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On the Trail of Alexander Mackenzie
by Max Finkelstein
A highly personal account of the travels of Max Finkelstein
as he retraces, some two hundred years later, the route
of Alexander Mackenzie, the first European to cross North
America in 1793.
ISBN 1-896219-00-4, Size: 6 x 9 paperback, 298 pages, NHB.
Trail Has A Story
Heritage Travel in Canada
by Bob Henderson
Canada is packed with intriguing places for travel
where heritage and landscape interact to create stories
that fire our imagination. Scattered across the land
are incredible tales of human life over the centuries.
From the Majorville rock formation (dated as being
older than Stonehenge), through the systems of walking
trails developed by pre-contact Native Peoples, to
the more recent grand stories of the Chilkoot Gold
Rush of 1897, Bob Henderson, the traveller, captures
our living history in its relationship to the land
best expressed through the Norwegian quote
"nature is the true home of culture."
diversity of fascinating content includes the ancient
James Bay landmark (the "Wonderful" Stone);
the mountain treks of naturalist Mary Schaffer Warren;
the west coast observations of George Vancouver; practices
such as warm winter camping and canoeing that allow
for heritage insights; the trails of Dundas, Ontario;
the exploits of missionary Gabriel Sagard; the recluse
Louis Gamache of Anticosti Island; the abandoned gravesites
along the coast of Newfoundland to name but
historian Michael Bliss once said, "We have to
find a way to make history smell again." Author
Bob Henderson brings the "fragrance of the past"
into the present and invites us to imagine and participate.
1-896219-97-7, Size 6 x 9, 286 pages, paperback, NHB.
||Grey Owl and Me
Stories from the Trail and Beyond
by Hap Wilson
Hap Wilson is back for another journey, this time on the lighter side of the adventure trail where the bizarre melds with the sublime. Nurtured by the writings of Canadian environmentalist and wannabe-Native Grey Owl, Wilson adpoted a lifestyle similar toe the 1930s conservationist but with his own twists and turnes along a meandering path full of humourous misadventures. Wilson too, learned much of his nature skills as a youth, paddling in Temagami, working as a wilderness canoe ranger, and following in the footsteps of one of Canada's most revered outdoor icons. The author recounts early days winter camping, motorcycling the Labrador coast, and teaching actor Pierce Brosnan how to throw knives and paddle a canoe for the Richard Attenborough film about Grey Owl. He also takes us to a few of his favourite places and shares intimate secrets of wilderness living. Here, Grey Owl has returned as an ever-present critic—a buckskin-clad spectre in a modern world of Gore-Tex, Kevlar canoes, and gear freaks.
978-1-55488-732-3, Size: 6 x 9, 242 pages, paperback, NHB.
||Ken Reynolds Presents
Sixty Years in Canadian Country Music
by Ken Reynolds
For over sixty years, Ken Reynolds presented country music to Canadians. In his career as a manager and promoter, he was Canada's country music impresario "extraordinaire." A trail-blazing pioneer, bringing the greatest country music stars to audiences all across Canada, his playbill included Wilf Carter, Hank Snow, Ward Allen, The CFRA Happy Wanderers, Johnny Cash, Orval and Ronnie Prophet, Graham Townsend, Jim Reeves, Ray Price, Sonny James, Don Messer, Marg Osburne and Charlie Chamberlain. Ken Reynolds Presents chronicles his amazing journey.
978-1-897508-22-0, Size: 9 1/4 x 9 1/4, 126 pages, paperback, GSPH.
||Me and My Bike
An Ontario Motojournal
by Megan Hughes
Motojournalist Megan Huges is passionate about motorcycles. As are the more than sixty bike entusiasts featured in this anthology of interviews and photographs. Young, old, male, female, rural, urban—these people can't get enough of riding. So...hop on behind. Strap on your helmet. And feel the engine roar between your legs. For there's nothing about viewing the world between a set of handlebars, with the pavement only scant inches from your feet, and the sights and scents of the passing world filling your soul. "It's a rush..."
ISBN 1-897113-09-9, Size: 8 1/2 x 8 1/2 Paperback,
134 pages, GSPH.
