WATT, Bruce

Bruce Watt moved up to the Chilcotin region of central BC in 1948 when he was in his early 20s. Working at the Big Creek Ranch, Bruce entered his first Williams Lake Stampede in 1949 and competed in rodeo events into his late 70s. Now living in Williams Lake, he was inducted into the BC Cowboy Hall of Fame in 2011. In his humourous collection of true stories, Chilcotin Yarns (Heritage 2012), he recalls "raising a family, reining in the wildlife and running a ranch in BC’s rugged Interior."

According to promotional materials: "Getting three trucks and two horses stuck on a road in BC's wild, remote interior was just the start of Bruce Watt's Chilcotin escapades—and it was his honeymoon. A consummate storyteller, Bruce tells it like it was—and perhaps still is—for many people calling that country home. Bruce’s tales of chasing horses, leaping off haystacks, navigating the perils of rural transportation and getting five kids off to school capture the adventure and humour of running a ranch. He hearkens back to another time when childrearing was a simple as “turn them loose in the spring and gather them up in the fall when the snow gets too deep.”

[BCBW 2012]