Though modern science and technology have given us comfort and security, for many people, something deeper is also needed; something that takes us closer to our evolutionary roots in nature. This book will allow the reader to experience, from the comfort of central heating and plumbing, some of the world's most beautiful northern wilderness areas. W. J. Becker shares three wonderful trips on Canada’s northern rivers with inspiring, educational, and accessible photos and prose—whether you’re a wilderness enthusiast or an armchair adventurer.
The experiences recounted here centre on voyages along three epic northern Canadian Rivers: the South Nahanni, especially memorable because of its legendary canyons and its mysterious history; the Firth for its austere Arctic beauty; and the Tatshenshini for its dramatic glaciers—all are rich in untamed natural beauty. The extensive collection of photographs included gives the reader a taste of the wonder of these incredible wilderness areas.
Rafting the Great Northern Rivers includes sidebars and stories about the natural history, the human history, and the geology of each river valley—from Klondike Gold Rush lore, to lessons for identifying bear tracks, to the strange and unusual sights of aufeis, glaciers, and icebergs.
These wilderness areas are a precious heritage and need to be preserved and protected. Becker believes that the wilderness regions of the world can provide great inspiration and enjoyment through ecologically sound travel.