Nastawgan Archives

Nastawgan is an Anishinabi word meaning the routes and ways of the elders of the past, and is also the name of the Quarterly Journal that has been published by the Wilderness Canoe Association since 1974.

Nastawgan is a treasure trove of articles and reports about wilderness travel and informs members of Wilderness Canoe Association trips and issues in the paddling community. There are many submissions by both club members and other like-minded outdoor adventurers.

The Wilderness Canoe Association would like to share its wealth of canoeing & wilderness information with as many people as possible so is making its Nastawgan journal available here on CCR.   It will gradually be made available as described below:

  • Current year issues are only available on the WCA website for members of the WCA  . 
  • All other issues from 1974 onwards to 2018 are now available on this site:   or alternatively, click on the Nastawgan section in the left column (Digitized -> year group -> year -> season) to find the issue you want       
  • Viewing Archived Nastawgans on a Mac Computer

    To view the archived Nastawgans on a Mac Computer there are two options.

            1) Use Google Chrome as your browser

            2) If you are using Safari, the display will look all splotchy.  To remedy this, hover the curser over the bottom centre of the document.  You will see 4 tools appear to help you view the document.  There is zoom-in, zoom-out, pdf preview and save pdf .  If you click on pdf preview the Nastawgan will be displayed properly.


    Nastawgan 1974-1980

    Nastawgan 1981-1985

    Nastawgan 1986-1990

    Nastawgan 1991-1995

    Nastawgan 1996-2000

    Nastawgan 2001-2005

    Nastawgan 2006-2010

    Nastawgan 2011-2015

    Nastawgan 2016-2020


The 'Nastawgan Index'  - Search for Past Nastawgan Articles by Subject and Title
The WCA has compiled a list of past Nastawgan articles, by subject content & title, called the 'Nastawgan Index'.  It is an aid for the journal years 1974 - 2007 that can be used to track down past Nastawgan articles for the purpose of trip planning, research, or general interest. If you are interested in searching for a specific subject area from a past issue of Nastawgan, select the category from the category list below & click on the link.

After locating an article, if it is 2007 or earlier, you will find it here.

Categories In the Nastawgan Index: