Northwest books and links

Below is a list of some of our favorite books and web sites on topics related to wilderness skills and traveling in the Northwest.

NW Sea Kayaking

Sea Kayaking; A Manual for Long-Distance Touring by John Dowd, University of Washington Press
The Bark Canoes and Skin Boats of North America by Edwin Tappan Adney and Howard I. Chappelle, Sky Horse Publishing
Baidarka: The Kayak by George Dyson, Alaska Northwest Publishing
Qajaq: Kayaks of Siberia and Alaska by David Zimmerly, Alaska State Museum
The Canoe: A History of the Craft from Panama to the Arctic by Kenneth Roberts and Philip Shackleton

David W. Zimmerly
The Dash Point Pirate
Paddling Planet
The Canadian Canoe Museum
Coast and Kayak Magazine

NW Wilderness Skills

Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills, The Mountaineers
Medicine for Mountaineering by James Wilkerson M.D., Mountaineers Books
Song of the Paddle: An Illustrated Guide to Wilderness Camping by Bill Mason, Firefly Books
How to Catch Salmon and How to Catch Bottomrfish by Charles White, Heritage House
Bear Attacks: Their Causes and Avoidance by Stephen Herrero, Lyons Press

The Mountaineers
Wilderness Medicine Society
Alaska Department of Fish and Game
Kayak Fishing
Tom Brown Jr.

NW Maps and Navigation

Be Expert with Map and Compass by Bjorn Kjellstrom, John Wiley and Sons Inc.
Outdoor Navigation with GPS by Stephen W. Hinch, Wilderness Press
The MILEPOST: Legendary Northwest trip planner by Globe Pequot Press
Alaska Atlas and Gazetteer by DeLORME
The Backroad Mapbook Series: Canada's guide to the outdoors by Backroad Mapbooks

Brunton Navigation
Garmin GPS
Mac GPS Pro
All Topo US Digital Topographic Maps
Etopo Canadian Digital Topographic Maps

NW Travel and Destinations

Alaska's Parklands: The Complete Guide by Nancy Simmerman, Mountaineers Books
Alaska Geographic Books various locations by various authors, Alaska Geographic
Exploring the Yukon River by Archie Satterfield, iUniverse
Canadian Rockies Trail Guide by Brian Patton and Bart Robinson, Summerthought Publishing
Exploring the Coast Mountains on Skis by John Baldwin, Harbour Publishing

US National Parks
Parks Canada
BC Parks
Alaska Marine Highway
BC Ferries

NW Native and First Nation peoples

Crossroads of Continents: Cultures of Siberia and Alaska by William Fitzhugh and Aron Crowell, Smithsonian Institution Press
Peoples of the Northwest Coast: Their Archaeology and Prehistory by Kenneth M. Ames, Thames & Hudson
The Tlingit Indians by George T. Emmons and Frederica de Laguna, University of Washington Press
Indian Fishing: Early Methods on the Northwest Coast by Hilary Stewart, University of Washington Press
Hunters of the Northern Forest by Richard K. Nelson, University of Chicago Press

British Columbia Assembly of First Nations
Council of Yukon First Nations
Alaska Federation of Natives
Sealaska Heritage Institute

NW History of Exploration

Travels in Alaska by John Muir, Mariner Books
A voyage of discovery to the North Pacific Ocean by Captain George Vancouver RN, Hakluyt Society
Explorations in Western America, 1784-1812 by David Thompson, The Champlain Society
My life with the Eskimo by Vilhjalmur Stefansson, Macmillan Company
Historical Atlas of the Pacific Northwest by Derek Hayes, Sasquatch Books

State of Alaska digital archives
The Royal BC Museum
The Harriman Alaska Expedition
David Rumsey Historical Map Collection
Northwest Journal

NW Naturalist

The Sibley Guide to Birds by David Allen Sibley,  Alfred A. Knopf, Inc
Plants of the Pacific Northwest Coast by Pojar and MacKinnon, Lone Pine Publishing
Plants of the Western Boreal Forest and Aspen Parklands by Johnson, Kershaw, MacKinnon and Pojar, Lone Pine Publishing
Coastal Fishes of the Pacific Northwest by Andy Lamb and Phil Edgell, Harbour Publishing
Marine Life of the Pacific Northwest by Andrew Lamb, Bernard P. Hanby, Harbour Publishing

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology
National Audubon Society
Federation of British Columbia Naturalists
The PLANTS Database
E-Fauna BC

NW Literature
The Starship and the Canoe by Kenneth Brower, Holt, Rinehart
Hidden Coast: Coastal Adventures from Alaska to Mexico by Joel W. Rogers, Alaska Northwest Books
The Island Within by Richard Nelson, Vintage Books
A Land Gone Lonesome: An Inland Voyage along the Yukon River by Dan O'Neill, Basic Books
The Spell of the Yukon by Robert Service, G.P. Putnam’s Sons

University of Washington Press
University of Alaska Press
University of British Columbia Press
Harbour Publishing
Smithsonian Books

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