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81. Hiking The West Coast Of Vancouver
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82. Lonely Planet Vancouver (Lonely
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83. Vancouver and Victoria for Dummies
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84. Michelin Western Canada Road Atlas
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85. Victoria and Vancouver Island,
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86. Insiders' Guide to Portland, Oregon,
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87. Hiking Vancouver Island: A Guide
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88. Hideaway : Life on the Queen Charlotte
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89. Michelin Green Guide Canada: With
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90. Banff National Park and the Canadian
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92. Backcountry Banff
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93. Canadian Rockies Trail Guide
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94. Untangling My Chopsticks : A Culinary
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96. Canada's National Parks
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81. Hiking The West Coast Of Vancouver Island
by Tim Leadem
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Asin: 1553650247
Catlog: Book (2005-05-10)
Publisher: Greystone Books
Sales Rank: 296660
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Western Vancouver Island's geographical variety attracts more than 8,000 hikers per year, from less experienced hikers to the expert hikers capable of traversing such majestic, challenging areas as the stretch known as the Graveyard of the Pacific. Hiking the West Coast of Vancouver Island covers every major coastal hike in six major areas, from the remote beaches of the Juan de Fuca Marine Trail to the rugged surf-swept shore of Cape Scott. From planning the trip, to getting to and from the trailheads, to choosing the most scenic campsites, this is the one indispensable guide. ... Read more


82. Lonely Planet Vancouver (Lonely Planet Vancouver)
by Sara Benson, Chris Wyness
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Asin: 1864503742
Catlog: Book (2002-04-01)
Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications
Sales Rank: 99918
Average Customer Review: 3.62 out of 5 stars
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With mountains, forests and plenty of water right at its doorstep, Vancouver has 'location' down. This guide takes you through the city's vibrant neighborhoods, splendid gardens, impressive art and inventive restaurants. From afternoon tea to False Creek kayaking, this authoritative guide uncovers the best of Vancouver’s urban and outdoor attractions.

  • accommodations for all budgets, from dorm beds to four-posters
  • like the back of your hand – a 20-page full-color maps section
  • special color section on Whistler, in winter and summer
  • excursions to the Sunshine Coast, the Southern Gulf Islands and more
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2-0 out of 5 stars Unorganized
The book contains a lot of information for sure. The thing is for a first time visitor it does not really provide a big help. Which things are a must to see? The book does not say. Instead the reader is forced to read each every section of the book because the book is divided into sections, each covering a part of the city.

All in all it is a bit disappointing.

1-0 out of 5 stars A little out of date
Vancouver is a beautiful city to visit and the people are very nice. I was disappointed that this book was so outdated even the train fare is no longer $1.50. With so many tourist going to Vancouver LP might consider updating this guide more often.
And this book list "Hasting and Main st." as being a shady area, they should have been more informative and wrote "traveler should not walk pass these streets."
Description for places where too brief, lacked detail.

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome City, Awesome Book
I went with my parents to Vancouver in August and we took along about five different guide books to the city. I checked out some of them but the one that I thought was by far the coolest was the Lonely Planet guide. The descriptions of places were right on target and you could tell that the writers really knew the city and how to get around it. I mean it was like they were walking along with us describing things and telling us where we should go. My parents came around to thinking that this was a pretty cool book too and by the end of our holiday it was the only one we took out with us.

5-0 out of 5 stars practical guide to Vancouver
I bought 3 Vancouver travel books before vacationing in Vancouver. By far, this was the most practical. It was really helpful because it lists public transportation lines to get to recommended sites.

3-0 out of 5 stars in regards to...
I read the review for the Lonely Planet's Vancouver edition and I would like to clarify one thing. Chinatown is great during the day! There is a point around the main intersection of Chinatown that is unsafe at night but as long as you mind your business you will be just fine. ... Read more


83. Vancouver and Victoria for Dummies
by PaulKarr
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Asin: 0764538748
Catlog: Book (2003-09-15)
Publisher: For Dummies
Sales Rank: 281433
Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars
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Written by a prize-winning journalist, Vancouver and Victoria for Dummies is the only guide you'll need to plan a great trip to this splendid area. We'll guide you to the best things to do, from a gondola trip up Grouse Mountain for a panoramic view of Vancouver, to a relaxing walk through Victoria's incredible gardens. With Victoria for Dummies in hand, you'll know which microbreweries to sample (Vancouver has deemed itself the epicenter of the North American beer universe), and where to find excellent vegetarian spring rolls. Our author has also scouted out the best lodging for all tastes and budgets, so you're sure to find something that suits you. Vancouver & Victoria for Dummies has detailed maps; honest, up-to-date reviews; and even lists describing the ten things that you can't live without in Vancouver and Victoria. ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Don't go there
I didn't feel like a dummy until I tried to use this guide. My husband and I are good at following maps and directions and this guide has neither. Some of the maps are incorrect as are the directions..you can't get there following the directions, believe me we tried. Makes us wonder if anyone actually went to the places in the book or just gave directions off of a map. Also if the guide has anyone that actually tries to follow the directions before the printing to see if us 'dummies' can actually follow them. ... Read more


84. Michelin Western Canada Road Atlas & Travel Guide (Michelin Western Canada Atlas & Travel Guide)
by Not Applicable (Na )
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Asin: 2067107240
Catlog: Book (2004-04-01)
Publisher: Michelin Travel Publications
Sales Rank: 821372
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85. Victoria and Vancouver Island, 4th: A Personal Tour of an Almost Perfect Eden
by Kathleen Thompson Hill, Gerald Hill
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Asin: 0762728116
Catlog: Book (2003-11-01)
Publisher: Globe Pequot
Sales Rank: 260391
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Victoria and Vancouver Island--where else can people enjoy Canadian urbanity with fine wines and restaurants, shops, museums, and theater, and in five minutes be at the beach or in 30 minutes be deep in the rain forest? Join Kathleen and Gerald Hill as they take readers step-by-step through the pleasures of Victoria and Vancouver Island's food, wine, and culture. Included are recipes from the region's most renowned chefs.
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86. Insiders' Guide to Portland, Oregon, 3rd: Including the Metro Area and Vancouver, Washington
by Rachel Dresbeck
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Asin: 076272840X
Catlog: Book (2003-12-01)
Publisher: Globe Pequot
Sales Rank: 149619
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From the rugged beauty of the Oregon coastline, to the best bistros, brewpubs, and night spots of downtown Portland, this guide shows the way. Local authors take readers behind the scenes to discover the real City of Roses, from the thriving arts scene of the Pearl District to the natural wonder of the scenic Columbia Gorge.
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87. Hiking Vancouver Island: A Guide to Vancouver Island's Greatest Hiking Adventures
by Shannon Cowan, Lissa Cowan
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Asin: 0762723505
Catlog: Book (2003-06-01)
Publisher: Falcon
Sales Rank: 310570
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Outdoor enthusiasts Shannon and Lissa Cowan share their intimate knowledge of the best-loved hikes on Vancouver Island. Featuring more than 50 trails on Canada's west coast, this one-stop guide to hiking Vancouver Island takes hikers from the rugged wind-swept coast of Cape Scott Provincial Park to the urban wonder trails of Victoria's Galloping Goose to the ancient and silent forests of the island's interior. For the experienced backpacker or the novice day-tripper, Hiking Vancouver Island provides insider information to make the hiking trip informed and memorable, including GPS-quality maps, clear directions from major access points, up-to-date road information, photographs, highlights, summaries, regional tips, historical tidbits, and resource information.
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88. Hideaway : Life on the Queen Charlotte Islands
by JAMES HOUSTON
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Asin: 0771042434
Catlog: Book (2000-09-01)
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
Sales Rank: 476097
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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For more than thirty years James Houston has been flying to Vancouver, then taking a little plane north and west to the airport at Sandspit on the Queen Charlotte Islands. After the ferry ride to Skidegate, he takes the single road running north on Graham Island and settles down in his small cottage by the bridge over the Tlell River. There he fishes, writes, draws, roams around, and rejoices that he and his wife, Alice, have found the perfect place.

People go misty-eyed when they recall the Queen Charlottes, those distant islands in the Pacific within sight of Alaska that are miraculously temperate and see little snow. The glaciers of the Ice Age passed the islands by, leaving a treasure trove for botanists and biologists. Today, the warming Japan current still protects its shores.

Among its many delights are spectacular wildlife of all kinds. On land are many deer, river otters, and the largest black bears in the world. Its waters shelter giant crabs, salmon, and killer whales. And the air is filled with remarkable birds, especially the ravens and bald eagles that are everywhere. Special landscapes include moss-hung rainforests that remind us that this is Emily Carr country, sheer cliffs that plunge straight into the Pacific, miles of empty beaches piled with sculptured driftwood, Guinness-black forest pools and thundering seascapes, and even a secret Haida mountain that provides the rare carving stone known as argillite.

These are the islands of Haida Gwaii, of course, and James Houston has always had an affinity for native people, whether with Ojibway friends in his Ontario boyhood or with Inuit in the North. His book tells the history of the Haida, the coming of the Eagle and the Raven clans, and the rich culture they developed in this land of plenty. Then came the bloody sea otter fur trade with sometimes ruthless sea captains two centuries ago and later the smallpox that wiped out 80 per cent of the Haida population, with social effects that have lasted to this day. Houston also tells us about totem poles and potlatches, two traditions that he has seen being revived. And while many old Haida legends adorn his book, there are also fine modern characters, including the old Haida visitor who sang a song to her river chez Houston, and the Houstons’ friend Teddy Bellis, who liked to offer their big-city guests a snack of “smoked dog.”

From a visit to the awesome power of the crumbling poles at the deserted village of Ninstints in the south all the way to the site of a crab fishing tragedy on North Beach, the book covers the range of the archipelago. But James Houston is a fanatical fly fisherman and his love of fishing on his doorstep – and dramatic tales of salmon or trout caught or lost by him, or Alice, or their friends – runs through the book. So, too, does their beloved Tlell River, which ebbs and flows with the tide a mere twenty feet from his window. As he and Alice arrive and open up the old green cottage, their excitement will affect everyone whose family has ever had a special summer place, a hideaway. Reading this book is almost as good as being there.
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4-0 out of 5 stars Well written, informative, and entertaining
This book is well written and it satisfies one's craving for learning more about the Queen Charlottes. As a salmon fisherman, I felt the chapter titled "Old John" was worth the price of the book. ... Read more


89. Michelin Green Guide Canada: With Hotels and Restaurants (Michelin Green Guide: Canada English Edition)
by Michelin
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Asin: 2061011225
Catlog: Book (2003-06-01)
Publisher: Michelin Travel Publications
Sales Rank: 539055
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Experience fast-paced cities or laid-back frontier towns. Watch whales on either coast, polar bears up North or moose in the Maritimes. Canoe native waters or ride a back-country trail. Sleep in an igloo, or a teepee under the prairie sky. Go sugaring, dine on fresh lobster or dance a Scottish jig. Canada is the land of choices. 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


90. Banff National Park and the Canadian Rockies for Dummies
by DarleneWest
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Asin: 0470834145
Catlog: Book (2004-04-16)
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Sales Rank: 416797
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Make the most of your vacation to Banff National Park and the Canadian Rockies! Whether you want to hike, camp, see the local wildlife or just play a few rounds of golf, a trip to this beautiful part of western Canada is a great place to unwind. But how do you make sure you don't miss anything worth seeing? Relax! This easy-to-understand guide delivers just what you need. Discover: down-to-earth trip-planning advice, what you shouldn't miss, and what you can skip, the best restaurants and hotels for every budget, and lots of detailed maps! ... Read more


91. Moon Handbooks British Columbia (Moon Handbooks : British Columbia)
by Andrew Hempstead
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Asin: 1566915929
Catlog: Book (2005-04-10)
Publisher: Avalon Travel Publishing
Sales Rank: 136089
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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A reliable guide is essential when venturing off into the 948,596 square kilometers that make up British Columbia, and Moon's Handbook is the guide of choice. Covering recreation, accommodations, food, transportation, and sights for Southwestern, Central, and Northern British Columbia, Vancouver and Vancouver Island, plus the Rocky Mountains, Okanagan Valley, and the Kootenays, it's an exceptionally valuable tome of information.Whether you're looking for a sophisticated big city Vancouver holiday, going for high tea in Victoria, viewing Haida totem poles on the Queen Charlotte Islands, hiking the West Coast Trail, or canoeing the lakes in the Cariboo Mountains, the Moon Handbook is up-to-date and on the money. --Stephanie Gold ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Help
This was the first of the Moon books I'd ever used and I was very impressed. There was a ton of useful information on general Canadian travel, but the bulk of the book is devoted to the various regions and the best of what there is to see and do. In places like Vancouver, where there are lots of museums, he discusses these; on Vancouver Island he tells all you'll need to know about water activities; in the Okanagan Valley he chooses his favorite wineries, etc. I'd been to BC previously, but visited a few great spots that I wouldn't have found without this book. The author concentrates on 3 or 4 places to stay and a similiar number of restaurants in each town and he has obviously done his research well as I couldn't find fault with the recommendations that cover all price ranges.

Also importantly, the book is very well organized and the maps were very helpful. I also liked the thorough bibliography.

5-0 out of 5 stars My favourite guidebook for British Columbia
I know of no better book to my home province of British Columbia than this Moon guide. On my travels as a semi-retired geologist, I also carry copies of the Lonely Planet and Frommer's book and have reviewed both of them and others at Amazon.com, but Moon Handbooks British Columbia stands alone for its usefulness. The other books have their good points, but this one encapsulates everything one needs to enjoy the wonders of the province, whether it's their first trip or they live here. It covers every single corner of BC and is thorough and up to date.

The Moon guide is cleverly written and arranged to appeal to all budgets. The bulk of the text relates to towns and parks of BC, with informative coverage of everything from museums to fishing opportunities and wildlife viewing. Each section ends with details of the best places to stay and recommendations for dining. If you're camping out or RVing I'd suggest also getting a campground guide, but the Moon book suggests at least one campground in each town, each of which the author has obviously visited. Motels are also detailed, and over previous editions I'm yet to find fault with the author's choices. Ditto for bed and breakfasts and restaurants.

In my opinion, thois is definitely the best allround guidebook for British Columbia

4-0 out of 5 stars Great, but previous edition better.
This is indeed a terrific guidebook for B.C.Previous editions, however, included Banff and Jasper National Parks, which admittedly are in Alberta, not B.C., but are usually included in Canadian Rockies travel itineraries. There's no excuse including Yoho (which is just over the border) but not Banff and Jasper, except to sell more books. So this is not an improvement.

5-0 out of 5 stars Moon Handbooks rule!
I've used Moon Handbooks for years and they are simply the best! I have the Montana, Wyoming, Washington, Alberta, and now the British Columbia book, and I've never been disappointed. These books include the usual stuff, such as lodging, restaurants, and recreation, but they also include local history and cultural information that makes them far superior to most guides. Buy a Moon Handbook that covers the state you live in--you will be surprised at how much you can learn. If you're going traveling, they are indispensable.

5-0 out of 5 stars Up to date, informative and well written
We've used the Moon books for many years in my travels through the U.S. and have generally found them superior to all other travel guides. We used the British Columbia and Alberta editions on a recent to trip to Canada, and found them equally valuable.

The British Columbia book begins with an overview of the region and then a chapter on just about everything you need to know about planning your trip, with dozens of helpful contact numbers and websites. The rest of the book is devoted to each region. While coverage of all the major cities and resorts is strong, out of the way places that I found to be equally delightful are also covered. All the best museums, hikes and tours are covered as well as places to stay and dining options for each town. Unlike other guides I've used, these reccommendations are detailed and accurate, giving me the confidence to make an booking and knowing that I'll be satisfied with the motel or restaurant. The book is also organized in a way that makes it easy to navigate, both before you leave home and also out on the road traveling.

Overall, I highly reccommend this book. It was worth every penny and made our trip through Canada all the more enjoyable. ... Read more


92. Backcountry Banff
by Mike Potter
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Asin: 0969443811
Catlog: Book (2001-08-01)
Publisher: Luminous Compositions
Sales Rank: 294735
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Hiking guidebook for all of Banff National Park, Alberta (Canadian Rockies) except for area covered by "Hiking Lake Louise" ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Very comprehensive
A very comprehensive and detailed guide to many of the lesser known trails (as well as the more known ones). Many of the maps are good, some are clearly lacking detail; however, it allows the natural sense of adventure to flourish in the beautiful environs. The book provides a wonderful overview of the area when the chapters are put together. Mike's directional ordering made it very easy to connect one trail with another for a day of small hikes or a day of longer hikes. I traveled too late to stay at any of the backcountry campsites covered; however, we did follow some of the hikes to/from, and they were incredible. I highly recommend travelling to this area immediately after Labor Day as there are fewer crowds. ... Read more


93. Canadian Rockies Trail Guide
by Brian Patton, Bart Robinson
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Asin: 0919934900
Catlog: Book (2000-09-01)
Publisher: Summerthought Ltd
Sales Rank: 509510
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars The one guide to buy
If you are buying only one trail guide for the Canadian Rockies, this is the one to get. The current seventh edition has been reprinted with revisions in 2002 and is still the only trail guide that includes all of the mountain national parks as well as some trails in adjoining provincial parks. The trails listed for the Kananaskis area (Peter Lougheed Provincial Park) are limited in number but are a good selection for visitors with limited time.

5-0 out of 5 stars Seventh edition better than ever!!
This has been "The Hiker's Bible" for over 30 years and is now in its seventh edition still in print. The new edition has added trails in adjacent provincial parks making it the only trail guide to cover the five national mountain parks (Banff, Jasper, Yoho, Kootenay and Waterton Lakes) and five adjoining provincial parks (Mt. Robson, Mt. Assiniboine, Peter Lougheed / Kananaskis, Elk Lakes and Akamina-Kishinena.)

The trail descriptions are complete and accurate and the maps are adequate. There are references to government topo maps and GemTrek maps for those who want more detail. This is still the best of all the Canadian Rockies Books and is readily available through Canadian stores in the area.

5-0 out of 5 stars This book will lead you to incredible scenery
I used this book while hiking for a week in Banff and Yoho National Parks in September '03. It thoroughly covers trails in Banff, Jasper, Yoho, Koontenay, Waterton Lakes, Mount Robson and several other areas with accurate descriptions so one knows when to take the fork in the trail and when to stay straight. The book is designed in a very clean manner.

It starts with a basic introduction on things you need to be aware of when hiking in the Rockies such as bears and weather. Then comes the listing of trails for each park. How it works is that they divide each park into smaller sections, and each section is preceded by a map showing all the trails in that area. Next to each trail is a trail number. So you look at the map and see a trail you are interested in, flip a few pages to the page titled with that trail number and you get all the details you need. Or vice-versa...Read the different trail descriptions until one captures your interest and then flip over to the map and look for the trail with that trail number to get an idea of the layout of your hike.

The trail descriptions also show elevation gain and loss, maximum elevation, distance, and approximate time it will take to complete the hike. It also details on how to reach the trail-head by car and good times of the year to do certain trails. Many trail descriptions are accompanied by photos taken on that trail so get an idea of what you will see.

The other book I got was Don't Waste Your Time in The Canadian Rockies. It is unnecessary and less useful. That book has no trail maps and is not as thorough as the Trail Guide. The Canadian Rockies Trail Guide is 450 pages of trails that will lead you to scenes that seem impossibly beautiful.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent, Versatile Hiking Guide
I bought this book in preparation for 2 weeks of both dayhiking and backpacking in the Mountain Parks, from which I just returned. I had never been to the Candian Rockies before, but have been to other mountain ranges in Western North America.
Travelling through Banff, Jasper, and Robson I found the book accurate in the details and broad in the coverage of trails. The authors give kilometer-to-kilometer logs of the hikes, which is very useful if you are hiking part of the way on a long trail, because it gives you a good idea as to how far you want to go. Historical background and some info about wildlife are given and keep the trail descriptions from being too "dry". If you are to buy ONE book for a trip, this is it. (I also have "Opinonated Guide...etc" and borrowed other books, but this one was the one to get used almost all the time. Get the Gemtrek topos (for example from Maptown.com) that cover the areas your interested in, and you're all set for dayhiking and 98% of backpacking needs.
The one weakness of the book is its lack of off-trail descriptions. While one can debate if anyone going off-trail should need such advice, it is very nice to have an idea about what's doable for a given level of skill and effort. Give the JNP and BNP trail offices a call -very helpful.
Nevertheless, this is a very well-written, comprehensive, yet detailed book.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Bible
There is NO reason to have ANY other book.Don't weight down your packs with anything else, this book is simply THE REFERENCE for hiking ANY of the parks in the Banff area.The trail descriptions are so explicit and so correct.The maps make everything a cinch.

