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41. Passing Trains: The Changing Face
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41. Passing Trains: The Changing Face of Canadian Railroading
by Greg McDonnell
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Asin: 1550461834
Catlog: Book (1997-03-01)
Publisher: Boston Mills Press
Sales Rank: 211879
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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An illustrated tour of the trains that built a nation.

North American settlement and development surged forward with the building of the railroad. Steel tracks connected the continent from coast to coast and unlocked the vast resources of the interior. Yet, just as trains replaced horse-drawn wagons, so too are trains being modernized or replaced by more recent modes of transportation. Passing Trains is a guided tour of the trains and railcars that have rolled into history.

Written and photographed by a longtime rail enthusiast who rode many of the trains featured here, this book is a unique, first-hand history of a culture in transition. The tour starts on the Atlantic coast. Relax in the plush cushions of the Dominion Atlantic Railroad coach that carried its last passenger in 1975. Visit the stations and meet the stationmasters who have been rendered obsolete by centralized command and control. Cling to the jagged edge of Lake Superior and marvel at the 200 miles of engineering impossibilities. Then cross the prairies and traverse the Rockies to the Pacific on the trains that built a nation.

Superbly illustrated with color photography by the author and accomplished contributors, Passing Trains is an inspirational and sometimes poignant account of the railroad's enduring legacy. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars This is the Reason We Photograph Trains
This book intentionally looks at the gone and nearly-gone elements of railroading in Canada. Semaphores, passenger trains, 40-foot grain boxcars, Prarie branchlines, the Spadina Avenue Roundhouse, paint schemes, nothing that lives on short time seems to have escaped the cameras of Mr. McDonnell or his henchmen. From crisp black and whites of steam engines in a roundhouse, juxtaposed with a scrapper cutting one of them apart a year later to GMD1s tiptoeing across the Prarie to the BC Rail M630 recovered from the bottom of a lake, this book wears nostalgia on its sleeve. I never got a sense of melancholy or loss in the writing, but rather celebration of recording "what is" while understanding that it is soon to become "what was." The book made me more aware that I need to record certain things for my own collection of posterity before there are no more chances left. One other thing to mention---this is the rare volume that devotes more space to the Maritimes than to British Columbia. Not that I have anything BC, y'understand, I've vacationed there three times, it's just that *no one* goes to the Maritimes and *everyone* goes to BC.

Photo selection is extremely strong. There is an excellent blend of scenic shots, where the train is distant, as well as close-ups. There are many night shots, plus quite a few inside roundhouses, where lighting conditions are challenging. Mr. McDonnell's own contributions were notable, stylistically, because of a tendency to frame the train or other subject from within a building (looking out a window, for example). I liked the shot on page 125 of a string of 40-foot boxcars on a soon-to-be-abandoned branch shot from inside a collapsed farm building. The human element is certainly not ignored, and there are several strong photos of dispatchers, engine crewmen, even a guy loading a grain box. Reproduction is uniformly excellent.

"Passing Trains" should be your next purchase if you don't already have it, your next read if you've bought it and haven't read it yet, or your next re-read when you wonder why you should get out of bed at 4 a.m. to drive to BFE, Indiana. This book is why.

5-0 out of 5 stars Superb Photography & story line
ONe of the best Canadian Railway books in recent years. Well worth the price ... Read more


42. The Grey Seas Under: The Perilous Rescue Mission of a N.A. Salvage Tug
by Farley Mowat
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Asin: 1585742406
Catlog: Book (2001-04-01)
Publisher: The Lyons Press
Sales Rank: 33346
Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars
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Here is one of the great storytellers of our time on the hair-raising rescue missions of a deep-sea salvage tug that saved hundreds of lives during two decades of service.

In Grey Seas Under, Farley Mowat writes passionately of the courage of men and of a small, ocean-going salvage tug, Foundation Franklin. From 1930 until her final voyage in 1948, the stalwart tug's dangerous mission was to rescue sinking ships, first searching for them in perilous waters and then bringing them back to shore. Battered by towering waves, dwarfed by the great ships she towed, blasted by gale-force winds and frozen by squalls of snow and rain, Foundation Franklin and her brave crew saved hundreds of vessels and thousands of lives as they patrolled the North Atlantic, including waters patrolled by U-boats in wartime.

Mowat spent two years gathering this material and sailed on some of the missions he describes. The result is a modern epic-a vigorous, dramatic picture of the eternal battle between men and the cruel sea. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The unsinkable Foundation Franklin
The ocean-going salvage tug, 'Foundation Franklin' was more than a match for the worst the North Atlantic could throw at her, including Force 10 gales and Nazi U-Boats. Perfect Storm, eat your heart out! Here is the real book about the great-hearted men and their staunch little ships that survived blow after blow from the Atlantic and bobbed up for more.

If the author, Farley Mowat is sometimes guilty of over-the-top prose---well, he lived and worked on the Franklin, and he loved her sturdy lines, her jaunty roll, and every rivet that held her together while she rescued ships that were Goliaths to her chubby, little Baby Huey. No work could have been more dangerous; none required a higher degree of seamanship and courage than dropping a line on a berserk, lunging, steel-hulled freighter, and then towing her through the maw of a mid-December gale, or the shoals and 'sunkers' of the Newfoundland coast---something the Franklin did so many times that her crew lost memory of all but their most freakish or man-killing expeditions.

'Grey Seas Under' will give you an interesting perspective on the true maritime heroes of World War II. Farley Mowat doesn't pull any punches when he describes the tension that existed between the expert seamen on the ocean-going salvage and rescue tugs, and their relatively 'amateur' counterparts on Canadian and American naval warships. Some of the funniest scenes in the book involve convoys of merchant ships under the 'protection' of corvettes and destroyers. Once a U-Boat had been sighted and the merchants steamed for cover, it was up to the Franklin to rescue the ones that ran into each other or shoaled themselves. Usually, the tug had to perform her duties without any cover from the warships.

'The days the salvors (tugboat seamen) spent tethered to fat and crippled merchantmen, crawling along on a straight course at a speed of two or three knots like mechanical targets in a shooting gallery, were the kind of days that would drain the courage from the most heroic man alive'The Germans knew, that for every rescue vessel sunk there would be a score of crippled merchantmen who would never make safe port.'

This is a great book about men against the sea, even though the language gets very nautical at times. Read it and you will learn all about Lloyd's Open Form, and the tricks that wrecked merchant masters play to cheat tugs out of their salvage fees. You'll learn to tell the difference between 'Monkey Island' and the poop deck---and the difference between 'brass monkeys' and true seamen. You'll thrill to the dangers of sunkers, beam seas, and Arctic white-outs. You'll bite through your pipe-stem, just like the Franklin's captain did during those tows when his sturdy little tug steamed back into port with barely enough coal in her bunkers to 'cook a pot of beans.'

