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101. Canadian Rail Travel Guide
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102. First Crossing: Alexander Mackenzie,
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103. Rough Guide Canada (Rough Guide
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104. Ski Snowboard America & Canada
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105. IgoUgo Travel Report: Niagara
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106. Lonely Planet Vancouver City Map
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107. Lonely Planet Toronto (Lonely
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108. Hiking the North Cascades
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109. An Innocent in Newfoundland :
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110. Insight Guide Montreal & Quebec
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111. Montréal & Québec City for
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112. Mobil Travel Guide New England
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113. The Journals of Alexander MacKenzie:
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114. Island Treasures 2: An Insiders
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115. Montreal & Quebec City '97
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116. Grass Beyond the Mountains : Discovering
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117. Mobil Travel Guide Northwest &
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118. Fodor's Vancouver and British
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119. Frommer's Algonquin Provincial
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120. Barren Lands: An Epic Search for

101. Canadian Rail Travel Guide
by Daryl T. Adair
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Asin: 1550418319
Catlog: Book (2004-08-15)
Publisher: Fitzhenry & Whiteside Limited
Sales Rank: 589391
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All aboard for an exciting and informative ride. The new "Canadian Rail Travel Guide" is like having your own personal tour guide to ensure you get the most out of your time on Canada’s scenic rail routes.

This Conveniently-sized book is filled with essential information including: mile-by-mile descriptions of points of interest, locations of communities along the rail routes, route histories, overviews of destination attractions, contact information and addresses for arranging overnight accommodation, and more.

Extensively researched, the "Canadian Rail Travel Guide" contains approximately 150 detailed colour maps and photographs of all the rail passenger routes across Canada. With a special section on everything you need to know before you go, you won’t want to plan a rail trip without it. ... Read more


102. First Crossing: Alexander Mackenzie, His Expedition Across North America, and the Opening of the Continent
by Derek Hayes
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Asin: 1570613087
Catlog: Book (2001-09-01)
Publisher: Sasquatch Books
Sales Rank: 91319
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Timed to coincide with the anniversary of the Lewis and Clark expedition is this remarkable account of Alexander Mackenzie--the explorer who beat Lewis and Clark across the North American continent. Mackenzie accomplished this feat an astounding twelve years before the Corps of Discovery. Drawing extensively on the journals of Mackenzie and other turn-of-the-century explorers--and featuring historical and contemporary photographs, illustrations, and maps--Hayes presents a lively portrait of the explorer who both preceded Lewis and Clark and provided an impetus for their expedition. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Illustrated throughout with maps and photographs
First Crossing by historian Derek Hayes is the amazing story of Alexander Mackenzie, and his trailblazing journey across the North American continent before civilized society conquered the North American wilderness. Illustrated throughout with maps and photographs in black-and-white and color, the deftly researched and meticulously reported details of Mackenzie's voyage vividly reconstruct an 18th Century expedition of truly insurmountable bravery and pivotally important discovery.

4-0 out of 5 stars Not much new!
OK, there is some new information here. Mostly it seems that Hayes has helped illustrate the travels of Mackenzie, something that was not available previously. Barry Gough's book is notoriously lacking in any illustration of Mackenzie's voyages and Mackenzie's own book is virtually without useful illustration. Maybe having read the previous two books makes me jaded but Mackenzie's voyages can only be retold so many times.
Hayes has presented us with a slightly new take on telling the story with pictures, maps and historical vignettes but I hunger for a more thorough job. Perhaps more in the nature of Moulton's "Journals of the Lewis & Clark Expedition". Finding someone willing to wade through Mackenzie's rather impenetrable prose may be a challenge.
Notwithstanding the above this is probably the best explanation of Mackenzie's voyages since the original journals. ... Read more


103. Rough Guide Canada (Rough Guide Canada)
by Tim Jepson, Phil Lee, Tania Smith, Christian Williams, Emma Rose Rees, Shandy Watson
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Asin: 1843532662
Catlog: Book (2004-08-16)
Publisher: Rough Guides Limited
Sales Rank: 606725
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars A Very Good Guide to Canada
A very good guide to Canada - last year ('97) I drove through middle and western Canada and this was the best of the three books I bought. Generally on-target descriptions and commentary of what's worth seeing and what's worth avoiding. More geared towards low and mid budgets. ... Read more


