Barry, P.S. The Canol Project: An Adventure of the US War Department in Canada's Northwest. Edmonton: Privately published, 1998.
The most detailed book I've seen on the wartime Canol Project. It is available from Bjarne Tokerud, 885 Dunsmuir Rd. #214, Victoria, BC, V9A 6W6, Canada, tel/fax: (250) 381-2280, e-mail:, website:

Barry, P.S. "The Canol Project: 1942-45." Arctic, Vol. 45, No. 4., p. 401-03. (Dec. 1992).
Historical synopsis with two black and white photographs.

Bowen, J. Environmental Assessment and Cleanup Operations for Selected Sites Along the Canol Trail, NWT. Norman Wells, NT: Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, 1994.
Many color photographs and maps.

Canol Pipeline. Film made in 1944.
Film made by Carl Allensworth, Russell Arms, and Richard Finnie.

"Canol Project", Life, Vol. 15, No. 26, pp. 21-28. (Dec. 27, 1943).
Magazine article on the Canol project, with photographs.

Cohen, Stan. Alcan and Canol: A Pictorial History of Two Great WWII Construction Projects. Missoula, MT: Pictorial Histories, 1992.
Currently sold new by Barnes & Noble,, and It may also be available used from several sources which may be found through Bookfinder or Advanced Book Exchange. Includes photographs from Richard Finnie's book The Canol Project.

Cohen, Stan. The Forgotten War, Volume II. Missoula, MT: Pictorial Histories, 2002.
Includes information on the Canol project, among other aspects of World War II in Northern Canada and Alaska. Available new at

Finnie, Richard. The Canol Project. San Francisco: Ryder & Ingram, 1945.
Large book with many photographs and two maps, published at the time of the project itself. Accompanies the film mentioned above.

Freeborn, Bill. Flight Simulator Enhancement for Northwest Territories.
Scenery for Flight Simulator 2002, including the Canol Heritage Trail. May be downloaded at

Gage, S.R. "The Trail Where Time Stands Still: Trekking the Canol Trail." Far North Oil and Gas Review, November/December 1990.
Article based on the author's hike along the Canol trail that formed the basis of his 1990 book, listed below.

Gage, S.R. A Walk on the Canol Road. Oakville, ON: Mosaic Press, 1990.
Although now more than ten years out of date, Sandy Gage's book is the most comprehensive work on the Canol Heritage Trail, covering both the history of the Canol Project and the trail itself. Well written and full of interesting information. You can order the book from Mosaic Press, PO Box 1032, Oakville, ON, L6J 5E9, Canada, tel/fax: (905) 825-2130. Currently, no one sells this book new online, but it is also available used from several sources which may be found through Bookfinder or Advanced Book Exchange.

Garfield, D.E. and H.T. Ueda. The Canol Pipeline - A Historical Review. Washington: U.S. Army Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory, 1977 (Special Report No. 77.34)
This military history of the Canol project focuses on the cold-weather aspects of the construction.

Grundy, S.L. et al. An Environmental Study of the Canol Trail, NWT. Victoria, BC: Royal Roads Military College, 1994.
A two-volume publication with numerous color photographs and maps. Focuses on the environmental damage left by the Canol project.

Hawkings, Tim. Hiker's Guide to the Canol Heritage Trail. Norman Wells, NT: Sahtu Tourism Association, 1994.
This small book provides mile-by-mile trail information, accurate as of August 1993. The book is available free from the Department of Resources, Wildlife and Economic Development, Government of the NWT, Box 10, Norman Wells, NT, X0E 0V0, tel: (867) 587-2437, fax: (867) 587-2044.

Hawkings, Tim. "On the Trail of History." Imperial Oil Review. Summer 1994, pp. 8-10.
Article on the author's hike along the Canol trail, which formed the basis for the Hiker's Guide listed above.

Hesketh, Bob, Ed. Three Northern Wartime Projects: The Northwest Staging Route, the Alaska Highway, and the Canol Project. Edmonton: Canadian Circumpolar Institute, 1992.
This book is a collection of papers presented at a conference on the Canol and Alaska Highway projects. Available new from

Howe, Steve. "This Is No Picnic." Backpacker, August 1996, p. 64.
A very good article on the trail, probably one of the two best (the other being Larry Pynn's) of those geared for backpackers.

Huffam, Donna. "Exploring the Historic Canol Trail." Above & Beyond. Fall 1999, p. 46.
Article with few details of use to hikers or bikers; the author only flew to part of the trail by helicopter.

Kadmon, Jean. Mackenzie Breakup. Whitehorse: Pathfinder Publications, 1997.
The only novel I know of dealing with the Canol pipeline, it is based on the author's personal experiences working on the project. It may be ordered from Pathfinder Publications, 36 Dieppe Dr., Whitehorse, YT, Y1A 3A9, Canada, or at their website:

The Milepost. Bellevue, WA: Vernon Publishers, 2008.
This annual guide has perhaps the most detailed road information of any guides to Alaska, Yukon Territory, and the Northwest Territories. Although full of advertisements, this book is still generally considered a must if you plan to drive anywhere near the Canol Heritage Trail. If you cannot find it at your online or local bookstore, it may be ordered through Vernon Publishers, 3000 Northrup Way Suite 200, Bellevue, WA, 98009, tel:(800) 726-4707,

Myers, C. Vernon. Oil to Alaska: Canol Unveiled. Edmonton: Provincial News Co., 1944.
Short book published during World War II about the Canol project.

Nagle, Patrick. "Great northern pipe dream." Ottawa Citizen, August 20, 1994, p. A4.
One of several similar articles by the same author for various newspapers commemorating the fifty year anniversary of the Canol project.

Nagle, Patrick. "Northern Boondoggle: It was supposed to be a vital, top-secret oil pipeline to feed the war front in Alaska. It didn't turn out that way." Calgary Herald, August 21, 1994, p. B3.

Nagle, Patrick. "War brought moments of 'bumptious slapstick' to tundra of subarctic: For reasons that have yet to be explained, Canada agreed to a virtual U.S. invasion of the Yukon, N.W.T." Vancouver Sun, August 18, 1994, p. A4.

Pynn, Larry. "Hiking the Canol Trail." Canadian Geographic, July/August 1992, p. 64.
Very detailed article on backpacking the trail. Along with the Backpacker article by Steve Howe, presents the most useful information for hikers. Several very good photographs, too.

Russell, Chester. Tales of a Catskinner: A Personal Account of Building the Alaska Highway, the Winter Trail, and the Canol Pipeline Road in 1942-43. Self-published, 1999.
Personal account of soldier's experiences in Northern Canada, including on the Canol project. Available new from Larry Kaniut and

Rutherford, Elaine. "Echoes along the Canol road: workers remember the project." Far North Oil and Gas Review, August/September 1986.
Article featuring interviews with workers on the Canol project.

Stephenson, Marylee. "Old Squaw Lodge, NWT." Globe and Mail, June 2, 2001, p. T3.
Long article on author's trip to the Oldsquaw Lodge, focusing primarily on the birdwatching opportunities.

Trailside: Make Your Own Adventure. "Exploring the Northwest Territory (sic)."
Episode #508 of this public television program, which is from the 1997-98 season, featured approximately fifteen minutes on the Canol Heritage Trail. The part of the trail shown, however, only includes the section from Norman Wells to Dodo Canyon. No footage of the Twitya River or southern portions of the trail. Also, for some reason includes a side trip to Carcajou Falls. A video of the program may be ordered from Trailside, tel: (800) 872-4574, website: