9 Amazing Books that will inspire you to visit Canada

How to Be a Canadian: Even if You Are Already One by Will Ferguson

Will Ferguson is a Canadian  writer and novelist best known for his humorous observations on Canadian history and culture. In How to be a Canadian, Ferguson offers a humorous view  on all things Canadian. Full of funny anecdotes, the book covers  topics such as language, religion, sport, politics

Beauty Tips from Moose Jaw: Travels in Search of Canada by Will Ferguson

Will Ferguson spent over three years traveling through Canada from the southern end of Vancouver Island in the West to the northern tip of Newfoundland in the East. Beauty Tips from Moose Jaw is not only a fascinating travelogue but also an overview of Canadian history which includes Canada’s first settlers, Inuit tribes and the Vikings.

The Promise of Canada: 150 Years–People and Ideas That Have Shaped our Country by Charlotte Gray

A well researched book that consists of a set of biographies of nine Canadians, that have most influenced this 150 year old country. Gray explores how Canada developed its unique culture, diversity and values. She also touches on more difficult topics such as treatment of Canada’s Indigenous peoples.

The Orenda by Joseph Boyden

A powerful historical novel set in the early 17th century North America that was yet to become Canada. It’s narrated by three characters: Bird,  a Huron warrior, Snow Falls, a Iroquois girl and a French Jesuit missionary, Christophe. The story unfolds as Bird kidnaps Snow Falls from the Iroquois people claiming her as his daughter, while Christophe’s goal is to ‘civilise’ the natives. A glimpse into aboriginal history and culture in Canada.

The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood

The narrator, 83-year-old Iris Chase recollects her life in Canada at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries.  She recalls events of her childhood, passing of her sister Laura and her unhappy marriage to a Toronto businessman. The book has a very interesting structure, containing novel within novel and historical events forming an important background to the story. The book was was awarded the Man Booker Prize in 2000.

The Shipping News by Annie Proulx

A Pulitzer winning novel by American writer Annie Proulx. It follows a story of Quoyle; not a very successful New York reporter and a single father who decides to relocate  with his young daughters and aunt to a small town in Newfoundland, Canada to live in an ancestral home.  

The Inconvenient Indian by Thomas King

A must-read for those  interested in the history of the Native people of North America. Identifying himself as of aboriginal descent, King explores the status of Native peoples in literature, history, politics and pop culture.

So You Want to Be Canadian: All About the Most Fascinating People in the World and the Magical Place They Call Home by Kerry Colburn and Rob Sorensen

A very short and humorous  overview of all things Canadian, written by a Canadian/American couple. The book is somewhat based on well-known stereotypes, and focuses on pop culture, food and hockey rather then history and culture.

Canada by Mike Myers

In this part memoir, part history,  a Canadian actor and comedian Mike Myers shares anecdotes from his upbringing in Canada  and explores everything that makes his native land a wonderful country;  from different accents, odd quirks to Canada’s cultural and national identity. The book is filled of Myer’s personal photographs.


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