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Canoe Country and Snowshoe Country

Canoe Country and Snowshoe Country

Florence Page Jaques
Illustrations by Francis Lee Jaques
Foreword by Justine Kerfoot
Copyright Date: 1999
Edition: NED - New edition
Pages: 208
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    Canoe Country and Snowshoe Country
    Book Description:

    When Canoe Country and Snowshoe Country were first published, in 1938 and 1944, respectively, readers were charmed by their loving portrayal of the wilderness of northern Minnesota. Florence Page Jaques and her husband, Francis Lee Jaques, became celebrated champions of the Boundary Waters and its majestic environs. Now, for the first time, these classics of nature writing and art—depicting all the moods and seasons of the north woods—are brought together in one beautiful volume.

    eISBN: 978-0-8166-9105-0
    Subjects: Biological Sciences

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-iv)
  2. Foreword
    (pp. v-vii)
    Justine Kerfoot

    I first met Florence and Lee Jaques in the fall of 1943 when they checked into Gunflint Lodge for an extended stay. Lee had lived in Minnesota as a boy and young adult, and Florence was a Midwesterner who had transplanted herself to New York City. Her only previous experience in Minnesota had been a honeymoon canoe trip some years before, an adventure she described with great enthusiasm and insight inCanoe Country.Now the Jaqueses were returning to introduce Florence to winter in the northwoods, and one of our cabins would be their winter home. All their meals would...

  3. Canoe Country
    (pp. 2-vi)

    “I’ll always turn to the North!” said Lee.

    He had been talking about the jungle trails on Barro Colorado Island, in Panama. Till my mind was a whirl of howling monkeys and motmots swinging, scarlet passion flowers and peccaries and blazing blue butterflies.

    “Why don’t we go to the tropics on our next vacation?”

    “I’d rather show you the North,” Lee insisted. “Alaska, the Aleutian Islands, Hudson Bay —”

    “But the Arctic is either cold or swampy. I know I'd revel in constant balminess, and the bursts of tropic color —whole trees of golden blossoms, and faint rose —”


    (pp. vii-111)

    Here is no account of struggle and hardship; rather, it is the story of a release from the tenseness of present-day life. Its aim is a simple one— to give a picture of what anyone might find, through the winter, in the border country of Minnesota and Canada. Through this wilderness of lakes and forests my husband and I, when we were first married, took the canoe trip we pictured inCanoe Country; here is the same land in another guise.

    The Rainy Lake watershed is a wide network of over fifteen thousand lakes, including the Superior National Forest of...

  5. Back Matter
    (pp. 112-112)