Someone ought to make a movie out of 'Grey Seas Under.' It's got everything---romance (between man and ship, at least); life-and-death adventures; heroism; humor; and the treacherous ice, wind, and sea of what the author respectfully refers to as 'the Great Western Ocean.'

5-0 out of 5 stars Grey Seas Under
This book is the best non-fiction book on one salvage company's tugs and men and the many jobs they took on to try and save ships in distress. They are heading out to sea at great peril to thier own lives to try and save a ship and it's crew. The book is riveting, a real page turner. If you like sea stories you cannot put this book down until the end. Farley Mowat has a gift for writing this book that makes you feel like you are on board the salvage tugs going thru these desperate hours with the crew. I love ships and sea stories and this is my absolute favorite.

5-0 out of 5 stars Tug Salvage at its Best
This tale of the Foundation Franklin and her crew is a must read for any tugboat lover.

5-0 out of 5 stars boring for the landsmen
The repitition of storms and salvage can be boring unless you have experienced the storm at sea or been savaged by weather. A warm and dry reader might not ever appreciate what the FOUNDATION FRANKLIN and her crew went through. The North Atlantic in winter is a death trap for any weakness in a vessel and this book pays tribute to those who time and time again risked their lives in salvage and rescue. A must read for anyone who knows the sea.

1-0 out of 5 stars Poster child for never-ending overwrought hyperbole
This book starts out with a fevered pace of "men against the sea". The real problem is that it details perhaps 30 salvage jobs which are all in essence the same thing described in the same breathless overwrought prose. How many descriptions of a "hard blow making up" or a "lee shore awaiting her victim" can you take in one book. Give this one a pass. ... Read more


43. Lonely Planet British Columbia (Lonely Planet British Columbia)
by Ryan Ver Berkmoes, Graham Neale
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Asin: 174104023X
Catlog: Book (2004-05-01)
Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications
Sales Rank: 291898
Average Customer Review: 1 out of 5 stars
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Book Description

In British Columbia, get ready to say 'Wow!' Spectacular scenery, Olympic-class skiing and First Nations art will take your breath away.Set sail from cosmopolitan Vancouver down to the Southern Gulf Islands or up the Inside Passage.Follow our experts to national parks and mountain resorts.This definitive guide gives you detailed coverage for the perfect getaway.

* PLAN YOUR ADVENTURE - our thrilling road trips, ferry rides and Outdoor Activities chapter will put you at the heart of the region's beauty * INDULGE YOURSELF in high-class restaurants or small-town cafes with the world's best salmon and bountiful fresh fruits and vegetables * FIND YOUR WAY with over 70 detailed maps, more than any other guide to the region * REST EASY in luxurious alpine hotels, fun family inns, comfy B&Bs or hip hostels * EXPLORE IT ALL - coverage of British Columbia, the Canadian Rockies and the Yukon gives you every option for every sort of trip ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars poor effort
The basics in this book are okay, but it looks like Lonely Planet hasn't used the original author and instead this edition has been updated by people with dubious qualifications and no link at all to Canada. This shouldn't translate to a poor guidebook, but in this case it does. The research was obviously done very quickly and some in some regions not at all. When I compared some sections to the previous edition, it looks like the prices had simply been raised a few dollars. In one case, a restaurant had been closed since 2001 (just as the first edition came out), yet the listing was identical, except for the prices. Even if the writers didn't visit, I'd at least expect them to call and check to see if it was still operating - I suppose changing the price makes it SEEM like the job is done. As this was in Whistler, a major tourist area, I would have expected them to have at least visited the town. They didn't - this restaurant alone was a giveaway, as was the lack of correct info center location (changed three years ago).

It was the same throughout, the writers have simply failed to up date the book. I guess they don't need to do a thorough job as naive travelers continue to buy Lonely Planet books regardless of the content. ... Read more


44. Gulf Islands and Vancouver Island: Victoria & Sooke to Nanaimo (Dreamspeaker Cruising Guide)
by Anne Yeadon Jones, Laurence Yeadon Jones
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Asin: 1570613532
Catlog: Book (2002-04-01)
Publisher: Sasquatch Books
Sales Rank: 98005
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The Pacific Northwest is well known for its spectacular world-class cruising grounds. Authors Anne and Laurence Yeadon-Jones have combed every nautical mile of this area in their 36-foot sailboat, Dreamspeaker, to sketch and write about the true gems in this watery region. Key features include the best anchorages and marinas in each region, unique hand-drawn shoreline plans for each destination, detailed sketch charts, and color photographs. There are also details on approach, hazards and cautions, where to anchor, marina contacts, and US/Canadian customs. In addition, you can find out where to drop a crab pot, pick huckleberries, find a freshwater lake, discover a hidden beach, watch otters at play, or simply take a hike. ... Read more


45. British Columbia Travel Map
by Jack Joyce
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Asin: 1895907357
Catlog: Book (2000-01-01)
Publisher: ITMB Publishing
Sales Rank: 134509
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Scale 1:1,500,000. With inset map of Vancouver. Printed on both sides.

Map of the province with portions of neighboring provinces and U.S. states. With topographical contours; elevations indicated by color changes.

Legend locates settlements of all sizes from major cities to villages; international and provincial boundaries; border crossing points; roads from multi-lane highways to major trails; airports, railways, and ferries; parks and wildlife sanctuaries; major campsites and RV parks; minor campsites.

With index of place names; chart of highway distances between major points. ... Read more


46. Fodor's Vancouver and British Columbia 2003 : The Guide for All Budgets, Where to Stay, Eat, and Explore On and Off the BeatenPath (Fodor's Vancouver and British Columbia)
by William Travis, Fodors
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Asin: 1400011000
Catlog: Book (2003-02-04)
Publisher: Fodor's
Sales Rank: 136331
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No matter what your budget or whether it's your first trip or fifteenth, Fodor's Gold Guides get you where you want to go.In this completely up-to-date guide our experts who live in Vancouver and British Columbia give you the inside track, showing you all the things to see and do ? from must-see sights to off-the-beaten-path adventures, from shopping to outdoor fun.Fodor's Vancouver and British Columbia 2003 shows you hundreds of hotel and restaurant choices in all price ranges ? from budget-friendly B&Bs to luxury hotels, from casual eateries to the hottest new restaurants, complete with thorough reviews showing what makes each place special.The Smart Travel Tips A to Z section helps you take care of the nitty gritty with essential local contacts and great advice ? from how to take your mountain bike with you to what to do in an emergency. Plus, web links and mix-and-match itineraries make planning a snap. ... Read more


47. Michelin the Green Guide Quebec (Michelin Green Guide : Quebec, 5th ed)
by Michelin
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Asin: 2061011233
Catlog: Book (2003-04-01)
Publisher: Michelin Travel Publications
Sales Rank: 345918
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Book Description

To discover one of North America's best kept travel secrets, come to the distinctly different world of Quebec. Experience the sophistication of Montreal, the rich history of Quebec City, the scenic splendors of Gaspésie. THE GREEN GUIDE, the perfect travel companion: a discerning and up-to-date source of information. Practical and comprehensive, it offers suggestions on what to see and what to do, background on history and cultural heritage and a selection of hotels and restaurants. Ideal guides for the independent tourist, THE GREEN GUIDE explores destinations both near and far. Sights are rated - 3 stars "worth a journey", 2 stars "worth a detour" and 1 star "interesting". Map itineraries make planning easy, whether visiting the highlights or venturing off the beaten path. Travel with THE GREEN GUIDE for an exciting and memorable experience. ... Read more


48. Cities Ranked and Rated: More than 400 Metropolitan Areas Evaluated in the U.S. and Canada, 1st Edition
by BertSperling, PeterSander
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Asin: 076452562X
Catlog: Book (2004-03)
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Sales Rank: 14300
Average Customer Review: 3.29 out of 5 stars
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2-0 out of 5 stars not quite accurate .. hoping for 2nd edition
I was happy to see this book come out since I only had found the
older "Places Rated Almanac" up to this point. I am looking to
relocate and so this sort of information is very useful to me.

However, I am going to return this book since I am disappointed
with the rankings and question the accuracy of the information. I
know two towns rather well, and both were mis-characterized in
the rankings.

Example 1 - Macon, GA: "Snows occurs during most winters." This
is simply not true. There was a dusting of snow 2 years ago that
lasted maybe a day and a half. Previous snow, 10 years before
then. Long time locals tell me that it's extremely rare to get
any snow here.

Example 2 - Iowa City, IA: IC received a score of 7 for Arts &
Culture, Macon a 25 - this is totally ridiculous. There are a lot
of things going on in Iowa City, Macon doesn't even come
close. To award Macon a score nearly 4 times higher than Iowa
City boggles the mind.

I know these two places well, and for me the information about
these two places puts into question the rest of the information
in the book.

I hope there will be a revised, and more accurate second edition
out.

I give it two stars since the rankings/editorial comments are
important to me. While I can't comment on the
accuracy of the statistics, the rankings/editorials were one of
the main reasons for my getting this book. Raw statistics can
be used to look up specific information, but the other material

can guide your search.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fair and Balanced Resource for Evaluating Cities
A previous reviewer complained of a liberal slant to Cities Ranked & Rated. Faithfully playing the part of the "I haven't read it, but I'm gonna condemn this communist filth anyhow" conservative, the reviewer's complaints were based on reading a USA Today article and not the book itself. I bought a copy (of the book) and I'm just not seeing a lot of politics here. I am, however, seeing a lot of really useful information based on objective, statistical information (including the unfairly derided quality of life statistics compiled by the U.S. Census Bureau and other agencies). I looked at the authors bios and found a link to www.bestplaces.net, which includes an interactive questionaire that helps you pick your ideal city. It appears to be based on the same data sets as the book. I would recommend anyone who suspects political bias on the part of the authors to go to this site and find out where their personal preferences would actually take them. I was surprised by what it told me.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great resource
Ignore the previous two reviews, not sure what these guys were up to or why. They went to deep dark corners to unearth "errors". Some may be true but some of their assertions, like no published cost of living data by city, are just plain wrong. I know -- I am a professional market researcher.

For 17 bucks, this book makes a handy reference for my profession and is a top resource if I ever decide to move. Authors have done a good job assembling otherwise hard-to-get information in a nice package.

1-0 out of 5 stars Mistakes and suspect data ruin this tome
Sorry, I have to dissent from positive ratings this book has been receiving. It has many errors, missourced or old data, and more than a few flatulent statements. Let's mention a few.

Early in the book the authors place Pine Bluff in Arizona (though later they move it to its correct location in Arkansas). A table (p.60) detailing population growth since 1990 shows Phoenix gaining over 2 million people, Atlanta gaining nearly 3 million, and Orlando gaining over 1 million. These may be typos, but they are astronomically incorrect.

The book depends too much on the 2000 Census of Population. Aside from using stale four-year old figures, one might say the book strays from rating the quality of cities to rating the quality of people living in them. Just an observation.

Moving on, consider this outrageous statement (p. 112): The number of Starbucks in a city "is indicative of the overall quality of retail establishments." Say again?

Starbucks is a service establishment, not a retailer. A Starbucks indicates the presence of a 25 to 50 demographic that buys a $3.00 latte grande. It says little about the quality of retailers in the city.

Here's another statement: One of Louisville, Kentucky's black marks is "low public-school utilization," (p. 462) based entirely on how many children were in private schools in 2000.

Shall we permit the authors to withdraw that remark? First, San Francisco, New Orleans, and even Dubuque are shown in the book to have greater proportions of children in private schools -- yet these cities don't receive similar criticism. Second, so what? For families on the move, shouldn't there be alternatives to public schools if they're wanted?

Amazingly, Boulder, Colorado (with employers like the University of Colorado, Hewlett-Packard, and the National Bureau of Standards) received the worst ranking for ECONOMY & JOBS, while locations like Billings, Montana, and Elkhart, Indiana, received top rankings based on employment figures nearly a year old (August 2003).

Lastly, I can tell you, CATEGORICALLY, that the Bureau of Labor Statistics does not produce cost-of-living figures for each city, in spite of the book's claims that BLS is the source for these data. Are the figures in the book a fabrication or is this simply an incorrect source?

Perhaps a second edition is planned. Let's hope so.

1-0 out of 5 stars Bursting with contradictions and factual errors
I hate to rip into an author's hard work, but I've spent an hour with this book and it cries out for the harshest criticism. It is so much flawed by errors that buyers deserve a refund.

The authors write, "the University of Mississippi adds college-town features" to the state capital in Jackson. Alas, the university is in Oxford, 150 miles north. They write of State College, Pennsylvania: "at 75,000, the [Penn State University] student body outnumbers the town's non-student population," unaware that 35,000 are somewhere else in the state at 20 branch campuses.

"Interestingly," they observe, "higher education facilities are present in all but 3 of the 331 metropolitan areas: San Angelo, Texas; Racine, Wisconsin; and Punta Gorda, Florida." What are Angelo State University in San Angelo and Edison Community College in Punta Gorda? Mirages?

The authors show Yuma, Arizona, resembling Albania or Lesotho because of an August 2003 unemployment rate of 34 percent. The figure reflects farm workers applying for unemployment benefits after the harvest and has little to do with the year-round economy. Apparently, the warnings from Bureau of Labor Statistics to stick with 'seasonally adjusted' unemployment statistics were lost of the authors.

What about the book's internal contradictions?

"Oil and gas are the main industries," they write of Lafayette, Louisiana (but later, 'Healthcare and Social Assistance' is listed as Lafayette's "largest employing industry"). Gainesville, Florida, "doesn't have serious problems with hurricanes," (but later, Gainesville is awarded one the country's worst "hurricane risk" scores). Hartford, Connecticut "has the greatest percentage of Hispanic residents north of Florida and east of the Mississippi," (but later, Jersey City and New York are shown to have much higher figures). Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, is a beach resort with "over 100 golf courses," (but later, Myrtle Beach's "golf-course rating" is pegged as one the country's worst). Santa Fe's "arts and culture" is its strong suit (later on, the New Mexico capital is ranked in the bottom third in the ARTS & CULTURE category).

Finally, a place's category rankings don't agree when they are summarized in the book's Appendix. For example, New Orleans's CLIMATE rank of 97 falls to 100 in the Appendix. Boulder, Colorado's ECONOMY & JOBS rank of 328 sinks to 331 in the Appendix. There are hundreds of similar discrepancies.

I have grave doubts that the information and data in this book will stand up to any more scrutiny. My copy is on its way back to amazon.com. ... Read more


49. Frommer's(r) Nova Scotia, New Brunswick & Prince Edward Island, 4E
by PaulKarr, Paul Karr
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Asin: 0764565982
Catlog: Book (2002-05-01)
Publisher: Frommers
Sales Rank: 449302
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Book Description

You'll never fall into the tourist traps when you travel with Frommer's. It's like having a friend show you around, taking you to the places locals like best. Our expert authors have already gone everywhere you might go -- they've done the legwork for you, and they're not afraid to tell it like it is, saving you time and money. No other series offers candid reviews of so many hotels and restaurants in all price ranges. Every Frommer's Travel Guide is up-to-date, with exact prices for everything, dozens of color maps, and exciting coverage of sports, shopping, and nightlife. You'd be lost without us!

Frommer's Nova Scotia, New Brunswick & Prince Edward Island is the premier guide to the Atlantic Provinces, with complete coverage of the title destinations as well as Newfoundland and Labrador. You'll get the inside scoop on the best hotels, restaurants, shopping, and nightlife, as well as the author's picks for the best travel experiences, including: sea kayaking nova scotia; biking the cabot trail; hiking Gros Morne National Park; driving along the Viking Trail in Newfoundland; walking through Annapolis Royal in Nova Scotia; feasting on fresh lobster and Digby scallops; and more. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Good for basic stuff
This is your standard Frommer's guide, good for hotels and restaurants but short on local color. We found the reviews accurate and the information up-to-date. But to figure out where you'll really want to go and what you'd be interested in, this book won't help you much. We used the guide to the Maritime Provinces from the "Off the Beaten Path" series, which is totally different from the Frommer's--long on local color and history, but very little information on places to stay and eat. But these two guides together, plus the free information you can get from the Nova Scotia Tourism website, are all you'll need.

1-0 out of 5 stars No maps or pictures!
Based on past reviews, I purchased this guide for an upcoming trip to Nova Scotia and PEI.Reading it has been utterly frustrating.Complaint #1:the maps are AWFUL.The text will mention a park or city or scenic drive, and it is NOT EVEN MARKED ON THE MAP.This makes the guide completely useless for planning a trip.Complaint #2:there is a severe shortage of affordable "where to stay" options; I found most listings seem similar in their style and price range (quaint inn/B&B, ~$120).Complaint #3:the writing is extremely dry.I'm not quite sure where the previous reviewer found humor in this guide.

Bottom line - I will HAVE to purchase another guide.Another reviewer stated that this guide needs to be complemented with another; I would suggest that this guide has nothing unique to offer and skip it altogether and go with Fodor's instead.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Sense of Humor
This guide was fun!The only things we knew about Nova Scotia we found in government tourist guides which were not always clear or easy to use.But Frommer's came through and gave us inside information and ideas about what authentically interesting things we should look for.The best thing, though, was the entertaining comments here and there.I found myself chuckling and then reading them aloud to my partner as we drove through the countryside.It was a good companion for our trip.

4-0 out of 5 stars great book but don't use it alone
I am planning my first trip to Nova Scotia for October 2002 and have been haunting the book stores in Boston for good guides.Near the end of my book search, I came across the 2002 (4th) edition of the Frommer's guide and it has been a regular companion for me as I plan the details of my trip.

Let me make a few things clear here.Like the other Frommer's edition for this same place (2000), this guide also has NO good maps.And there are still NO nice sidebars filled with local tidbits.And there aren't a lot of website or email addresses either.

But then again, this is NOT that type of book.This Frommer's guide is the nitty-gritty, the essence of what you would want to know for each of the major areas in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island.The guide does a good job of giving you information on at least a few places to stay (if there are any in that area), places to eat, tours, and any major landmarks or places to visit in a number of cities and towns, even the smaller ones.And the price range is mostly for the budget to mid-range values.The book is also a smaller size, allowing for you to easily carry it around or stash it when you travel.The format is easy to read, and the layout is clean and uncluttered.

To get over the drawbacks I mentioned above, I suggest augmenting the Frommer's with the official Nova Scotia travel guide (a behemonth, comprehensive thing) that has great photos, maps, and the like; request it for free from the tourism office.There are also some other good guidebooks on the market that will fill in some of the (small) gaps of the Frommer's.And anyone with access to the Internet can easily do web searches for websites that have tons of info on Nova Scotia, including the official Nova Scotia website.

Give it a try.At the very least, if you get it and don't like it, you can return it.I look forward to making my trip and then verifying the info I've gotten from the Frommer's guidebook. ... Read more


50. The Curve of Time: The Classic Memoir of a Woman and Her Children Who Explored the Coastal Waters of the Pacific Northwest (Adventura Travel Series)
by M. Wylie Blanchet, Timothy Egan
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Asin: 1580050727
Catlog: Book (2002-02-01)
Publisher: Seal Press (WA)
Sales Rank: 118697
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars A Book You will Read more than Once
I read M. Wylie Blanchet's book,THE CURVE OF TIME, for the first time last summer and decided to re-read it again this year, as it was so utterly delightful. Ms. Blanchet's love of nature, the ocean, her wonderful children and people--from the hermits who lived in splendid isolation on the BC Coast in the '30's and '40's to the Coast Indians, who left lonely villages behind--is one of the best books ever. This collection of essays, in no particular chronological order, left me amazed at this remarkably self-assured widow who made sure her children learned about people, literature and the beautiful world that surrounded them in British Columbia. It was easy to imagine my own children in that environment and I could almost see my children swimming with hers in those great sun-warmed coves in BC. The book ended with the "sense of place" they all felt upon returning to their "Little House" on Vancouver Island, surrounded by sea and forest. I wish I could somehow learn more about their lives. Thank you, Timothy Egan for making sure we all knew about this obscure author.

5-0 out of 5 stars A simple, but simply delightful collection of stories
A thoroughly readable account of summers spent in a simpler time. Muriel Wylie Blanchet's accounts of many consecutive summers spent sailing north from Victoria into the wild, sparesely populated islands and coastal communities of British Columbia is a delightful read.
She prevailed as a mariner, amateur mechanic, and raconteur at an age and at a point in history when merely being a widow and mother of 5 young children would have been daunting enough.
You can feel the anticipation of her young family as they embark each year to see new places and meet new friends. As they grow, so does the reader's appreciation for the isolation, raw physical beauty, and many charms of Canada's west coast.
I have referred many friends to this book, and all have become devotees. You do not need to have ever been to the west coast, or even to have been on a boat, to appreciate this delightful tale. ... Read more


51. Moon Handbooks Atlantic Canada : New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland and Labrador (3rd Ed)
by Mark Morris, Andrew Hempstead
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Catlog: Book (2002-05-01)
Publisher: Avalon Travel Publishing
Sales Rank: 25301
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Captivating and picturesque, Atlantic Canada is yours to discover with this updated guide. Authors Mark Morris and Andrew Hempstead provide details on Nova Scotia's maritime traditions, New Brunswick's Acadian coast, Prince Edward Island's villages, and Newfoundland and Labrador's great outdoors. Enjoy the stunning combination of European background and rugged North American beauty, the cultural and historical coverage that Moon Handbooks are known for, and all the practical information you'll need. "Attractions and sight-seeing trips are detailed and well-presented with useful recommendations for food and drink and things to do." -- Eclectic Book Reviews ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive and up to date
My wife and I travel to Atlantic Canada every summer. We have used a variety of guidebooks including this one, which is definitely our favorite. The authors have obviously spent a lot of time in the region, and as a result they have come up with a good range of places to see, things to do, and where to stay and eat.

The reccommendations of where to stay are particularly helpful. We find the provincial tourist guides good, but their accommodation listings won't really tell you which are good or bad. This book does, and we find the reviews both accurate and very helpful. Seafood is the favorite food around Atlantic Canada, and the authors have obviously enjoyed researching this section of the book, with choices we rarely find fault with.

Also importantly, the book is very well organized and easy to find your way around. There are no color photos, which is a shame, but otherwise, this book is a worthwhile investment if you're traveling to this part of Canada. ... Read more


52. Lonely Planet USA & Canada On A Shoestring (Lonely Planet Shoestring Guides)
by Robert Reid, Rebecca Blond, Andrew Dean Nystrom
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Asin: 1740596528
Catlog: Book (2005-04-01)
Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications
Sales Rank: 40944
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California sunsets, Vegas jackpots, BC rain forests, New York energy - hit the wide open highways to the trip of your choice.Written by and for backpackers, this compact, detailed guide lets you go further, stay longer and pay less for the adventure of a lifetime.

• GET THE INSIDE SCOOP - extensive eating, sleeping and drinking listings, themed highlights and travel-tested budget tips from an intrepid team of backpacking authors

• FIND YOUR WAY - expanded itineraries and more than 100+ maps put you in charge of your journey

• DIVE INTO ADVENTURE - outdoor activities chapter covers adrenaline rushes from mountain biking in Moab to skiing Whistler and diving the Florida Keys

• SEE ANOTHER SIDE - cruise unexplored backroads, scenic byways, hip neighborhoods, diverse cities and vast national parks ... Read more


53. Frommer's Toronto 2005 (Frommer's Complete)
by HilaryDavidson
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Asin: 0764575309
Catlog: Book (2004-12-13)
Publisher: Frommers
Sales Rank: 83601
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Completely updated every year (unlike most of the competition), Frommer's Toronto is written by a native who'll show you all the highlights and hidden pleasures of this fascinating city. She's inspected countless hotels and selected the most inviting places to stay for every taste and budget: historic downtown hotels, best bets for families, romantic inns, and more. She'll also show you the best of Toronto's multicultural dining scene, from elegant French bistros and Italian trattorias to eclectic spots for Asian, Greek, and fusion cuisines.

With Frommer's in hand, you won't miss any of the fun, from Harbourfront Centre, the Metropolitan Zoo, and Skydome to art museums, markets, festivals, neighborhood strolls, and ferries to nearby islands -- plus biking, boating, cross-country skiing, ice-skating, and swimming. It's all here, in one reliable, easy-to-use guide, packed with neighborhood maps, exact prices, and logistical tips. ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Was not a useful reference
The usual reason to buy a travel book like this is to get some insights about places to visit and use the map to figure out how to get to those places. Unfortunately, the maps in this book aren't always correct.We had tickets to Mama Mia at the Royal Alexandra.The book justs insists that the RA is on the wrong side of Simcoe.Luckily there were plenty of banners hanging along King Street to guide us in the right direction.Still, I was a little more gunshy about all of the Frommer's recommendations after this.Some of the dining recommendations were good but some just made no sense (a highly recommended seemed mediocre and overhyped).The layout of the book means that there is never a single map to show you where both the restaurants and attractions are.Each is relegated to its own section.Due to the Royal Alex mishap, Frommers got relegated to the hotel room and we just used the freebie Hertz map we got when renting the car.And tripadvisor.com got consulted for all attaction advice.

Luckily the book is cheap so I wasn't out much money.But with the wealth of web resources, I would either just rely on the web or buy one of the other travel companies books.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good Guide to One of The Best Cities I've Ever Visited...
....there's so much to do and see in Toronto, you are going to need a guide like this one from Frommer's. You aren't likely to miss the big tourist sights--the CN Tower, the Jetsons styled City Hall, the Sky Dome and Ontario Place--but the little secrets like shopping districts where you can get more from your dollar (that is, more than what you get on the daily currency exchange), Frommer's take you there. Also there are superb breakfast places and diners that you can get meals on the cheap. Frommer's helps you find them. You can wander in the historic glory of Casa Loma and it's famed gardens or you can get a dig on the daily downtown hustle and bustle...heck, I don't know if they still do that kinda thing nowadays, but you can even ride Lake Ontario, if you're so inclined.Frommer's will give you the details so's you get the best bang for your buck. Trolley rides, jazz shows, art museums, places to get film developed in an hour, Frommer's got the buzz about. While the CN Tower is a must see, (the glass floor at the skyview scared the bejesus outta me) it isn't the only thing to see and do in this great city. This guide will be indispensible to your enjoyment of Toronto. Trust me.

3-0 out of 5 stars Okay Covers The Basic with Maps
This book is what I would call competently done - not great. Okay but not great. It is a guide with maps.

It is about Toronto, the largest city in Canada, located in the province (state) of Ontario, one of 10 provinces in Canada. Ontario is a large province and contains the most people and the most industry plus the capital of Canada - Ottawa. Toronto is the capital of Ontario and the business hub of Canada, passing Montreal about 30 years ago to take that title.

Like all Frommer guides it is heavy on text with very few photographs. I like too see a few photos in a guide. It has some good maps and many comments and interesting things to see and visit. It is covers more than just Toronto. It covers what we in Toronto call the "golden horseshoe" which is the region from Niagara Falls on the US - New York State border going along the shore of western Lake Ontario and continuing around north and eastto just east of Toronto, i.e.: a horseshoe shape that contains about 40% of Canadian industry, about 3.5 million people and is a stretch of land about 200 km long. Also the book contains maps and comments on other places to see in southern Ontario.

