Who we are

A BC publishing pioneer

In 1969, our founding publisher, Art Downs, wrote and released his first book, a pictorial account of the Cariboo Gold Rush trail called Wagon Road North. It was an instant success, becoming one of the bestselling BC books of its era and establishing Downs’s fledgling company, Heritage House, as the go-to source for books on regional and pioneer history.

Much has changed since Wagon Road North was flying off the shelves of local bookstores, but Heritage House’s guiding principle has remained consistent: We are committed to amplifying the stories and voices of the extraordinary people who have helped shape the diverse cultural landscape of Western Canada. We love making the history of this remarkable place come alive through the books that we publish. And while regional history is still a fundamental part of our publishing program, we have broadened our sights considerably over the years to include books in a number of genres: humour, contemporary art and photography, Indigenous studies, politics and contemporary issues, nature guides, and children’s books.

Some of our recent titles that demonstrate the scope and richness of our program include the political page-turnerA Matter of Confidence: The Inside Story of the Political Battle for BC (Richard Zussman and Rob Shaw); Jack Knox’s bestselling trio of humour and human interest books, Hard Knox, Opportunity Knox, and On the Rocks with Jack Knox; beautiful and provocative art books Sonny Assu: A Selective History and Out of the Woods: Woodworkers along the Salish Sea (Pirjo Raits, Dale Roth, and Michele Ramberg); military history books Last Flight to Stuttgart (Lisa Jean Russ) and The Spitfire Luck of Skeets Ogilvie (Keith Ogilvie); and Miles to Go (Beryl Young) and Explore the Wild Coast with Sam and Crystal (Gloria Snively), books to spark the imagination of young readers.

After half a century in business, we are a small and passionate team of publishing professionals and book lovers based in Victoria, British Columbia, who firmly believe that history should be engaging and accessible to everyone; that underrepresented voices in our ever-changing culture must be heard, promoted, and championed; and that the region in which our company was founded and continues to thrive is an endless source of inspiration, knowledge, and unforgettable stories just waiting to be turned into books!

We would like to acknowledge the Lkwungen (Esquimalt, and Songhees), Malahat, Pacheedaht, Scia’new, T’Sou-ke and W̱SÁNEĆ (Pauquachin, Tsartlip, Tsawout, Tseycum) Peoples on whose traditional territories we live and work.

Our team

Rodger Touchie | Publisher
Lara Kordic | Senior Editor
Nandini Thaker | Editorial Coordinator
Leslie Kenny | Publicity & Marketing Coordinator
Jacqui Thomas | Senior Designer
Setareh Ashrafologholai | Designer