Howard Hisdal

Howard Hisdal

Professor, Department of History

Kelowna Campus, E418
Telephone: (250) 762-5445, ext. 4768

Professor Howard Hisdal

University Degrees

B.A., Royal Military College
T.E., University of British Columbia
M.A., Carleton University

Courses Taught at Okanagan College

  • History of Canada
  • History of the Ancient World
  • History of Medieval Europe
  • History of Western Civilization, 1789 to the Present
  • History of the Contemporary World

Fields of interest

  • Canadian History
  • Military History
  • Religious History
  • Ethnic History

Current research / scholarly activity

  • “The Response of the Anglican Diocese of Kootenay to the Internment of the Japanese-Canadians” a paper for the 2009 symposium on Anglican history in Canada.
  • The Pictorial History of the British Columbia Dragoons as historian with the Okanagan Military Museum, to be published in 2011.


"Lieutenant-General Guy Simonds and the Battle of the Scheldt: A Study in Generalship," MA Thesis, 158 pages, July 1994, Carleton University Library. Thesis supervisor was Dr. Norman Hillmer of Carleton University.


Canadian Generals and British Troops: Command Difficulties in 1944, a paper given at the May 2000 Canadian Military History Conference, University of Ottawa, and published as part of Canadian Military History Since the 17th Century. View (7.6 MB)

Camp Vernon: A Century of Canadian Military History, contributed 50 pages on the BC Dragoons, published in 2003 by Kettle Valley Publishing.

“The Illusion of Control”, a personal story of the Okanagan Mountain Park Fire of 2003, part of the book, Touch the Flame, published by Wood Lake Publishing, July 2004. I read this story aloud at the book launch in the Kelowna Arts Centre. View

Television Shows

  • “The BC Dragoons and the First World War”, on Okanagan Pioneers and Places with Mike Roberts, CHBC.
  • “Camp Vernon in the Second World War” on Okanagan Pioneers and Places with Mike Roberts, CHBC, credits shared with Pierre Berton.