Nahanni: The River Guide


224 pages
Contains Photos, Illustrations, Maps, Bibliography, Index
ISBN 0-921102-23-2
DDC 917.19'3




Reviewed by Anthony G. Gulig

Anthony G. Gulig teaches history at the University of Saskatchewan.


This Nahanni River wilderness guide will provide the traveler with
information about water conditions, specific dangers, beautiful sights,
and even some of the river’s history. The detailed maps are adequate
for specific regions, but the paddler should also possess and consult
Canadian Geographic Service maps for added safety and information. This
book’s most stunning feature is the many black-and-white photos that
convey the mystery and allure of the Nahanni. Jowett’s pragmatic view
of safety serves his book well.

In addition to the practical aspects every canoeing guide should have,
the guide provides information about the wildlife and natural sights of
Nahanni River trips. Travel to and from the river is discussed. The
average seasonal conditions of the river and information about its
immediate climate are also provided. The only aspect not discussed in
any detail is the amount of canoeing pressure the river receives each
year. Whatever the current levels of use, this guide will be sure to
increase the number of people traveling the Nahanni each year.


Jowett, Peter., “Nahanni: The River Guide,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed July 13, 2024,