Explore Canada: The Adventurer's Guide

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Overview

Praise for the previous edition
"Highly recommended."
- Library Journal

Canada is one of the most popular destinations for outdoor enthusiasts. Rugged mountains, countless rivers and lakes, and long, magnificent coastlines offer unlimited opportunities for adventure, viewing wildlife and scenic touring.

Explore Canada is a colorful and practical book that describes 125 outdoor destinations across the country. The book is packed with useful information for travelers at all levels of skill in the wild. It includes easy one-day trips near urban centers, family outings on nature trails and extended trips in remote wilderness for experts.

There are useful tips for choosing the best destination, preparing for the trip and selecting the right equipment and clothing.

Each destination features:

  • Color area map
  • Contacts and related web sites
  • At-a-glance activity icons
  • Local lore
  • How to get there
  • Required equipment.

Explore Canada is the ideal guide book for the best hiking, cycling, birding, rafting, kayaking, canoeing, fishing, mountain biking, skiing, and snowshoeing.

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Editorial Reviews

American Reference Books Annual, Volume 36 - Virginia Fischer
Not your typical travel guide, the newly revised edition of Explore Canada, as the authors note in their introduction, is a "vehicle of ideas."... the perfect place to begin the adventure.
Library Journal
From a former editor and the current publisher of Explore, Canada's premier outdoor adventure magazine, comes a selection of the greatest destinations in Canada. This beautiful book, with over 250 color photos, has something for everyone, regardless of one's level of skill in the wild: from one-day trips near urban centers and family outings on nature trails for beginners to extended trips in remote wilderness areas for the expert. Special emphasis is placed upon hiking, kayaking, fishing, mountain biking, bird watching, skiing, and snowshoeing in more than 125 locations. Helpful icons indicate which activities are offered. This user-friendly guide has full-color maps with key visiting sites, sources of information for planning a trip, contacts and web sites, useful tips, plus ideas for equipment and clothing. Suggestions for further reading are in each section and at the end of the book. Highly recommended for all public libraries together with Canada: The Rough Guide Penguin, 1999.--Michael W. Ellis, Ellenville P.L., NY Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Cheré Coen
If Canada's your destination, this book explains it all.
—Cheré Coen, Baton Rouge Advocate
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781552979914
  • Publisher: Firefly Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 7/3/2004
  • Edition description: Revised edition
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

by Marion Harrison and Peter Thompson

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Choosing Your Destination
Preparing for Your Trip
Equipment and Clothing
On the Trip