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94. Untangling My Chopsticks : A Culinary Sojourn in Kyoto
by VICTORIA ABBOTT RICCARDI
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Asin: 0767908511
Catlog: Book (2003-05-13)
Publisher: Broadway
Sales Rank: 72000
Average Customer Review: 4.73 out of 5 stars
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Two years out of college and with a degree from Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, Victoria Riccardi left a boyfriend, a rent-controlled New York City apartment, and a plum job in advertising to move to Kyoto to study kaiseki, the exquisitely refined form of cooking that accompanies the formal Japanese tea ceremony. She arrived in Kyoto, a city she had dreamed about but never seen, with two bags, an open-ended plane ticket, and the ability to speak only sushi-bar Japanese. She left a year later, having learned the language, the art of kaiseki, and what was truly important to her.
Like flower arranging or calligraphy, kaiseki is an age-old Japanese art form. It began as a modest vegetarian meal that Buddhist monks ate in Kyoto’s Zen temples and then developed into a highly symbolic Japanese ritual. Through special introductions and personal favors, Victoria was able to attend one of Kyoto’s most prestigious tea schools, where this art has been preserved for generations and where she was taken under the wing of an American expatriate who became her kaiseki mentor. As a first-hand participant in kaiseki meals and tea ceremonies, she observed the highly choreographed rituals of this extraordinary culinary discipline, absorbing the beauty and subtlety of its myriad details and symbolic gestures.
During her year in Kyoto, Victoria explored the mysterious and rarefied world of tea kaiseki, living a life inaccessible to most foreigners. She befriended a Japanese couple, teaching English at their home-based language school and eventually moving in with them. She spent countless hours with her kaiseki mentor and his partner cooking in their historic Japanese house. Eventually, she even struck up a friendship with a monk when she spent several nights at a secluded Buddhist temple.
She also discovered the beguiling realm of modern-day Japanese food—the restaurants, specialty shops, and supermarkets. She participated in many fast-disappearing culinary customs, including making mochi (chewy rice cakes) by hand, a beloved family ritual barely surviving in a mechanized age. She celebrated the annual cleansing rites of New Year’s, donning an elaborate kimono and obi for a thirty-four-course extravaganza. In her book, she includes twenty-five recipes for favorite dishes she encountered, such as Chicken and Egg Rice Bowl, Japanese Beef and Vegetable Hotpot, and Green-Tea Cooked Salmon Over Rice.
Untangling My Chopsticks is a sumptuous journey into the tastes, traditions, and exotic undercurrents of Japan. It is also a coming-of-age tale steeped in history and ancient customs, a thoughtful meditation on life, love, and learning in another land.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Life lessons learned & ritual-imbued meals cooked & eaten
Three culinary trends today include drinking green tea, dining on meals composed of many small dishes, and exploring exotic gastronomic customs. I just read a book that brings those three together beautifully. It's called Untangling My Chopsticks, A Culinary Sojourn in Kyoto, by Victoria Riccardi.
Trained in Western culinary tradition and a veteran of a Parisian restaurant kitchen, Riccardi was on the classic culinary track. Until an employee of the Japan Society in New York mentioned kaiseki to her, that is. Victoria's trip to Japan to learn about kaiseki changed her life as her Cordon Bleu training never would.
Kaiseki, I learned, is an elegant, ritualistic cuisine, a degustation of small, seasonal dishes, which developed in Zen monasteries to accompany the traditional Japanese tea ceremony. From page one Riccardi plunged me into exotic Kyoto, the acknowledged birthplace of kaiseki, with tales of her new home dubbed the "bedroom of eels," and her first meal, in a neon-yellow-splashed restaurant under the Kyoto train station. Her story unveils Japanese culture, taste, and tradition in prose that sparkles like the morning sun on a breeze-rippled pond.
Before Untangling my Chopsticks, my knowledge of Japanese food culture could be summed up in a paragraph, the one dubbed "sushi etiquette" sometimes printed on the back of American sushi menus. The story of Victoria's sojourn was like a gift to me: lush with details of friendships forged, life-changing lessons learned, and deeply symbolic, ritual-imbued meals cooked and eaten. It opened my mind.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Serendipity of Kyoto
I loved this book. I've never been to Japan, but Victoria Abbott Riccardi's keen eye for detail and luminous imagery lured me into Japanese culture, ritual and customs quite unexpectedly. She led the reader with her to a new place, so different from the West, where every gesture has meaning, often more subtle than the Western mind can comprehend. I traveled with her through the back streets of Kyoto, saw the fruit trees in bloom, met the friends she met, worked with and lived with, and shared her cooking. The book almost becomes an etiquette manual, so detailed is it on how non-Japanese must behave to be accepted. Riccardi explains the mysteries of the tea ceremony and her particular experience with tea kaiseki which precedes tea so clearly that the reader is almost a participant in the ritual. I particularly loved Riccardi's analogies that explained things Japanese by comparisons to what Americans can understand. For example, she likens an octopus to a rubber bathtub mat with its suction cups! The recipes at the end of each chapter beg to be tried and happily the ingredients can be found in the United States. With an overlay of humility, humor and empathy the author takes the reader on a delightful journey of understanding, of maturation, soul-searching and personal peace. I recommend this book to those interested in food, the subtle and often unfathomable culture of Japan, and to anyone who wants to enjoy the vicarious adventure of a curious, energetic and open-minded American woman in Japan.

5-0 out of 5 stars Don't read this while you're hungry!
and after you do read it, you'll need to find a Japanese grocer in your city, because you'll be inspired to hunt all over for soba sauce and azuki bean paste.

What a delight this book is! It veritably sparkles like diamonds and rubies, and in fact she compares tea kaiseki with jewels.

I borrowed a copy from a friend to read, but now I'm inspired to buy my own copy so I can re-savor it and also contribute to Victoria's royalties. She deserves so much for this splendid book.

Her insights into the spirituality of food, even simple things like wrapping packages carefully like the Japanese do, make it a book that you can apply to your daily life, even if you never attend a tea ceremony.

