Advanced Search

Add Best Comp

Add comparable title

Remove comparable title


  • Other Formats

    9781771604796 EPUB, $15.99
  • Sales Rights

    For sale with exclusive rights in: WORLD
  • Supply Detail

    Distributor: Heritage Group Distribution Availability: Available Expected Ship Date: Apr 02, 2021 On Sale Date: Apr 27, 2021 Carton Quantity: 12 $32.00 CAD
  • Catalogues

Park Bagger
Adventures in the Canadian National Parks
By (author): Marlis Butcher
Marlis Butcher


RMB | Rocky Mountain Books - Victoria



Product Form:


Form detail:

Paperback , Flaps


General Trade
Apr 27, 2021
$32.00 CAD


9in x 6 in

Page Count:

448 pages


colour photographs throughout
RMB | Rocky Mountain Books
TRAVEL / Essays & Travelogues
Tourism geography|National parks and nature reserves: general interest|Travel and holiday|Travel tips and advice: general|Travel guides: adventure holidays|Travel writing

An inspiring collection of thrilling personal adventures and stunning photographs sharing the incredible diversity and profound beauty of Canada's national parks.

Distributed across the second-largest country in the world, the Canadian national parks can be challenging to get to. Many of them are so remote that they have no road access or infrastructure of any kind, but they are not impossible to visit. Although much of the vast Canadian wilderness is fraught with challenging terrain, unpredictable weather, and sometimes threatening wildlife, there are also pleasant beaches, waterfalls, and places to kick back and relax in.

Explorer Marlis Butcher has "bagged" all of the Canadian national parks. In her quest to visit and get to know the parks, Marlis canoed, kayaked, mountain biked, backpacked, hiked, snowshoed, snorkelled, and trekked by whatever means of travel she could devise. During her park explorations she's encountered grizzly and black bears, polar bears, wolves, and wolverines. She's survived incredible storms, falls off mountainsides, and sinking boats. Marlis has investigated uncharted lands and travelled down quaint country roads. In Park Bagger, she shares her adventures, with the objective to encourage others to explore the national parks and to protect Canada's vast wilderness.


* Marlis Butcher has visited ALL of Canada’s national parks!
* This is not a guidebook, but a travel memoir / narrative
* Full of 100+ colour photos of Canada’s national parks
* Offers tips and advice on travelling to and from the parks
* Author has plenty of media connections, and publicity will be very strong
* Writing is adventurous, personal, accessible, and fun


Aulavik; Vuntut; Ivvavik; Kluane Reserve; Qausuittuq; Tuktut Nogait; Nááts'ihch'oh Reserve; Nahanni Reserve; Wood Buffalo; Gwaii Haanas Reserve; Pacific Rim Reserve; Gulf Islands Reserve; Mount Revelstoke; Glacier National Park; Kootenay; Yoho; Jasper; Waterton; Elk Island; Prince Albert National Park; Grasslands National Park; Riding Mountain; Pukaskwa; Bruce Peninsula; Georgian Bay Islands; Point Pelee; Rouge River; St. Lawrence Islands; Le Parc National de la Mauricie; Wapusk; Ukkusiksalik; Quttinirpaaq; Sirmilik; Auyuittuq; Mealy Mountains; Torngat Mountains; Terra Nova; Gros Morne; Mingan Archipelago Reserve; Forillon; Kouchibouguac; Fundy; Prince Edward Island; Cape Breton Highlands; Kejimkujik; Sable Island Reserve

BISAC Regional Themes Canada British Columbia Alberta Prairies Northwest Territories Nunavut Yukon Territory Newfoundland & Labrador Canadian Rockies Nunavut

BISAC Merchandising Themes

EV090   EVENT / Summer Vacation Reading

Marlis Butcher grew up in the suburbs of Montreal, but discovered a love for the outdoors early in life. Whether camping with the Girl Guides or volunteering to shovel snow, she strived to get outside. Her head for maths, however, led her into a career in Toronto’s major financial institutions. During those 30 years, Marlis used her vacations to follow her heart. She travelled the world, exploring the wild places of Canada and the curiosities on every continent. Along the way, she took outdoor skills and wilderness survival courses. As friends and colleagues asked her to share her unusual stories, she started writing, and embarked on a new career. Her detailed travel journals and photography became the basis for several published magazine articles, and caught the attention of The Explorers Club and the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, in both of which she’s been honoured with membership. Marlis lives in Burlington, Ontario.