BRITISH COLUMBIA

  • Gold River
  • Hot Springs Cove
  • Clayoquot Sound
  • Barkley Sound
  • West Coast Trail
  • Juan de Fuca Marine Trail
  • Johnstone Strait
  • Whistler
  • Garibaldi Provincial Park
  • Tatshenshini-Alsek Wilderness Park
  • The Chilkoot Trail
  • Spatsizi Plateau Wilderness Provincial Park
  • Bowron Lake Provincial Park
  • Wells Gray Provincial Park
  • Mount Robson Provincial Park
  • Cathedral Provincial Park
  • Kettle
    Valley Railway
  • The Silver Triangle, Kootenay Region
  • Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park
  • Purcell Lodge
  • Glacier National Park
  • Yoho Valley, Yoho National Park
  • The Burgess Shale, Yoho National Park
  • Lake O'Hara, Yoho National Park
  • Kicking Horse River
  • Rockwall Highline Trail, Kootenay National Park
  • Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park
ALBERTA
  • Maligne Valley, Jasper National Park
  • Rocky Mountain House
  • Icefields Parkway
  • Num-Ti-Jah Lodge, Banff National Park
  • Skoki Lodge, Banff National Park
  • Shadow Lake, Banff National Park
  • The Bow Valley
  • Rats Nest Cave
  • Kananaskis Country
  • Crowsnest Pass
  • Waterton Lakes National Park
  • Dinosaur Provincial Park
  • Milk River and Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park
  • Elk Island National Park
SASKATCHEWAN
  • Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park
  • Grasslands National Park
  • Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area
  • Athabasca Sand Dunes
  • Prince Albert National Park
  • Lac La Rouge Provincial Park
  • Moose Mountain Provincial Park
MANITOBA
  • Spruce Woods Provincial Heritage Park
  • Riding Mountain National Park
  • Seal River
  • Wapusk National Park
  • Whiteshell Provincial Park
ONTARIO
  • Quetico Provincial Park
  • Sleeping Giant Provincial Park
  • Voyageur Trail
  • Lake Superior Provincial Park
  • Pukaskwa National Park
  • Algoma Central Railway
  • Killarney Provincial Park
  • Temagami
  • Georgian Bay Islands National Park
  • Bruce Peninsula
  • Mansfield Outdoor Centre
  • Saugeen River
  • Grand River
  • Point Pelee National Park
  • The Oak Ridges Trail
  • Rouge Park
  • The Waterfront Trail
  • Ganaraska Trail
  • Haliburton
    Highlands
  • Algonquin Provincial Park (Summer)
  • Algonquin Provincial Park (Winter)
  • Bon Echo Provincial Park
  • Ottawa River
  • The Rideau Corridor
  • Prince Edward County
  • St Lawrence Islands National Park
QUÉBEC
  • Gatineau Park
  • Parc du Mont-Tremblant
  • Les Sentiers de l'Estrie
  • The Charlevoix Traverse
  • Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park
  • La Vérendrye Wildlife Reserve
  • La Mauricie National Park
  • Mont-Sainte-Anne and La Mercier
  • Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserver
  • Parc de la Gaspésie
NEW
BRUNSWICK
  • Fundy National Park
  • Hopewell Rocks
  • Fundy Coastal Trails
  • Grand Manan
  • The Dobson Trail
  • Mount Carleton Park
  • Kouchibouguac National Park
  • Upper Saint John River Valley
NOVA SCOTIA
  • Cabot Trail
  • Cape Breton Highlands National Park
  • Mabou Highlands
  • Minas Basin
  • South Shore
  • Kejimkujik National Park
PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND
  • West Coast
  • Confederation Trail
  • Prince Edward Island National Park
  • Macphail Woods
  • North Shore

NEWFOUNDLAND / LABRADOR
  • Blow Me Down Mountains
  • Gros Morne National Park
  • East Coast Trail
  • Bay of Islands
  • Terra Nova National Park
  • Baccalieu Trail
  • Bay of Exploits
  • The Torngat Mountains
YUKON
  • Ivvavik National Park
  • The Tombstone Range
  • Whitehorse
  • Kluane National Park and Reserve
NORTHWEST TERRITORIES / NUNAVUT
  • Nahanni National Park Reserve
  • Hood River
  • Burnside River
  • Auyuittuq National Park
  • Ellesmere Island National Park

Further Reading
Photo Credits
Acknowledgments
Index

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Preface

Introduction

Canada is arguably the best county in the world for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers. The rugged mountains, countless rivers and lakes, and long, crenelated coastlines offer unlimited opportunities for adventure trips and wildlife viewing. Thanks to over a century of government initiatives, more than 154,440 square miles (400,000 square kilometers) of the most beautiful parts of the country have been preserved as national and provincial parks. From the rainforests of British Columbia to the rocky headlands of Newfoundland. the most scenic of Canada's wild lands have been preserved as national treasures.

Explore Canada shares some of these treasures with you. Our familiarity with the best recreational destinations in Canada stems from our long-term involvement with Explore, Canada's premier magazine on outdoor adventure. Together we have endeavored to convey our love for the outdoor world through the magazine, and this book is an extension of that endeavor.

Explore Canada is a vehicle of ideas. It is not a guidebook, but will guide you to what we think are some of the greatest destinations in Canada, from short nature hikes near urban centers to multi-day wilderness trips in the North. We have attempted to include something for everyone: if you enjoy day tripping, there are fascinating areas, such as the Oak Ridges Moraine near Toronto or Elk Island National Park near Edmonton — destinations that are very rewarding and justify repeat visits.