My *ONLY* gripe, and I really hate to say this, is that her connection with Zen Buddhism was tenuous. She does go to Mount Hiei toward the end of the book and tries to sit with the monks, but she spends a lot more time talking about recipes again. But really that's okay because her main emphasis is not to meditate until satori, but to appreciate the food connection.

I can't think of anyone who would not fall in love with this book! Thank you, Bi-cu-to-ri-ha! (That's Japanese for her name, as heard from the lips of children.)

5-0 out of 5 stars A wonderful book to savour slowly
I so enjoyed reliving Victoria Abbott Riccardi's year sojourn in Kyoto. I cannot wait to go to an authentic tea ceremony next time I am in Japan (my friends in Tokyo told me it must be in Kyoto). The Japanese do everything beautifully but until I read Untangling My Chopsticks I was not really aware of how much thought and detail go into the visual and tactile presentation of food. The texture of the food, of the dish, the color, the shape, the season, the spiritual message. A book worth writing and reading.

5-0 out of 5 stars Welcomed journey
I am generally drawn to first-person narratives by women and found this book approachable and highly informative. The descriptions were apt and the writing style crisp and playful.

The author seems to manage the austere, ritualized topic of kaiseki with her own humanity. I appreciated her spirit and courage in searching out knowledge, her grappling with a relationship as well as her ability to notice nuances both externally and internally in her new world.

I entered a place I would never have knowledge of and felt like I was traveling with a friend.

This is a great, peaceful vacation read. Its style reflects the tranquil nature of Japan. ... Read more


95. Moon Handbooks Alberta: Including Banff, Jasper, and the Canadian Rockies (Moon Handbooks : Alberta and the the Northwest Territories)
by Andrew Hempstead
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Catlog: Book (2004-04-01)
Publisher: Avalon Travel Publishing
Sales Rank: 245588
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Moon Handbooks Alberta is the perfect source for enticing coverage of Alberta's massive glaciers, towering peaks, and abundant wildlife. Highlighting Alberta, Banff, Jasper, and the Canadian Rockies, the fifth edition offers a detailed look at this stunning region for travelers with all types of interests. Author Andrew Hempstead, a veteran traveler and Alberta resident, gives in-depth insights into the region's history and indigenous culture as well as essential advice on practicalities, with photographs, precise maps, tips on activities, and information on accommodations for all budgets. Moon Handbooks Alberta provides details on cycling the Icefields Parkway, hiking around Lake Louise, and staying in a wide array of lodgings, from backcountry huts to fine hotels. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A comprehensive travel-guide book about Alberta
Recently, as I was searching the Internet for travel guidebooks that uniquely deal with Alberta, Canada, I was surprised to discover that my choices were very limited.
However, I did notice a travel-guide book now in its fifth edition, published by Avalon Travel, authored by Andrew Hempstead, entitled Moon Handbooks Alberta: Including Banff, Jasper, and the Canadian Rockies.

Hempstead is very well versed in the subject matter, having traveled, photographed and written about Alberta for many years. In fact, the first book he ever authored was on Alberta.

Turning to the opening pages of the guide, I knew I was in for a wealth of invaluable information, and without doubt I realized that the author really did his homework in providing his readers with countless tips.

The potential for exploring Alberta is unlimited, and unless information is carefully organized, it would be very easy to fall into the trap that many guidebooks slide into- confusion. However, such is not the case with this book.

What immediately caught my eye was that preceding the table of contents is a map page that clearly pin points the various geographical areas of Alberta with boxes telling the reader exactly where in the guidebook he or she can find out more about a particular destination. No doubt, this will save the reader a great deal of time and effort, if, for example, you are only interested in a particular areas of the province.

These areas are divided into nine sections: Northern Alberta, Jasper National Park, Edmonton, Central Alberta, Banff National Park, West of Calgary, Calgary, Dinosaur Valley, and Southern Alberta.
Following the map section is the usual table of contents, which mirrors these same locations and includes a very brief description of each.

Within the first fifty pages, the author incorporates an overview of early settlers, flora and fauna, history, economy and government, the people, outdoor recreation, and getting to Alberta and what to expect once you arrive.

The remainder of the guide- book effectively evokes the beauty of Alberta with its striking Rocky Mountain ranges, pristine glaciers, rushing rivers, magnificent lakes, and National Parks as Banff, Jasper, and Waterton Lakes. As the author states in his introduction: "for most visitors to Alberta, the great out-doors, not the big cities or the fast bucks, is the main draw."

Each chapter contains detailed information about the history of the area, sights, attractions, parks, scenic drives, recreation, accommodations and camping, food, information and services, and transportation.
Interspersed are a selection of black and white maps and photos providing a good sense of the places described.

Throughout are also interesting tidbits replete with invaluable information contained in side- bars or boxes. For example, Jasper has 100 residential homes offering accommodations, or there are dinosaur digs that you can participate in at the Royal Tyrell Museum of Paleontology.
Moreover, wherever practical, phone numbers, hours of operation, price ranges, and addresses are mentioned.

The concluding chapters of this hefty book provide the reader with suggested readings and Internet resources.

For the serious traveler to Alberta, this well researched and well-organized guide will prove to be an invaluable aid, particularly for those individuals who want to learn more about the history, geography and culture of this beautiful province. It certainly goes beyond the usual boring guides that devote a great deal of ink to tourism, hotels, restaurants and shopping, and entertainment, although the guidebook does nevertheless provide ample information pertaining to these topics.

