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Canoe Country: The Making of Canada Hardcover – Sep 8 2015

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Canada; First Edition edition (Sept. 8 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307361411
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307361417
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 3.1 x 23.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 717 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #14,681 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“MacGregor, a talented writer and engaging storyteller, therefore, weaves an impressive tale about the view from a Canadian canoe. . . . He writes majestically. . . . [S]uperb book.” The Washington Times

“[J]ust perfect for the die-hard canoeist.” —Ottawa Citizen 

“Canoe Country is a rollicking good read—engaging, thought-provoking and, at times, startling in the quirky turns of the research and storytelling, as far as it goes. MacGregor weaves a convincing argument that the canoe is one of Canada’s great characters.” —James Raffan, The Globe and Mail 

“I couldn’t put this collection of essays down. . . . [Canoe Country] should be placed on every Canadian’s bookshelf.” —Explore Magazine 

“MacGregor has developed a reputation as one of Canada’s finest storytellers. . . . Never flashy, MacGregor’s prose weaves colorful characters into nuanced narratives, often with ‘everyman’ charm. . . . MacGregor is in fine form. . . . Canoe Country is destined to become classic literature.” —Canoe & Kayak Magazine

About the Author

ROY MacGREGOR is the acclaimed and bestselling author of Northern Light: The Enduring Mystery of Tom Thomson and the Woman Who Loved Him; Home Team: Fathers, Sons and Hockey (shortlisted for the Governor General's Literary Award); A Life in the Bush (winner of the U.S. Rutstrum Award for Best Wilderness Book and the CAA Award for Biography); Canadians: A Portrait of a Country and Its People; Wayne Gretzky's Ghost: And Other Tales from a Lifetime in Hockey; as well as two novels, Canoe Lake and The Last Season, and the popular Screech Owls mystery series for young readers. A longtime columnist at The Globe and Mail, MacGregor's journalism has garnered four National Magazine Awards and eight National Newspaper Award nominations. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada, and was described in the citation as one of Canada's "most gifted storytellers."


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This is a wonderful account of the importance of our connection to nature through the canoe and also the importance of the canoe to Canada. I am enjoying the historical component as well. The description of the canoe trips by the author of avid canoeists are enlightening and make interesting reading. He describes the relationship between Pierre Trudeau and filmmaker Bill Mason and the group of "The New Voyageurs" and the journeys that they took in an entertaining readable way. I highly recommend this book.
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Roy MacGregor is a great storyteller and an obviously passionate canoeist. He recounts the history and the importance of the canoe as a Canadian icon and tool that opened up the west. He also manages to weave in his own personal anecdotes, some colorful characters and some well-researched history. It's a very entertaining blend of history, storytelling and adventures. Recommended reading for paddlers who love paddling, stories and just the right mix of history.
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Bad impression right away as a result of a lousy binding job. Publisher did author no favours there. Lots of typos, disappointing & disruptive. Lengthy, boring story about a jury selecting Seven Wonders of Canada. Too much time spent on birthplace of his mother. Lots of wasted time & space. Expected more of a significant canoe stories theme.
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I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Muskoka, Algonquin Park and our beautiful country Canada It is full of history and bits of humor from Roy MacGregor all to do with our love of the canoe
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This is a well written book about canoeing and the northern rivers of Canada by someone with actual experience. If you have ever paddled or had an inkling to do so, this book is for you.
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