A solid effort but not enough photographs. 3 stars but a recommended buy.

Jack in Toronto.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good Reference on Canada's Largest City
Resourceful, handy, and full of important travel reference, "Frommers Toronto" by Hilary Davidson is a good book to have when traveling to Canada's largest city. Full of maps, suggested itineraries, and the names and addresses of many local establishments, this book came handy when I traveled to Toronto back in October 2000.

While I consider this book a good buy and reference, I am more biased when it comes top travel guides, I highly recommend Lonely Planet's guide to the city. Lonely Planet is an excellent series because it is full of information that not only will benefit you during your stay in Toronto, but also comes in handy when preplanning your trip. Whether you want to learn about entry requirements or more about the city's history and culture, Lonely Planet in my opinion ranks supreme in the travel book industry. Frommer's is a great series, but I feel that it is geared more to travelers 35 years and above, whereas Lonely Planet covers the young adult market.

Still a good book, Frommer's will make your stay in Toronto a pleasant one. Try it, you won't be disappointed. ... Read more


54. Toronto City Guide
by John Must
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Asin: 1552975371
Catlog: Book (2001-07-01)
Publisher: Firefly Books Ltd
Sales Rank: 131930
Average Customer Review: 4.78 out of 5 stars
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Not many people have walked every street and back alley in Toronto's central core. John Must has, and he wants to take you on a fascinating journey of discovery.

There is a lot more to Toronto that the CN Tower and the Blue Jays. You'll discover 356 restaurants, 146 intriguing neighborhoods, hundreds of shops and places, forgotten parks, infectious nightlife and theatre, and intriguing insights. Even if you thought you knew this city, you're in for a surprise.

68 maps pinpoint 1,500 places, give street numbers, parking lots, gas stations, one-way streets, 24 hour services - and more. 170 local Web sites provide a source for additional up-to-the-minute information and a detailed index lists over 1,800 things for you to see and do.

This book is a must have reference for anyone who lives in the city and a source for more practical, straight-up and fascinating information about Toronto than any other book. It also has a great visitor's guide included!

The Toronto City Guide contains

- City Places: gives you all the information you need to enjoy hundreds of Toronto's most interesting sites. Included are art galleries and street art, buildings, entertainment and sports facilities, history and museums, parks, gardens, zoos, squares and places of worship.

- City Life and Entertainment is the section to consult before going out on the town. This is where you'll find everything you need to know about annual events, ballet and dance, cinema, classical and choral music, clubs and bars, opera, professional sports and theatre.

- City Food list 356 restaurants - including the 10 best places and the best value for money - and fully reviews 99 popular establishments. These are categorized under American, Canadian, Chinese, Continental, French, Greek, Indian, International, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malaysian, Moroccan, Peruvian, Portuguese, seafood, Spanish, steakhouses, Thai and Vietnamese.

- City Information tells you how to find anything about Toronto you want to know.

- Visiting the City gives you more common sense information about Toronto than you are ever likely to need including lots of tips to make you feel comfortable and loads of useful stuff so you can really enjoy yourself.

- City Index is an alphabetical list of the 1,891 things that are covered in this book. A separate directory lists 756 streets and their map locations. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book!
I just got back from a 4 day trip to Toronto with this book as my guide, and I must say it's one great book.

The format of this book is different from other guidebooks like Lonely Planet and Fodor's, but it's also the best part about it. The author breaks the city into 35 or so sections, and devotes two pages to each section. On the left hand page is a map of that particular section. These are great maps; they contain street numbers, locations of major sites, locations of restaurants, and locations of little things like convenience stores. On the facing page is a (unually historical) description about that section of town. Need to find out where you are? No need to break out a large, clumsy, fold out map of the city. Just figure out what part of town you're in, turn to that page in the book, and there you go.

The rest of of book contains usual guidebook info like listings of major restaurants, sites, how to get to/from the airport, more maps (the one of the subway is very useful) and stuff like that. NOTE: one thing the book lacks is hotel information. Nothing about budget accomodations, B&B's, fancy hotels. . .nothing. So don't rely on this book to get you a place to stay for the night, but you can rely on it for everything else.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book!
I just got back from a 4 day vacation in Toronto. It was my first time there and I didn't have anybody to really take me around the city, so I had to rely on this book to get me around. My opinion of this book after all this: it's one great guidebook.

First off, I really like the format. This books divides up the city into about 35 different sections (Chinatown, Fashion District, Univ. of Toronto. . .). Each section is given two facing pages; the left hand page contains a map of that section of the city. In this way, it's easy to navigate because you just have to know the general area where you are in the city, turn to the appropriate section in the book, and there's a map for you right there. No need to constantly fold and unfold large maps to try to locate where you are. And the maps are excellent. Using them, I never got lost. The maps are also marked with street numbers, the location of restaurants, convenience stores, attractions, and that kind of stuff. The (facing) right hand page contains a historical description of that part of the city.

The remaining pages of the book are devoted to listing the top attractions in the city, restaurants, bars, getting to/from the airport, all the typical guidebook stuff. There are more maps too, the most useful ones being the map of the entire city and the subway map.

Note: There is NO hotel info in this book, no list of budget accomodations, no list of B&B's, no list of fancy hotels, nothing. So do not show up in Toronto and rely on this book to get you a place to stay, because it doesn't do that.

In sum, I thought this was an excellent guidebook. Great format, easy to use, perfect size.

5-0 out of 5 stars HELPFUL!
I was so glad to have this book on my trip!

3-0 out of 5 stars OK... But Remember, It's Not Everything!
This isn't a road map, though you'll find walking and sightseeing guides of all downtown blocks (neighborhoods) and then some.

It's a great travel guide, but it won't point you the shops of the basic necessities. A city shopping guide it is not. (Get another book if you want bargains.)

This isn't a historical guide, though you'll find it a good read. (For this, seek out those "Toronto Sketches" series instead.)

The lists of churches, attractions and annual events is very far from comprehensive. (He probably didn't interview many of Toronto's growing cultural communities.)

It also lacks the cycling route maps and walking route maps promoted by the city's Parks & Recreation department. (The city has budgeted to support these well-designed city exploration routes. I even doubt that he talked with the city's tourism department.)

So, for me, a city guide it is not. Toronto residents will find it, at best, great advice of where to go this coming weekend.

