Adventure Reading for Hikers and Explorers

In our last post we listed a number of online resources and printed guidebooks that we plan to use while preparing for and undertaking our hike along Canada's Great Trail. However, during our preparations we have not by any means been limiting ourselves to consult only books specifically on the Trans Canada Trail and the Great Trail. Instead, given that immense nature of our upcoming hike, we have turned our attention to historical accounts of Canadian explorers who recount tales of traversing the nation. We have also read a great deal about those inspiring individuals who have been transformed by their time in nature while trekking across the United States of America, and of course enjoyed accounts by others who have birded across entire continents and hiked around the globe. Below is a small sample of some of the many great hiking books we have come across and learned from.

Trans Canada Trail Celtic Shores Trail sign.

Traversing Canada and Canadian Trails

Didkowsky, Kathy. 2002. Hiking the Dream: A Family's four-month trek along the Trans Canada Trail. Nimbus Publishing, Halifax, NS.

Kearly , Wade. 2007. The People's Road: On the Trail of the Newfoundland Railway. Creative Publishers, St. John's, NFLD.

Tucker, Shirley J.R. 2011. The Amazing Foot Race of 1921: Halifax to Vancouver in 134 Days. Heritage House Publishing, Toronto, ON.

On the Birding Trail

Lowrie, Katharine. 2017. Running South America with my Husband and other Animals. Whittles Publishing, Scotland, UK.

Stryker, Noah. 2017. Birding Without Borders: An Obsession, A Quest, and the Biggest Year in the World. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Boston, MA.

Hiking America

Coulson, Tyler. 2013. How to Walk Across America (and not be an a**hole), Volume 1. The Walkout Syndicate, Chicago, Il.

Forsthoefel, Andrew. 2017. Walking to Listen: 4000 Miles Across America One Story at a Time. Bloomsbury Pub., New York, NY.

Francis, John. 2008. Planetwalker: 17 years of silence 22 years of walking. National Geographic Books, Washington, DC.

Jenkins, Peter. 1979. A Walk Across America. William Morrow & Company Inc., New York, NY.

Hiking the Camino de Santiago

Christmas Jane. 2007. What the Psychic told the Pilgrim. Greystone Books, Vancouver, B.C..

Gray, Patrick and Justin Skeesuck. 2016. I'll Push You: A Journey of 500 Miles, Two Best Friends and One Wheelchair. Tyndale Momentum, Carol Stream, Il.

Hitt Jack. 1994. Off the Road: A Modern-Day Walk Down the Pilgrim's Route in Spain. Simon & Schuster, New York, NY.

Kerkeling Hape. 2006. I'm Off The: Losing and Finding myself on the Camino de Santiago. Simon & Schuster, New York, NY.

Hiking Tales from Around the World

Clear, Samuel. 2013. Walk4One: Paving a Path to Unity. Garratt Publishing, Victoria, AU.

Marquis, Sarah. 2016. Wild by Nature: From Siberia to Australia, three years alone in the Wilderness on Foot. Allen & Unwin, London, GB.

Perko, Thomas. 2014. 1000 Days of Spring. Self-published, Zagreb.

Perko, Thomas. 2017. 1000 Days of Summer. Tomislave Perko, LTD., Zagreb.

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