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Manitoba Climbers: A Century of Stories from the Birthplace of the Alpine Club of Canada by Alpine Club of Canada

"The Canadian Rocky Mountain system, with its unnumbered and unknown natural sanctuaries for generations yet unborn, is a national asset. In time we ought to become a nation of mountaineers, loving our mountains with the patriot's passion." This was the hope of Winnipeg journalist and one of the co-founders of The Apline Club of Canada, Elizabeth Parker, in 1906.

One hundred years later, the Manitoba section of The Alpine Club continues to foster a love of the mountains among prairie-dwellers. In this collection of stories, Manitobans tell about their love of mountaineering, rock climbing, ice-climbing, and adventuring with The Alpine Club of Canada.

$17

Exploring the Fur Trade Routes of North America  by Barbara Huck et al.    <

Third Edition: 2006
Following the continent's waterways, the fur trade opened North America. Highways and airways have replaced the ancient river routes, but this fascinating history lives on. Heartland's remarkable guide takes you from Quebec to Oregon, featuring stunning photography, dozens of maps and full driving directions to more than 130 sites. Great for both 'take to the road' types and for armchair travellers, this expertly written and researched guide has won accolades from scholars and travellers alike.

$27

Hollow Water  by Pete Sarsfield

Hollow Water is a follow-up to Sarsfield’s Running with the Caribou and is told in the same intimate style that made his first book a popular seller.

$15

Kabloona in the Yellow Kayak  by Victoria Jason

During the summers of 1991 through 1994, the late Victoria Jason and two companions--Fred Reffler and Don Starkell--set out to kayak from Churchill, Manitoba to Tuktoyaktuk on the Beaufort Sea. When she set out in 1991, Victoria, already a grandmother of two, had been kayaking for only a year and was still recovering from the second of two strokes. Her 7,500-kilometre journey lasted four years. After suffering life-threatening injuries and initial failure in the first two years, Jason recovered and returned to complete the journey alone. Among the Inuit people she became known as the Kabloona (the Inuktitut word for stranger) in the Yellow Kayak.

$20

Magical, Mysterious Lake of the Woods  by Heather Robertson and Melinda McCracken

By well known Toronto writer Heather Robertson and the late Melinda McCracken, this lavishly illustrated history begins with the geology of the lake and presents an in-depth look at the region's complex history. Robertson, for example, provides evidence that, rather than being a heroic adventurer, La Verendrye was in fact a nefarious slave trader, at least partly responsible for more than a century of regional violence.

Also included are chapters on the aboriginal, fur trade, settlement, industry and recreational histories. The lake's moods and seasons are beautifully captured with superb contemporary photographs, archival paintings and the alluring work of Walter J. Phillips. Maps of the lake and black and white illustrations round out this visually stunning book.

$27

Marshwalker  by John Weier

Written in the tradition of Peter Matthiessen’s classic The Wind Birds, Marshwalker: Naturalist Memoirs conveys the biological and behavioural intricacies of marsh life without dulling their romance and splendour. The memoir is a month-by-month study of a large prairie marsh with its many inhabitants. Weier’s meditative observation of birds and their cyclical existence is underscored by his own personal narrative. Marshwalker is both a book on the birds and wildlife of the marsh and a poetic exploration of the other intricacies of life. Reading the words of this earth-lover, we share his wonder at the quiet, profound beauty of the natural world.

$16

Mistehay Sakahegan: The Great Lake (The Beauty and the Treachery of Lake Winnipeg)  by Frances Russell

Lake Winnipeg is truly, as the Cree called it, Mistehay Sakahegan ­ The Great Lake. Larger than Lake Ontario, the hub of North America's heartland, Manitoba's great lake helped determine the shape of Canada. And throughout its long history, few have been unaffected by its beauty and its treachery.

This beautifully illustrated book begins with the geology of Manitoba's great lake and traces its fascinating history through the lives and legends of its people, from the first humans to see its enormous glacial ancestor to the thousands who vacation about its shores every year.

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Northern Exposures  by Tom Thomson

Place yourself into the gleaming sunset, frosty twilight, onto the graceful dance of the water, or into a silent forest where the young doe forages. Imagine you are the explorer, taking in the sights and sounds of the Boreal Forest, Canadian Shield, and the wildlife in this place of wonder. Northern Exposures is a photographic journey into the "true north strong and free".

$35

 

On the Living Edge (Saskatchewan/Manitoba edition)  by Sarah Kipp & Clive Calloway

Do you live by a lake, river, or stream in Saskatchewan or Manitoba? Learn how to protect your investment and have more time to enjoy your waterfront setting. Sarah Kipp and Clive Calloway share their personal experiences living by water in this user-friendly handbook. It includes informative tips, advice, helpful Saskatchewan/Manitoba references, illustrations and stories to assist you with the unique challenges of waterfront living - in urban and rural areas, for seasonal and year-round residents.

$20

Reflections on a Marsh: The Delta Marsh field Station’s First 20 Years, 1966-1986

Dr. Jennifer shay, founding director of the University of Manitoba Delta Marsh Field Station, has written a richly-illustrated account of the Station’s early years from 1966 to 1986.

Delta Marsh, at the south end of Lake Manitoba, is a legendary place for field biologists.  As one of the finest freshwater marshes in North America, it has been proclaimed a “Wetland of International Significance” by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.

During its years of operation, the Station – now sadly closed due to recent severe flooding – enriched our understanding of lake, marsh and forest ecosystems, trained hundreds of researchers and educated thousands, all in a field setting.

“Her account of the twenty-year struggle to expand the Station’s facilities and programs is a unique contribution to the history of field stations and also to the early history of wetland ecology.” - Dr. Arnold van der Valk

$22

Running With the Caribou  by Pete Sarsfield

Pete Sarsfield paints his stories in the words of a true traveler, who lives exactly where he is at the moment. As a community physician in remote and northern areas for almost 25 years, Sarsfield looks at the people and the landscape of his world with an insight that borders on the poetic.

$14

Stand the Sacred Tree  by John Weier

The genesis of Stand the Sacred Tree was in Weier’s previous memoir Marshwalker —it grew out of the questions he explored and the opportunities that were represented. Weier traveled widely—Syria, Iceland, Holland, Denmark, and Canada—and wondered at what—if anything—connects these places and their diverse landscapes and cultures. Icelandic horses to Syrian cab drivers. And of course birds, he never stops thinking of birds. What he discovers is people obsessed with place, with travel; each destination, each trip without exception leading to another. Each new landscape brings new exotic birds and flowers, new friends. Yet everywhere there is always something haunting and familiar.

$18

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