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on 6 November 2009
This is a very different sort of book from Ray Mears. Up till now most of his books have been in the 'how to do it'category. This one is much more of an in -depth exploration of the first explorers of Canada and how those who succeeded were those who respected and followed the ways of the indigenous people. Ray allows the reader an insight into how Canada was explored and its wildlife exploited and how things like its rivers and the canoe were essential elements in this. A great read and well worth adding to the Ray Mears collection
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on 8 August 2017
Ive seen the tv series many times, I really enjoy Ray's subject and presentation, especially on practical tasks.Ive bought books to accompany documentaries before and they have been very dissapointing. This book didnt dissapoint, I just couldnt put it down, even though I was very familiar, with the subject.
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on 31 December 2009
An excellent book well written, Ray's love for this landscape and its people comes across strongly. It's as good as the TV program it accompanies; it just tells the story in a straight-forward and intelligent way. There's plenty to read too. The only flaw is that it doesn't have a good map of Canada which is inexcusable really in a book of this type, otherwise it would be 5-star.
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on 29 December 2009
I could not put the book down!
Finished it in three days.
Excellent for anybody interested in early Canadian history connected with the early trappers and explorers!
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on 6 February 2010
This is a great book by Ray Mears charting the early discovery of Northern Canada, following in the footsteps of the first explorers to open up Trade Routes and find the fabled "Northwest Passage" from the Atlantic to the Pacific. Rays knowledge, love and enthusiasm of the subject takes you to the heart of this wild country, making you aware of the hardships of the unknown explorers and also giving them their due respect as to what they endured.
The book is well laid out and presented along with many colour plates and ink line drawings by Paul Kane.
A book of history , geography and adventure.
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on 3 November 2009
If your not narrow minded like the reviewer above and enjoy reading about history and the hardships of life and how bushcraft came to be then you will love this book.

Ray delves deep into the fascinating history of canada, the norther wilderness and expresses his passion so immensley with a book about his other passion aside from bushcraft, history.

This book is a true testament to the canadians which used to rely so much on the skills ray now teaches and i believe this book to be a definite buy for all who enjoy knowing where the current bushcraft skills came from.
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on 12 December 2009
Ray Mears often refers to preserving history, whereas in fact, he not only does that but also creates the `where we are at today' record of wilderness and survival methods. As usual, a thoroughly enjoyable Ray Mears type of gently plodding book with great pearls of wisdom and interest. This series has taken a lot of research and hardship and covers how the northern USA was first explored and mapped.
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on 6 June 2012
What a disappointing book. Its a badly written history of the fur trade and the search for the north west passage.

Described as 'rich in bushcraft'- this is completely false- it contains very few real examples, never mind a 'how to' guide, and also little information about indigneous culture and almost none about the region's wildlife and ecology (quite amazing when you think about how rich in all of these things it could be!!)

The text is spaced out, I feel to make the book thicker, and there are very poor line illustrations throughout.

I have a lot of respect for Ray Mears, and he obviously has a lot of respect for this region of Canada and its First Nations people and early explorers, just a shame he can't relate it to the reader.

I have given it 2 stars rather than 1 to give credit to the photos and their captions which are the best part of the book.
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on 1 December 2012
Thinking of emigrating to Canada, read Ray Mears before you go. Ray Mears manages to precis how the Northern Wilderness was discovered. He pays homage to the peoples who have learnt to live in the Wilderness and were willing to share their skills with him. A reminder that it is one of the last natural places to be.Northern Wilderness: Bushcraft of the Far North
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on 1 February 2010
This book is unique in that it weaves the stories of the early Canadian explorers with the history and development of the Northern Wilderness. Ray Mears specialist subject of bushcraft is cleverly introduced via the experiences of the successful explorers. The book is well written but the publication style with very large print may not be to everybodys liking. Many references are made to the remote places in Northern Canada some of them too small to be found on the normal home Atlas and I would suggest that for the 2nd Edition the publisher includes some maps showing the routes of the explorers. Then I would give it five Stars.
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