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When #WeGetOutside, We Read About It

A camping trip is a great place to get unplugged. There's nothing like devouring a good book in a beautiful spot outside.
Photo by Gayle Labuz
One of the things we love to do on a camping trip is catch-up on our reading. That usually when I go “old school” and take one or two printed books along with me. Sometimes the books are fiction, sometimes they aren’t. Alex and I also love to read other people’s tips, and true stories on blogs and social media to learn more about the stuff we like to do outside. This sparked an idea for a recent #WeGetOutside Twitter chat topic. As usual, the tribe responded with lots of great recommendations for books and blogs for outdoorsy people like us. There were so many recommendations by folks on the chat, I need to share them with all of you here!

I know that this list has huge gaps. You can probably name a bunch of books or authors or blogs and social media accounts that are missing. So I encourage you to go ahead and add your own recommendations in the comments. If you are listing a book, please try to include the author’s first and last name so it is easy for other folks to look it up. If you are listing a blog or social media account, please include a link or the person’s handle.

*Note: This is a curated list of recommendations from other outdoor enthusiasts. I haven’t reviewed any of them and take no responsibility for the credibility or quality of the information contained in those resources.

Recommended Books By Title:
  • The Lonely Land, by Sigurd Olson
  • Canoe Country, by Roy MacGregor
  • Path of the Paddle, by Bill Mason
  • Joe Picket series by C.J. box
  • Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
  • Bears Without Fear by Kevin Van Tighem
  • Alone Against The North by Adam Shoalts
  • No Summit Out of Sight by Jordan Romero Note: This is listed as a Young Adult book, but it is a good read for Old Adults, too.
  • Into Thin Air by Krakauer
  • The Climb by Anatoli Boukreev
  • The Invention of Nature by Anrea Wulf
  • Mother Nature is Trying To Kill You by Dan Riskin
  • Almost Somewhere by Suzanne Roberts
  • Two Little Savages by Ernest Thompson Seton
  • One Man’s Wilderness by Sam Keith
  • A River Runs Through It by Norman Maclean
  • Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed

Kids’s Books:
  • Buddy Bison’s Yellowstone Adventure National Geographic
  • Canada 123 by Kim Bellefontaine and Per-Henrik Gurth
  • ABC of Canada by Kim Bellefontaine and Per-Henrik Gurth
  • Canada in Colours by Per-Henrik Gurth

Recommended Authors
  • Kevin Callan
  • Dana Stabenow (Kate Shugake series)
  • C.J. Box  (Joe Picket series)
  • John Muir
  • Ansel Adams

Blogs/Websites/Social Media Accounts
  • #WeGetOutside Twitter chat!
  • Friends of Algonquin Park
  • Paddle In
  • (@alan_arnette)
  • Paul Kirtley @PKirt
  • 100 Lakes in 100 Days (@Algonquin_Lakes)
  • Camper Christina (@christinascheau)
  • The Camping Family (
  • Modern Hiker (
  • @OutdoorFamMag
  • @jen_fontaine
  • @monicagoesshow
  • Explore The Backcountry
  • @Canoe_Collector
  • @ThePassionatePaddler
  • @SometimesEventful


Jeff’s Maps. Yes. They are maps. But they provide some pretty awesome reading!


  1. I also recommend Up: A Mother and Daughter's Peakbagging Adventure by Patricia Ellis Herr. I have this on my e-reader and keep coming back to it whenever I have run out of books, it is a great read.

  2. Great resources! I recommend anything by R.D. Lawrence ( He was a naturalist/biologist who lived near Minden and raised wolves. A sustainable building was named after him in Haliburton. He has many, many books. I recommend reading 'The North Runner' first.

    Also, gotta plug my blog/website :)


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