5 Essential Books for Winter Reading

Are you looking to curl up with a good book this winter? Holiday shopping for the bookworm on your list? Look no further:

Credit: David Webb

Alone Against the North

By Adam Shoalts

“Canada’s Indiana Jones” reminds us that the age of exploration is not yet over with this harrowing recount of his solo expedition through the vast and trackless Hudson Bay Lowlands. 

Deep Powder & Steep Rock: The Life of Mountain Guide Hans Gmoser

by Chic Scott

Using diaries, expedition journals, film commentaries and personal correspondence, author Chic Scott details the fascinating life of Hans Gmoser—inventor of heli-skiing and prominent figure in Canada’s mountain adventure community for half-a-century.

The Curious Nature Guide

By Clare Walker Leslie

Whimsical, educational and beautifully illustrated, The Curious Nature Guide explores our natural world as one part guidebook, one part textbook and one part imagination station. 

 A World for my Daughter

By Alejandro Frid

Structured as a series of letters to his daughter and framed around travels throughout British Columbia and abroad, ecologist Alejandro Frid explores his love for the natural world, his concerns about environmental degradation and his optimism for the future. 

Cabinet of Curiosities

By Gordon Grice

Want to know how to dissect an owl pellet, or the difference between a sea urchin and a sea biscuit? An ideal holiday gift, Cabinet of Curiosities is a wonderfully illustrated guide that explains how to identify, locate, study and responsibly collect Earth’s flora and fauna.