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141. Eyewitness Travel Guide to Canada
by Dorling Kindersley Publishing
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Asin: 0789451697
Catlog: Book (2000-05-01)
Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Publishing
Sales Rank: 476556
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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The guide that shows you what other travel books only tell you!

If you are planning on visiting our neighbor to the North, you'll need DK's Eyewitness Travel Guide: Canada to show you the best this beautiful country has to offer. Broken into six distinct sections: Atlantic Canada, Quebec, Ontario, Central Canada, Northern Canada and British Columbia and the Rockies -- this guide allows you to find the best places to stay, eat, shop, and visit while in Canada. Includes more than 900 full-color photographs, unique 3-D aerial views of major attractions, and street-by-street maps of all the major cities. From Nova Scotia to Prince Edward Island, Montreal to Vancouver, Ottawa to the Great Lakes, or from the quaint towns of Dawson City and Whitehorse there is something in this informative reference for everyone. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A great guide for a great country
I've visited Canada twice, and am entertaining the idea of moving there permanently, so I'm trying ro read and learn as much as I can about the country, and so far haven't found a better guide than this one.

While it's not really a history book, it does have some information of the country's past and present, including timelines, events and reknown people. As for it's travel guide side, well, it's quite excellent. As all DK Eyewitness guides, this one divides the country into 13 areas: Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick-Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, Montreal, Quebec City and the St. Lawrence river, Southern and Northern Quebec, Toronto, Ottawa and Eastern Ontario, The great lakes, Central Canada, Vancouver and Vancouver Island, The Rocky mountains, Southern and Northern British Columbia and Northern Canada. For each one you get information on sites, places of interest, museums, places to stay, places to eat, street walking tours, and as usual, great cut-aways, floor plans and reconstructions, plus a whole lot of pictures.

If you're visiting Canada, you can't miss with this guide.

5-0 out of 5 stars More than just words...
This another great guide in the Eyewitness line. Offers lots of great information in addition to all of the great photos. All of the great graphics contained with in this book are what makes so good.

5-0 out of 5 stars Correction of last review
Canada is the world's 2ND LARGEST COUNTRY, only Russia is larger.

5-0 out of 5 stars A great guide for a great country
The one guide that covers the world's 3rd largest country at it's best. Experience Canada's great cities and spectacular scenery as no other guide book can describe them. An added benefit to the seasoned traveller, a must for the first time visitor to Canada. ... Read more


142. A Paddler's Guide to Ontario
by Kevin Callan
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Asin: 1550463853
Catlog: Book (2003-04-01)
Publisher: Boston Mills Press
Sales Rank: 191172
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One of Ontario's most popular canoeing guides takes readers on some of the province's best canoe routes. Each route -- ranging from a two-day paddle in Frontenac Provincial Park to a week-long expedition down Pukaskwa's White River -- includes detailed descriptions, maps of all access points, accurate portage lengths, and advice on everything from running rapids to shuttle arrangements.

Some of the routes included are:
- Frontenac
- Mazinaw-Mississippi
- Madawaska
- Barron River Canyon
- Algonquin
- Magnetawan
- French River
- Killarney
- Spanish River
- Temagami
- White River
- Upper Missinaibi
- Quetico ... Read more


143. National Geographic Guide to Family Adventure Vacations: Wildlife Encounters, Cultural Explorations, and Learning Escapes in the U.S. and Canada
by Candyce H. Stapen
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Asin: 079227590X
Catlog: Book (2000-05-01)
Publisher: National Geographic
Sales Rank: 430332
Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars
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You and your children of any age can learn to play toe-tapping fiddle tunes, join in a Hawaiian luau, go dogsledding in the North Woods, sleep in a hogan on a Navajo reservation, take a polar-bear safari, or cross the prairie in a wagon train. These are just a few of the more than 300 exciting learning vacations this guide presents.

