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Canada (DK Eyewitness Travel Guides) Paperback – 15 Mar 2010

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Product details

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: DK Publishing (Dorling Kindersley) (15 Mar. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 075666103X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756661038
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.3 x 21.9 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 625,618 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Pretty, but lacking substance 10 Mar. 2012
By Jon L. Albee - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm a bit schizophrenic about these travel guides: I love their graphical and photographic content, but I hate their summary, touristy coverage.

I guess that's my review, in a nutshell, and maybe a reflection of your reviewer! These guides are nice to look at. They include lovely graphics of central city streets and important landmarks, but lack meaningful context for both. I can look at this guide and understand what Toronto might look like, but I will not get a feeling for what Toronto is, culturally and historically. Large urban areas get decent coverage, while provincial locations get barely a mention. The listings are also thin, accurate as they are, they're not even CLOSE to comprehensive. Ontario and Quebec are disproportionately represented.

As you might expect, Toronto, Montreal, and Quebec consume most of this guide. If you're interested in Winnipeg, Calgary, Vancouver, or Halifax, you should look elsewhere.

Armchair travelers will like these guides. For those making trips, Rough Guide is much better.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
One Good Guide to Canada... 25 Nov. 2010
By HMS Warspite - Published on Amazon.com
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"Eyewitness Travel's Guide to Canada" is the latest edition (2010) of a superb resource for planning and enjoying a vacation in Canada. DK guides combine a unique mixture of narrative, maps, photos, and diagrams in a user-friendly format to capture the highlights of each region, from natural beauty to historical sites to city zoos and Canada's excellent provincial museum system.

Many visitors are unaware of the sheer size and diversity of Canada. Pictureque Atlantic Canada features fishing villages, echoes of ancient colonial wars, and special items such as the Green Gables House of L.M. Montgomery's famous "Anne of Green Gables" novels. The big cities of Montreal and Toronto offer everything that first rate urban environments should, from shopping to culture to entertainment. The vast prairies of central Canada have their own unique history and points of interest, including the Academy and Museum of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Regina. The Canadian Rockies offer some of the most spectacular scenery and outdoor recreation opportunities to found in North America, while Vancouver is Canada's diverse and fascinating outlet to the Pacific and the Orient. The wilds of the Yukon offer an entry point to the Canadian Arctic.

In such a huge and diverse country, a single guide can't hope to cover all possible topics of interest. However, this guide is a great one-stop starter kit, with its regional coverage and practical tips on navigating Canadian customs, airports, dining and accomodation options, and currency. This reviewer has frequently used his edition for trips to Canada, supplemented by local maps. In keeping with the digital age, the guide lists lots of websites for further research.

"The Eyewitness Travel Guide to Canada" is very highly recommended to anyone planning a trip to Canada, a very worthwhile destination.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The only book you need for a great trip! 23 Jun. 2011
By Anne - Published on Amazon.com
My husband and I did an awesome 12 day roadtrip to Niagara Falls - Toronto - Ottawa - Montreal - Quebec City and (besides internet research) this was the ONLY book we used. It gave great overviews of the sights of the cities, and also supplied a bunch of "off the beaten path" less-touristy options. In whatever city we were in, I liked being able to visually pick out the sights to see based on the photos and illustrations, and the bits of history are a nice and not too overwhelming way of reading up on the meaning/purpose of different sites and attractions. Our copy of this guide was tattered and extremely dogeared by the time we got back home!
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Another DK product--Oh, Canada! 24 Jun. 2011
By Steven A. Peterson - Published on Amazon.com
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The Eyewitness Travel series is a nice resource. One downside: It is not as extensive in its coverage as, for instance, Frommer's. Nonetheless, it is a lushly produced volume and provides considerable useful information.

The book is organized as follows: The first part is an introduction to Canada. Then, area by area (e.g., Atlantic Canada, Quebec, Ontario, Central Canada, British Columbia and the Rockies, and Northern Canada). Then, a section on traveler's needs--where to eat, where to stay, entertainment, shopping, and attractions. Finally, a survival guide.

Overall, a useful resource, although not quite as informative of a publication like Frommer's.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Canada with many faces 28 Jan. 2012
By zdanko - Published on Amazon.com
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First I was curious how a so large country could be put into so few pages. Then I was impressed that I could get some glimpses why Canadians are so proud of their country. You can find yourself walking on the street or climbing up to the mountains. Worth to read it.
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