The definitive canoe guide to some of the best canoeing rivers on the Quebec and Ontario sides of the Ottawa: Coulonge, Noire, Dumoine, Mattawa and Barron. Lots of historical background and other information. Richly mapped and illustrated with Hap’s pen and ink and photographs rendered in the trademark Wilson style.
1st edition 1993, 19 copies in mint condition
Published by the Canadian Recreational Canoeing Association, $56. each
1st edition 1993, 4 copies slightly soiled
Published by the Canadian Recreational Canoeing Association, $32. each
“The Rivers book came about as a response to the heavy traffic on the Dumoine after my first river guidebook came out in the late 1980′s (dedicated just to the Dumoine). To relieve the pressure off the Dumoine I mapped out the “sister” rivers (primarily the Black and the Coulonge), equally exciting rivers, in order to displace more user-traffic…and it worked nicely. It also offered the paddler more choice, and it was easier on the environment; as well, it generated an awareness for river protection in a province bent on damming all rivers for hydro-power. All my books had and still have a huge environmental “push” in a political climate where it has become a User-based system of management…and I use the word management very loosely. Basically…it’s a ‘use it or lose it’ mentality, hopefully where adventure tourism edges out industrial motives.” ~ Hap Wilson (2013)