* Author Candyce H. Stapen, who reports for Expedia, AOL's Family Travel Network, and FamilyFun, Vacations, and Child magazines, is an award-winning writer and expert on family travel.
* Tips with each entry give parents the sort of insider information that makes family vacations a success.
* Regional maps pinpoint every site in the guide.

USE THIS BOOK TO...

* Find an anchor, or main focus, for a multi-day vacation with your family.
* Add the fun of a day outing to a family vacation, a resort or condominium stay, a visit with relatives, or a business trip with the kids.
* Act as a guide to great but little-known day trips, inexpensive outings, and overnights offered by museums, aquariums, and zoos in your city and neighboring towns. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Just What We Were Looking For
This book gives you just enough information to help you to plan a great family vacation. They give you places and numbers to call to get more information on some great trips accross the country. For a busy parent who wnats to get more bang out of their short vaction this is a must have. We love the book.

1-0 out of 5 stars Don't judge this book by its cover!
As the mother of two active and intellectually curious boys, I was so disappointed with this National Geographic book that I am sorely tempted to return it to the publisher. My aim: to find some suggestions for hikes in the White Mountains and family resorts in New Hampshire for this summer and an exciting, wilderness approach to seeing the West for next summer. The cover: a healthy, athletic father and son, in a kayak on a pristine lake. The subtitle: wildlife encounters, cultural explorations and learning escapes in the US and Canada. The inside: Connecticut's only entry is an Indian museum at the Mohegan Sun gambling casino; four of Massachusett's five entries are museums in downtown Boston and the fifth a small recreation of the Plymouth Colony; New York's six entries include three museums in New York City, two adult continuing education programs in upstate NY and a weekend workshop on Indian culture in the Catskills. I could go on ,but it would only bore you. In short, every entry I read (and I quote only those states I am familiar with) could have been found in literally any run- of -the- mill (free) guidebook found in any hotel loby, restaurant or Chamber of Commerce office. (SeaWorld and Busch Gardens in Florida?? Give me a break!). I implore you to save your money and pass on this book!

5-0 out of 5 stars Fun with the family
Stapen's book on family adventure travel is one of the best of its kind. Our family was looking for new types of vacations (other than the usual places like DisneyWorld, the beach, etc) that would cater to children of different ages. We are looking forward to trying out several of the recommendations, such as a night at the zoo, space camp, dogsledding, llama trekking and exploring native american culture. The writeups are well done and the book is very enjoyable. A must for families. I am over 50 but could not put that in Box 5 for some reason .

1-0 out of 5 stars copied and pasted from somewhere
This book is a real dissapointment. There is no 'adventure' here. It's just a list of museums from around the country. Now these are nice museums, but perusing the AAA Tourbooks will give you the same information for free. This books is a waste of money.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Guide for truly novel vacations!!!
This guide was a wonderful breath of fresh air. As parents of a 14 yr old we were really tired of the same old vacations and really had no idea that exploring North America could be so interesting. Our family used this book as a guide on a recent trip to Montana and South Dakota. It was a terific trip--from the Blackfeet tours to Little Big Horn to Lakota Pony Rides, we truly had a unique experience. Ms. Stapen's guide helped us navigate and explore the most interesting sites these states had to offer. The guide was very informative, especially pointing out those places that are "kid friendly". The book was even helpful in pointing out certain tours not especially suited for kids.---ie. the tour at Little Bighorn. While this did not stop us from going on tour, it did prepare us for the " are we finished yet" complaints of our 14 yr. old. I highly recommend this guide for anyone considering vacationing anywhere in the U.S. From the Pacific Northwest to the East Coast and throughout Canada, this book will help you if you are truly looking for a different type of vacation. I urge anyone to consult this guide---- it will open up a whole new world! ... Read more


144. Canoeing the Churchill: A Practical Guide to the Historic Voyageur Highway
by Greg Marchildon, Sid Robinson
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Asin: 0889771480
Catlog: Book (2002-03-10)
Publisher: Canadian Plains Research Center
Sales Rank: 425004
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Inspired by the accounts of fur traders and explorers of the past, in the summer of 1986 the authors canoed the length of the voyageurs' main track across the province of Saskatchewan, first paddling down the upper reaches of the famed Churchill River and then down the Sturgeon-weir River. Observations recorded on that trip would lay the groundwork for this book.

