brenda koller

If I had only one word to describe myself I would say curious. Curiosity about the world has been the impetus for many of the things I’ve accomplished and enjoyed in life and what spurs my interest in writing, traveling, and learning.

I hold an MA in English from the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) in Prince George, B.C., where I also work as an instructor of writing and communications. I’m also a freelance writer and editor (well.turned.words@gmail.com). One of the reasons I like my work is because I’m always learning, and learning equals growing. I also have the privilege of working with students from all over the world, and that brings opportunities for cultural exchange–one of my favourite things in life.

I’m passionate about reading, writing, and traveling. My favourite books are non-fiction travel narratives by women adventurers. A few of the fascinating places I’ve experienced include kayaking in Haida Gwaii, hiking all over the Canadian Rockies, and scootering around Northern Thailand. Besides heading out into nature, I love spending time nurturing my roots in Hungary.


2 thoughts on “About”

  1. Hello,

    I have one, maybe two, questions. First, are you the Brenda Koller who wrote The Canadian Rockies Adventure Guide?

    Second, if so, can you explain why you stated on p. 182 that the flow of guests at the Banff Springs “slowed to a trickle during the Great Depression”?

    That would be logical, and indeed W.O. Mitchell remembered it that way, but Bart Robinson’s book on the hotel says otherwise.

    I am a retired academic doing some historical research on the hotel, and so I would be very interested in hearing from you on this matter.

    Many thanks,

    Ross Lambertson,
    Victoria, BC

  2. As I mentioned to Ross on the telephone, back when I was doing the traveling and research for the CR guidebook (2004), one William Cunningham provided a wonderful historic tour of the Banff Springs Hotel. He mentioned that business at the hotel was slow during the Depression. I recommend a tour of the hotel for anyone who has an opportunity to visit Banff. I look forward to reading Ross’ book about the hotel once it’s published. Thanks, Ross, and good luck!

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