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A Paddler's Guide to Killarney and the French River

by Kevin Callan

Kevin Callan is the undisputed king of canoe route guides for Ontario. I have a few of his books, but this is definitely the one that I have used the most so far. Kevin's style always combines reliable route descriptions with local history and attractions along with recounting his own adventures and mis-adventures. Having had my own share of misadventures, I particularly appreciate those parts. ;-)

This guide was particularly useful for my trips into the French River Delta and to Bell Lake in Killarney. I can also second his recommendation to stop at Herbert's Fish & Chips in the town of Killarney before starting your drive home.


Canoeing, Kayaking & Hiking Temagami

by Hap Wilson

I don't think there is anyone who is more committed to the preservation of the Temagami area as a wilderness than Hap Wilson. Hap wrote the original canoe route guide of the Temagami region when working for the MNR back in the 1970's and the current version improves on the original. The detailed route descriptions are backed up by hand drawn maps which themselves include extensive notes.

Illustrated throughout with Hap's drawings and offering a wealth of information on landmarks, history and culturally significant sites Canoeing, Kayaking and Hiking Temagami is the first guide book that I reach for when planning a trip to Temagami, including our family trip which we spent exploring Lake Temagami back in 2008.



Deep Waters

by James Raffan

James Raffan is one of Canada's best known canoeing authors and historians. In Deep Waters James Raffan takes a close look at the circumstances leading up to the Lake Temiskaming tragedy where 12 kids and 1 leader died. James does a good job of presenting the facts and letting the reader reach their own conclusions. He looks in detail at the training the kids had, the safety plan that was in place, and the equipment that was used along with the route, weather conditions and key choices made at the time.

This tragedy has had a significant impact on rules, regulations and best practices for planning and leading group canoe trips. Reading this book will give you a lot of insight into why organized camps and youth groups today have found it necessary to develop rigid structures governing canoeing.

I recommend this book to anyone who will be leading group canoe trips for kids or adults. This book gives you a lot to think about and by considering the questions you will become better prepared as a trip leader.


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