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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.

About Canoe Guides

While maps offer information as to canoe routes, portage lengths and general direction, canoe guides can provide context and first hand knowledge of particular routes and journeys to help with trip selection and planning. What is the best campsite on a particular lake? How many days should you plan for a particular excursion to take? How bad is the current on that stretch of river? Canoe guides can really help in answering these questions and in selecting appropriate routes for the amount of time you have, and the skill and experience level of the people you’re travelling with.

Our Canoe Guides

We stock only the best in Canoe Guides so you can rest assured knowing you're COEC Equipped.
Top 60 Canoe Routes of Ontario
Top 60 Canoe Routes of OntarioNewly updated for 2018, Top 60 Canoe Routes of Ontario adds 10 more routes over 48 more pages, and like the first edition of this book, this updated and expanded second edition is destined to become the classic guide to the very best canoeing the province has to offer.
Kevin Callan's A Paddler's Guide to Algonquin Park - 3rd Edition
Kevin Callan's A Paddler's Guide to Algonquin Park - 3rd EditionOnly 320 kms from Toronto, Algonquin Park is one of Canada's foremost canoeing destinations; a paddler's paradise of spectacular lakes and rivers. This 3rd edition book by Kevin Callan features 64 more pages, 10 new canoe routes (for a total of 35), new photographs by Mr.Callan, and detailed redesigned maps showing portages and permitted campsites.
Kevin Callan's Weekend Wilderness Adventures in Southern Ontario
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.
A Paddler's Guide to Quetico and Beyond
A Paddler's Guide to Quetico and BeyondKevin Callan's "A Paddler's Guide to Quetico and Beyond" is a guide to Northwestern Ontario's "Canoe Country" - Ontario's Quetico Provinical Park which adjoins Wisconsin's Boundary Waters Canoe Area, and includes detailed route descriptions, maps showing all access points, important river features and accurate portage lengths.
Canoe Atlas of the Little North
Canoe Atlas of the Little NorthFirst Nations people call it Nishwawbe-Aski; "Land of the Original People." The area known as the Little North lies in Ontario and Manitoba, north of Lake Superior, east of Lake Winnipeg, west of James Bay and south of Hudson Bay. Early French fur traders referred to it as Le Petit Nord, as distinguished from the vast area west and north of Lake Winnipeg, Le Grand Nord. Despite its name, the Little North encompasses over 20 major lake and river systems within more than 500,000 square miles. This remarkable atlas, in an oversize format, is a landmark publication - the result of five decades of travel, research and documentation.
A Paddler's Guide to Ontario's Cottage Country
A Paddler's Guide to Ontario's Cottage CountryAuthored by renowned canoeist and outdoorsman Kevin Callan, this updated (with additional routes, new maps and a new format) book features 20 of the best canoe routes in Ontario's Kawarthas, Haliburton, Muskoka, and Georgian Bay regions. Full of photos and original maps showing all access points, important river features, and accurate portage lengths.
Once Around Algonquin - An Epic Canoe Journey
Once Around Algonquin - An Epic Canoe JourneyKevin Callan's Once Around Algonquin is an entertaining and exciting tale of misadventure on Algonquin Park's legendarily tough "Meanest Link" - a 420km route made up of 55 lakes, 6 rivers, and over 100 portages totalling 68km in Ontario, Canada. In addition to tales of bloodthirsty mosquitos, stolen whiskey, moose pee in the campsite and an unexpected paddle through Huntsville's famed bathtub race, Callan also details the park's history and evolution, interweaving stories from this bromance adventure tale - all with Callan's strong storytelling, and trademark humour that shares insights into some of the challenges and rewards of canoe tripping for both the novice as well as the seasoned pro.
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.
Kevin Callan's A Paddler's Guide to Killarney and the French River
Sold Out Kevin Callan's A Paddler's Guide to Killarney and the French RiverThe latest addition to Kevin Callan's guidebook series provides the 20 best canoeing, kayaking, and hiking trips in Ontario's picturesque Killarney/French River region, a favorite wilderness getaway spot in central Ontario. At least three of the routes in this book are documented here for the first time.
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