Pioneering


Here we are bringing you a selection of books and other information which show how the Canadian Pioneers went about opening up the land and settling on it. You can't help but be amazed at their hard work and how they went about the whole settlement process.

Most of our content it taken from antiquarian resources so we'd be more than happy to accept any contributions from our visitors in text, pictures or videos to add to the site.

Books of John McDougall
Here we have seven books that are an account of growing up in and around Alberta in the days before roads and railways and accounts of contact with the First Nations people.
Pen Pictures of Early Pioneer Life in Upper Canada
By a "Canuke" of the fifth generation (1905).
THE main object of the author in putting together the scattered pages forming this humble volume has been to give glimpses of life—of real homely life—among the early pioneers.
Pioneer Drawings
Some drawings that might give you a better idea of early settlement. You'll see how a cabin was built and a saw mill and general pioneering scenes.
The McGregors

A Novel of an Ontario Pioneer Family By Robert Laidlaw. This is a book describing life of a settler in the early days. The author was brought up in Bruce Country, Ontario and much of the book is based on the stories he heard from his grandparents.
Among the Forrest Trees
or How the Bushman Family got their Homes, Being a book
 of facts and incidents of pioneering life in Upper Canada, arranged in the form of a story, by Rev. Joseph H. Hilts (1888)
The Pioneers
by Angus A MacKenzie. This is an excellent one page description of the work of the pioneers.
Backwoods of Canada
Being Letters From The Wife Of An Emigrant Officer, Illustrative Of The Domestic Economy Of British America by Catharine Parr Traill.
The Founding of Cavendish, Prince Edward Island
This is a very detailed account of the early settlers who founded Cavendish and goes into some considerable detail about how they lived and worked.
When the Northwest logging industry was still young
Amazing pictures from the early days.
Journals of Alexander Henry the Younger
This is a very interesting account of the early fur trading days. His Journal of 1799-1814 covers a very interesting period in fur trading history and he comes across many of the famous and not so famous people as well as many Indian tribes.
The Gentleman Emigrant:
His Daily Life, Sports and Pastimes in Canada, Australia and the United States by W. Stamer (1874)
Life and Times of Joseph Gould
Ex Member of the Canadian Parliament. Struggles of the early Canadian Settlers, etc. (1887) (pdf)
Correspondence of an Emigrant
A series of letters leading us through an account of sailing from Scotland to Canada and through the settling process.
Life in Early Canada
This is a series of 7 short films created by the Film Board of Canada.
Canadian Life as I Found It
By a Homesteader (1908)
The Life of a Backswoodsman
Or particulars of the Emigrant's situation in the settling of the Wild Land of Canada.
Settler's Guide
Or the Homesteader's Handy Helper
Making it in Canada
By Frederick A. Talbot (1912). This is a good book by describing in some detail the various professions of the early pioneers.
Roughing it in the Bush
or Forrest Life in Canada by Susanna Moodie (1871)
The Pioneer Pastor
Some reminiscences of the Life and Labours of the Rev Geo. Buchanan M.D. first Presbyterian Minister of Beckwith, Lanark County, Upper Canada by Jessie Buchanan Campbell, his last surviving daughter.
The Pioneers of Old Ontario
Formal history and standard biography play an important part in fostering a national spirit. Canada has an ample supply of such works; but the history of the Beginners of the Nation, the men and women who carved out homes for themselves in the dense forests, on the wide, lonely prairies, and in the stern mountain valleys. Their story can be gleaned only from almost inaccessible nooks, where lies "a veritable storehouse of information" on pioneer days.
Big John Wallace
By Archie P. McKishnie (1922)
Rae Mears Bushcraft
A few interesting videos.
The Young Voyageurs
Or Boy Hunters of the North by Captain Mayne Reid. This is a book for younger readers.
The Letters of Rusticus
By David Currie (1880)
Donald Morrison, The Canadian Outlaw
A Tale of the Scottish Pioneers
Reminiscences of a Canadian Pioneer for the last Fifty Years
An Autobiography by Samuel Thompson
A Short Account of the Emigration from the Highlands of Scotland
to North America and the Establishment of the Catholic Diocese of Upper Canada with Appendix (1839)
Shenac
The Story of a Highland Family in Canada
Duck Lake
Stories from the Canadian Backwoods By E. Ryerson Young
The Backwood's Life
By W. F. Munro (1869) (pdf)
In the Rocky Mountains
By W. H. G. Kingston (1878) (pdf)
Old Man Savarin Stories
Tales of Canada and Canadians by Edward William Thomson (1917) (pdf)
Log Drive
Video showing how logs are delivered from the wilderness.
Crofters Colonisation Report
Found this old document which was in a terrible state so have worked on it to make it more readable. It's still a challenge but I think worth while reading for researchers. (pdf)
The Clark Family of Badenoch
From Badenoch in Scotland (pdf)
Gleanings from the Western Prairies
By Rev. W. E. Youngman (1882) (pdf)
Fur Trapping
A collection of videos about fur trapping.
Winter and Summer Excursions in Canada
By C. L. Johnstone (pdf)
Report of Six Years Experience of a Farmer in the Red Deer District
By Rev. Leo. Gaetz (1890) (pdf)
Life in the Woods
A Boys narrative of the Adventures of a Settlers Family in Canada Edited by John C. Geikie (1865)
Simcoe County Pioneer and Historical Society
Some papers from their archives (pdf)
Pioneer Life among the Loyalists in Upper Canada
By W. S. Herrington, K.C. (pdf)
Pioneer Life on the Bay of Quinte
Including Geneaologies of Old Families and Biographical Sketches of Representative Citizens (pdf)
Works of Joshua Fraser, Military Chaplain
Added two of his books for you to read.
A York Pioneer's Recollection of Youthful Days in the Emerald Isles
His Emigration and first impressions of Canada, Especially Toronto, (late York), and its Inhabitants when the City was only ONE YEAR OLD, and its Population 9,000. (pdf)
Pioneer Life Among The Loyalists In Upper Canada
An audio recording
Farming in Canada
Or Life in the Backwoods by Frank Lynn (pdf)
Erskine Dale, Pioneer
By John Fox, Jr  (pdf)
Pioneer Work in Algoma
By Edna Green (1915) (pdf)
Women of Red River
By W. J. Healy (1923) (pdf)
Diary of a Journey Through Upper Canada
And some of the New England States 1819 by John Goldie
Pioneer Schools of Upper Canada
By Frank Eames
Afar in the Forest
Pictures of Life and Scenery of the Wilds of Canada by Mrs. Traill
The Trail of Love
An Appreciation of Canadian Pioneers and Pioneer Life BY W. D. Flatt (1916) (pdf)
Female Emigrant's Guide
By Mrs C. P. Traill (1854)
The Young Emigrants
Pictures of Canada calculated to amuse and instruct the minds of youth (pdf)
Upper Canada Sketches
By Thomas Conant (1898)
Upper Canada Sketches
Incidents in the Early Times of the Province, by William Renwick Riddell (1922)
Bemocked of Destiny
The Actual Struggles and Experiences of a Canadian Pioneer, and the Recollections of a Lifetime by Aenas McCharles (1908) (pdf)
A Summer on the Canadian Prairie
By Georgina Binnie-Clark (second impression 1910)
The United Empire Loyalists
A Chronicle of the Great Migration by Wallace
Big John Wallace
By Archie P. McKishnie
Cariboo

Life in the Clearings versus the Bush
By Mrs. Moodie
Lords of the North
By A. C. Laut (1900)
Trails of the Pathfinders
By George Bird Grinnell (1911)
D. C. Beard
A range of books by this author who explains bush craft.


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