For many of us, paddling a lake or walking the woods to experience Muskoka's solitude would be diminished by the presence of chatty guide. This book offers the perfect solution: expert guidance from a seasoned naturalist while still letting you encounter "wild Muskoka" on your own.
In this large-format guidebook, author Hap Wilson, a well-known canoeist and wilderness advocate, explores that "other Muskoka" – from Georgian Bay's coast through the vast stretches of forest, rivers, and smaller lakes, to the Algonquin highlands.
He covers canoeing, kayaking, hiking, and cross-country skiing in Muskoka's best "near-wilderness" areas. His more than 80 hand-drawn maps detail featured destinations. How much of a Canadian are you? Wilson describes "soft" eco-adventures that combine easy daytrips with comfortable lodging, but also "hard" eco-adventures that put outdoor skills and endurance to the test, exchanging creature comforts for a more primitive experience. Wherever you fit along this mild/extreme continuum, Canoeing and Hiking Wild Muskoka makes clear this district offers a natural experience to match the interests and skills of everyone.
— Review by J. Patrick Boyer