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Books About the Outdoors

Books about all things outdoors - be they canoe guides by Kevin Callan, bushcraft skills by Mor Kochanski or Ray Mears, emergency medical guides, field guides for plants and animals - we have all your outdoor books needs.
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About Books

Even in the age of computers and e-readers, there’s still something alluring about books. They can be taken anywhere, there's always room in a pack to throw one in, they don’t require any power, and they can be lifesavers when you’re stuck in your tent or under a tarp on stormy days. We’ve carefully selected our book lineup to be instructional, educational, and insightful, and to impart useful information, techniques and concepts to further your appreciation of the outdoors and outdoor skills and knowledge. Books on bushcraft, paddling, canoeing, guidebooks, smithing and field guides are amongst our best loved, and we hope that they will become favourite books of yours as well.

Types of Books

Books of Indigenous Knowledge Canada's Indigenous Peoples have millennia of deep, accumulated knowledge and understanding of the natural world and the ways to best interact and commune with it that have been passed down through generations.
Kevin Callan Books Kevin Callan's canoe guides are some of the best written, most informative guides for routes throughout the province of Ontario. He's penned over 15 books about canoeing and camping.
Mors Kochanski Books Learn from the books of veteran wilderness survival instructor and the godfather of bushcraft, Mors Kochanski.
Lars Fält Books Read books by Lars Fält, the elder statesman of Swedish bushcraft, outdoors and survival training, and learn Outdoors the Scandinavian Way.
Ray Mears Books Ray Mears' books are impeccably written and laid out - definitive works in the art of bushcraft.
Ray Goodwin Books Ray has paddled on 4 continents & was the first person to complete circumnavigation of Wales and an unsupported crossing of the Irish Sea. His book "Canoeing" details many facets and techniques for safe and effective canoe and water travel.
Blacksmithing Books Books on the art of blacksmithing including forging projects and information on practices and techniques. A must read for anyone interested in forging and blacksmithing.
Canadian Canoe Guides Going Canoeing in Canada? Need maps? How to books? Route suggestions? We've got canoe route books by Kevin Callan and others to get you out there.
Classic Outdoor Books Some outdoor books are so well written, exhaustive and well loved, they truly are outdoor classics, and would do well on any outdoor person’s bookshelf - be they novice, or seasoned expert.
Canadian Field Guides The Canadian Outdoor Equipment Co. carries field guides specific to Canada and Ontario. These field guides include: Mushrooms, Wild Edibles, Fish, Trees, Mammals, Wild Berries, Weather and more.
First Aid Guides First aid emergency guides are invaluable for any outdoors person or activities - be they hikers, canoeists, campers or hunters.

