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Frommer's British Columbia and the Canadian Rockies (Frommer's Complete Guides) Paperback – 28 May 2010

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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 6th Edition edition (28 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470591536
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470591536
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.5 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 975,181 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Stroll through misty old–growth forests in Carmanah/Walbran Provincial Park. See chapter 7. Detailed maps throughout Exact prices, directions, opening hours,and other practical information Candid reviews of hotels and restaurants,plus sights, shopping, and nightlife Itineraries, walking tours, and trip–planning ideas Insider tips from local expert authors

About the Author

Bill McRae was born and raised in rural eastern Montana, though he spent the better years of his youth attending university in Great Britain, France, and Canada. He has previously written about Montana, Utah, and Oregon for Moon Publications and about the Pacific Northwest and Seattle for Lonely Planet. Other publications he has written for include National Geographic, Microsoft Expedia, and 1,000 Places to See in the U.S.A. and Canada Before You Die for Workman Press. Bill makes his home in Portland, Oregon. Donald Olson is a novelist, playwright, and travel writer who has lived and worked in London. His newest novel, Memoirs Are Made of This, was published in the U.K. by Hodder–Headline in 2007 under the pen name Swan Adamson and translated into Russian in 2008. Two earlier Swan Adamson novels, My Three Husbands and Confessions of a Pregnant Princess, were published in the U.S. and translated into French, and his essay, “Confessions of a Faux Pa,” is featured in the new anthology What I Would Tell Her: 28 Fathers on the Joys and Challenges of Raising their Daughters . Donald Olson’s novel, The Confessions of Aubrey Beardsley, was published in the United Kingdom by Bantam Press, and his play, Beardsley, was produced in London. His travel stories have appeared in the New York Times, Travel + Leisure, Sunset, National Geographic books, Town & Country , and many other publications. His additional guidebooks England For Dummies , Best Day Trips from London, Irreverent London, Germany For Dummies, Germany Day by Day, and Frommer’s Vancouver & Victoria are all published by Wiley. England For Dummies won a 2002 Lowell Thomas Travel Writing Award for best guidebook.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. W. Pyke on 4 Feb. 2008
Format: Paperback
I bought this book knowing that it would not have pictures but would have lots of useful information and clear maps because I have been impressed with others in the series. I am not disappointed. The book is clearly laid out and contains lots of helpful information about the area covered, including recommendations on hotels and places to eat.

I would recommend it to anyone wanting a detailed coverage of the area, but you do have to look elsewhere to see photos of the places described.
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By Tilks on 24 Jun. 2011
Format: Paperback
This is the best guide book we have ever ploughed through.
Clear and concise descriptions which are honest, informative and to the point.
Fantastic clear layout.
We cannot wait to actually visit BC having read this and used it to plan our trip for next month.
WIsh all guide books were so easy to read and plan from.
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24 of 33 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 Feb. 2003
Format: Paperback
I bought this book to assist me with my trip to British Columbia - I wanted to plan my drive from Vancouver to Jasper, Banff and the Glacier parks - whilst viewing all of the spectacular scenery along the way and finding places to stay in these areas.
This guide is probably factually accurate, but there is not a single photo, illustration or diagram relating to any of the hotels or attractions (ie, Lake Louise, Lake Moraine, Rocky Mountains, Glaciers, Wildlife etc) Personally, if I am going to travel for hours and drive for miles to see a particular lake, I want some assurance that it is as beautiful as it has been described - and this is where pictures are useful.
I believe that most people who purchase a travel guide will want to flick through it for ideas of places to go and places to stay. If they see an interesting picture - they will pause to read the information relating to that picture and decide whether they want to vist that attraction or not. This guide is pure text from front to back - I think I've read about 3 pages and now I'm bored with it.
The information contained within the book IS very useful - there is lots of information about places to stay, prices, things to do and see etc, but where is the visual stimulation to make you want to bother reading all that text? This book is supposed to be a "guide", but it's more like a novel!
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Amazon.com: 6 reviews
27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
Good for city travel 21 May 2002
By Craig Taylor - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Frommers now has numerous books that cover British Columbia as part of larger guides. I have the British Columbia/Canadian Rockies one, but they all contain the same text, which has been repackaged into different titles. As to this book itself, the layout is easy to find your way around and the information is reliable and has obviously been well researched. The hotel listings are especially detailed, down to descriptions of inroom curtains. This formula obviously appeals to many travelers and while I often pass up their hotel listings (too expensive for me), their restaurant descriptions are extremely helpful for me when on the road. They often describe actual dishes giving me a great feel of what to expect in each restaurant.
On the downside, so much space is given to accommodations and restaurants that the most important part of traveling is as good as ignored-what there is to see and do. The reason I travel and that BC is so popular as a destination is the great outdoors. I want to read about what there is do and what to see-the best hiking trails in the national parks, why it's worth my money to go whalewatching, etc. Many marvelous places in the province are missing completely. The book also lacks photos and the maps are poor or outdated (nothing that a good map from a gas station will fix!).
In conclusion, I like the look and feel of the Frommers book and have found that I can rely it when it comes to dining information. I always carry the Moon book as a reference for the ins and outs of each town and together the two books make perfect partners for my travels.
9 of 15 people found the following review helpful
The best part of Canada! 2 Aug. 2000
By Rene Kurvers - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I am just several days before spending my holiday in British Columbia and the Canadian rockies, and this book really gives a lot of pre-fun. Very informative, very useful information (with places to stay, places to dine, must see attractions etc.) and an enthusiastic style make it a pleasure to read. I am sure that it will be of great value for every tourist who will visit this part of Canada.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I've purchased Frommers for most of my adult life 11 Sept. 2012
By AMAZON FAN - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This version was the usual reliable source of information. Yet I could not find one piece of important information in this book. We went through US Customs before our flight out of Calgary. My first experience with US Customs in another country. Please allow a little extra time before your flight for US Customs.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Excellent Reference Book 9 April 2014
By Annette K Roberts - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This edition allowed us to maintain quick references whilst in BC. Very detailed maps. Easy to use especially as a Kindle book as we had downloaded onto our iPad and iPhone
0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
good guide 27 Dec. 2008
By PAM - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Good guide to the Canadian Rockies.
Got it for a trip next summer. Lots of information not too many picturies.
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