Norm Goldman Editor of Bookpleasures.com ... Read more


96. Canada's National Parks
by R.D. Lawrence
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Catlog: Book (1985-10-01)
Publisher: Harper & Collins
Sales Rank: 1704767
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97. Alone Across the Arctic: One Woman's Epic Journey by Dog team
by Pam Flowers, Ann Dixon
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Asin: 088240539X
Catlog: Book (2001-10-01)
Publisher: Alaska Northwest Books
Sales Rank: 108932
Average Customer Review: 4.75 out of 5 stars
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In February 1993, eight sled dogs and one woman set out from Barrow, Alaska, to mush 2,500 miles along the Arctic coast of North America.Alone Across the Arctic chronicles the perils and joys of Pam Flowers's astounding one-year expedition, from intense blizzards and shifting ice to a frightening polar bear encounter. Inspired by Knud Rasmussen's pioneer 1923 expedition along the same route, Flowers became the first woman to traverse the Arctic coast alone. Through engaging storytelling and journal entries, Flowers offers powerful insight into the challenges and rewards of this epic journey. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars An unforgettable story and a lesson about life
I came to know about this book because a member of our church choir is a friend of the incredible woman who undertook to live out her dream of retracing the journey of Knud Rasmussen from Repulse Bay to Barrow, Alaska....some 2,500 miles along the entire length of the North American Arctic coast and loaned it to my wife.

I was happily reading Ken Follet's most recent novel when this book arrived in our home. Because the story is about dogs, the human spirit and an amazing adventure, I started reading what it had to say. It was soon after that I decided that Mr. Follet's book could wait.

Several houurs after that, I am writng this review and suggesting, urging, imploring, anyone who has an appreciation of what is involved with staking it all in answering your life's dream to give yourselves a wonderful present and read this book.

You will learn a lot about what it takes to own and run a team of sled dogs, about what is involved in planning such an expedition and all of the pitfalls to be avoided...but more importantly, you will have your eyes opened to a corner of the human spirit that too many of us shy away from as being..too dangerous..too odd..too off the wall..which will make you assess what it is that is important in your life. We already know what is important with the author's life from reading the book. However, she did not write this book to encourage more sled dogging. The book is a beautiful metaphor about life and one's dreams and one's soul. This author found the key. So should we all. Do yourself a favor and buy a copy of this most wonderful adventure.
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Since writing the review that appears above, I have learned that the book was the recipient of a First Place award at the Benjamin Franklin Book Awards in the catagory TRAVEL ESSAY. It is well deserved and the book has goine into a second printing.

4-0 out of 5 stars A remarkable story ...
This remarkable author relates an ancient saga of northern courage in a 20th century setting, the frozen arctic rim of the North American continent. Pam Flowers, respiratory therapist by profession but dog musher by choice, lived a lifelong dream when she, her dogs, and supply-laden sleds made a 2500-mile trek above the Arctic Circle from Barrow in Alaska to Repulse Bay on the northwestern shore of Canada's Hudson Bay.

Alone with a tandem pair of dogsleds pulled by the eight Husky-mix dogs she trained herself, Flowers spent more than a year en route. She left Barrow Feb. 14, 1993, and mushed triumphantly - and gratefully - into the Inuit village on Hudson's Bay Jan. 9, 1994. The Mayor and ten others from the small settlement came out to greet and congratulate her. To Flowers, who had spent so long alone on the trek, the group seemed like a crowd.

It is the spirit of adventure that motivates the courage and daring of the small, 100-pound woman who is pictured engulfed by her bulky arctic gear and huge insulated boots. Her notes and photos of the careful planning and training for that epic journey clearly convey the danger, the excitement and the moments of trepidation when facing the barren and forbidding arctic.

This determined little woman has run the famed 1200-mile Iditarod Race to Nome, Alaska in 1983. "I ran," she writes, "not to win, but to learn about caring for dogs on long journeys." She put the knowledge she gained into two later, successful trips to the Magnetic North Pole and several trips along the northern coast of Alaska. Finally came the idea to retrace the route of the historic journey of Knud Rasmussen in 1923.

To provide herself with adequate supplies for herself and her dogs for such a long trip. Flowers mailed ahead bundles of necessities to be stashed, along with extra fuel for her little stove, at schools in settlements along her route. In return for that courtesy, on her arrival she talked to the classes about her life, her mushing, and her dogs.

Flowers' much-loved dogs, with all their individual personality traits and quirks, become the stars of this story. Their names become in the narrative as familiar as beloved characters in a novel. These are pets only in a secondary sense; first and foremost, they are work dogs born and bred and they enjoy the runs over ice and snow every bit as much as their driver. They can sense an approaching storm, sniff a polar bear and recognize the faintly distant lights of a settlement that sends them racing forward.
Every moment of the story of this journey is absorbing, even the lengthy periods of storms and whiteouts when Flowers waits them out in her tiny pyramidal tent. There are dangers and there is frustration. There is fear and there is joy. At its end Flowers felt a surge of accomplishment. She had made that trip... because she wanted to!

5-0 out of 5 stars A Reader From South Carolina and frequent visitor to Alaska
Alone across the Arctic was a very well-written and compelling story. I hail from the South and really dislike the cold but found myself very engrossed in this woman's travel across the Arctic with only her dogs for companionship! Once I started this book I could hardly put it down until finished.

This small but strong woman does not resort to sensationalism but tells the true and wonderful story of the awesome beauty and wonder of the Arctic. You get to know each dog's personality and courage but most of all you grow to admire Pam Flowers' courage in following her dream.

