More Praise


“There are so few women's voices in the field that don't try to conform to the model of male braggadocio and self importance. Buckles tells her tale simply and well with well observed telling detail and a great sense of proportion and what to reveal.” — Garrett Conover, author of SNOW WALKER'S COMPANION

“To call ‘Paddling to Winter’ a page turner is trite and insufficient. It is captivating. What happens within its pages matters and a reader will not want to stop. As with any paddling adventure, you always want to know what lies around the next bend in the river, or on the remote, far shore of the lake.” — Colonel J.C. Allard, The Outdoor Gazette

"A deftly written adventure oriented memoir vividly detailing the physical, mental, and emotional challenges the couple faced ranging from hazardous weather, insect swarms, portages and rapids, not to mention spending a winter in an isolated island cabin." — Midwest Book Review

“Buckles goes beyond the trip details all paddlers love, and shows what else canoe travel can be––a distillation of life to its common essentials: food, water, and shelter; the raising of one’s awareness––you pay attention to wind, to clouds, and to sounds. In the midst of this nomadic life, one realizes that all the ‘stuff’ society holds as important is, in reality, almost entirely unnecessary.” —Ted Gostomski, Redbery Books

“I read this in one sitting during a blizzard and was totally absorbed in the story. I even read parts of it out loud to my husband that I found particularly adventurous or comical. It is a fabulous adventure story with love and family thrown into the mix.” — Dawne Olson,

“This book sits on top of another favorite of mine—‘Wild.’ Julie captured all the ups and downs of Saskatchewan’s north, the warmth and the bitter cold in a place the Dene and Cree call home and blended it all into a personal quest that few kindred souls will ever come close to doing.— Jim McKay, Saskatchewan, Canada

“Julie Buckles has a way of igniting the adventurer within. Her stories and insights remind us all to follow that spirit that has somehow gotten lost in most of us. That spirit that reminds us to step outside of the box every now and then, and experience life and love on a level seen and felt by few.” — Lori Schneider, author of More Than A Mountain: Our Leap Of Faith

•  2014 Next Generation Indie Book Award WinnerA 
• Bronze winner of the Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY)
• Honorable mention for the Foreword Book of the Year in Adventure
• Finalist for Midwest Book Award 
• Short listed for the Northeastern Minnesota Book Awards
• Winner of  the Eric Hoffer da Vinci Eye Award (for cover design)