Guidebooks and Maps
Gem Trek Publishing. Cochrane, AB. This company produces maps for all regions of the Canadian Rockies. Relief shading clearly and concisely shows elevation, and all hiking trails have been plotted using a global positioning system. On the back of each map are descriptions of attractions and hikes, along with general, practical, and educational information. Highly recommended. Website: www.gemtrek.com.
Hempstead, Andrew. Moon Alberta and Moon British Columbia. Berkeley, CA: Avalon Travel. Regularly updated guides that comprehensively cover Canada’s westernmost provinces.
MapArt. Driving maps for all of Canada, including provinces and cities. Maps are published as old-fashioned foldout versions, as well as laminated and in atlas form. Website: www.mapart.com.
The Milepost. Bellevue, WA: Vernon Publications. This annual publication is a must-have for those traveling through western Canada and Alaska. The maps and logged highway descriptions are incredibly detailed. Most northern bookstores stock The Milepost, or call 800/726-4707 or go to www.milepost.com.
Patton, Brian. Parkways of the Canadian Rockies Banff: Summerthought Publishing, 2008. A comprehensive map and driving guide to all major highways. Includes color photography and details of many short hikes.
© Andrew Hempstead, from Moon Western Canada, 3rd Edition