To be quite accurate in the use of the title that I have selected, I must qualify it by stating that I did not live for fifteen consecutive years on the Pacific Slope of North America. I spent the majority of each of fifteen years out there, making British Columbia - a land of great beauty and of promising future - my temporary home for some years. The ocean I crossed some thirty times, and the Continent of North America a few odd times oftener.
The first four or five visits were exclusively devoted to big game shooting. Sport such as I enjoyed in the "seventies" and early "eighties" is no longer to be obtained - nothing approaching it - and for this reason, if for no other, these pages will, I hope, be of interest to fellow sportsmen. So far as record trophies are concerned I have spared no trouble to make this volume up-to-date, and as much as possible free from mistakes. The second half of the book is devoted to life on the Pacific Slope. These chapters contain personal reminiscences and experiences which will perhaps assist the casual visitor or the stay-at-home reader to gain an insight into the practical issues of life on the frontier.