Outdoor Life the Friluftsliv Way
Edited by Bob Henderson & Nils Vikander
Nature First recognizes the significance of an ongoing connection between humans and the natural environment. The Scandinavian approach to creating such a relationship with nature (know as friluftsliv) is combined with efforts by Canadian and other international advocates to explore ways of applying this wisdom to everyday life experiences in the out-of-doors.
ISBN 978-1-897045-21-3, Size: 6 x 9 Paperback,
322 pages, NHB.
||One Last River Run
by Ron Corbett
This book invites the reader to be part of a raft’s journey, on an exact replica of the last commercial square timber raft of 1908, down the Ottawa River to honour the region’s logging heritage. Through this amazing journey you will discover just how deeply connected to the forests and rivers of the Ottawa Valley its people remain.
ISBN 978-1-897508-27-5, Size: 8 1/2 x 8 1/2 Paperback,
110 pages, GSPH.
the Boreal Forest
Rediscovering A. P. Low
by Max Finkelstein & James Stone
The boreal forest of Quebec/Labradorsome
of the most rugged and isolated land in Canadahas
captivated avid canoeists for generations. In the
latter 19th and early 20th centuries, the intrepid
A. P. Low of the Geological Survey of Canada spent,
in total, more than ten years of his working life
surveying the area. Employing Aboriginal canoemen
and guides, he travelled by canoe, snowshoe and
sailing vessel to map and document much of this
by the mystique of this extraordinary Canadian,
canoeists Max Finkelstein and James Stone retraced
Low's routesby their admission, their toughest
canoe trip ever! Using archival sources, oral history
and personal experience, they tell the story of
A. P. Low and, in the process, reveal the environmental
issues now facing this much threatened Canadian
ISBN 1-896219-98-5, Size: 6 x 9 Paperback, 256 pages, NHB.
Interpreting the Indian Rock Paintings
of the Canadian Shield
by Grace Rajnovich
More than 400 rock paintings adorn the Canadian Shield
from Quebec, across Ontario and as far west as Saskatchewan.
The pictographs are the legacy of Algonkian speaking
Cree and Ojibway, whose roots may extend to the beginnings
of human occupancy in the region almost 10,000 years
Archeologist Grace Rajnovich spent fourteen years of
field research uncovering a multitude of clues as to
the meanings of the paintings. She has written a text
which is unique in its ability to "see" the
paintings from a traditional native viewpoint. Skilfully
weaving the imagery, metaphors and traditions of the
Cree and Ojibway, the author has recaptured the poetry
and wisdom of an ancient culture.
ISBN 0-920474-72-1, Size 6 3/4 x 9 3/4 Paperback, 192 pages, NHB.
||The North Runner
by R. D. Lawrence
The North Runner is a true and moving story of the building of trust between a man and an exceptional dog that was half wolf, half Alaskan Malamute, and the resulting mutual affection and respect between them. R.D. Lawrence, a biologist and internationally recognized naturalist, takes us on a remarkable journey as he an Yukon embark on a life in the wilderness of British Columbia. Working as a team, the man and wolf-dog explore thousands of miles, survive the rigours of the wilderness and encounter the natural world in all its grandeur and brutality. This story ranks as a nature classic.
ISBN 1-896219-66-7, Size: 6 x 9 Paperback, 274 pages, NHB.
||The Place in the Forest
R. D. Lawrence's Best-selling Account of Life in the Ontario Wilderness
by R. D. Lawrence
A number of years ago, R.D. Lawrence acquired a parcel of Ontario wilderness, soon know as 'The Place.' Here Lawrence and hi wife built a cabin and became immersed in studying the ways of the wild. 'The Place' was home to a variety of wildlife, from black bears, wolves, beavers and raccoons through to hawks, snapping turtles and singing mice. Lawrence's desire to learn, fuelled by his keen observation, led to his writing about and photographing life within his small corner of the forest—the result being a warm, witty account of change and survival in the natural world.
ISBN 1-896219-29-2, Size: 6 x 9 Paperback, 224 pages, NHB.