Grey Owl and Me – Stories from the Trail and Beyond


As a past park ranger and avid wilderness traveller, Hap Wilson saw that there were uncanny similarities between himself and the famous writer/conservationist/native wanabe, Grey Owl. That said, he thought it would be fun to juxtaposition “Owl” into his stories as a sort of spectre or critic of his own life on the trail.



Hap Wilson is back for another journey, this time on the lighter side of the adventure trail, where the bizzare melds with the sublime. Nurtured by the writings of Canadian environmentalist and wannabe-Native, Grey Owl, Wilson adopted a lifestyle similar to the 1930’s conservationist but with his own twists and turns along a meandering path full of humorous misadventures. Wilson, too, learned many of his nature skills as a youth, paddling in Temagami, working as a wilderness canoe ranger and guide, and following in the footsteps of one of Canada’s most revered outdoor icons.

The author recounts early days winter camping, motorcycling the Labrador coast, and teaching actor Pierce Brosnan how to throw knives and paddle a canoe for the Richard Attenborough film about Grey Owl. He also takes us to a few of his favourite places and shares intimate secrets of wilderness living. Here, Grey Owl has returned as an ever-present critic – a buckskin-clad spectre in a modern world of Gore-Tex, Kevlar canoes, and gear freaks.

Author: Hap Wilson


  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Dundurn Press (June 28 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1554887321
  • ISBN-13: 978-1554887323
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 401 g


Additional information

Weight 0.440 g
Dimensions 12 × 8 in