Christie, Jack. 52 Best Day Trips from Vancouver. Vancouver: Douglas & McIntyre, 2007. Although the organization of this book is sometimes difficult to follow, it is the most comprehensive guide available to all recreational opportunities in the vicinity of Vancouver, especially the provincial parks. Jack Christie is a prolific author who also writes Best Weekend Getaways from Vancouver and The Whistler Book (both published by Douglas & McIntyre, Vancouver).
Corbett, Bill. Best of Alberta: Day Trips from Calgary. Vancouver: Whitecap Books, 2006. Multiple books have been written about the things to do and see in Banff, which this book covers, along with dozens of ideas for day-tripping south and north of the famous park and all within a two-hour drive of Calgary.
Gadd, Ben. The Canadian Hiker’s and Backpacker’s Handbook. Vancouver: Whitecap Books, 2008. Whether you’re interested in learning the basics or are a seasoned traveler, this is the best book for reading up on your backcountry and hiking skills.
Gersh-Young, Marjorie. Hot Springs and Hot Pools of the Northwest. Santa Cruz: Aqua Thermal Access, 2008. Details the most popular hot springs including those in British Columbia, including both commercial and undeveloped sites. A short history, directions, and practicalities are given for each one.
Mitchell, Barry. Alberta’s Trout Highway. Red Deer: Nomad Creek Books, 2001. “Alberta’s Trout Highway” is the Forestry Trunk Road (Hwy. 40), which runs the length of Alberta’s foothills. Entertaining and useful descriptions of Mitchell’s favorite fishing holes are accompanied by maps and plenty of background information.
Patton, Brian, and Bart Robinson. Canadian Rockies Trail Guide. Banff: Summerthought Publishing, 2007. Now in its eighth edition, this is the ultimate authority for hiking in the Canadian Rockies. It covers 230 trails and 3,400 kilometers (2,100 miles) in the mountain national parks as well as in surrounding provincial parks. A full page is devoted to each trail, making it the most comprehensive hiking book available.
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