104. Ski Snowboard America & Canada
by Charles A. Leocha, Susan Graham Staples
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Asin: 091500982X
Catlog: Book (2004-10)
Publisher: World Leisure Corporation
Sales Rank: 186495
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Guidebook to the top destination ski and snowboard resorts in the United States and Canada. Includes mountain and trail descriptions, lodging, dining, nightlife and other activities as well as prices for lifts, lessons and child care. ... Read more


105. IgoUgo Travel Report: Niagara Falls : The Inside Scoop from Experienced Travelers
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Asin: B0000X8U7W
Catlog: Book
Manufacturer: IgoUgo
Sales Rank: 828403
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You can't help but love Niagara Falls, Ontario, where even the cheapest motel tends to offer a room with a heart-shaped bed. In recent years, however, its title as the 'honeymoon capital of the world' has taken a back seat to the city's growing reputation (or notoriety, depending on your perspective) as an affordable family destination combining glitzy casinos, haunted houses, and boat rides galore. To escape the crowds (18 million people visit Niagara Falls every year) and experience some sophistication instead, tour the region's multiple vineyards-and make sure to try their renowned ice wine-or visit nearby Niagara-on-the-Lake, a postcard-perfect, 18th-century Canadian town complete with tree-lined streets, fluffy bed and breakfasts, and one of North America's best theater festivals, the Shaw Festival.

IgoUgo Travel Report: Niagara Falls is not your average travel guide. Every piece of advice found in these pages comes from regular travelers and locals-not paid professionals or PR people-which means pure, unfiltered opinions on what to see (and what to avoid) during your trip. You'll find first-hand details on attractions and day trips, along with restaurant, nightlife, and activity recommendations in all price ranges and for all interests. You'll also see our contributors' original photographs and insider tips on every page-no other travel guide can say that.

IgoUgo contributors hail from all over the globe and travel just about everywhere in between. These avid travelers share their adventures and snapshots in online journals at IgoUgo.com, the world's premier web-based travel community. Our 100,000+ members have written over 60,000 journal entries covering more than 4,000 destinations. IgoUgo's emphasis on personal, real-life travel experiences has garnered three Webby Award nominations for "Top Travel Website" as well as accolades from Yahoo! Internet Life, which voted it "Best Travel Community." ... Read more


106. Lonely Planet Vancouver City Map
by Lonely Planet
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Asin: 174059018X
Catlog: Book (2001-08-01)
Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications
Sales Rank: 445057
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Book Description

City Maps cover the world's great cities in a full-colour, easy-to-use format. Downtown and metropolitan maps are provided for each city as well as public transport routes, walking tours and a complete index of streets and sights. Plastic-coated for extra durability.

  1. Around Vancouver
  2. Central Vancouver
  3. Greater Vancouver
  4. Gulf Islands
  5. West Side & Kitsilano
  6. Stanley Park
  7. Granville Island
  8. Unique Lonely Planet Walking Tour
  9. Index of all Streets & Sights
  10. Essential Information
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3-0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected
The map is ok. Laminated and colorfull, but too small. I was looking for more details.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent brochure sized city map
First, I must say that this item was not what I expected. I thought I had ordered a guide book, not a map! Having said that, I will not be returning the item because it is an excellent value and an item which I'm sure I will get much use out of on my first trip to Vancouver.

The map is actually 7 maps in one brochure-sized, laminated, accordian-folded sheet -- much easier to reference than maps in a guidebook. The maps include not just the main city center but the outlying areas of interest. It even has a suggested walking tour described in words and graphically represented on the map. Best of all - Lonely Planet has pointed out on the map not just the main touristy attractions but smaller recommended ones - like "Little Sister's Book & Art Emporium" and "Kitsilano's Cyber Cafe".

Highly recommended. ... Read more


107. Lonely Planet Toronto (Lonely Planet Toronto)
by Sara Benson
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Asin: 1741041791
Catlog: Book (2004-07-01)
Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications
Sales Rank: 123555
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Toronto captures the flavors of the world with its cosmopolitan cuisine, vibrant neighborhoods and dynamic multiculturalism.Whether you're cycling the city's jewel-like islands, sipping martinis in a sky-high cocktail lounge or feeling the buzz at an indie film festival, this smart, stylish and streetwise guide will help you steer a course through Canada's Megacity.