If you prefer family outings with children, destinations such as Kejimkujik National Park in Nova Scotia offer drive-to campgrounds, short trails and activities of interest to all the family. If you are taking your first backpacking steps, areas such as Killarney Provincial Park in Ontario or Garibaldi Provincial Park in British Columbia offer easy-to-reach backcountry campsites. And if you really want to get away from it all, there are remote northern destinations such as Yukon's Ivvavik National Park where you're guaranteed to see more wildlife than people.

Since most of the destinations are in national or provincial parks where native habitats are protected and preserved. the opportunities for bird watching and wildlife viewing are excellent Special places such as Point Pelee in Ontario, Grand Manan in New Brunswick or Last Mountain Lake in Saskatchewan offer you the chance to add new bird species to your life list. If you have your heart set on watching polar bears — from a safe distance! — there's Wapusk National Park in Manitoba. If whale watching is more your thing, visit Johnstone Strait on the west coast or the Bay of Exploits on the east coast. Many of the destinations will allow you the chance to see rare or endangered species such as peregrine falcons in Ontario's Bon Echo
Provincial Park, beluga whales in Saguenay — St Lawrence Marine Park, or the elusive cougar in Kananaskis Country, Alberta.

If you're a wildflower aficionado, Explore Canada will not only point you toward the best alpine meadows and woodland glades, it will also tell you which are the best months for wildflower viewing. Trees also hold a fascination for nature lovers. You'll find grandeur in the old-growth forests of Vancouver Island's Clayoquot Sound; subtlety in the delicate shades of Rocky Mountain arches in fall; or a riot of color in the maples and birch of Southern Ontario, Québec and the Maritimes.

While hiking is the most common activity in this book, we have not ignored other modes of 'self-propelled' travel. Considering the thousands of lakes and rivers in Canada, it seemed appropriate to include plenty of canoeing destinations. The canoe is a vital part of Canada's heritage and is still a cherished,
if not revered, object of affection. Enjoy a two-hour paddle in Whiteshell Provincial Park in Manitoba, or a ten-day expedition to the Nahanni River in the Northwest Territories.

Alternative modes of travel are by raft kayak or bicycle. Whitewater rafting on B.C.'s Kicking Horse River or Ontario's Ottawa River offers the thrill of a lifetime, whereas ocean kayaking offers a slower-paced and serene way of exploring special places such as Newfoundland's Bay of Islands. Cycling is an efficient way to travel long distances and still experience the sights, sounds and smells of such places as Ontario's Prince Edward County or Nova Scotia's Cabot Trail. And travel on skis or snowshoes opens up an entire new world. from the quiet trackset trails of Québec's Gatineau Park to the backcountry grandeur of B.C.'s Glacier National Park.

Planning an adventure vacation is more complicated than simply paying a visit to your local travel agent.
You'll probably be met with a blank stare if you tell your agent you want to go sea kayaking or backcountry skiing. Explore Canada will guide you to the correct sources for information, be it a guidebook, tourism office, park headquarters or outfitter. Each destination offers you enough information to begin planning your own trip or have someone plan it for you.

There is a lifetime of adventure in the following pages. You can start with less challenging trips and as you gain experience and confidence, work your way toward the more remote destinations that require commitment in the planning and in executing the plan. We hope you enjoy discovering these special places as much as we've enjoyed writing about them. Happy exploring!

Marion Harrison
Peter Thompson

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Introduction

Introduction

Canada is arguably the best county in the world for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers. The rugged mountains, countless rivers and lakes, and long, crenelated coastlines offer unlimited opportunities for adventure trips and wildlife viewing. Thanks to over a century of government initiatives, more than 154,440 square miles (400,000 square kilometers) of the most beautiful parts of the country have been preserved as national and provincial parks. From the rainforests of British Columbia to the rocky headlands of Newfoundland. the most scenic of Canada's wild lands have been preserved as national treasures.

