Moon Handbooks: Canadian Rockies, Including Banff and Jasper National Parks

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Stunning mountains, alpine lakes, shimmering glaciers, and abundant wildlife await the visitor to the Canadian Rockies, one of North America's premier travel destinations. This four-season area has much to offer travelers and Andrew Hempstead's Moon Handbooks Canadian Rockies is the resource to uncovering its hidden treasures. Five parks are found in the Canadian Rockies ? Banff, Jasper, Kootenay, Yoho, and Waterton Lakes ? each filled with miles of hiking and skiing trails, hundreds of campsites, and numerous ...
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Overview

Stunning mountains, alpine lakes, shimmering glaciers, and abundant wildlife await the visitor to the Canadian Rockies, one of North America's premier travel destinations. This four-season area has much to offer travelers and Andrew Hempstead's Moon Handbooks Canadian Rockies is the resource to uncovering its hidden treasures. Five parks are found in the Canadian Rockies — Banff, Jasper, Kootenay, Yoho, and Waterton Lakes — each filled with miles of hiking and skiing trails, hundreds of campsites, and numerous lake and rivers. Visitors can explore the world-famous Burgess Shale, home of many fossils; brave rafting the plunge on the Kicking Horse River; or sample regional Rocky Mountain cuisine — caribou, moose, and elk. This revised edition includes measurements in both the imperial and metric systems; an expanded accommodations section; helpful sidebars on cutting flight costs or finding great hotels rooms for less; as well as website listings for many destinations. After a day in the field, hit the bars and pubs of Canmore and Banff, or soak in the luxuriant waters of Radium Hot Springs. Informative, practical, and inspiring, Moon Handbooks Canadian Rockies is an essential guide to planning a trip to this awe-inspiring part of the world.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781566914932
  • Publisher: Avalon Travel Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/10/2003
  • Series: Moon Handbooks Travel Series
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 293
  • Product dimensions: 5.49 (w) x 7.48 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
The Land 2
Geology
Climate
Flora 6
Montane
Subalpine
Alpine
Fauna 7
The Deer Family
Bears
Wild Dogs and Cats
Other Large Mammals
Small Mammals
Reptiles and Amphibians
Fish
Birds
History 15
The Earliest Inhabitants
European Exploration and Settlement
Parks and Tourism
Special Topics
Foothills Erratics Train 3
Chinook Winds 5
Wildlife Viewing 8
Wildlife and You 12
Banff Indian Days 15
David Thompson 17
On the Road 21
Recreation 21
Hiking
Climbing and Mountaineering
Road Cycling and Mountain Biking
Horseback Riding
Golfing
On the Water
Fishing
Wintertime
Accommodations and Food 30
Hotels and Motels
Bed-and-Breakfasts
Other Lodging Options
Backpacker Accommodations
Camping
Food and Drink
Getting There 34
Air
Rail
Bus
Getting Around 38
Bus
Driving
Tours
Information and Services 40
Visas and Officialdom
Money
Health
Communications and Measurements
Maps and Information
Special Topics
Safe Hiking 22
Get the Biggest Bed for Your Buck 31
Departure Taxes 34
Cutting Flight Costs 35
Currency Exchange 41
Internet Access in the Rockies 42
Heading Farther Afield? 43
Banff National Park 45
The Land
Flora
Fauna
History
Sights and Drives 56
Town of Banff
Vicinity of Banff
Bow Valley Parkway
Lake Louise and Vicinity
Icefields Parkway
Hiking 74
Hikes Around the Town of Banff
Hikes Between Banff and Lake Louise
Hikes Around Lake Louise
Hikes Along Icefields Parkway
Other Recreation 86
Fair Weather
Wintertime
Indoor Recreation
Nightlife
Shopping
Festivals and Events
Accommodations and Camping 95
In and Around the Town of Banff
Along the Bow Valley Parkway
Lake Louise
Along the Icefields Parkway
Backcountry Huts and Lodges
Campgrounds
Food 107
Banff
Bow Valley Parkway
Lake Louise
Practicalities 115
Getting There
Getting Around
Services
Books and Bookstores
Information
Special Topics
Park Entry 51
The Elk of Banff National Park 52
Wild Bill Peyto 55
"Lake of Little Fishes" 67
Sunshine Meadows 78
Lake Louise: The Development of a World-Class Resort 90
Breakfast Favorites 108
The Brewster Boys 116
Canmore 120
The Land
History