• STEAL THE SCENE - our expert arts and entertainment chapters give you the inside scoop on "Hollywood of the North" • EAT, DRINK & BE MERRY - with over 250 independent restaurant and nightlife recommendations • SHOP 'TIL YOU DROP - whether it's vintage shops in Kensington Market on hip Queen West boutiques, we've got it in the bag • GO BEYOND THE CITY LIMITS - soak up the spray at Niagara Falls, tipple ice-wine vintages or enjoy Ontario's world-class theater festivals • KNOW YOUR WAY - navigate Toronto's mosaic of neighborhoods with our detailed color maps ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Definately worth the read...
Like all Lonely Planet Guides, this one definitely comes through with accurate, relevant information that you'll need to know about Toronto before getting there. This book contains plenty of maps and pictures and concentrates on the downtown core which is okay because that's where most tourists go. I moved to Toronto more than a year ago and I still use it as a reference. But like other Lonely Planet Guides, this one is skewed to the left politically. The author downplays the amount of begging by seemingly healthy and fit panhandlers which is nuisance too big to be ignored. There are also some negative remarks about the current revitalization. Overall, it's a recommended read. ... Read more


108. Hiking the North Cascades
by Fred T. Darvill
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Asin: 0811727912
Catlog: Book (1998-06-01)
Publisher: Stackpole Books
Sales Rank: 1112444
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& 20 b/w photos & 30 drawings & 5 x 8.Natural history and scenic attractions of the "Wilderness Alps".& Expert information on preparations, safety, and hiking regulations & Detailed area maps for each section of North Cascades Park The North Cascades National Park, a 684,000-acre region between Seattle and Vancouver, British Columbia, offers an extraordinary opportunity for wilderness exploration. Drawing on more than forty years of hiking and research in these mountains, author Fred Darvill, Jr., presents a comprehensive listing of the 100 best hiking trails in the park, including walking times, elevations, altitude, difficulty, and map references for each hike. He also describes in detail the plants, animals, and landforms. Special attention is given to the history and ecology of the park and how hikers can help in its preservation. Dr. Fred Darvill, Jr. was instrumental in creating North Cascades National Park and is a tireless activist for its protection. He lives in Mount Vernon, Washington. ... Read more


109. An Innocent in Newfoundland : Even More Curious Rambles and Singular Encounters
by DAVID MCFADDEN
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Asin: 0771055358
Catlog: Book (2003-04-29)
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
Sales Rank: 143403
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Book Description

David McFadden travels around Newfoundland. Who knows which was most charmed

In An Innocent in Ireland (1995) and An Innocent in Scotland (1999), poet and traveller David McFadden let the spirit of the country – and his own interests – guide his rambles. He has now done the same in Newfoundland.

Zigzagging across the province in his rented car, he charts an erratic course, admiring lawn sculpture (in his opinion a new local art), visiting fellow poets and publishers, wandering at dusk among the Viking mounds at L’Anse aux Meadows, rooming with a Salvation Army family in a distant outport (and discovering a family tragedy), hanging on in a stiff wind to watch birds nesting on a cliff face, and enjoying the social life in countless bars and restaurants.

It soon becomes clear that McFadden’s love of a good chat is shared widely by the people he meets in Newfoundland and he is wise enough to let them tell their own stories. For, as ever, his interest is in the heart of a place – and not just its scenery.

Alert, somewhat eccentric, always ready to amuse and be amused, David McFadden is an ideal travelling companion.
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110. Insight Guide Montreal & Quebec City (Insight City Guides Montreal)
by Julia Roles
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Asin: 981412043X
Catlog: Book (2003-07-01)
Publisher: Insight Guides
Sales Rank: 290798
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Travelers best friend to Montreal and Quebec
Gives needed insight along with great photographs from both Montreal and Quebec City. Extremely helpful for planning your stay with information from history of region,places to visit,helpful maps of area,attractions,where to stay or eat,plus much more. Even helpful in all aspects of planning your trip from telling you what tobring and wear,entry regulations, money matters,public holidays,ect. ... Read more


111. Montréal & Québec City for Dummies
by JulieBarlow, AustinMacdonald
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Asin: 076455624X
Catlog: Book (2004-04-21)
Publisher: For Dummies
Sales Rank: 455798
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Book Description

