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
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
main object of the author in putting together
the scattered pages forming this humble volume
has been to give glimpses of life—of real
life—among the early pioneers.
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
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
Among the Forrest Trees
or How the Bushman Family got their Homes, Being a
facts and incidents of pioneering life in Upper Canada, arranged in
the form of a story, by Rev. Joseph H. Hilts (1888)
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.
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
Amazing pictures from the early days.
Journals of Alexander Henry the
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
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
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.
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
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)
The Story of a Highland Family in Canada
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)
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)
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
Some papers from their archives (pdf)
Pioneer Life among the Loyalists in Upper
By W. S. Herrington, K.C. (pdf)
Pioneer Life on the Bay of
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
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
Female Emigrant's Guide
By Mrs C. P. Traill (1854)
The Young Emigrants
Pictures of Canada calculated to amuse and instruct the minds of
Upper Canada Sketches
By Thomas Conant (1898)
Upper Canada Sketches
Incidents in the Early Times of the Province, by William Renwick
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
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.
A York Pioneer Looking Back
By E M. Morphy (pdf)
A Scotch Catholic Settlement
in Canada (pdf)
You will hear more Gaelic spoken in Canada in one week than you
would hear during a month's sojourn in the Highlands!
Letters on Emigration to Canada
Addressed to the Very Rev. Principle Baird by James Inches, second
edition, (1836) (pdf)