Explore Western Canada’s natural landscape and wild inhabitants through words and pictures. All the books are by Canadian authors and were published within the last 10 years.

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Wild Life

The Ecological Buffalo: On the Trail of a Keystone Species, Wes Olson & Johane Janelle (July 2022)

The Hidden Kingdom of Fungi: Exploring the Microscopic World in Our Forests, Homes, and Bodies, Keith Seifert (2022)

The Kootenay Wolves: Five Years Following a Wolf Pack, John E. Marriott (2022)

The Science and Spirit of Seaweed: Discovering Food, Medicine and Purpose in the Kelp Forests of the Pacific Northwest, Amanda Swinimer (2021)

The Secret World of Lichens: A Young Naturalist’s Guide, Troy McMullin (Sept. 2022)

A Year on the Wild Side: A West Coast Naturalist’s Almanac, Briony Penn (Mar. 2019)

At Sea with the Marine Birds of the Raincoast, Caroline Fox (2016)

Spirits of the Coast: Orcas in Science, Art and History, Martha Black, ed. (2020)

Trees & Forests

Dark Days at Noon: The Future of Fire, Edward Struzik (2022)

Finding the Mother Tree: Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest, Suzanne Simard (disponible en français) (2021)

Great Bear Wild: Dispatches from a Northern Rainforest, Ian McAllister (2014)

Big Lonely Doug: The Story of One of Canada’s Last Great Trees, Harley Rustad (Sept. 2018)


Swamplands: Tundra Beavers, Quaking Bogs, and the Improbable World of Peat, Edward Struzik, (2021)

British Columbia: A Natural History of its Origins, Ecology, and Diversity, Richard Cannings & Sydney Cannings (2015)

The Scenic Geology of Alberta: A Roadside Touring and Hiking Guide, Dale Leckie (2021)


Prairie: A Natural History of the Heart of North America, Candace Savage (2020) (Corbeaux est un excellent choix en français)

Islands of Grass, Trevor Herriot & Branimir Gjetvaj (2017)

Under Prairie Skies: The Plants and Native Peoples of the Northern Plains, C. Thomas Shay

Rivers & Oceans

The Heart of the Fraser, Ken Ashley

The Soul of the Fraser, Ken Ashley

Rivers Run Through Us: A Natural and Human History of Great Rivers of North America, Eric. B. Taylor (2021)

Before We Lost the Lake: A Natural and Human History of Sumas Valley, Chad Reimer (Jan. 2019)

The Sea Among Us: The Amazing Strait of Georgia, Richard Beamish & Gordon McFarlane (May 2021)


Fault Lines: Life and Landscape in Saskatchewan's Oil Economy, Valerie Zink & Emily Eaton 2016)

In Our Backyard: Keeyask and the Legacy of Hydroelectric Development, Aimée Craft & Jill Blakley, eds. (2022)

Breaching the Peace: The Site C Dam and a Valley's Stand against Big Hydro, Sarah Cox (2018)


Our Place: Changing the Nature of Alberta, Kevin Van Tighem (2017)

Conserving the Legacy: Wildlife Conservation in Saskatchewan, 1905-2005, Wayne Pepper (2022)

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updated November 25, 2022

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