphy Shewchuk

    1. Hello Wilfred,
      I spoke to the publisher and it was recently reprinted after being unavailable for a while.

  2. I have a cabin in Pioneer just above the old Pioneer mine. It’s the old school house property and I am looking to talk with people who remember or may have attended the school.
    Do you remember it or know of anyone who does that you could put me in touch with?

    Todd Keller

  3. Good Morning Murphy, Do you happen to know the location of the old settlement of Rockford on the way to Kamloops on the old hi way? I thought it might be near the Planet Mine road turn off. Thank you very much.

    1. I did some digging through the Nicola Valley Place Names Files compiled by the late Pat Lean and came up with the following references:

      ROCKFORD E-6 (92I/SE) Rockford House was located to the southeast of the turn off from Hwy #5A to Peterhope Lake. The original structure has disappeared. The reason for the name is not known but it is believed that Robert Scott was an American and the name may have come from Rockford, Connecticut. The post office was established October 1, 1887 and closed May 11, 1906. Scott was the sole postmaster.

      PETER HOPE CREEK E-6 (92I/SE) Flows from Peter Hope Lake, westerly into Stumplake Creek. At one time called Five Mile Creek, probably because it empties into Stumplake Creek 5 miles above Nicola Lake. Shows on the 1915 map. Dawson on his map of 1895 shows this as Scott Creek after Robert Scott, who built and operated Rockford House on NE 1/4 Sec 28 Tp 99.


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