Sights and Recreation 124
Sights
Hiking
Other Recreation
Arts and Entertainment 124
Accommodations and Camping 131
In and Around Town
Harvey Heights
Deadman's Flats
Campgrounds
Practicalities 136
Food
Transportation
Information and Services
Special Topics
Alpine Club of Canada 129
Brewster's Kananaskis Guest Ranch 134
Kananaskis Country 140
The Land
History
Practicalities
Bow Valley Provincial Park 145
Hiking
Practicalities
Kananaskis Valley 146
Sights
Hiking
Other Recreation
Wintertime
Kananaskis Village
Other Accommodations and Information
Peter Lougheed Provincial Park 153
Hiking
Other Recreation
Practicalities
Spray Valley Provincial Park 159
Hiking
Practicalities
Sibbald 161
Hiking
Practicalities
Elbow River Valley and Vicinity 162
Hiking
Practicalities
Bragg Creek
Sheep River Valley 166
Hiking
Practicalities
Highwood/Cataract Creek 167
Hiking
Practicalities
Special Topic
Beat the Camping Crowd 157
Kootenay National Park and Vicinity 169
The Land
History
Sights and Recreation 172
Road-Accessible Sights
Hiking
Practicalities 177
Accommodations
Information
Radium Hot Springs 178
Sights and Recreation
Accommodations
Food
Information
North from Radium Along Highway 95
South Along Highway 93/95
Special Topic
Park Entry 171
Yoho National Park and Vicinity 184
The Land
History
Sights and Recreation 188
Road-Accessible Sights
Lake O'Hara Hiking
Emerald Lake Hiking
Yoho Valley Hiking
Hikes in Other Areas of the Park
Other Recreation
Practicalities 195
Accommodations
Food
Transportation
Information
Golden 198
Sights and Recreation
Accommodations
Food
Information and Services
Special Topics
Park Entry 186
Burgess Shale 187
Takakkaw Falls 193
Jasper National Park 204
The Land
Flora
Fauna
History
Sights and Drives 209
Columbia Icefield
Icefields Parkway
Mount Edith Cavell
Sights in and Around the Town of Jasper
Maligne Lake and Vicinity
Continuing East along Highway 16
Hiking 219
Hikes around the Town of Jasper
Hiking in the Maligne Lake Area
Hikes Near Mount Edith Cavell
Hikes along Icefields Parkway
Other Recreation 225
Fair Weather
Wintertime
Arts and Entertainment
Accommodations and Camping 230
In and Around the Town of Jasper
Along the Icefields Parkway
East of the Town of Jasper
Hinton
Other Lodging Options
Campgrounds
Other Practicalities 238
Food
Transportation
Information and Services
Special Topics
Park Entry 205
Mary Schaffer 222
Float Back in Time 227
"Summer Only" Lodging 231
Private Home Accommodations 232
Waterton Lakes National Park 244
The Land
History
Sights and Recreation 249
Scenic Drives
Hiking
Other Recreation
Accommodations and Camping 255
Hotels, Motels, and Lodges
Campgrounds
Other Practicalities 259
Food
Transportation
Information and Services
Special Topics
Park Entry 246
Kootenai Brown 248
Lesser-Traveled Parks 262
Provincial Parks 263
Akamina/Kishinena Provincial Park
Elk Lakes Provincial Park
Height of the Rockies Provincial Park
Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park
Mount Robson Provincial Park
Top of the World Provincial Park
Whiteswan Lake Provincial Park
Wilderness Areas 272
Siffleur Wilderness Area
White Goat Wilderness Area
Willmore Wilderness Park
Grande Cache
Special Topics
The Yellowhead Story 267
Kootenay Plains 273
Resources 277
Suggested Reading 278
Internet Resources 283
Index 285
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2004

    well written, very helpful

    This guidebook is up to the always high standard of others in the Moon series. They have chosen Andrew Hempstead as an author. He lives in the Canadian Rockies and obviously knows his stuff. His recommendations for accommodations and restaurants are all sensible and well described. In places like Banff there are so many places to eat it was helpful to be able to choose from the selection the author feels best showcase the mountain atmosphere but are also good value. It is the type of guidance I found completely lacking in other books. There's detail of the best hikes throughout the Canadian Rockies, along with information on other things to do like playing golf, fishing, and rafting. Two other things I liked about this book: Firstly, it is very well organized. Secondly, the writing is very enthusiastic, with even the background information and general travel tips making for enjoyable reading.

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