The Complete Guide to Walking in Canada


304 pages
Contains Photos, Illustrations, Maps, Index
ISBN 0-385-25286-2
DDC 917.1'04





Reviewed by Esther Fisher

Esther Fisher is a professor of English at the University of Toronto and
a former food critic for The Globe & Mail.


Whether it’s day trips, hiking, or backpacking, this is a definitive
guide for walkers. Divided into two parts—the first on preparing for
walking, the second on where to walk—the book answers almost any
question the novice or experienced hiker might want to ask, and deals
with most eventualities one might encounter while walking in the

Part 1 discusses the physical and psychological benefits of walking;
what a hiker requires (equipment for all types of weather as well as
food and cooking gear); how to avoid insect bites and other hazards; map
reading; hiking with children; and “preserving our natural
environment.” Many chapters include further suggested readings, among
them cookbooks for backpacking and hiking as well as books on home food
dehydration. Part 1 concludes with two appendices—a summary of
essentials for safety and a checklist of equipment.

Part 2 devotes a chapter to each province and territory, defining
particular routes for each level of activity (walking, hiking, and
backpacking). The chapters here are supplemented with maps; photographs
of specific sites; charts of minimum and maximum temperatures from May
to October; further sources of information on particular trails; and a
brief descriptive bibliography of guidebook sources.

Recreational walkers, camp counselors, scout-group leaders, and anyone
who enjoys seeing our country on foot should not leave home without this
comprehensive guide.


Katz, Elliott., “The Complete Guide to Walking in Canada,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed June 25, 2024,