This grandma wears hiking boots (and other fetching footwear) to seek cultural, culinary and eco-adventure. Laurie Carter is an award-winning writer and photographer whose work appears in books, newspapers, magazines and online. Born in Ontario, she has lived in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley for more than two decades. She shares a cozy home with her husband, writer/photographer Bruce Kemp, and an SPCA rescue cat.
Laurie’s stories and photographs reflect her interest in everything from architecture to First Nations carvers, from hiking to folk singers, from ancient ruins to street vendors. While she enjoys foreign travel, Laurie is most passionate about her adopted home in British Columbia. In the last few years she has devoted her travel and research to the province’s most beloved artist and author, Emily Carr. Inspired by Emily’s life and work, and sharing her interest in nature and First Nations culture, Laurie has travelled the province with new purpose. Along the way she’s learned BC history, met amazing people, and gained even greater admiration for the iconic person she regards as an important role model for women today.
Laurie’s latest project is a labour of love inspired by her travels in search of Emily Carr. Emily Carr’s BC is a three-volume series that explores the life of Carr and the province she loved, in a new context. Book One: Vancouver Island, was released in 2015; Book Two: Northern BC & Haida Gwaii in 2016; with Book Three slated for 2017. Laurie is also the author of Grandma Wears Hiking Boots: A personal guide to the Okanagan Valley and Gifts of the Okanagan, a coffee table photo essay produced in collaboration with her husband Bruce Kemp. Her Taylor Kerrick Mysteries Ivory Express and Bear of a Honeymoon are available online in eBook format.
Laurie serves as senior editor of Okanagan Life magazine and writes for a variety of publications. Her freelance credits include: BC Living, Westworld Saskatchewan, West Magazine, Harbors, Okanagan Life, www.HelloBC.com, Thompson Okanagan Vacation Guide, Horizon Air, UP! magazine, The Province, National Post, Georgia Straight, Montreal Gazette, Calgary Herald, Canadian Traveller, West of the City, Good Times, Country Discoveries, Where-Thompson Okanagan, MotorHome, Northwest Travel, Okanagan Life Annual Valley Guide, Okanagan Real Estate and Relocation Guide, Thompson Life Two Rivers Guide, Boat Guide, Spokane Spokesman-Review, Event, Red Deer Express, Okotokes Western Wheel, Contact, The Globe and Mail.
Laurie’s stories and photography have been recognized with numerous travel media awards.