  • 49th Shelf
  • 51 Degrees North
  • Above&Beyond Magazine
  • Adventure Journal
  • Backpacker Magazine
  • BC Bookworld
  • Canadian Geographic
  • CBC Calgary
  • CBC Vancouver
  • Cottage Life Magazine
  • Crowfoot Media
  • CTV Morning Live Calgary
  • CTV Morning Live Vancouver
  • Explore Magazine
  • Cloudburst Magazine
  • HappiestOutdoors.ca
  • Kootenay Mountain Culture
  • Coast Mountain Culture
  • Mountain Life Magazine
  • National Geographic Traveller UK
  • Outer Edge Magazine
  • Outpost Magazine
  • Outside Magazine
  • Pique Newsmagazine
  • Quill & Quire
  • Read Local BC
  • Rocky Mountain Outlook
  • Globe and Mail – Travel
  • The Tyee
  • Toque and Canoe

Potential Blurbers

  • John Geiger, CEO, Royal Canadian Geographical Society
  • Alison Ronson, ED, Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society
  • Peter Rowe, Canadian Filmmaker
  • Richard Wiese, President of The Explorers Club, media and television personality 
  • Milbry Polk, author, board member of The Explorers Club
  • George Kourounis, Storm Chaser, Documentary Television Personality, Chair of the Canadian Chapter of the Explorers Club
  • Ken McGoogan, author of Flight of the Highlanders: The Making of Canada 
  • Sharon Wood, author of Rising
  • Maria Coffey, author of Explorers of the Infinite
  • Wade Davis, author of The Sacred Headwaters: The Fight to Save the Stikine, Skeena, and Nass
  • Ian McAllister, author of The Last Wild Wolves
  • John Vaillant, author of The Golden Spruce
  • Katrina Rosen, author of With You By Bike 
  • Lynn Martel, author of Stories of Ice
  • Scott Forsyth, author of Wild Coasts of Canada
  • Frank Wolf, author of Lines on a Map
  • Jeremy Kroeker, author of Through Dust and Darkness
  • Bill Arnott, author of Gone Viking
  • Robert Moor, author of On Trails
  • Jan Redford, author of End of the Rope
  • Adam Shoalts, author of Beyond the Trees: A Journey Alone Across Canada’s Arctic

Marketing + Promo Deliverables

  • Electronic blad / sampler
  • Electronic ARC
  • Online banner
  • Press release
  • Podcast


06 Contributor’s own website

09 Third-party website relating to specified contributor
The Weather Network interview with Marlis Butcher

For more information contact
[email protected]

“Wow! To the world’s list of dauntless, determined, and inspirational adventurers, we must now add the name Marlis Butcher. This impressive work brings to life her decades-long exploration of Canada’s national parks and finds her ranging among glacier-fed lakes, white-water rivers, and snow-capped mountains – not to forget ocean waters east, west, and north. Park Bagger is a keeper.” — Ken McGoogan, author of Dead Reckoning: The Untold Story of the Northwest Passage and Flight of the Highlanders: The Making of Canada

“Few of us will ever get the chance to experience all of Canada’s national parks, but for those of us who can’t, Marlis Butcher’s book offers armchair travellers an escape into the wilds of Canada’s diverse national parks. It’s an eloquent tribute to these national treasures.” — Adam Shoalts, Ph.D., national bestselling author of Beyond the Trees: A Journey Alone Across Canada’s Arctic