The book's introductory chapter provides general information for canoeists planning an expedition on the voyageur highway. Chapter 2 provides a concise but thorough history of the route, along with biographical sketches of the earliest Europeans to the area, men who not only traded furs but also mapped the region as they searched for the North-West Passage.

The remaining chapters provide "on the water" advice for the entire route — from Methy Portage in the west to Cumberland House in the east. Divided into sections which range in length from 34 kilometres (21 miles) to 175 kilometres (108 miles) and which require varying skill levels, this detailed and practical part of the book is punctuated with historical information about the route and with fascinating excerpts from the journals and narratives of the early explorers to the region, excerpts often originally penned in the very same campsites the reader can choose to stay at today. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A MUST HAVE
This past summer, I put together a three week canoe trip on the churchill river. I found this book in Ric Dreideger's canoe outfitter's store in Missinipe, and immediately bought it. (luckily) Our trip started from Pinehouse lake, and two of us paddled past stanley mission, then backtracked to missinipe, eventually covering some 140 miles. This book covers the whole of the churchill river in detail, while giving brief historical backgrounds about the voyageurs who used to make a living on the waterway. I followed our route in the book, and it was of particular importance when it came to rapids and portages, which were numerous on our route. It was always right on as to the degree of difficulty of the rapids, so we made few mistakes. Once I got confused in a series of rapids as to which was which and ended up running a dangerous one where we were swamped and I injured my knee. However, this can be avoided using *prudent* scouting of all rapids (we were over-zealous), and by paying attention to warnings in the book.

The book also contained information on rock paintings, side trips, and outfitters along the way where we could get supplies.
It's content is cut up into smaller trips with ways to get in and out of the river, which is extremely advantageous.

As a guide book, I think you can't go wrong by purchasing this book for your trip. As I knew basically nothing of this river, (being from kentucky), and since I was only 20 years old, I was lucky in acquiring this book. I owe much to its exactness for keeping myself and the three other people safe. ... Read more


145. The Essential Guide to Fly Fishing in British Columbia
by Neil Cameron, Jim Crawford, Rory E. Glennie, Robert H. Jones, Martin Lamont, Ralph Shaw, George Will
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Asin: 0921835604
Catlog: Book (2003-02-01)
Publisher: Johnson Gorman Publishers
Sales Rank: 180259
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British Columbia is home to more than 30,000 lakes and 11,000 rivers. The tens of thousands of miles of coastline, shoreline and river waters offer a wide range of fish species, most surrounded by the grandest wilderness scenery imaginable. From the Pacific Coast to the Okanagan interior to the north, British Columbia is an angler’s dream. It’s little wonder, then, that the province has become one of the hottest fly fishing destinations in North America.

In covering not just the hot spots but the hidden treasures of this fly-fishing paradise, these seven veteran anglers and noted writers reveal when to go, how to select winning destinations, which patterns are consistently most productive and much, much more.

From remote wilderness settings to destinations suitable for family vacations, The Essential Guide to Fly Fishing in British Columbia covers them all and offers insider advice for anyone who’s yearned to cast a fly. ... Read more


146. Lake Erie: A Pictorial History
by Julie Macfie Sobol, Ken Sobol
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Asin: 1550463616
Catlog: Book (2004-03-01)
Publisher: Boston Mills Press
Sales Rank: 104534
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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A detailed and richly illustrated history.

To create this unprecedented collection of photographs and essays, the authors spent years visiting museums and archives, and interviewed Lake Erie experts, from professional historians to longtime residents. The result is Lake Erie a remarkable portrait of daily life, industry and commerce on this dynamic Great Lake.

