It's hard to explain why I like a book beyond saying that "it was really good"---kind of like describing why it's hard to say why I like one wine more than another---but here's the best analogy I can give: Kevin's trip around Algonquin is not a meal. It's a plate. Kevin is the chef. He serves many courses on this plate: Algonquin's history and ecology, comedy (with his trustee partner Andy), endearing and relatable tales, a heaping portion of quotables, and above all, a deep and true love for the backcountry. As always, I find myself reading Kevin's words very slowly, savoring the meals. And every time I finish one of his books, I'm left wanting to make a trip of my own for dessert. Kevin's books inspire us all---newbie or vet---to get out there and relish in the spiritual fine dining that is the backcountry. -Jon / Backcountry Angling Ontario
If you spend your winters dreaming of your next canoe trip or are curious why so many people do, this is a must read. Kevin's adventures are fun and his storytelling is captivating. His description of a canoe trip is a good analogy for this book: "Exploring a new place expands horizons, and it’s why I started canoe tripping in the first place. Unfolding a new map, scouting rapids, locating portages, searching for feasible campsites, dreaming of magnificent grandeur around the next bend in the river — that’s at the heart of canoe tripping." This book will take you to new places, locate your laughter, find your appreciation for protected places and you will dream of your next adventure around each page.