Published: April 21, 2020
Non-Fiction / Nature
Paperback: 9781773100883 $22.95
A canoe trip that spans decades of historical reflection, offering a unique perspective on the Restigouche, its impact on the people who live beside and along the river, and their impact on this natural phenomenon.
The Restigouche River flows through the remote border region between the provinces of Quebec and New Brunswick, its magically transparent waters, soaring forest hillsides, and population of Atlantic salmon creating one of the most storied wild spaces on the continent. In Restigouche, writer Philip Lee follows ancient portage routes into the headwaters of the river, travelling by canoe to explore the extraordinary history of the river and the people of the valley. They include the Mi’gmaq, who have lived in the Restigouche valley for thousands of years; the descendants of French Acadian, Irish, and Scottish settlers; and some of the wealthiest people in the world who for more than a century have used the river as an exclusive wilderness retreat.
Philip Lee teaches journalism at St. Thomas University in Fredericton. He began his career as an investigative reporter in Atlantic Canada and is the author of numerous books, including Home Pool: The Fight to Save the Atlantic Salmon. He is a passionate defender of rivers and the people who love them.