The opening of the Erie Canal in 1825 connected the Hudson River to the Great Lakes and unleashed the financial potential of the American interior. The industrialists who located factories with ready access to raw materials soon became legends: Rockefeller, Henry Wells and William Fargo, Sherwin and Williams, Charles Brush and Thomas Edison, Harvey Firestone, B.F. Goodrich, Carnegie, Frick, Westinghouse and Mellon.

The book is divided into chapters covering: - The lake's prehistory - Early settlement - Role in the American Revolution - Economic boom from 1815 to 1880 - High Industrial period from 1880 to 1945 - History of dramatic storms, shipwrecks - Role in the Underground Railroad and Prohibition - Wealth of flora and fauna ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Essential Book for Great Lakes Collection
This is an essential book for any library in the Great Lakes region and any collection that aspires to cover the geography of the United States and Canada. One would have to cover many miles and search out innumerable obscure museums and photo collections in both the United States and Canada to see the photos brought together here for an afternoon's reading. Here are pictures of giant sturgeon, the canals, the storms, a 100,000 fans at a 1914 baseball game, rum runners, the tycoons who made Lake Erie boom. Coverage of such places as Long Point and its wealthy club members and other points of interest on the Canadian side of Lake Erie is good. This coverage of the Canadian shore is especially useful for the American reader or at least it is for this American reader.
Photo reproduction is very good-- often surpassing my memory of the original prints. ... Read more


147. Hiking Yoho, Kootenay, Glacier & Mt. Revelstoke National Parks (Regional Hiking Series)
by Michelle Gurney, Kathy Howe
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Asin: 0762711701
Catlog: Book (2001-09-01)
Publisher: Falcon
Sales Rank: 111862
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Lace up your boots and sample eighty-four of the finest trails in the Canadian Rockies. Let Hiking Yoho, Kootenay, Glacier, and Mt. Revelstoke National Parks be your guide to Canada's best-kept secrets.

Explore the spectacular snow-capped mountain peaks, alpine lakes, and Cambrian fossils of Yoho National Park. Hike beside the enormous 55-kilometer-long Rockwall in Kootenay National Park, then take a dip in Floe Lake, the best swimming hole in all Canada. Experience close-up views of some of the more than 400 glaciers that gave Glacier National Park its name. Enjoy a hike in the temperate inland rainforest of Mt. Revelstoke National Park.

Use this guide for: up-to-date trail information; accurate directions to popular as well as less-traveled trails; difficulty ratings for each hike; detailed trail maps; zero-impact camping trips.

Whether you are a day-tripper or long-distance hiker, old hand or novice, you'll find trails suited to every ability and interest. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Glacier National Park in Canada
Note that the Glacier National Park mentioned in this book is in Canada, not the United States.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent & an Excellent Value (4 Parks in One Book)
The only reason I usually buy Falcon Guides is if there's no other guide for that park, I think they're just OK. But the two women that wrote this one did an excellent and thorough job. The descriptions for each trail tell you what to expect at literally almost every turn. (They'll say things like "at 1.3 kilometers you'll come to this mountain, at 1.6 km you'll reach a lake where the turn can be hard to find, so..." etc.) If you've ever had to find your way through a poorly marked national park trail, you'll know how valuable that can be. Also, they have the guts to come out and say things like "this trail is too much work for not enough scenery" and then back it up with evidence, not just leave it as their opinion. This will probably let you save a lot of time if your vacation time is limited, as it usually is. I would have liked to see a few more pictures, but other than that they did a great job. Plus, it has four national parks in one book, so it's a pretty good value. ... Read more