Combining old-world charm with modern convenience and culture, French-Canada’s two great cities offer a European flair found nowhere else in North America. With the added convenience of being near the U.S., Montréal and Québec City make great long- or short-term destinations. This handy guide shows travelers how to get the most for their money with:

  • Prices listed in both U.S. and Canadian dollars
  • The basic French you need to get around
  • Great day-trips from both Québec’s cities
  • Tips on dealing with Québec’s extreme weather
  • Special advice for gay and lesbian visitors, families, senior citizens, and travelers with disabilities

Like every For Dummies travel guide, Montréal and Québec City For Dummies includes:

  • Down-to-earth trip-planning advice
  • What you shouldn’t miss — and what you can skip
  • The best restaurants and hotels for every budget
  • Lots of detailed maps
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112. Mobil Travel Guide New England & Eastern Canada 2003 (Mobil Travel Guide: New England & Eastern Canada, 2003)
by Mobil Travel Guides
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Asin: 0762726148
Catlog: Book (2003-02-01)
Publisher: Mobil Travel Guide
Sales Rank: 594040
Average Customer Review: 1 out of 5 stars
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Over 40 years of publishing experience and the oldest establishment rating system in North America makes the Mobil Travel Guide series a "must have" for travelers wanting up-to-date ratings on hotels and restaurants.This guide covers Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts,
Rhode Island, Vermont, and Eastern Canada.
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1-0 out of 5 stars Did Anyone Actually Visit the Places in this Book?!
Do not buy this book, unless you like to be mislead: Inaccurate is the only word I can think of to describe this poorly researched guide. It says that places have waterviews that don't . . . places have entertainment that don't . . . allow smoking that don't . . . etc . . . SAVE YOUR $ and talk to the locals about places you may be interested in! ... Read more


113. The Journals of Alexander MacKenzie: Exploring Across Canada in 1789 & 1793
by Alexander MacKenzie
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Asin: 1589760360
Catlog: Book (2001-08-01)
Publisher: Stackpole Books
Sales Rank: 214666
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Alexander Mackenzie (1763-1820), explorer and fur trader, was possibly the first white man to cross continental North America. He traveled mostly by canoe, determining his longitude by observing the eclipses of the planet Jupiter's satellites. He made two trips: one to the Arctic Ocean in 1789, and another to the Pacfic Ocean in 1793 (twelve years before Thomas Jefferson sent Lewis and Clark west). This edition includes both journals, plus Mackenzie's own General History of the Fur Trade. ... Read more


114. Island Treasures 2: An Insiders Guide to Victoria, Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands
by Carolyn Thomas, Jill Stewart
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Asin: 1550170236
Catlog: Book (1990-06-01)
Publisher: Harbour Publishing
Sales Rank: 349883
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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In this book, two Victoria residents, one of whom hosts a Victoria television program, invite the world to share in the many delights of Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. The hidden coves, sandy beaches, shops and landmarks are all collected here and described with lively appreciation for island lovers, exploratory campers, bicyclists and island residents alike.With illustrations, this guide has categories for accommodation, expeditions, food and dining, clothing, collectibles and children's activities. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars off the beaten track!
Fantastic! Altho this book is an older guidebook (where to eat, where to stay, what to see and do around Victoria, Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands) it stands up well. My copy is dogeared and very well worn 10 years after I purchased it. Forget about the Butchart Gardens - this book leads you to the lesser known gems that locals know about but tourists rarely discover. It's a classic, written in a lively chatty style. Wish it were more widely available - a great gift to anybody visiting this area (or locals!) ... Read more


115. Montreal & Quebec City '97 : The Complete Guide with Walking Tours and Country Day Trips (Fodor's Gold Guides)
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Asin: 0679032592
Catlog: Book (1996-12-30)
Publisher: Fodor's
Sales Rank: 883217
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Book Description

The best guide to the cities, updated every year

Detailed walking tours of both cities, with visits to historic neighborhoods, museums, parks, and monuments
Excursions to the Côte de Beaupré and Ile d'Orléans

Where to stay and eat, no matter what your budget

Grand hotels, historic landmarks, modern high-rises, Victorian manors, and charming country inns and B&Bs
Smart international restaurants, stylish bistros, and cozy cafés serving regional specialties

Fresh, thorough, practical--from writers you can trust

Costs, hours, descriptions, and tips by the thousands
All reviews based on visits by savvy writer-residents

