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Canoe Country and Snowshoe Country

1999
Author:

Florence Page Jaques
Illustrations by Francis Lee Jaques

Canoe Country and Snowshoe Country

Two legendary naturalists journey through the North Country’s seasons.

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.

Whether you’re an active or vicarious woodswoman, you can count on Jaques to bring you into the forest with her, sharing her quiet adventures.

Minnesota Women’s Press

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.

A well-traveled New York sophisticate, Florence Page Jaques fell in love with northern Minnesota during her first trips to the region, and recounted those early travels in Canoe Country and Snowshoe Country. She writes of the excitement of traveling by foot, canoe, snowshoe, and dogsled. Weeks of solitude canoeing through the Boundary Waters are interrupted by encounters with the denizens of the north country: Native Americans preserving the vestiges of traditional culture, colorful and sometimes eccentric lumberjacks and trappers, and hard-working homesteaders.

Her vivid stories are matched by her famous husband’s spectacular drawings; Francis Lee Jaques captures the delicate power of Minnesota’s seasons, from the cascading falls of summer to the frozen lakes of winter.

Canoe Country and Snowshoe Country

Florence Page Jaques (1890–1972) was born in New York. A poet and nature writer, she collaborated with her husband on eight books. Francis Lee Jaques (1887–1969) spent his childhood in Aitkin, Minnesota. His art is world-renowned, with major collections housed in the Museum of Natural History in New York and the James Ford Bell Museum of Natural History in Minneapolis.

Canoe Country and Snowshoe Country

Whether you’re an active or vicarious woodswoman, you can count on Jaques to bring you into the forest with her, sharing her quiet adventures.

Minnesota Women’s Press

Here is the freedom, and untrammeled strength and grace of the wilderness as seen by an artist who loves it. As warm and friendly a presentation as a cold country ever had.

New York Herald Tribune

Mrs. Jaques’s diary is a series of pictures as clear and captivating as those drawn by her husband.

London Times

Canoe Country and Snowshoe Country


LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS
THE HORNED LARKS ALONG THE SNOWY ROADS IN EARLY SPRING
CANOE COUNTRY MAPS
THE MERGANSERS ARRIVE FROM THE SOUTH
LOONS, THE GREAT NORTHERN DIVERS
AT THE CAMP SITE BENEATH THE PINES
THERE WAS A RUNAWAY LITTLE KINGFISHER —
UNDER THE CLIFFS AT CROOKED LAKE
A FLEET OF YOUNG MERGANSERS ALONG THE SHORE
WE HEARD A GREAT HORNED OWL
A GREAT BLUE HERON FISHING IN THE REEDS
THE PILEATED WOODPECKER WITH A FLASHING RED CREST
OSPREY CIRCLING OVER THE LAKE
STARTLED BLACK DUCKS RISING
RUFFED GROUSE AMONG QUAKING ASP
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16
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9
20
22
25
2
7
28
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9
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33
35
36
THE CANOE IN WINDY WATER 38
CHICKADEES IN THE PINES 40
TWO TINY WOOD MICE CAME OUT TO FIND THE CRUMBS 41
A LOON TAKES OFF 43
THE PORTAGE OF CURTAIN FALLS 45
SUBLIMELY PREOCCUPIED, A PRUNE SEED IN HIS PAWS 47
A BALD EA 8
INDIAN PAINTINGS ON THE CLIFF FACE JO
A RED SQUIRREL SCOLDED US FROM A TREE 5 I
THE BLACK BEAR IN A HURRY 5 3
A CAMP ROBBER LOOKING FOR LOOT 55
OVER THE PORTAGE TRAIL 57
LARGE-MOUTHED BLACK BASS 58
DEER IN THE SHALLOW WATER 61
THE FAWN LOOKED AT US FOR A MOMENT 6 2
SWIMMING PORCUPINE 63
TWO GREAT MOOSE DASHED UP THE SLOPE 65
THE WHITE TENT IN THE PINE WOOD 67
A PEREGRINE, OR DUCK HAWK 69
THE CAMPFIRE AT NIGHT 70
A MALLARD SWAM OUT INTO THE MOONLIGHT 73
IN THE DEEP FOREST 74
TIMBER WOLF 77
THE GHOSTS OF THE WOODLAND CARIBOU 79
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