You will enjoy every moment of this book

5-0 out of 5 stars Great story of perseverance
I had the opportunity of seeing Pam Flowers at an Audobon society meeting here in Nevada. What an inspiring story she has to tell. My nine year old daughter was impressed by her story of fulfilling a life-long goal in spite of physical, and societal obstacles. This woman, who physically does not appear capable of such endurance, moved from the lower United States to pursue her dream of dog-sledding and exploring in the Arctic. She recounts her trip with a lot of sidelights about her dogs, which are her beloved companions. During one point in the trip, she was stranded on an ice floe and could have requested a rescue. However, that would have meant leaving the dogs behind; something she refused to do. Her stories of life in northern Canada among the Inuit gave insight into a people most often depicted as primitive, igloo dwellers, but who are in fact struggling to integrate native and modern ways. It is a shame that it took so long for this book to come out. Apparently, she struggled for years to find a publisher. She now travels around giving lectures to schools and groups and preparing for another trip northward. I highly recommend this book as an adventure, a story of exploration, a tale of a woman's perseverance, and a good dog story.

5-0 out of 5 stars "Hooked" on this book!
What a great book! Can you imagine what inspiration this gives height-challenged people? Kids who may never top 5 feet have an incredible role model, female, no less, who said "I can do this," and did!

I alerted a cousin who teaches jr. high in Alaska about the possible impact of this chronicle of Flowers' adventure on youth of any age and the fact that Dixon's masterful editing grips the reader no matter what the page. She was three jumps ahead of me, informing me that Alone Across the Arctic is already a Battle of the Books book in the state.

My local library said they can't keep it in; that their "underground youth readership" had spread the word and it was constantly being checked out. The librarian offered gratis that it had received a School Library Journal "starred review," which is evidently a big deal in librarydom, but said that that probably had nothing to do with its popularity among youth.

As a substitute teacher I am always on the alert for books that will get kids "hooked" on reading. Alone Across the Arctic, regardless of the numerous adult awards it is amassing, seems to be doing just that. Librarians and teachers know that true life adventure well told sells better than fiction. Bravo to Flowers for the courage to follow her dream and to both Flowers and Dixon for a compelling work. It's a great read! ... Read more


98. A Guide to Photographing the Canadian Landscape
by Daryl Benson, Dale Wilson
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Asin: 0968457606
Catlog: Book (2000-04-15)
Publisher: Photosecrets
Sales Rank: 722926
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Tips and maps explain how to photograph 40 of the country's most scenic locations. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Colorful, both literarally and literaturely
The authors present their view of Canada in a colorful and often in a 'colorful' manner. The photography is world-class and the writing is light, easy and often humorous.

This book was a constant companion on my trip to eastern Canada and a most helpful guide to locating well known locations, as well as off the beaten path "secrets."

I was not a photographer when I first read this book, nor was I after the second read-through. By the third read I was wanting to be: If the authors have this much fun pursuing their craft, then I want to be a part of it. Thankfully they included a very methodical techniques chapter for our benefit.

This book does not disappoint.

5-0 out of 5 stars A refreshing visual journey across Canada
All to often photographers arrogantly believe their images will support weak writing. Benson and Wilson obviously had set a goal of writing and photographic excellence from the beginning, and did they ever succeed! From cover to cover this guide/reference/instructional, and yes, to some extent coffee table book, establishes a new standard -- a standard that will be extremely difficult for those following to attain.

The authors take us on a visual journey across Canada, from coast to coast to coast. The trip is one of visual stimulation, along with useful information on how to get there and when is the best time of year to visit. Non-photographers will also benefit from the detailed travel instructions.

Benson and Wilson are masters at extracting colour from a scene. Their overt use of filters stimulates the senses with each image pulling the viewer into the scene. Yet they succeed where so many others have failed: they use filters in a complimentary manner, not in a 'look at me I'm filtered because the photographer didn't know how to handle the light' variety. Fortunately for us, the authors put in a very useful chapter on photographic technique.

This book is visually exciting, a fun read and an excellant addition to my library. Even if you are not planning a trip north of the 49th parallel this book is worth the price simply because it is the best of its kind: it communicates. Kudos to the authors.

2-0 out of 5 stars useful book with good places and ideas, but over-saturated.
As a canadian, I am happy to see a photography book that covers the country from one corner to the other. It is an easy, even humorous read, with plenty of good location and photography ideas. On the down side, the photographs by the two authors are good but enhanced over the top. they take a nicely saturated film like velvia, and top it up with blue/yellow polarizers and other enhancing filters. The result is the visual equivalent of a parfume bath, with the predictable result: it gives you a strong headache! Bottom line is this: it is a reasonable guide to photographing canada, and if you really want to, you too can do it in sledge-hammer saturation. What are the alternatives? If you want something more natural but without location info, try "The Last Wilderness: Images of The Canadian Wild" edited by Freeman Patterson. For a lot of great canadian location photography, try a series of coffee-table books by Pierre Berton ("Seacoasts", "Great Lakes" etc) photos by Andre Gallant. ... Read more


99. The Rough Guide to Vancouver: With Victoria, Whistler and the Sunshine Coast (Rough Guides)
by Tim Jepson
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Asin: 184353245X
Catlog: Book (2004-04-01)
Publisher: Rough Guides Limited
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100. Niagara Daredevils: Thrills and Spills over Niagara Falls (Amazing Stories)
by Cheryl MacDonald
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Asin: 1551539624
Catlog: Book (2003-07-01)
Publisher: Altitude Publishing Canada
Sales Rank: 1184194
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