29 pages of maps--and dozens of unique features

Important Contacts A to Z; Smart Travel Tips; Fodor's Choice; What's Where; Pleasures & Pastimes; don't-miss activities; festivals; background essay; further reading; videos to watch; French vocabulary; complete index; and more! ... Read more


116. Grass Beyond the Mountains : Discovering the Last Great Cattle Frontier on the North American Continent
by RICHMOND P. HOBSON
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Asin: 0771041705
Catlog: Book (1978-01-01)
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
Sales Rank: 47119
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Read It!
We own the Legacy Ranch high in the mountains of Northeastern Utah. For years we have loved the beauty of the unspoiled wilderness. Nursing newborn elk calves, watching Canadian Lynx outside their lairs, and many other adventures have cast us in the mold of lovers of the wilderness. To read the adventures of true cowboys, who started with nothing else but their "grit" and ended up with lives spent plumbing the depths of fun and hard work was one of the top literary experiences of our lives. This book, far better than the sequels, will be part o four Christmas giving this year.

5-0 out of 5 stars Nothing To It!
Nothing to reading it, that is. This is one of the first nonfictions books I've read that I have ever liked. I got interested in it when I saw the TV show 'Nothing Too Good For A Cowboy' and had to read the books. This book made me laugh and almost made me cry. The characters are too funny and very heart-warming.

5-0 out of 5 stars This is a book that has no comparison and no equal.
Outstanding! This book was an absolute, heart pounding thrill to read. An epic illustration of the unstopable drive of the human heart and the unyeilding will of man to print his own name across the pages of time. Men and women of a class that survives now, only in the memories or our lost heritage. People with unconquerable spirit and no notion of the impossible. If comparison were possible, this book would be the Bendigo Shafter of non-fiction but even the endless imagination of the great Louis L'Amour could not stand against the unforgiving truth of a land not tamed by man. The writing is clear and descriptive, showing the obvious education and experience of it's author, a man who chose ranching by choice rather than out of necessity. As the pages turn, the reader gets a look into the lives of these mountain men and without effort, we learn to understand each and every character, almost to the point of friendship. Quite an accomplishment in a fast-paced 250 page book. The pride, drive, knowledge, and respect of these men for the world they lived in is unparelleled. Though I was forced to perform certain daily activities, my mind never left the book until I could complete it's last inspiring page and sit breathlesly paralized in awe and admiration of this newly created dream world. This is the greatest book that I have ever been given the pleasure to read and I don't hesitate to say that the next two books I read will be the conclusion to it's sequence.

5-0 out of 5 stars Hobson gives an excellent account of the way it really is.
This book debunks the cowboy myth and shows the life of a rancher the way it really is. Well written, with tragedy and humor on every page, this book also shows the relationship between man and horse the way it should be. If I hadn't already been there, I'd go looking for a cowboy job now.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Canadian History - Simple Elegant Writing
There was a time, that can be recalled by just a few who are still alive, when northern British Columbia Canada was much like the American West. This book describes the adventures involved in surviving and prospering in cattle country. When you are done with the book you will feel that you have learned enough to lead a winter cattle drive through unknown country. As Pan says in the book, "Nothin' to it, nothin at all. ... Read more


117. Mobil Travel Guide Northwest & Alaska, 2005 : Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Vancouver BC, Washington (Mobil Travel Guides (Includes All 16 Regional Guides))
by Mobil Travel Guide
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Asin: 0762735880
Catlog: Book (2005-01-01)
Publisher: Mobil Travel Guide
Sales Rank: 68771
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The Mobil Travel Guide star ratings are a 45-year-old consumer advocacy concept originally developed following the introduction of the interstate highway system. The goal of the Guide is not to identify and rate every property in the country, but to recommend only the best in each category, ones that we would send our customers to. We look at the stars from a consumer's point of view, rating lodgings and restaurants across North America from the perspective of the "average traveler."The Guides feature new enhanced descriptions for 2004.Listings include lodgings, restaurants, attractions, and events in established travel destinations, as well as cities and towns on the way to established travel destinations.Our new easy-to-use format makes the Guides even more indispensable to travelers. Each regional guide is organized alphabetically by state, with introductory information about the state followed by city listings in alphabetical order. For each city, the guide lists sites and attractions, lodgings, and then restaurants. One of the features that sets the Mobil Travel Guide apart from its competitors is its proprietary Mobil star rating system.Forty-five plus years of publishing experience and the oldest non-biased rating system in North America make the Mobil Travel Guide series a must-have for travelers wanting up-to-date ratings of hotels and restaurants.
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118. Fodor's Vancouver and British Columbia, 4th Edition (Fodor's Vancouver and British Columbia)
by Fodor's
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Asin: 1400012910
Catlog: Book (2004-02-03)
Publisher: Fodor's
Sales Rank: 44642
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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 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. Your personal supply of Post-it? flags makes it easy to mark your favorite listings.Plus, web links, costs, and mix-and-match itineraries make planning a snap. ... Read more