5-0 out of 5 stars Check this out for World Youth Day.
If you're going to Toronto for World Youth Day, this is a really cool book to take along. There's lots of awesome maps and neat and useful stuff you probably won't find any place else. Check out all the Web sites and make sure to visit some of the neighbourhoods they've covered. I used this book on my last visit and found it a great guide. It's also inexpensive, really easy to use and fits in your pocket with no problem. Go for it! ... Read more


55. Moon Handbooks Canadian Rockies (Moon Handbooks : Canadian Rockies)
by Andrew Hempstead
list price: $17.95
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Asin: 1566916992
Catlog: Book (2005-04-10)
Publisher: Avalon Travel Publishing
Sales Rank: 85080
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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From rafting on the Bow River and hiking around Lake O'Hara to staying in a remote log cabin, Moon Handbooks Canadian Rockies is the guide to the best the region has to offer, both on and off the beaten path. Practical information includes suggested travel strategies and lists of must-see sights, plus essentials on dining, transportation, and accommodations for a range of budgets. Complete with color photos, illustrations, maps, and details for escaping the crowds of Lake Louise, viewing wildlife at Moraine Lake, or dining in Banff, Moon Handbooks Canadian Rockies gives travelers the tools they need to create a more personal and memorable experience. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent buy
We spent a week in the Canadian Rockies, using this book as our guide. The book gives excellent recommendations for accomodations and activities - we did not go wrong following them. It gives more information that is beyond the basic, "usual", details. It also includes descriptions of many hikes, from 1-hour hikes to full-day hikes, as well as description of road-accessible sites for the non-hikers.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I'm impressed. The author really knows Canada's Rocky Mountains and it shows. Not only does he write about the region in a knowledgeable manner, but it's obvious through his writing that he has been on the hiking trails he discusses and eaten at the restaurants he recommends. It was the seeminly insignificant things in this guide that caught our attention and made our vacation more enjoyable - which side of a hotel to request a room that catches the evening sun, a comment on the bathrooms at a particular restaurant (that truly were memorable), tips on cutting the cost of our car rental, hints on taking better pictures in the mountains, and tips on how to escape the crowds. As a comparison, the other guidebook we had with us had all the basic information, but was very bland - with reviews of all the obvious touristy restaurants, no real direction as to which were the best hikes, etc.

If you are traveling to Canada's Rockies I would definitely recommend the Moon book over the others.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good foundation handbook to have for the Northern Rockies
I would augment it with another guidebook to balance reviews and recommendations.Moon Handbooks are great for the traveler on a "middle class" budget and will guide you to the "must sees" without the extra confusing fluff that other guidebooks include.

5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent resource
Not really a review, but a definite This Is a Great Book. I'd never heard of Moon Handbooks, but purchased this guide through Amazon and found it helped immensely on recent trip to Canada. Everything was included and the detailed recommendations covered everything from hiking to where to eat. If you're heading to the Canadian Rockies, buying this book is money well spent.

5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent resource
Not really a review, but a definite This Is a Great Book. I'd never heard of Moon Handbooks, but purchased this guide through Amazon and found it helped immensely on recent trip to Canada. Everything was included and the detailed recommendations covered everything from hiking to where to eat. If you're heading to the Canadian Rockies, buying this book is money well spent. ... Read more


56. Scenic Driving British Columbia
by Scott Pick
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Asin: 1560449586
Catlog: Book (2000-06-01)
Publisher: Falcon
Sales Rank: 275473
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Massive glaciers, raging whitewater rivers, remote lakes, giant old-growth forests, fierce mountain ranges, wave-battered coastlines, thundering waterfalls, and plentiful wildlife--these are but a few of the natural wonders awaiting travelers who explore British Columbia's extensive network of highways and back roads. From Vancouver to the Alaska Highway to the Canadian Rockies, this rugged and beautiful land is one of the most pristine places left on earth.

Scenic Driving British Columbia has everything you need to plan your expedition. Author Scott Pick, a native British Columbian and professional writer and photographer, has written more than a travel guide--this is a passionate portrayal of his homeland. Area histories, exciting side trips, and details about recreational opportunities accompany clear maps and mile-by-mile trip descriptions of 29 drives, including three amazing Circle Tours that integrate BC's popular ferry system. An extensive appendix of phone numbers, addresses, and web sites completes the package to make Scenic Driving British Columbia an indispensable companion on your journey across this inspiring province. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive Guide to this Vast Province
Here we have the, I think, ultimate guidebook to driving British Columbia. Condensing the rich possibilities into a single book is an overwhelming task, but is successfully accomplished here. Some of the drives listed are difficult to get to, especially the ones in Northern BC, but they are exhaustively documented and obviously well researched. I am planning to take many of the drives this year, at least the paved ones. I now have a good idea what to expect. The author takes great pains to mention other side roads that contain hidden wonders that await you, as well as the ones that might be not worthwhile. All in all, this is a very handy guide I have studied cover to cover, and have mined for information about this beautiful destination. ... Read more


57. Journey on the Crest: Walking 2600 Miles from Mexico to Canada
by Cindy Ross
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Asin: 0898861462
Catlog: Book (1987-11-01)
Publisher: Mountaineers Books
Sales Rank: 405475
Average Customer Review: 3.56 out of 5 stars
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2-0 out of 5 stars Too much gushing, not enough of the trail
While I greatly admire Cindy Ross in accomplishing a thru-hike of the PCT (albeit over 2 years), I was quite disappointed in her writing style. Of particular annoyance was the High School gushing over her husband, whom she married halfway through the book. That became so irritating it nearly made me nauseous. I came to this book with a desire to learn about her hiking experiences, the trail conditions, the stories of resupplying in town, the physical effects of the trek and whatever spiritual satisfaction she gleaned from such an arduous journey. Instead we are regaled with endless (and pointless) tid-bits about her husband and other trail mates.

In short, too much extraneous information and not enough of the actual trail experience. Other reviewers have noted that Cindy seems short on humor, and I would concur. While I would never minimize her tremendous accomplishment, her writing style is sophomoric, whiny in long stretches and overly sentimental about relationships and puppy love. Call me a cynic, but this thru hiker didn't move me, even though her accomplishments are inspiring.

3-0 out of 5 stars Worthwhile if you're interested in the Pacific Crest Trail
Cindy Ross hiked the 2,600 mile Pacific Crest Trail over the course of two summers in
the early '80s, encountering a wide range of fellow hikers, deep snow and sunny
meadows, "trail towns" and lonely ridgelines.

Obviously, such an experience has enormous potential for a book, which is the main
reason this book is in it's fourth or fifth printing; there are a limited number of books written
on the PCT, and this book has successfully tapped that market.

The most outstanding aspect of the book is, in my opinion, the author's honesty about her
experiences. There is a tendency among those who are recording real-life experiences to
add a great deal more color to the story than the facts would warrant. This book doesn't
come across that way at all. When she is having a great day, the author lets you know
about it, and when she is tired and cold and sick of the whole business she's not afraid to
let you know about that either. On occasion I would cringe at some of the blunt
observations she made of her hiking companions, but that is part of honesty of the book.
Ross's bad moods on the trail just as quickly turn to delight as the trail works it's magic.