148. The Last Wild Edge: One Woman's Journey from the Arctic Circle to the Olympic Rain Forest
by Susan Zwinger
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Asin: 1555662412
Catlog: Book (1999-06-01)
Publisher: Johnson Books
Sales Rank: 279412
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars "a literary journey . . . with life-affirming energy"
From a review by Kathryn Eastburn that appeared in the Colorado Springs Independent: "Throughout The Last Wild Edge, Zwinger carefully balances personal, political and cosmic concerns, utilizing language that straddles the confines of science and poetry. This is a dense but elegant book, rich with physical detail and swarming with universal themes that can't be contained on the page. The nature of exploration itself emerges as a theme, along with a firm, earthbound appreciation of the wild coast of North America. Zwinger skillfully mixes her extensive knowledge of the natural world with a palpable hunger for new experience. The result is a literary journey that pulsates with life-affirming energy, carrying the reader both to the edge of the continent and to the inner depths of the author's curious, passionate soul." ... Read more


149. The Rancher Takes a Wife
by RICHMOND P. HOBSON
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Catlog: Book (1978-01-01)
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
Sales Rank: 81959
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic journals of a tough breed,lifestyle and adventure
I own originals of Hobson's three books and re-read them every few years. His ability to vividly portray the life that he and The Top Hand and later Mrs. Hobson had in the interior of British Columbia is to have been there. It is hard in today's comfortable way of life to envision the situations and dangers that were simply a part of how it was back then. Having grown up in the mountains of the U.S. West, I can only marvel at the abilities of these adventuresome pioneers in the cattle country of B.C. To have met Rich Hobson was of great interest to me... I simply waited too long and he had passed away. The travels and travails through Hobson's life would make an awsome story for a movie. Note: Make sure you read the three books in sequence... and enjoy! ... Read more


150. A Traveller's History of Canada (Traveller's History)
by Robert Bothwell, Denis Judd
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Asin: 1566563860
Catlog: Book (2001-08-01)
Publisher: Interlink Publishing Group
Sales Rank: 483175
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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To outsiders, Canada is synonymous with a vision of wilderness, glaciers, mountains and forests.Distance and space define Canada, but so do large modern cities, an extraordinarily diverse population (30 million plus) and advanced social systems that won it recognition from the United Nations as the most desirable country on earth in which to live.

Canada's story begins with the arrival of the first immigrants over 15,000 years ago who travelled across a land bridge from Siberia to Alaska.Starting around 1000AD with the Vikings, European settlers arrived, bringing with them their cultures, languages and societies.By 1700 Canada was divided between the French and British.The next century was spent in wars to determine who should rule in North America.The French lost, but left behind a vigorous colony that evolved into modern Quebec, and 6-million French-speakers scattered across modern Canada.

Unlike the rest of the Americas, Canada long maintained a close connection with Europe, actively participating in two world wars and in the Cold War that followed.The impact of these events and its relationship with its neighbor, the USA, are discussed.The book is brought fully up to date with a profile of modern Canada, its successes, present difficulties and a prognosis for the future. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Interesting read!
I'm studying Canadian Literature and this book is great because it provided me with the interesting facts of Canada and its short but lively history. Anyone thinking about working and living there or just going there for a holiday can read this book and discover the amazing history behind Canada's diverse and mulitcultural population. It has many index resources for anyone wishing to know the 'hard facts'.
The book is apart of a series of traveller's guides which seem to give readers interesting facts without boring them!! I was initially tempted to buy this book because it was written from a traveller's perspective. Having purchased it from Amazon I am delighted with its light and story-like style which makes it very enjoyable to read. ... Read more


151. Frommer's Portable Whistler
by ConstanceBrissenden
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Asin: 1894413431
Catlog: Book (2002-08-09)
Publisher: Frommers
Sales Rank: 61333
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Experience a place the way the locals do. Enjoy the best it has to offer. And avoid tourist traps. Frommer's Portable Guides help you make the right travel choices. They're easy to carry—and carry an unbeatable price. Frommer's. Your guide to a world of travel experience.

