National Geographic Guide to the National Parks of Canada

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Canada's 42 National Parks are beautifully showcased in this first edition official guidebook for the 2011 100th anniversary of Parks Canada. In the same manner that the best-selling National Geographic Guide to the National Parks of the United States covers America's crown jewels, this book will be a handy, practical, and extensively illustrated guide to help visitors plan and execute their trips to all the Canadian national parks. It also offers short excursions to 40 plus National Historical Sites and the four...

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Overview

Canada's 42 National Parks are beautifully showcased in this first edition official guidebook for the 2011 100th anniversary of Parks Canada. In the same manner that the best-selling National Geographic Guide to the National Parks of the United States covers America's crown jewels, this book will be a handy, practical, and extensively illustrated guide to help visitors plan and execute their trips to all the Canadian national parks. It also offers short excursions to 40 plus National Historical Sites and the four National Marine Conservation Areas. Written by authors who know Canada's national parks, this volume includes seasonal facts on these stunning and vital wilderness areas as well as guidance for getting there, when to go, how to visit, practical information on where to stay, and detailed descriptions of specific places within each park. Stunning photographs and custom, one-of-a-kind maps prepared by National Geographic cartographers enhance the entries. Just in time for the Parks Canada milestone anniversary, this guide will inspire visitors to celebrate the treasures of Canada, from the pristine shorelines of British Columbia's Pacific Rim to Newfoundland's Gros Morne and from the Arctic landscape of Aulavik to the prairies of Grasslands.

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Editorial Reviews

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“If you’re planning a trip to a Canadian park this year, be sure to pick up the new guide from National Geographic.” –About.com
 
“The book gives an overview of Canada’s 42 parks and each section provides useful service information on “How to Get There,” “When to Go,” and “How to Visit.” Plus you’ll find lists of hotels, campsites, and tour operators to help you plan your trip.” –Intelligent Travel
 
“When it comes to exploring this expansive, gloriously beautiful country of ours, it’s hard to know where to start. That’s where the National Geographic Guide to the National Parks of Canada comes in.” –Chatelaine.com
 
“The book also contains information about historic sites within a 100-kilometre radius of a national park.” –Cape Breton Post
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781426208058
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society
  • Publication date: 7/5/2011
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 260,467
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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Prince Edward Island
Established 1937
22 sq km/5,440 acres
 
Prince Edward Island National Park spans a spectacular stretch of land encompassing sand dunes, salt marshes, remnants of an Acadian forest, coastal headlands, beaches, and sandstone cliffs. This is the land that inspired Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables and prompted an oil tycoon to build an elegant Victorian home. Both Green Gables and Dalvay-by-the Sea are national treasures and showcased within the park.
 
Approximately 285 million years ago, a mountain chain existed in this region. Over time, its rivers deposited gravel, silt, and sand into a low-lying basin forming sandstone bedrock. As the glaciers retreated, Prince Edward Island gradually took shape.
 
Situated on the central north shore of Prince Edward Island, the park faces the Gulf of St. Lawrence, where sunsets are storybook perfect. Although one of the smallest parks in Canada, it’s a popular destination, with famous beaches and outstanding coastal landscapes. The other attraction is the lure of Lucy Maud Montgomery through her beloved 1908 novel, Anne of Green Gables.
 
The park’s ecosystems support a variety of animal species and 400 different species of plants. Although there are no deer or moose on the island, coyotes, red foxes, raccoons, beavers, mink, and weasels are common. With more than 300 species of birds, including the endangered piping plover, the park plays a significant role in shorebird migration in spring and fall.
 
In 1998, the park expanded to include 4 sq km (990 acres) on the Greenwich Peninsula where rare, U-shaped dunes known as parabolic dunes are located. This is also the region where archaeological digs revealed that Paleo-Indians lived here 10,000 years ago. Evidence indicates that Mi’kmaq, French, Acadian, Scottish, Irish, and English were also early settlers here.
 
The park is bordered by a number of traditional farming and fishing communities, which adds to the cul- tural fabric of the island and enhances the visitor’s experience.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2012

    Enticing and informative guide

    This edition continues National Geographics tradition of excellent guides to parks. Text and photos are excellent and informative. Maps are detailed and accurate. Park details are quite thorough and complete, with websites and telephone numbers to help the reader get the latest updates and conditions. Information on surrounding municipalities and services is helpful and accurate. If you can only buy one guide, you would not be sorry to buy this one.

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