Born in Germany, raised in Ontario, Ursula Banke was 12-years-old when she first heard the fortune-teller’s prediction. Seeking that promise led her to the west coast of Canada, where she created her own Robinson Crusoe lifestyle – as an off-grid homesteader on Beck Island with her husband and two children.
Banke wrote the story about their uniquely lived life; including all the high adventure of island living: from idyllic family boat trips to Crazy Eagle Bay; to the perils of wild animal encounters, chimney fires, danger trees and hurricane force storms.
In the fall of 2015, Ursula self-published her first book, Once in a Lifetime. This creative memoir is narrated by the omniscient presence of her grandmother, Iffi, who died long before Banke was born, but with whom she formed a relationship through the process of the writing. Banke, now a grandmother herself, penned the memoir to create a legacy for her own grandchildren.
Banke admits, “For us… I think it was a matter of being in the right place at the right time. Beck Island was the place where we found the freedom to grow creatively and realize our dreams.”