Put the Best of Whistler in your Pocket

  • Outspoken opinions on top attractions—what's worth your time and what's not.
  • Exact prices, so you can plan the perfect trip no matter what your budget.
  • The best hotels and restaurants in every price range, with candid reviews.
  • The expert guidance you need to take charge and travel with confidence.
... Read more

152. My Famous Evening : Nova Scotia Sojourns, Diaries, and Preoccupations (National Geographic Directions)
by Howard Norman
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Asin: 0792266307
Catlog: Book (2004-03-01)
Publisher: National Geographic
Sales Rank: 289475
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153. The Last Voyage of the Karluk : A Survivor's Memoir of Arctic Disaster
by William Laird McKinlay
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Asin: 0312206550
Catlog: Book (1999-05-19)
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Sales Rank: 234469
Average Customer Review: 4.33 out of 5 stars
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On April 23, 1913, 24-year-old William McKinlay, a teacher of mathematics and science in Scotland, was finishing dinner when a telegram arrived. Legendary Canadian explorer Vilhjalmur Stefansson, it explained, was planning a four-year Arctic expedition between the northernmost shores of Canada and the North Pole. It was to be "a vast scientific project," McKinlay recalls, "involving studying Eskimos, geological surveys, sounding of uncharted Arctic waters, and a look-out for new islands to be discovered for Britain." McKinlay would be the team's magnetician and meteorologist--if he joined. He never thought twice--never mind that the crew was a motley assemblage of scientists and sailors, many of whom had never seen a polar bear outside a zoo. There was no survival training for the uninitiated. This was the heyday of the Arctic expedition--and "scientists were in great demand to bring back information about ... the poles."

In July, the 250-ton Karluk departed Alaska. By August, the ship was doomed, trapped and drifting in a solid pack of ice. Stefannson abandoned ship (continuing his explorations for five full years before returning), and the Karluk drifted for months before it was crushed by the ice and sank. Twenty-five people escaped onto the ice, isolated for a year before rescue arrived. By then, 11 people had perished--some in trying to reach land, others by suicide, malnutrition, or disease.

McKinlay's first-hand account of the Karluk debacle is Shackleton's Endurance story in reverse: what happens when an untrained, ill-matched crew meets disaster and barely rises to the challenge. Leaderless and despondent, the stranded resorted to treachery, lying, cheating, and pure folly. Karluk is a story both unbelievable and familiar, and it is convincingly told: how ambition and poor planning lead to spectacular disasters from which only sheer will or luck can offer salvation. --Svenja Soldovieri ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars What is a Crowbill ?
Geat time reading !
I still have 2 questions :
1. What is a Crowbill bird ?
2. No Mosquitos pested the stranded crew ?

5-0 out of 5 stars A classic of first-hand adventure narrative.
A totally gripping true-life adventure, written in 1976 by an 88-year old Glasgow schoolmaster who, prior to serving as an officer in WW1, was one of the survivors of a horrifically mismanaged Arctic expedition. The "Karluk" was one of three vessels involved in an exploration of the Canadian Arctic in 1913, master-minded by one Vilhajalmur Stefansson, a monomaniac fixated on the idea of the Arctic as a friendly environment in which abundant food could be soured. In the event however none of the expedition members received any relevant training in survival skills before setting out. The ships' crews did not expect to winter in the Arctic while the scientific staff, of whom McKinlay was one, were almost all young men straight from University, with no previous Arctic experience. Steffanson's callousness in deserting the Karluk once it was ice-bound, and starting an independent five-year exploration journey without making any attempt to arrange rescue of its crew, almost beggars comprehension. McKinlay's story of misery, squalor, sickness, death, cowardice and heroism over the following year is at times depressing reading, but is always gripping. Of the Karluk's complement of twenty five, eleven died following the break-up of the ship in the ice north of Siberia, in the attempts to reach land and during the subsequent struggle to stay alive under conditions of extreme privation. That any survived is due to the heroism of the Karluk's captain, Robert Bartlett, who with one Eskimo companion managed to reach the Siberian mainland to seek help while the other survivors attempted to eke out an existence on the bleak Wrangel Island. The author's account is understated as regard his own role but it was obviously critical in maintaining morale and cohesion in an ill-assorted group with no real basis for camaraderie and discipline. It is the lack of these two factors that McKinlay found the great difference with his later, albeit terrible, experiences in Flanders, making the Wrangel Island episode incomparably worse. The writing is simple, spare and elegant and sweeps the reader along. It is the narrative of a decent, courageous man and it deserves to live on as a classic or adventure and exploration.

