Hap Wilson's

Canoeing, Kayaking and Hiking T   e   m   a   g   a   m   i


The classic guide to Temagami has been replaced by this new book. Long-awaited, it not only contains expanded canoe-route information, but hiking trails and kayak routes. The maps, for which Hap is renowned and for which he set a standard for canoeing guidebooks, have been completely redone.

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Signed copies:

Signed copies can be purchased for $30 (incl. tax and shipping) by emailing Hap.



First, let's get the cliches out of the way: publishing sensation of the year, masterpiece, gem, must-have. If you plan to canoe, kayak or hike in Temagami, Chiniguchi, Wanapitei or on Timiskaming, this is the source and has been since its first edition in 1978 (originally titled Temagami Canoe Routes).

But this edition is a big step forward from previous editions. And by no means, simply the last edition with a few more routes tacked on.  The format has been enlarged to 8 1/2 by 11, giving more breathing room for Hap's hand-drawn maps. Some may moan over the loss of that more compact size that could easily be tucked into a pack or wannigan, but there are rewards. For one, you won't have to keep cleaning your magnifying glass to follow routes.

Hap has redone every map. And he has added watercolours to his signature pen-and-ink style. One nice addition is the coated paper. This has allowed more photographs and, most importantly, sharpened the detail on the maps, which were too often hard to read, or even lost, in previous renditions. A selection of rapids on a number of rivers have been given large-scale map treatment.

Many of the routes have been reworked and new ones added, including, but not limited to, Wanapitei River and Lake Timiskaming. There are also plenty of new routes throughout the area along with hiking trails and the two main kayaking areas Temagami-Lady Evelyn lakes and Lake Timiskaming.

Previously, the map index of routes was loosely folded and tucked into the book without a pocket holder. I can't tell you how many people I know have lost that map myself included. Now the map is its own page (unfortunately, it should have been printed on the more easily located, inside front cover) no more unfolding or prowls in search of it.

If you already own a copy of an earlier edition, put it on the shelf with your treasured old maps that you keep to dust off paddling memories. Buy this one for everyday use or just dreaming.

Reviewed June 17, 2004


Compiler and Illustrator:

Hap Wilson

Maps: 79

Pages: 160

Format: 8 1/2 x 11

Cover: Soft

Price: $24.95 Cdn  $19.95 US

ISBN: 1-55046-434-5

Publisher: Boston Mills Press

Distributor: Firefly

Release Date: June, 2004



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