Moon Handbooks Canadian Rockies: Including Banff and Jasper National Parksby Andrew Hempstead
This complete informative and practical reference invites visitors and locals alike to sample some of the most spectacular outdoor wonders of the Canadian Rockies. Author Andrew Hempstead offers comprehensive coverage of hiking through high meadows carpeted in colorful alpine wildflowers, rafting in boulder-strewn rapids, and downhill skiing through deep powder snow. When more restful diversion is in order, travelers are guided to easily accessible museums and hot springs, scenic drives along vast grassy fields, and spots from which to view abundant wildlife. At day's end, visitors will appreciate the listings of most every restaurant, cozy B&B, world-class resort, and backpacker lodge scattered throughout this pristine region.
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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.