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6 Alberta Books For the Outdoor Enthusiast

Instead of gifting hiking gear to the outdoor enthusiasts on your list, we recommend switching it up and giving them a book! Discover travel guides, outdoor adventures, and more below!

By Lorne Fitch

Streams of Consequence weaves together a bit of “ecology for dummies,” a cross-section of stories and essays on Alberta’s biodiversity riches and treasured landscapes, and a backdrop of selections on conservation issues. These are stories of the land and of Alberta’s plants, fish, and wildlife told through the voice of a biologist with decades of experience on the front lines of conservation efforts. Through stories, metaphor, and allegory, basic ecological principles are made clear, ecosystems are described, and our human role in stewarding these natural treasures is revealed.

Streams of Consequence: Dispatches from the Conservation World

Lorne Fitch (CA)

Published: Oct 17, 2023 by RMB | Rocky Mountain Books
ISBN: 9781771606691

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By Brian Patton and Bart Robinson

Hikers affectionately refer to this hiking guidebook as “the Bible.” When it was published in 1971, it was the first book with accurate distances and detailed descriptions to the hiking trails of the Canadian Rockies. The updated 10th edition covers more than 3,400 km (2,100 miles) of hiking trails in Banff, Jasper, Yoho, Kootenay and Waterton Lakes National Parks, plus the provincial parks of Mt. Assiniboine, Mt. Robson, Akamina-Kishinena, Peter Lougheed, and Elk Lakes.

Canadian Rockies Trail Guide

Brian Patton (CA)

Published: May 15, 2022 by Summerthought Publishing
ISBN: 9781926983530

By Duane Radford

This book is a straightforward, practical guide for taking care of yourself (and others) in a survival situation with crucial, basic survival skills required for an emergency situation during all four seasons in all wilderness areas of Canada. Readers will learn essential wilderness survival skills for each region of Canada and learn about environmental hazards such as; weather, predators and regional terrain, emergency first aid, search and rescue.

Canadian Outdoor Survival Guide

Duane Radford

Published: May 15, 2022 by Lone Pine Publishing
ISBN: 9781551056050

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By Carrie Armstrong

The recipes and traditions found in this book reflect the culture and the knowledge of the Medicine Wheel, featuring 26 edible and medicinal plants that you can gather in nature as Carrie and her grandmother did. Readers will learn how to create a luxurious and natural beauty regime by crafting your own lotions, soaps and teas from all-natural ingredients.

Mother Earth Plants for Health & Beauty: Indigenous Plants, Traditions, and Recipes

Carrie Armstrong (CA)

Published: Dec 01, 2020 by Eschia Books
ISBN: 9781926696645

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By Glen Mikkelsen

Every summer for 10 decades, drivers and outriders with their horses and wagons have dashed, yelled and thundered around Calgary’s racetrack for the Rangeland Derby. Craving excitement and speed, cowboys and their horses have stoked their version of hell on wheels, creating an electrifying uniquely western event. This book takes its hat off to this incomparable contest and gallops into the lives, stories and true tall tales of the men and women in a community that has no equal.

Rangeland Derby, The: 100 Years of Chuckwagon Racing at the Calgary Stampede

Glen Mikkelsen (CA)

Published: Mar 01, 2023 by Folklore Publishing
ISBN: 9781773110134

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Edited by Angie Abdou and Jamie Dopp

In this carefully curated collection of essays, editors Jamie Dopp and Angie Abdou go beyond their first collection, Writing the Body in Motion, to engage with the meaning of sport found in Canadian sport literature. How does “sport” differ from physically risky recreational activities that require strength and skill? Does sport demand that someone win? At what point does a sport become an art? With the aim of prompting reflections on and discussions of the boundaries of sport, contributors explore how literature engages with sport as a metaphor, as a language, and as bodily expression. Instead of a focus on what is often described as Canada’s national pastime, contributors examine sports in Canadian literature that are decidedly not hockey.

Not Hockey: Critical Essays on Canada’s Other Sport Literature

Published: Aug 29, 2023 by Athabasca University Press
ISBN: 9781771993777

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