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PostPosted: March 1st, 2007, 4:31 pm 
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Hi again Ya'll
I recently purchased Kevin Callans books "The rivers of Ontario and Quebec" and " A paddlers guide to Ontario" ( Love-em ), what other books and maps do you guys suggest, and where can I purchase them on-line ?
thanx Yukon :o

PS , I am familiar with the Canadian topo-map web-site, I think it works better than our topo-zone down yank ! It's real cool to read a trip report on this web-site and follow along the course with the 1:20000 maps :lol:

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http://www.ottertooth.com/Otter-misc/littlenorth.htm


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If you can find it:
"Canoeing Ontario's Rivers" by Ron Reid and Janet Grand, 1985

It's a gem as it not only decribes the rivers with rapids and portages - but delves into history and biology along the way, better than any other paddling book of Ontario that I know.


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Sweetwater Seas by Andrew Armitage. Andrew is the long time Owen Sound public librarian, now retired. He excels in integrating local history into the routes, and in noting seasonality of routes that are good only good on seasonal basis. Confined to Grey and Bruce Counties but an excellent model for others also interested in developing similar local tomes. Covers most of the good local paddling opportunities including canoeing and sea kayaking, but less strong on whitewater.

Published by Ginger Press Books of Owen Sound.

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A Nineteenth Century Algonquin Adventure by James Dickson. Tells you about how they used to go canoe tripping.


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Canoe Routes of Ontario from the MNR in the '80's. Also out of print and somewhat dated as I dont think you can get any of the pamphlets from the MNR anymore.

But it gives you a general overview of lots of trips..then you come here and ask some questions!

Kevins very first book about Killarney is also a gem.

I will never give up my copy of Reid and Grants book..how much did you say you would pay?


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Canoe Routes of Ontario from the MNR in the '80's. Also out of print and somewhat dated as I dont think you can get any of the pamphlets from the MNR anymore.

I see it on Chapters' shelves for about five bucks - but it's in French. It should be OK for someone who thinks doing French in highschool wasn't all a waste of time.....


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I will never give up my copy of Reid and Grants book..how much did you say you would pay?


After searchng for some time I was able to finally find a used copy through Chapters.ca last fall. I think it was $10 or $15 in as new condition. It's in English.

Kevin's Ontario's Lost Canoe Routes along with Hap Wilson's Temagami Canoe Routes and Missinaibi, Journey to the Northern Sky all make for dreamy reading and planning.

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After searchng for some time I was able to finally find a used copy through Chapters.ca last fall. I think it was $10 or $15 in as new condition. It's in English.

Now I am not sure which book you mean.

The Reid/Grand book is available in English only, was first sold as hard cover and later as paperback.
The Ontario Canoe Routes book was issued by the MNR, and published in both French and English versions, both in large paperback binding.


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Canoeing Ontario's Rivers, Ron Reid and Janet Grand, Douglas and McIntyre Publishers, ISBN 0-8894-489-6

Sorry for the confusion. :oops:

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That was a steal, Rick! It's a treasure alright..... I think Janet is a biologist and Ron used to work for the MNR and later did contracts for environmental projects. He has had a significant hand in the identification of the slew of parks and conservation reserves that became part of Ontario's Living Legacy project.


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I really don't use books when I'm researching a route or river further north, they tend to cover to many routes. If I know what river I want to do, I get trip reports and route descriptions from Camp Wanapitei. They're very detailed and they've got trip reports on just about every river thats worthy in Canada. Another great resource for detailed route description in Quebec is from the Quebec Federation Of Canoe and Kayak.

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Hap Wilson & Kevin Callan are tops. (period)


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Alan Greve wrote:
I really don't use books when I'm researching a route or river further north, they tend to cover to many routes. If I know what river I want to do, I get trip reports and route descriptions from Camp Wanapitei. They're very detailed and they've got trip reports on just about every river thats worthy in Canada. Another great resource for detailed route description in Quebec is from the Quebec Federation Of Canoe and Kayak.


Al,

Does the camp have an easy way of identifying and obtaining these reports and descriptions? That sounds like a great resource!

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Its just that I have connections with the camp, are girls go there. I`m sure if you phoned Peterborough, and asked for imformation on a given route, they'ed help you out. For that matter any higher ended canoe camp with a tripping only focus would have detailed reports from past remote trips. The trip leaders have to research and and document their trips. Its easy to find imformation on more Southerly trips in Ontario from a number of the authors mentioned, but where you run into difficulty is finding detailed trip reports on more northerly and remote rivers. Thats where the camps are a great resource.

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