Eldon Lee

NOTICE: The Bob Harkins Branch downtown is closed for the remainder of the day (Wed June 29), due to a power outage affecting multiple businesses in the area. The Nechako Branch remains open.

Publication Award

Dr. Eldon Lee was born in 1923 and was raised on an isolated ranch in the Central Cariboo region of British Columbia. At age 19, he enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force, and experienced the war as a bomber pilot in an air crew. Eldon attended Seattle Pacific University and the University of Washington. He took further studies in Canada and England. After 13 years, he earned the following degrees: Bachelor of Science, Doctor of Medicine, Fellow of Canadian Surgical Society, Fellow of American Surgical Society. In addition, Eldon later earned post-graduate credits in Ancient Greek from Regent College at the University of British Columbia.


Eldon is the author of a number of unique books including Scalpels & Buggywhips, Tall in the Saddle (with his brother Todd), A Western Doctor's Odyssey, They Were Giants in Those Days, From California to North 52 (with his brother Todd), and The Hatchwell Papers. His books include a mixture of archival and personal photos, and provide an informative description of the Cariboo region and those who resided within it.


Eldon resides in Prince George and continues to express his very strong personal connection to the Cariboo region in his books. For his numerous local history publications, Dr. Eldon Lee was presented with the Jeanne Clarke Memorial Local History Award on February 22, 1998.