Explore Canada shares some of these treasures with you. Our familiarity with the best recreational destinations in Canada stems from our long-term involvement with Explore, Canada's premier magazine on outdoor adventure. Together we have endeavored to convey our love for the outdoor world through the magazine, and this book is an extension of that endeavor.

Explore Canada is a vehicle of ideas. It is not a guidebook, but will guide you to what we think are some of the greatest destinations in Canada, from short nature hikes near urban centers to multi-day wilderness trips in the North. We have attempted to include something for everyone: if you enjoy day tripping, there are fascinating areas, such as the Oak Ridges Moraine near Toronto or Elk Island National Park near Edmonton -- destinations that are very rewarding and justify repeat visits.

If you prefer family outings with children, destinations such as Kejimkujik National Park in Nova Scotia offer drive-to campgrounds, short trails and activities of interest to all the family. Ifyou are taking your first backpacking steps, areas such as Killarney Provincial Park in Ontario or Garibaldi Provincial Park in British Columbia offer easy-to-reach backcountry campsites. And if you really want to get away from it all, there are remote northern destinations such as Yukon's Ivvavik National Park where you're guaranteed to see more wildlife than people.

Since most of the destinations are in national or provincial parks where native habitats are protected and preserved. the opportunities for bird watching and wildlife viewing are excellent Special places such as Point Pelee in Ontario, Grand Manan in New Brunswick or Last Mountain Lake in Saskatchewan offer you the chance to add new bird species to your life list. If you have your heart set on watching polar bears -- from a safe distance! -- there's Wapusk National Park in Manitoba. If whale watching is more your thing, visit Johnstone Strait on the west coast or the Bay of Exploits on the east coast. Many of the destinations will allow you the chance to see rare or endangered species such as peregrine falcons in Ontario's Bon Echo Provincial Park, beluga whales in Saguenay -- St Lawrence Marine Park, or the elusive cougar in Kananaskis Country, Alberta.

If you're a wildflower aficionado, Explore Canada will not only point you toward the best alpine meadows and woodland glades, it will also tell you which are the best months for wildflower viewing. Trees also hold a fascination for nature lovers. You'll find grandeur in the old-growth forests of Vancouver Island's Clayoquot Sound; subtlety in the delicate shades of Rocky Mountain arches in fall; or a riot of color in the maples and birch of Southern Ontario, Québec and the Maritimes.

While hiking is the most common activity in this book, we have not ignored other modes of 'self-propelled' travel. Considering the thousands of lakes and rivers in Canada, it seemed appropriate to include plenty of canoeing destinations. The canoe is a vital part of Canada's heritage and is still a cherished, if not revered, object of affection. Enjoy a two-hour paddle in Whiteshell Provincial Park in Manitoba, or a ten-day expedition to the Nahanni River in the Northwest Territories.

Alternative modes of travel are by raft kayak or bicycle. Whitewater rafting on B.C.'s Kicking Horse River or Ontario's Ottawa River offers the thrill of a lifetime, whereas ocean kayaking offers a slower-paced and serene way of exploring special places such as Newfoundland's Bay of Islands. Cycling is an efficient way to travel long distances and still experience the sights, sounds and smells of such places as Ontario's Prince Edward County or Nova Scotia's Cabot Trail. And travel on skis or snowshoes opens up an entire new world. from the quiet trackset trails of Québec's Gatineau Park to the backcountry grandeur of B.C.'s Glacier National Park.

Planning an adventure vacation is more complicated than simply paying a visit to your local travel agent. You'll probably be met with a blank stare if you tell your agent you want to go sea kayaking or backcountry skiing. Explore Canada will guide you to the correct sources for information, be it a guidebook, tourism office, park headquarters or outfitter. Each destination offers you enough information to begin planning your own trip or have someone plan it for you.

There is a lifetime of adventure in the following pages. You can start with less challenging trips and as you gain experience and confidence, work your way toward the more remote destinations that require commitment in the planning and in executing the plan. We hope you enjoy discovering these special places as much as we've enjoyed writing about them. Happy exploring!

Marion Harrison
Peter Thompson

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