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Outdoor Trip Planning Books, Maps and DVDs

Our books, dvds, maps and compasses help you prepare for your time outdoors adding to both your safety and your comfort.

About Outdoor Trip Planning Books, Maps and DVDs

"The more you know, the less you carry" - Mors Kochanski.

Having good information about the area you’re travelling into via maps, field guides, and route planners along with good outdoor skills and knowledge can add to your safety, comfort and contentment when in the outdoors. Become expert, and as Mors says, it can even lighten your load. We offer various books, DVD’s, maps and the all important compass to facilitate learning, and familiarizing oneself with the skills, techniques and areas of travel.

Types of Outdoor Trip Planning Books, Maps and DVDs

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.
Wilderness DVDs Wilderness DVD collections from Mors Kochamski (Bushcraft Series), Ray Mears, Les Stroud, Dick Proenekke (Alone in the Wilderness) and more.
Canada Map Books Made to print Canada backroad map books, hiking trail maps and canoe routes from experts including Kevin Callan, Jeff McMurtry, Mors Kochanski, Ray Mears, Les Stroud and more.

Our Outdoor Trip Planning Books, Maps and DVDs

We stock only the best in Outdoor Trip Planning Books, Maps and DVDs so you can rest assured knowing you're COEC Equipped.
Animal Tracks of Ontario
Animal Tracks of OntarioAnimal Tracks of Ontario will help you identify tracks of all shapes and sizes, from the Deer Mouse to the White-tailed Deer. This book is perfect for children, teachers, parents, backwoods explorers and naturalists.
Dazed but Not Confused - Tales of a Wilderness Wanderer
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.
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.
Kevin Callan's Wilderness Pleasures
Kevin Callan's Wilderness PleasuresDo you love camping except for “that one part” (portaging, bugs, bad weather, second-rate food, sleeping bags, rocks, uphill hikes, downhill tumbles, tippy canoes, or, let’s face it, life without a toilet)? With his trademark mix of comic tales and expertise, veteran guide Kevin Callan reveals the secrets to smooth paddling and pleasure-filled camping. Topics include choosing the right trip, camping companion harmony, best camping gadgets and clothing, sleeping softly on hard ground, traveling light but eating well, bush martinis, close encounters of the wildlife kind, skinny-dipping, and how to make love in a canoe.
Swedish Blacksmithing
Swedish BlacksmithingThis book covers all aspects of Swedish smithing: The forge, iron and steel, techniques, axes, knives, hardening, suppliers, blacksmithing courses and more!
Mors Kochanski - Clothing & Sleeping Bags DVD
Mors Kochanski - Clothing & Sleeping Bags DVDOn this 113 minute Mors Kochanski DVD, Mors makes clear that nothing out ranks clothing as the most significant factor in successful survival in the Northern Forest. How much and what types of clothing work best in the Northern Forest? Watch this DVD and find out!
Mors Kochanski - Bush Knots
Mors Kochanski - Bush KnotsIn this 118 minute DVD Mors Kochanski covers knots and lashings for bushcraft and general outdoor use. Practice will make perfect, but Mors provides crucial info for getting you started.
Mors Kochanski - Sticks as Tools and Implements
Mors Kochanski - Sticks as Tools and ImplementsIn this 94 minute DVD snowshoes, pack frames, saw frames and axe handles; Mors Kochanski covers these exceptionally handy tools for wilderness living that will make your stay in the woods more comfortable.
Mammals of Canada
Mammals of CanadaThe mighty polar bear. The plucky beaver. The majestic caribou. These iconic animals are etched in our national consciousness (and on our coins), but they represent only a small fraction of the amazing variety of mammals found in Canada's wild.
Weather of Ontario
Weather of OntarioHere in Ontario, the weather can range from mild and wet in the south, to hot and humid in Toronto, to heavy flurries and cold in the north. Join acclaimed Ontario meteorologist Phil ''The Forecaster'' Chadwick as he explores this ever-fascinating subject.
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.
Becky Mason - Advanced Classic Solo Canoeing
Becky Mason - Advanced Classic Solo CanoeingBecky Mason's Advanced Classic Solo Canoeing includes 4 films for beginners, novices, expert paddlers and armchair enthusiasts alike. This DVD contains Becky's films "Classic Solo Canoeing", "Solo Reflections" as well as the new "Advanced Classic Solo Canoeing" and "Classic Solo Moments (blooper reel)".
Cory Trepanier - Into The Arctic Two
Cory Trepanier - Into The Arctic TwoFor years, artist Cory Trepanier has explored some of the most wild places in Canada. Few have walked in these landscapes. Even fewer have captured them on canvas. Now he's going further, into remote lands that are more challenging and more dangerous. Into a breathtaking arctic wilderness to experience and paint a land that might never be the same again.
Unlostify Massassauga Camping Map
Unlostify Massassauga Camping MapEver seen a perfectly round glacial pothole? Or a perfectly restored 1940’s lakeside cabin (now a museum)? Well, with the Unlostify Massassauga Camping Map, get ready to see more of Massasauga Provincial Park than ever before. Includes Georgian Bay and all local Crown Lands. Water proof, tear proof, and only 46 grams. It even floats.
A Paddler's Guide to the Rivers of Ontario and Quebec
A Paddler's Guide to the Rivers of Ontario and QuebecA guide to the twenty top river trips through the wilds of Ontario and Quebec, including detailed route descriptions, maps showing all access points, important river features and accurate portage lengths - including the Rideau Canal, Saugeen River, Oxtongue, Little Bonnechere, Mattawa, Sturgeon, West Montreal River and more!
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.
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.
Plants of Southern Ontario
Sold Out Plants of Southern OntarioSouthern Ontario features some of the most diverse ecologies in the country, and includes 760 species in 138 plant families; trees, shrubs and woody vines, wildflowers, aquatic plants, grasses, rushes and sedges, and ferns and fern allies.
Unlostify West French River Camping Map
Sold Out Unlostify West French River Camping MapEver seen the French River ghost town? Or the longest snowmobile bridge in the world? With the Unlostify West French River Camping Map, get ready to see more of the French River than ever before - including the west French River, Pointe Grondine, Grundy, and surrounding Crown Lands. Water proof, tear proof, and only 46 grams - it even floats.
Ray Mears Northern Wilderness
Sold Out Ray Mears Northern WildernessNorthern Wilderness is a stunning celebration of one of earth's great wildernesses. Ray Mears journeys through Canada on foot, by canoe and by snowshoe through mountains, forests, tundra and ice in a land where roads can still be scarce.
Compact Guide to Ontario Birds
Sold Out Compact Guide to Ontario BirdsOver 80 species of birds common to Ontario are featured in this easy-to-use introductory field guide. Colour illustrations and extensive natural history are featured in each two-page account.
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