119. Frommer's Algonquin Provincial Park
by Michelle N.Jones, JeffWarren
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Asin: 0470833645
Catlog: Book (2004-03-19)
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Sales Rank: 430659
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Experience a place the way the locals do. Enjoy the best it has to offer. And avoid tourist traps. At Frommer's, we use 150 outspoken travel experts around the world to help you make the right choices. Frommer's. Your guide to a world of travel experience.

Put the Best of Frommer's Algonquin Provincial Park in Your Pocket.

  • Detailed, accurate maps, plus a fully illustrated guide to help you spot moose, American black bear, Algonquin wolf, and more.
  • Outspoken opinions on what's worth your time and what's not.
  • Exact prices, so you can plan the perfect trop no matter what your budget.
  • Off-the-beaten path experiences and undiscovered gems, plus new takes on top attractions.
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120. Barren Lands: An Epic Search for Diamonds in the North American Arctic
by Kevin Krajick
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Asin: 0716740265
Catlog: Book (2001-10)
Publisher: W. H. Freeman
Sales Rank: 46238
Average Customer Review: 4.61 out of 5 stars
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In the tradition of Sebastian' Junger's The Perfect Storm and Jon Krakauer's Into Thin Air, Barren Lands is the extraordinary tale of two small-time prospectors who risked their lives to discover $17 billion worth of diamonds in the desolate tundra of the far north.

In the late 1970's, two men set out on a twenty-year search for a North American gem mine, along a fabled path that had defied 16th-century explorers, Wild West prospectors, and modern geologists.They are an unlikely pair: Chuck Fipke, a ragged, stuttering fellow with a singular talent for finding sand-size mineral grains, and Stew Blusson, an ultra-tough geologist and helicopter pilot.Inventive, eccentric and ruthless, they follow a trail of geologic clues left by predecessors all the way from backwoods Arkansas up the glaciated high Rockies into the vast and haunted "barren lands" of northern Canada.With a South African geochemist's "secret weapon," Fipke and Blusson outwit rivals, including the immense De Beers carte, and make one of the world's greatest diamond discoveries- setting off a stampede unseen since the Klondike gold rush.

A story of obsession and scientific intrigue, Barren Lands is also an elegy to one of earth's last great wild places, a starkly beautiful and mysterious land strewn with pure lakes and alive with wolves and caribou.An endless variety of primeval glacial rock formations hide copper, zinc, and gold, in addition to diamonds.Now that the barrens are "open for business," what will happen to this great wilderness region?

Barren Lands is an unforgettable journey for those who, in the words of a nineteenth-century trapper, "want to see that country before it is all gone."
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5-0 out of 5 stars Diamonds, David and Goliath, and the Dark Side of Geology
Barren Lands by Kevin Krajick is epic nonfiction without artifice. The author does not create straw heroes or villains, but presents the story and its participants warts and all. The search for diamonds in North America is the story, and myriad searchers enter and exit during the tale's almost 500 years. The ultimate discovery of the source of North America's diamonds in the Canadian Arctic is the goal of the story. Charles E. Fipke, a person who presents a lot of reasons for the reader to dislike him, is the unlikely David in the story and De Beers, the company with a stranglehold on the World's diamond markets, is the Goliath.

