Recommended Reading and Viewing


Top Picks

Essential Bushcraft
By Ray Mears
Where Rivers Run
By Gary McGuffin, Joanie McGuffin


Canoeing and Kayaking

Path of the Paddle: An Illustrated Guide to the Art of Canoeing by Bill Mason

Paddle Your Own Kayak by The McGuffins

Paddle Your Own Canoe by The McGuffins

Expedition Canoeing by Cliff Jacobson






Nature Study / Field Guides / Educational

The Handbook of Nature Study by Anna Botsford Comstock

Winter World by Bernd Heinrich

Summer World by Bernd Heinrich

The Geese of Beaver Bog by Bernd Heinrich

Algonquin Wildlife by Norm Quinn


Stories / Novels for Kids

Lost on a Mountain in Maine by Donn Fendler (note: be sure to get the original book and not the newer graphic novel. Our kids have also enjoyed the audio version from Audible.

My Side of the Mountain Trilogy by Jean Craighead George

Paddle to the Sea by Holling C. Holling

Seabird by Holling C. Holling

Minn of the Mississippi by Holling C. Holling

Tree in the Trail by Holling C. Holling

Pagoo by Holling C. Holling

One-Dog Canoe by Mary Casanova



DVDs and Movies

Paddle to the Sea by Bill Mason

Advanced Classic Solo Canoeing by Becky Mason

Into the Arctic by Cory Trepanier

Into the Arctic Two by Cory Trepanier

True Wild: A Legacy for the National Parks by Cory Trepanier

Alone in the Wilderness by Dick Preoenneke

Northern Wilderness by Ray Mears (most of Ray Mears' work can be found on YouTube)

Finding Farley by Leanne Allison

Snowwalkers by Laurentian University, the LU Alumni Association and Lure of the North 

2600 above 60 by Peter Marshall