On the other hand, the writing style often seemed choppy to me, and was shy of
humor. On a personal level, I grew a little tired of the weeping and complaining. Just as
it can be painful hiking with someone who drives you crazy, it was often difficult for me
to "hike" with Cindy Ross. Also, the drawings illustrating the books struck me as
amateurish. The cover of the book has a couple of beautiful color photographs which
capture the grandeur of the trail far more than any drawing in the book I found the end of
her hike was extremely anticlimactic as written.

For someone interested in experiencing an adventure vicariously, but with no particular
interest in the PCT, I wouldn't recommend this book. For reader's interested in the Trail,
this book will provide an honest, account written by someone who has been there.

3-0 out of 5 stars Unique, but Not Great
First, I must firmly say that hiking the entirety of the 2600-mile Pacific Crest Trail is a remarkable journey worthy of telling, even if the author is not focused on relating the journey and even if the author found many negatively tinged experiences and challenges. There are very few books detailing a hike of the PCT, though there are many good ones that describe a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail and one good one about the Continental Divide Trail. I have read all of the PCT thru-hike stories, even the one out of print book. They total 3 and this book ranks 2nd among them (ranking first is the wonderful coffee table Smith/Berger book). After my own PCT thru-hike attempt in which I walked over 1/3 of the trail over the course of several months, I can say that Ross' account -- aside from mediocre writing -- is edgy and overly negative. I disagreed with many of her opinions and could not relate to her severely oppressive mental struggles to stay out there. To me, the trail was a joy, a love and a constant source of energy and enthusiasm. I always wanted to keep going and see what lay around the next bend. This book is Cindy Ross' experience, only one of many. Unfortunately, few people record their adventures in a book. For her effort, I commend Ms. Ross. However, I caution the reader that my opinion, as another thru-hiker, is that many thru-hikers have a MUCH more positive, enlightening journey than is described here, albeit a tough and challenging journey both mentally and physically. But at its root, a long distance hike is a joy and privilege to experience first hand for those who love the adventure. Take this book as a gift -- a unique story about a trail few ever thru-hike and few have ever recorded on paper. But also, take the story with a grain of salt. It is only one story of many more positive, enlightening stories that have never been written.

3-0 out of 5 stars An honest account of one woman's difficult journey.
Cindy is to be commended for her accomplishment. Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail is quite a feat. While I would say I liked reading the book, I felt it spent too much time on interpersonal relationships and not enough on the grandeur of the trail. Too much petty bickering, not enough mountain. When Cindy does write of the physical dangers and beauty, the book is at its best. Overall this is probably a good book about the Pacific Crest Trail, if you want a great book read Karen Berger.

2-0 out of 5 stars Void of Detail and Humor
This book read like an eighth-grader's diary. Easy to read, but more frustrating and irritating than entertaining and informative. I wanted to vomit everytime the author spoke of how much she loved her trail mates, and especially the second half of the book when she gushes puppy love about her new husband. The author spends too much time discussing her fear of snow, and not enough time telling the history of the trail. I wanted to learn about the development of the trail, and the history of the many national parks the trail runs through. I guess I have been spoiled by other books. If your goal is to get a feel for the day-to-day of being on the trail, and want something that doesn't challenge your mental facilities, then this is the book for you. If you want something that is informative and humurous, in the mold of Bryson, skip this book. For a more informative read about the PCT, take a look at "Along the Pacific Crest Trail." ... Read more


58. Woodall's North American Campground Directory, 2003 (Woodall's North American Campground Directory)
by Corp. Woodall Publications
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Asin: 0762724080
Catlog: Book (2003-01-01)
Publisher: Woodall Publishing, Corp.
Sales Rank: 205674
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Book Description

The camping and RV industry's most widely used and respected campground directory, known for its accurate information and up-to-date, reliable rating system.
All privately-owned parks are personally visited yearly by Woodall's professionally-trained representatives, ensuring up-to-date data. Over 15,000 government and privately-operated facilities are listed including RV service centers and attractions. Campground/RV park listings include facility descriptions, easy-to-follow driving directions, camping fees and telephone numbers. Includes pet restrictions, phone/modem hookups at sites, handicap accessibility, county information (for weather warnings), e-mail addresses for parks, and much more.
The "Travel Sections" at the front of each state and province contain facts about popular attractions, events, modem-friendly and big rig parks, shopping, and travel information sources. In addition to the comprehensive RV/camping descriptions, Woodall's features a travel article at the front of each directory.

The 2003 edition also includes WOODALL'S Guide to Seasonal Sites in RV Parks/Campgrounds. This special section, bound into every edition of Woodall's Campground Directory, features RV parks, campgrounds, and resorts which offer a place to camp for a month or a season.
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4-0 out of 5 stars swimming pool details are missing
Woodall's are great campground directories. The only thing that is missing is important information about the swimmingpool; heated or not, indoor or outdoor. Maybe Woodall will add this information next year. ... Read more


59. Avant-Guide Toronto: Insiders' Guide for Urban Adventurers (Avant-Guide Series)
by Dan Levine
list price: $19.95
our price: $13.57
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Asin: 1891603167
Catlog: Book (2002-07-01)
Publisher: Empire Press
Sales Rank: 165616
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Whip smart, stylish, and bang up-to-date, the Avant-Guide series is the vanguard of a new generation of guidebooks for travelers who have outgrown backpacks and shoestring budgets. Avant-Guide Toronto is comprehensive in scope, detailing the latest hotels, restaurants, shops, and nightspots -- all with exact prices. Intelligently written, brutally honest, and a highly entertaining read, the book includes full-color, fold-out maps, ensuring Avant-Guide Toronto is as substantive as it is playful. A comprehensive travel guidebook containing easy-to-use information on the most exciting and stylish facets of the city, the guide also digs deeper, offering the inside scoop on local culture via short, candid interviews with major artists, musicians, chefs, and others who are the epicenter of their scene. Features such as "Toronto Unzipped" introduce travelers to the Canadian state of mind and provides a crash course in the city, recommendations of places to stay for all budgets, the top sights, the best restaurants, nightlife, shopping, sports, fitness centers, and spas that make this the only guidebook you need. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Discover safe
Well done guide. It is organized, thoughtful and balances the standard information of travel guides with the more local places you would otherwise found only by a chance. Time is precious, so it is useful to know you can leave the center without being lost and dependent on locals.

5-0 out of 5 stars Superb
The guide is precise, visually perfect, with a balanced set of sites and useful information. I visited Toronto couple of weeks ago and although I have been there before, this time I enjoyed the trip a lot more. ... Read more


60. Niagara & Southwestern Ontario : A Colourguide (Colourguide Travel Series)
list price: $16.95
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Asin: 0887804268
Catlog: Book (1998-01-01)
Publisher: Formac
Sales Rank: 205870
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This Colourguide shows the best destinations for biking, birding, boating, camping, golfing, wining and dining in lush southwestern ontario. ... Read more


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