Thursday, 22 June 2017

On Grey Owl’s Trail – A Hiking Journal, free on Amazon, this weekend

On Grey Owl’s Trail – A Hiking Journal, free on Amazon, this weekend

This weekend (June 22 to June 26, 2017), the travel book "On Grey Owl’s Trail – A Hiking Journal" (a detailed journal of a back-country hiking trip, along with historical notes on the controversial mid-20th century conservationist Grey Owl and his wife), will be on a free promotion on Amazon.  At other time’s it is 99 cents.

While not as spectacular as some of the more well-known Canadian coastal trails (e.g. The Juan de Fuca Trail) or mountain trails (e.g. The Kettle Valley Trail), the Grey Owl Trail, in north-central Saskatchewan, has a charm all of its own. It is a very fine hiking or canoeing route, that can be done in a leisurely three days, or faster, if one prefers. It is also part of a much larger national park, Prince Albert National Park, which includes a variety of other trails and canoe routes, as well as a pleasant small town-site (Waskesiu), which includes many “civilized” amenities, such as restaurants, hotels, cabins, stores, and pubs.

Those qualities also make it a good site tor a family hike, as it is only moderately physically challenging, and therefore a nice introduction to the activity of multi-day hiking. At any rate, that was my family’s experience.

The journal is about 20,000 words, a length that can usually be read in an hour to 90 minutes. It includes notes from the trip, some history of Grey Owl and the trail, as well as selected quotations from the writings of Grey Owl and his wife Anahareo (who were both excellent, humorous and engaging writers).

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