Part of my interest in Barren Lands stems from my training as a geologist with an emphasis in mineral exploration. Part of the reason I became a high school earth science teacher has to do with my weakness at keeping scientific secrets. I knew that working for a mining or mineral exploration company would necessarily involve the nondisclosure of proprietary information and I knew that I couldn't do it. The tension between proprietary information and open scientific discourse is strongly portrayed in the book. Another reason for my interest comes from the fact that geology students of my generation were very aware of what these diamond deposits in North America should look like. I have been telling my 9th graders for years that somewhere in Canada there are some diamondiferous kimberlite pipes that have been glacially scoured and probably contain circular lakes, making them difficult to find. I have been telling them that someday someone would follow the diamonds in the glacial till covering northern North America back to the source of the diamonds. Barren Lands allowed me to enjoy the fact that at least one of the things I learned in college, and then passed on to my own students, was correct.

I cannot recommend this book enough. If you have an interest in geology, exploration, history, nature, and economics, this book should keep you up late at night as you eagerly read the book to its conclusion. A special recommend to anyone interested in being an exploration or mining geologist. Some mining is necessary and mining is necessarily a destructive process. Mining resources like diamonds and gold present a large challenge to any environmentally oriented person since most of the money to be made on diamonds and gold is for luxury items, things humans could do without.

5-0 out of 5 stars Diamonds, Danger, Desire
Did you know that in about half of the states of the US people have found diamonds? Diamonds of more than two carats have been found, for example, in Ohio and Alabama, and finding them is often just child's play. Kids are the ones who pick these gems up, because kids are close to the ground and always looking for treasures. Finding a reliable supply of diamonds is much more difficult; the ones found on the ground are often chance deposits that were dropped when a glacier melted, but the glacier must have carried them from somewhere rich in diamonds. There aren't many such places, and it was a surprise that over the past decade, the Northwest Territories of Canada were deemed to be diamond mining country. The eerie, exciting, and disturbing story of how this came to be is told in _Barren Lands: An Epic Search for Diamonds in the North American Arctic_ (Times Books) by Kevin Krajick. The lure of diamonds has proved inescapable for a certain class of men for centuries, and Krajick's book tells about some of them he met while he did his research.

The Barren Lands (yes, that is the designation you will see on maps) is a half million square mile region as far north as Americans can go. There are no roads and no people, and it is called barren because it is above the northern limits which trees can reach, Since diamond exploration has started, however, it could well be populated with workers producing gold, uranium, and other minerals. At the heart of the story of exploration here is Chuck Fipke, a weird little guy who does nothing to improve the image of geologists. When Fipke was in charge of a prospecting expedition, he drove his men ruthlessly, especially his own son with distressing ferocity ("When you're not eating or sleeping, you're working for me."). Fipke was just one of a long line of explorers to the region, and their history is well covered here. The unbelievable hardships of traversing the area, or working in it, are well described in many sections of the book; bears, mosquitoes, and deerflies all supply annoyance or danger. Then there were the people. Fipke could not keep his operation secret for long, and DeBeers and other mining firms shouldered in. Fipke's team painted the plywood cubicles that held the drills with camouflage paint that would prevent detection from the air, and even ordered army-surplus camouflage nets to cover supplies. This was not paranoia; there were commercial spy planes making regular flights to see what was up.

The prospectors faced challenges from the environmentalists, who worried that the caribou, wolves, falcons, wolverines, and bears would get shoved aside by the industrialization of a previously pristine area, and the local tribes worried about water pollution, looting of artifacts left by their ancestors, and "perhaps most of all they worried that they might be left out of the profits." Barren Lands now has a hugely expensive mining factory, and will simply churn out millions of dollars worth of diamonds every year. There is a pressure to build roads and power lines to the site, which will mean more alteration of a basically natural area, but profits like these cannot be resisted. While Fipke and his partners are all now unimaginably rich, they are not unimaginably happy. Fipke alienated many of his crew, and shattered his family during the most intense of the mining preparations. He admits that putting all his energy into his mine had its price. "But that was _cool_! To do all that we did? It was _fun_!" It is not surprising that with this attitude, all the riches and all the family problems haven't made a difference: he is still out there looking for the next strike.

5-0 out of 5 stars What's required to find a multi-billion dollar mine
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Rating: "A" -- the obsession, hard work, heartbreak and good luck
required to make a multi-billion dollar discovery. Highly
recommended.

This is the story of the discovery of the Ekati diamond mine, in the
Barren Lands of the Northwest Territories, by Chuck Fipke, Hugo
Dummett, and others.