“Marlis Butcher has an insatiable curiosity that is infectious. This intrepid, never-say-can’t, modern-day explorer’s account of her quest to visit every one of Canada’s national parks leaves me with an enriched sense of our vast nation’s unique resources, history, and culture.” — Sharon Wood, Canadian mountaineer, author of Rising: Becoming the First North American on Everest

“Intrepid explorer Marlis Butcher’s new book captures the uniqueness, majesty, and beauty of Canada’s national parks. Over years, she braved extreme weather, rugged terrain, and isolation to experience the raw, awe-inspiring allure that is Canada.” — Milbry Polk, author of Women of Discovery: A Celebration of Intrepid Women Who Explored the World

“Canada’s national parks are not ‘parks’ in the manicured, civilized, effete sense of the word. Instead they are sprawling, remote wilderness refuges populated by wolves, grizzly bears, and sea lions, often difficult to access and barely explored. Marlis Butcher proves herself to be up to the challenge of getting to all of them, hiking through them, photographing them, and, most importantly, writing about her adventures in them with entertaining skill and passion. Highly recommended.” — Peter Rowe, adventurer, filmmaker, and author of Adventures in Filmmaking

“Anyone wanting to experience the Canadian outdoors in an utterly unique way will find themselves immersed, transported through this country’s beauty with Marlis Butcher’s Park Bagger, a wonderful read for nature lovers and travellers alike.” — Bill Arnott, bestselling author of Gone Viking: A Travel Saga

“It’s no secret that many Canadians spend more time and effort travelling overseas than exploring the rich, varied, and exquisite beauty of their own country. Not so for Marlis Butcher, who made it her mission to visit Canada’s 48 national parks. From paddling the country’s northernmost navigable waterway, the Thomsen River in the High Arctic’s Aulavik National Park, to kayaking alongside sea lions in Haida Gwaii and hiking among antelope in Saskatchewan’s Grasslands National Park, Butcher shares lively stories of tenting in driving rain, snowshoeing in frigid temperatures, and savouring a picnic lunch while whale watching on a sunny day in Nova Scotia’s Kejimkujik National Park, all with a hope of inspiring others to experience Canada’s greatest treasures.” — Lynn Martel, author of Stories of Ice: Adventure, Commerce and Creativity on Canada’s Glaciers and Tales & Trails: Adventures for Everyone in the Canadian Rockies

“Marlis Butcher takes us on a fabulous romp through our national parks. An inspiring read that will make you want to get off the couch and set off into the great wilderness areas of Canada.” — Frank Wolf, wilderness adventurer, documentarian, and author of Lines on a Map: Unparalleled Adventures in Modern Exploration

“What a grand adventure! It may have taken the better part of her adult life to accomplish, but we all get to benefit from Marlis Butcher’s obsession for visiting every Canadian national park. Her colourful descriptions of these natural and cultural treasures fills me with wanderlust. Whether you’re planning a family trip to Banff or an expedition to Ellesmere Island, Park Bagger is a great resource to help you get the most out of your Canadian national park adventure.” — George Kourounis, Royal Canadian Geographical Society explorer in residence and chair of the Canadian chapter of The Explorers Club

“Before you explore Canada’s National Parks, you must purchase two things: a park pass and a copy of Marlis Butcher’s Park Bagger. The first item grants access to these great lands; the second provides the inspiration.” — Jeremy Kroeker, author of Motorcycle Therapy and Through Dust and Darkness

Also Available

Great Walks of the World D. Larraine Andrews 9781771600002 $30.00 CAD Apr 28, 2014
Stories of Ice Lynn Martel 9781771603898 $40.00 CAD Oct 27, 2020
Lines on a Map Frank Wolf 9781771602891 $25.00 CAD Aug 28, 2018

Forgotten Password

Please enter your email address and click submit. An email with instructions on resetting your password will be sent to you.

Forgotten Password

An email has been sent out with instructions for resetting your password.