The Cabin: A Search for Personal Sanctuary

The Cabin: A Search for Personal Sanctuary

by Hap Wilson


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ISBN-13: 9781897045053
Publisher: Dundurn Press
Publication date: 11/23/2005
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Hap Wilson has been a wilderness adventurer and guide for over 30 years. A self-taught writer, artist and photographer, he is also one of Canada's best-known canoeists and the author of several books, including Canoeing, Kayaking and Hiking Temagami, Rivers of the Upper Ottawa Valley: Myth, Magic and Adventure, Missinaibi: Journey to the Northern Sky: From Lake Superior to James Bay By Canoe, Wilderness Rivers of Manitoba: Journey By Canoe Through the Land Where the Spirit Lives and Canoeing and Hiking Wild Muskoka: An Eco-Adventure Guide. His hand-drawn maps and illustrations were featured in Voyages: Canada's Heritage Rivers, which won the Natural Resources of America Award for Best Environmental Book. Wilson worked as actor Pierce Brosnan's personal skills trainer in the Attenborough movie Grey Owl. He lives with his wife and two children in the Muskoka and Temagami lakes districts of Ontario.

Hap Wilson's recent entry, "Follow Your Blissters," in the International Regional Magazine Association annual awards, as submitted by Cottage Life, won an Award of Merit in the General Feature category. The judges said: "Hap Wilson's achievement in building this cabin is matched by his writing - crisp and well-paced.... Gentle humour in the lead carries into the rest of the article, providing an engaging thread to tie together personal experience, observation and research."

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StephenBarkley on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I¿ve entrusted my life to Hap Wilson in the past: I¿ve followed his maps through the backcountry of Temagami, and down the Missinaibi River. I have learned to respect his accurate map making and rapid-sketching skills. When I heard that he had written a memoir of the Temagami wilderness, I thought it would be well worth reading.I have mixed feelings about the book. In the first place, Wilson is an excellent writer with a better-than-average vocabulary. He knows just how to hook you at the beginning of the chapter and to keep you enthralled to the end. I read this rather short book one chapter at a time to savour his craft. I also loved how his descriptive skills put me right back into the park where I have paddled in the past.That said, it was frustrating to endure his attitude at times. The hyperbole in describing how difficult the country is was overwhelming. I¿ve paddled much of the park, and have found it difficult but not unendurable. Aside from that, the most frustrating thing was Hap¿s sense of entitlement. In one chapter, he describes his anger at the government who burned down his illegally constructed cabin¿while he, as a park ranger, burns down the structures of other squatters.This issue came to a point for me when I read his comments on organized religion:"I had lost faith in organized religion because of the hypocrisy of its flock and the audacity of its tenets in the face of Nature."One could lose faith in the environmental movement for the same reason.