New Book

Alone in a Canoe


One man, one canoe, five solo journeys to five remote wilderness regions in Western Ontario, Canada.

Can you imagine being retired (over 60), healthy and determined to research and travel alone for three weeks or longer on numerous wilderness trips into areas that you know little about? Can you imagine not being in verbal or social media contact with anyone for over one hundred days of travel? What does it take to be self sustained and responsible for all of one’s actions and decisions?

The solo canoe journal stories are a combination of the day to day excursions and decisions that a solo paddler must make to successfully navigate from one lake or campsite to another and to another and so on while managing to stay safe and to not get lost in the wilderness. The journal stories are also filled with very real and personal insights into the mind frame of the author who attempts to relate to the reader the intense feeling of what wilderness, or solitude or fear or a number of intimate emotions means to him in the moment.

Alone in a Canoe also includes detailed gear and food lists and trip statistics. The stories are inspiring. It is a must read if you ever dreamed about what it would be like to be alone in a canoe in the wilderness for any length of time. There are also 200 color photos documenting the journeys.

People who Paddle a Canoe, Outdoor and Wilderness Enthusiasts, Backcountry Educators, Adventure Advocates, Future Campers, Fisherman, Recreators, Dreamers, Individuals who Cherish Solitude, and Folks who enjoy great Nature Photos will enjoy this 2017 publication.

About the Author

The author is a retired outdoor recreation professor from the University of Idaho and the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse. Since his retirement in 2009, he has spent more than 110 days paddling solo throughout Western Ontario, Canada with little or no human contact. Lifetime paddling achievements include: 1) long distance source to mouth records on the Wisconsin, St Croix, Yellowstone and Palouse Rivers, 2) originator and director of the Coon Creek Canoe Race (the largest canoe race in the Midwest with 1500 participants per year), 3) an instructor for more than 30 whitewater and/or BWCA/Quetico classes, and 4) numerous famous rivers or places that he has paddled (Isle Royale, Blackfoot, John Day, Grande Ronde, Clarks Fork, Owyhee, Selway, Lochsa, and most rivers in Wisconsin and northern Michigan).

On Being Alone

“I have been experiencing a sensation of melancholy as my trip is starting to run out of miles and distance. I am camped at a “lonely” little campsite on Lonely Lake. I have a few thoughts tonight on being lonely. It’s clear to me that anyone, anywhere, can experience loneliness, isolation, solitude and estrangement… and most people probably do encounter these things at some point in their lives. Being solitary is being alone well… being immersed in doings of your own choice. It’s being aware of the fullness of your own presence rather than the absence of others. I perceive being alone and solitude as an achievement. When I am alone, I belong entirely to myself and deal with just my state of mind and the sentiments of my heart!”

Mike Kinziger – September 7th, 2016 – From the Book, “Alone in a Canoe”