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Last published in 2007, the 2013 edition of the Thunder Bay Hiking Association’s Trail Guide offers some great updates, including new trails through Northwestern Ontario and northern Minnesota. The guide is organized geographically and moves from north of Lake Superior to Kaministiquia, Neebing, Thunder Bay, and on to northern Minnesota. Each entry provides information about the hike and area features, descriptions of potential risks, seasonal trail conditions (think winter hikes with a fresh coating of snow), and directions to each trail. Easy-to-read maps provide even more context to the entries, plus the length and anticipated duration of each hike is listed at the top of every page. My favorite part of this guide has to be the list of suggested restaurants. As expected, Karen’s Kountry Kitchen made the list along with few I look forward to trying in the future. This is a great little guide to keep in your pocket or backpack all year long.


– Jesse Roberts