Hugo Dummett signed on with Superior Oil in 1978 to prospect for
diamonds in North America, just as the science of using indicator
minerals -- pyrope garnets, chrome diopside and chromite -- for
diamond exploration was being worked out. Superior started
prospecting around Arkansas's Crater of Diamonds -- now
inconveniently a State Park. Hugo and Mike Wolfhard hired Chuck
Fipke and his crew to sample the area. Lots of fun with jungly brush
and shotgun-toting landowners... Hugo even tried to sweet-talk Gov.
Bill Clinton into leasing him the park!

Fipke is a poster child for the space-case prospector-geologist, but he's
smart, has a sharp eye and was an *amazingly* hard worker. But a
*terrible* boss -- he drove his workers to exhaustion, and wouldn't
take elementary safety precautions, even on helicopter-supported
work. It's remarkable he didn't kill anyone [note 1].

The road to Ekati was not direct. Superior's exploration program (and
their competitors') went down the usual side tracks and dead ends --
including rediscovery of the salted site of a 19th century diamond
fraud. Then -- just as Fipke & company were developing some truly
good-looking Barren Lands prospects -- Mobil Oil bought Superior,
and summarily axed all Canadian exploration. Thud.

Fipke and Dia Met scrambled for money from family, friends and
penny-stock speculators, raising enough to stake a sizeable claim-
block near Lac de Gras, in the trackless barrens a couple hundred
miles northeast of Yellowknife. Then the money was gone, and none
of the pros were interested in Dia Met's "moose pasture." Bankruptcy
loomed -- but Dummett landed a new job with BHP, with a healthy
budget, and he quickly leased the Fipke-Dia Met ground.

Word of the BHP deal brought De Beers, Corona and others into the
area, but the *real* excitement started when BHP's first drillhole
found diamonds -- lots of diamonds! Despite strenuous secrecy
efforts, the word got out -- as it always does -- and the Great Diamond
Rush of 1991 was on! Tundra was staked by the township, and Dia
Met stock, which sold for 50c. a share in mid-91, hit $67 by the end of
1992. Fipke and his partners were paper billionaires.

The Ekati mine was commissioned in late 1998. Capital cost was
US$700 million. Sales of US$448 million (FY 2001) yielded gross
earnings of $285 million (!, EBITDA = earnings before interest, tax,
depreciation & amortization = gross profit). Mine life is expected to exceed
25 years.

District exploration costs (1989-98, Ekati-Diavik district, all companies)
exceeded US$500 million(!). A second mine, Diavik (Rio Tinto-Aber),
inconveniently located directly under Lac de Gras, is scheduled to go
into production in 2003 at an estimated capital cost of US$885 million.
Serious money is involved here. [Financial data from BHP 2001
annual report, and various web reports. Don't expect much financial
information in the book. Google is your friend.

Fipke & his longtime partner, geologist Stewart Blusson, each retain a
10%(!!) interest in the Ekati mine. (Blusson later gave $50 million to
UBC, his alma mater). When the big bucks rolled in, Fipke's marriage
fell apart, his brother sued him (as did many others), and his son
stopped speaking to him. The Big Strike had its costs.

The book's meandering start might put you off, but don't be
discouraged -- Krajick has a fine story to tell, and once he get's rolling,
this is strong stuff. No geologist who's worked in exploration -- or
anyone with a taste for an old-fashioned strike-it-rich story -- should
miss this one .
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Note 1) There was fatal helicopter crash at the BHP camp in 1992,
while Fipke was project manager. The apparent cause was pilot error
-- flying without reeling in the sling-line -- but Fipke wasn't directly
involved.

Happy reading!
Peter D. Tillman
Consulting Geologist, Tucson & Santa Fe (USA)

4-0 out of 5 stars Revised review
On October 17,2001, I submitted a harsh and critical review of Barren Lands, by Kevin Krajick, which is still being presented by Amazon.com. After discussions with the author and others, I regret the too negative tone of my review and now wish to modify my comments to reflect my much more favorable opinion of the work and its intregrity. I hope that visitors to this web site will discount my earlier comments.

Sincerely,

John S. White

5-0 out of 5 stars Diamonds and Minerals, look and you will find.
Great story of the quest for diamonds. Just goes to show you, that if you are allowed to look you can find anything society wants.

A great story about a driven geologist that does not take no for an answer. Prospecting is alive and well, if the greenies do not lock it all up! ... Read more


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