The Happy Camper: Three New Books on Wilderness Lifestyles


Journey of 1000 Miles: A Musher and His Huskies’ Journey on the Yukon Quest’s Century Old Klondike Trails

By Hank Debruin and Tanya McCready

I’ve spent time with Hank and Tanya and their dogs at their Winterdance Dogsled Tours business in Haliburton, Ontario. They truly live an amazing life, and their latest book depicts it perfectly. The book begins where their previous book left off. Hank deals with his disappointment over the 2010 Iditarod race by simply taking on another dog sled challenge: the 2011 Yukon Quest (a much tougher 1,000-mile cousin to the Iditarod, labelled the “Toughest Sled Dog Race in the World”!). The story is solid and greatly illustrates the life of a dog musher and his team of 14 Siberian Huskies traveling for two weeks through a frozen wilderness, complete with blizzards, snowcapped mountain ranges and -60 C temperatures. The print version is now available.


Ungava: Across Arctic Quebec with the Hide-Away Canoe Club

By Michael Peake

Michael Peake has always outperformed while sharing his canoe trips and his love for wilderness travel. It’s no surprise that his latest work, the second volume of the Hide-Away Canoe Club trilogy, is outstanding. The book contains stories of numerous trips across the Ungava Peninsula from west to east and south to north by the Hide-Away Canoe Club, a group of friends that has paddled together since 1976.  Beyond the details of the HACC trips in this remote wilderness region of Canada, the 116-page large format book focuses on the remarkable Professor Jacques Rousseau. He was a world-renowned scientist that Michael believes had the adventurous spirit of a wilderness canoeist and the heart of a poet. The book is privately printed with limited quantities available. It’s in a large format 13” x 11” with 240 photos and illustrations. Check out the HACC website for further details.


The Last Forest Ranger: Algonquin Park Memories

By Tom Linklater

The Friends of Algonquin—a non-profit Canadian registered charity for those passionate about Algonquin Park—has produced yet another incredible book about Ontario’s oldest provincial park. The author tells a compelling and personal story of his time in the bush, fighting forest fires and patrolling the interior of the park. The book is full of adventure and humour, and vividly portrays a bygone era of Algonquin Park.



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