5-0 out of 5 stars The will to live
I purchased this book to send to my son who teaches history. I decided I would read it, first. The author was a teacher and was honored that he was selected to take this exploration voyage with so many distinguished scientists. This book will show you what the body and spirit can endure when it has the ardent desire to live; among the survivors is the Eskimo family with two children, ages eleven and three, and a cat. This happened in 1913-1914. It will make you wonder if today's people still have the endurance and the will to survive as seen in this era.

5-0 out of 5 stars Way better than I had hoped for!
Unliked the other reviewers thus far, I have not read other accounts of polar expeditions, never found the subject intriguing enough when there were so many other histories clamoring for my attention. I'm still not sure what persuaded me to buy this little book, but I am SO glad I did. I found it sufficiently detailed to give me the progressive pictures of ineptitude, boredom, labor, frostbite, incompatibility, isolation, hunger, despair, et al, without becoming bogged down in tedium. By virtue of having waited so many years to pen his account, McKinlay is probably more even-handed in the telling than he would have been otherwise, and makes the book a moving experience rather simply a bitter one. Kudos to the man, he was indeed a canny Scot, and has related a story worthy of being captured on film.

4-0 out of 5 stars A useful contrast to the Endurance saga
It's hard to picture any expedition more ineptly run than Scott's, but the Karluk expedition was indeed even worse. And while Scott's mistakes were exposed for the world to see, the leader of the Karluk expedition, Vilhjalmur Stefansson, was so successful in covering up his that he was lionized after his return by the National Geographic Society and no less a personage than Robert Peary. This book was written some sixty years after the fact by a survivor of the expedition, and while the execution could be better, this is an interesting tale that provides a useful counterpoint to the story of the Endurance. While Sir Ernest Shackleton, through his courage, self-sacrifice, and leadership saved every one of his men when the Endurance was crushed in the ice and sunk, when the Karluk was similarly beset the vile Stefansson left his men to die. ... Read more


154. Cruising Guide to British Columbia Vol. 2
by Wolfersten
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Asin: 0921061234
Catlog: Book (1994-01-01)
Publisher: Whitecap Books
Sales Rank: 92019
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155. Banff's Best Day Hikes
by Heather Elton
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Asin: 1551050935
Catlog: Book (1997-08-31)
Publisher: Lone Pine Publishing
Sales Rank: 214000
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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The hikes featured are the best of what can be seen surrounding the townsite of Banff in Canada's Banff National Park. The best trails, their length, elevation, features and estimated hiking times are included. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Handy and well illustrated
I ordered this book before our first trip to the Canadian Rockies and found it very helpful in anticipating and planning our excursions. It is so nicely illustrated that it remains a very pleasant reminder of our trip to Banff. I thought it well done and sufficiently descriptive.

2-0 out of 5 stars A Misleading Title
Of the 4 books I have read dealing with "day" hiking, this one is the worst. First: it contains hikes that are far more difficult than what I was lead to believe by the word dayhike. Second: the maps of the hikes are very poorly illustrated. Third: the discription of the hikes themselves are lacking in any detail or directions. Fourth: the book contains only hikes in the area immediately around the town of Banff, and does not contain hikes in the entire Park of of Banff. I was very dissappointed in it. ... Read more


