About Laurie

Laurie Carter BioThis grandma wears hiking boots (and other fetching footwear) to seek cultural and eco adventure. Laurie Carter is an award-winning writer and photographer whose work has appeared in books, newspapers, magazines and online. Born in Ontario, she lived in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley for more than twenty-five years. She is now settled in a quaint Eastern Ontario village where she shares a cozy home with her husband writer/photographer Bruce Kemp and an SPCA rescue cat.

Laurie’s stories and photographs reflect a broad range of interests, but since 2012 she has devoted her travel and research to a single Canadian icon, beloved artist and author Emily Carr. Inspired by Carr’s life and work, and sharing her interest in nature and First Nations culture, Laurie has travelled British Columbia with new purpose. Along the way she’s learned BC history, met fascinating people, and gained even greater admiration for the person she regards as an important role model for 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 Carr’s life in the context of the province she loved. Book One: Vancouver Island, was released in 2015 and was a finalist for Travel Book of the Year in the North American Travel Journalists Association 2015 awards. Book Two: Northern BC & Haida Gwaii was released in 2016, while Book Three: South Coast to the Interior was released in 2019.

Laurie has also carried her interest in travel to her Taylor Kerrick mystery novels. Published by Sands Press, there are currently two books in the series: The Ivory Express and Bear of a Honeymoon.

Other books include Grandma Wears Hiking Boots: A personal guide to the Okanagan Valley and Gifts of the Okanagana coffee table photo essay produced in collaboration with her husband, Bruce Kemp.


Laurie served for many years as senior editor of Okanagan Life magazine and has written for a variety of publications and websites. Her freelance credits include: BC Living, Westworld Saskatchewan, West Magazine, Harbors, Okanagan Life, 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 photographs have been recognized with many travel media awards. The first book in her Emily Carr’s B.C. trilogy was a finalist for Travel Book of the Year in the 2015 North American Travel Journalists Associations awards.