Our Books

We stock only the best in Books so you can rest assured knowing you're COEC Equipped.
The Canoe
The CanoeThe Canoe is the definitive history of the construction and use of the canoe, kayak, dugout and umiak in North America. The book covers the canoe's origins among Native peoples, its quick adoption by European settlers, its development from a working vessel to a recreational craft.
Mors Kochanski - The Grand Syllabus
Mors Kochanski - The Grand SyllabusMors Kochanski's new book The Grand Syllabus is an “all inclusive” syllabus of topics taught by Mors Kochanski at the University level, in his Extended Summer and Winter Courses, and in his Survival Instructor Trainee Program. Designed for the instructor or serious student, it is an excellent companion text to Mors' now classic "Bushcraft" for those looking to expand on their skill set.
Birds of Canada
Birds of CanadaA full colour, definitive guide book for the almost 500 bird species that call Canada home - ranging from warblers, to loons, to eagles to pelicans - all in one easier to use guide.
Spirit Animals
Spirit AnimalsOur Aboriginal Elders tell of a time when animals and humans could speak to each other. When humans became too greedy and killed more animals than they needed for food, the Creator changed that relationship to protect the animals. So the Creator made a Spirit Animal to represent each one and granted them gifts they could give to people.
Hamilton and Area Hikes
Hamilton and Area HikesThe Hamilton area is home to over 100 waterfalls, and Hamilton and Area Hikes takes you to over 20 of them, and also includes loop hike routes in Stoney Creek, Dundas Valley, Paris, Grand River, Brantford, Cootes Paradise and Oshweken amongst others - with route lengths from 2.5 to 23.5 km in the Hamilton area and Brant County.
Dufferin Hikes
Dufferin HikesSet north of Peel and Caledon Regions, north west of the city of Toronto, Dufferin Region offers excellent hiking opportunities in and around Orangeville, Shelburne, Mono, in the Hockley Valley, and at Mono Cliffs. Dufferin Hikes outlines 32 loop hikes ranging in length from 2.2 to 21 km long, with detailed maps, colour photos and local history and lore.
One Mans Wilderness
One Mans WildernessIn 1973 (long before YouTube and the current crop of imitators) Sam Keith wrote a tribute to Dick Proenneke using Dick's daily journals as source material. Proenneke was the original "back to the land" inspiration - he spent many years living on his own, forging his own path, and making his mark on the lands of Twin Lakes Alaska, and outdoor culture as a whole.
Ray Goodwin Canoeing- Second Edition
Ray Goodwin Canoeing- Second EditionRay Goodwin is known as the UK’s foremost canoe coach, and his book covers all aspects of the open canoe, from wilderness travel and design, with a focus on canoeing techniques. New to the second edition, is a section on vision pattern, a method of creating a map of a rapid. The second edition also dives deep into new solo rescue techniques, canoeing with children, and advanced lining and tracking.
The Explorer's Guide to Algonquin Park
The Explorer's Guide to Algonquin ParkA revised guide to more than 9065 square km of Algonquin Park, including access points, hiking trails, canoe routes, optimal wildlife viewing areas and times, historical points of interest, as well as stunning photography from the author who has spent decades exploring the park.
Waterfalls of Ontario
Waterfalls of OntarioA guide to exploring Ontario's most beautiful waterfalls. With GPS coordinates, and accurate driving directions for each fall, this book will not only guide you there but dig deep into features with colour photographs, history, geography, and waterfall characteristics.
125 Nature Hot Spots in Ontario
125 Nature Hot Spots in OntarioNewly revised, 125 Nature Hot Spots in Ontario has been organized by region, and features 15 new destinations to explore. The guide gives you an inside look to the amazing natural range that Ontario has to offer, from the warbler capital of North America, to soaring clifftops, the oldest rock on earth, and the province's tallest white pine.
Kevin Callan's Weekend Wilderness Adventures in Southern Ontario
Sold Out Kevin Callan's Weekend Wilderness Adventures in Southern OntarioAuthored by renowned canoeist and outdoorsman Kevin Callan, this book covers the Ontario region closest to the American border and just a couple hours drive from Toronto. Here are 20 perfect quick-getaway canoe routes for one-, two- and three-day paddles. All are easy on the portages, big on the rewards of nature and not too far from your own backyard. These routes offer a variety of experiences, from cushy trips for novice paddlers to more challenging excursions for experienced canoeists.
Dazed but Not Confused - Tales of a Wilderness Wanderer
Sold Out Dazed but Not Confused - Tales of a Wilderness WandererKevin Callan presents his best adventures -- and misadventures -- in the wilderness. Entertaining, yet enlightening, the stories are full of enthusiasm and are designed to get people to explore the wilderness on their own, and it's hoped, be inspired to protect what's still left.
A Paddler's Guide to Ontario's Lost Canoe Routes
Sold Out A Paddler's Guide to Ontario's Lost Canoe RoutesLooking for less travelled, quieter canoe routes? A Paddler's Guide to Ontario's Lost Canoe Routes provides 15 little known, obscure trips that range from two to eight days, involve all types of water, and are suitable for canoeists of all skill levels.
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