156. The Complete Guide to Bed & Breakfasts, Inns & Guesthouses: in the United States, Canada, & Worldwide (Complete Guide to Bed and Breakfasts, Inns and Guesthouses)
by Pamela Lanier
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Asin: 1580086462
Catlog: Book (2005-02-28)
Publisher: Ten Speed Press
Sales Rank: 92175
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On the hunt for a bed and breakfast that will graciously host a cat, two kids, and a vegetarian sister? Hankerin' for a true Montana log cabin weekend, a flyrod's cast from Yellowstone River? Yearning for an antebellum hideaway that-- you do declare--is simply oozing Southern hospitality? The search ends with Pamela Lanier's most extensive compilation to date of bed and breakfasts, inns, and guesthouses. This 15th anniversary edition packs more than 16,000 listings into a concise, easy-to-read format that's loaded with all the pertinent details--price range, number of rooms, meal plans, amenities, credit cards, children, languages spoken, and more. A seasoned traveler, Lanier is the author of a variety of other travel-inspired titles, such as The Bed & Breakfast Cookbook and Family Travel & Resorts: The Complete Guide.

In this compendium, her descriptions manage to capture the essence of each establishment in just a few lines, plus she highlights nifty deals offered only to travelers toting her guidebook. Although it proclaims worldwide coverage, the guidebook's primary focus is North America, with only about 50 of the 738 pages devoted to other destinations. If you're planning a trip outside the U.S. and Canada you'd be better off consulting a more region-specific guide. Travelers with particular interests, however, will be delighted to discover the "special features" pages, in which Lanier gives her top picks in categories ranging from antiques to farm vacations to gourmet. And, if the thought of planning it all yourself sends shudders down your spine, one of the numerous reservation service organizations listed in the back will be happy to do it all for you. --Brina Bolanz ... Read more


157. Reader's Digest Complete Road Atlas of Canada
by Reader's Digest
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Asin: 088850747X
Catlog: Book (2003-02-01)
Publisher: Reader's Digest Association
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158. The Nova Scotia Atlas : Fifth Edition

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Asin: 0887805213
Catlog: Book (2001-11-16)
Publisher: Formac Pubs
Sales Rank: 302657
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This is a completely new edition of the long-time bestselling map book of Nova Scotia that offers far more information and data than ever before -- all completely updated.

All maps have been redrawn on the scale of 1:150,000, offering more details in a highly readable format. The atlas includes a wealth of information on highways, secondary roads, trails and the landscape. There are more than 11,000 names of places and geographic features. All crown land holdings are shown. Parks and wilderness areas are demarcated. Symbols identify campgrounds, historic sites, fire towers, airports and many other features. A new larger page format with coil binding makes this edition easier to use.

The Nova Scotia Atlas is used as the single most definitive source of detailed geographic information by firefighters, ambulance drivers and utility company service workers. It is invaluable for motorists, sportsmen, hikers, canoeists and all-terrain adventurers.
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159. Bugaboo Rock: A Climbing Guide (Climbing Guide)
by Randall Green, Joe Bensen
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Asin: 0898867959
Catlog: Book (2003-05-01)
Publisher: Mountaineers Books
Sales Rank: 342095
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160. Prince Edward Island : A Colourguide

by Laurie Brinklow, Jocelyne Lloyd

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Asin: 088780585X
Catlog: Book (2003-04-01)
Publisher: Formac Pubs
Sales Rank: 536126
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Book Description

Prince Edward Island is a travel destination loved by visitors for its gentle country landscapes, beautiful beaches and relaxed cottage life. This extensively illustrated guide puts the Island at your fingertips.

This completely revised and updated edition features new sections on golfing, birding, hiking and cycling, family activities and the Island's best beaches, all written by local experts. Full colour photographs throughout accompany the text, followed by extensive listings (including full website information) on the Island's best choices in accommodation, restaurants, shopping and entertainment.

Prince Edward Island: A Colourguide is the most comprehensive, up-to-date and colourful guide to this Maritime vacation paradise.
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