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Lonely Planet Discover Canada (Travel Guide) [Paperback]

Lonely Planet , Karla Zimmerman , Celeste Brash , John Lee , Sarah Richards , Brendan Sainsbury , Caroline Sieg , Ryan Ver Berkmoes , Benedict Walker
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13 Jun 2014 Travel Guide

Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher

Lonely Planet's Discover Canada is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Hit the ski slopes at Whistler, wander Quebec's stunning Old Town, marvel at Niagara Falls, hike in Banff National Park; all with your trusted travel companion. Discover the best of Canada and begin your journey now!

Inside Lonely Planet's Discover Canada:

  • Full-color maps and images throughout
  • Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests
  • Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
  • Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices
  • Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
  • Cultural insights give you a richer, more rewarding travel experience - history, art, literature, cinema, music, politics, landscapes, wildlife, cuisine, wine, spectator sports
  • Free, convenient pull-out Vancouver map (included in print version), plus over 36 color maps
  • Covers Vancouver, Whistler, Banff National Park, Jasper National Park, the Canadian Rockies, Toronto, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and more

The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet's Discover Canada, our easy-to-use guide, filled with inspiring and colorful photos, focuses on Canada's most popular attractions for those looking for the best of the best.

  • Looking for a comprehensive guide that recommends both popular and offbeat experiences, and extensively covers all the Canada has to offer? Check out Lonely Planet's Canada guide.
  • Looking for a guide for Vancouver, Montreal or Quebec City? Check out Lonely Planet's Vancouver guide and Montreal & Quebec City guide for a comprehensive look at all these cities have to offer.

Authors: Written and researched by Lonely Planet, Karla Zimmerman, Celeste Brash, John Lee, Sarah Richards, Brendan Sainsbury, Caroline Sieg, Ryan Ver Berkmoes, Benedict Walker.

About Lonely Planet: Since 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel media company with guidebooks to every destination, an award-winning website, mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveler community. Lonely Planet covers must-see spots but also enables curious travelers to get off beaten paths to understand more of the culture of the places in which they find themselves.


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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet; 2 edition (13 Jun 2014)
  • Language: French
  • ISBN-10: 1742205623
  • ISBN-13: 978-1742205625
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.7 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 77,037 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Karla lives in Chicago, where she has been testing bar stools and cheering on the Cubs (the city's hopeless north-side baseball team) for the past 16 years. She writes travel features for newspapers, books, magazines and radio, and has contributed to National Geographic Traveler, National Public Radio, the Chicago Tribune and Time Out Chicago, among many others. It's a long way from the early days, when she wrote about gravel for a construction magazine and got to trek to places like Fredonia, Kansas.
For Lonely Planet she has authored or coauthored Vancouver, Chicago, USA and Don't Let the World Pass You By: 52 Reasons to Have a Passport, as well as content for LonelyPlanet.com.
When she's not chained to her desk, Karla is a rabid traveler who might be found anywhere from the misty heights of Machu Picchu to the dripping jungles of Angkor Wat, from the cumin-colored dunes of the Sahara to that tasty donut shop down the road. Her itineraries have roamed through North, Central, and South America; Eastern and Western Europe; the Middle East; Asia; Africa; and Australia.
Karla speaks fluent English and confident Spanish ? so confident, in fact, that she didn't even carry a dictionary the last time she visited South America. She tromped around telling everyone she was an 'escritoria,' which she thought was the word for 'writer.' Alas, now that she's home, she's found out it means 'desk.'
Partner-for-life Eric is her sidekick in domestic and international adventure. He's the ultimate traveling companion, who never says no and pays for it by having to endure everything from bus crashes in the Vietnamese highlands to Civil War reenactments in northern Illinois.
Best travel tip: Bring a small, battery-operated radio to tune in to local music. Favorite place: Lhasa, Tibet.

Books Authored
Don't Let the World Pass You By!
52 Reasons to Have a Passport
Nova Scotia, New Brunswick & Prince Edward Island Travel Guide
USA Travel Guide
Canada Travel Guide
Chicago City Guide


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3.0 out of 5 stars It might be superficial, but it's worth it. 26 Aug 2014
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This is the fourth Lonely Planet Discover guide I used and this was the one I less liked. Of course it has loads of tips and the quality is spetacular, but In my opnion this guide is more superficial than the others of Discover series I used. It might be because Canada is bigger than the other countries I used this kind of guide.

The other guides I used were Discover Germany, Discover France and Discover Ireland.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good guide, but the writers keep a few places to themselves 30 Jun 2014
By N. B. Kennedy - Published on Amazon.com
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Canada makes a wonderful vacation destination for those of us who count on the Canadian currency to stretch our vacation dollar. Our family has been to many of the cities and regions that this guidebook focuses on: Quebec, Montreal, Banff, Whistler, Vancouver, etc. For the first-time visitor or those who want to hit the highlights, this is a good guidebook to use for planning.

As with other Lonely Planet guides, the editors put the Top 25 highlights up front. More information on each of the highlights is given in the sections devoted to each region of the country. The "What's New" section is helpful for those who have been to Canada before and want to know what to see on a return visit. The "Don't Miss" segments suggest top tourist destinations (Tadoussac and whale watching... next time!), while "Detour" insets give suggestions for side trips to places that might not be must-sees, but they could be just your cup of tea.

In the back is a section on need-to-know information. We could have used a warning about Canada Day (July 1st)! Almost the entire country shuts down that weekend... in the small town we were in, we couldn't find a store open to buy diapers for our baby. (Hint: Go to church! Church nurseries stock diapers.) It was also the day we decided to drive to Montreal, and not only is July 1st a national holiday, but it is also the day that every rental apartment in the city changes over. The streets were clogged with moving vans double parked on streets already mobbed with cars. Wherever you are on July 1, stay there!

But, in the end, my guess is that the writers wanted to keep some of Canada's nicest places to themselves. Here you'll find loads of information on ticky-tacky Niagara Falls and not one mention of the lovely and historic town of Niagara-on-the-Lake. If you're in Quebec City and don't take a drive around nearby Ile de Orleans (again, nada), you'll really be missing out. Quebec's Eastern Townships show up as a name on a map, but no information is given for this picturesque region other than a food and wine festival. Lunenburg, a port town in Nova Scotia that is a UNESCO World Heritage site, is also missing, as is Blue Rocks, the tiny hamlet next door that was the setting for one of our most memorable vacations. But maybe it's better to keep these out-of-the-way places a secret!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Inferior to Eyewitness Travel & Baedeker Guides & LP basic series 7 Aug 2014
By Eugene Tenenbaum - Published on Amazon.com
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The world of travel guides is dominated by two giants: classic, illustrated in color, very detailed Baedeker (since 1839), and more exclusive, profusely illustrated in color, detailed Eyewitness Travel Guides. Lonely Planet (LP) resembles more Baedeker, but Baedeker is better published and handier, has clearer layout and better maps, and its plastic wallet cover holds the guide and map protected in all weather.

The LP Discover series is - as this relatively thin ISBN 1742205623 Canada - in full color, but less detailed than the Baedeker, the Eyewitness, or the LP basic series. It has more illustrations than the Baedeker, but fewer than, and not as good as, the Eyewitness, which is 1 inch longer and thus less handy, but has excellent flexible vinyl bindings, greater number of details, and superior layout, graphics, clarity, and - in general - the quality of being a souvenir\memento.

The content of approx. 88 pages incl. the index is shown by the Amazon.com's "LOOK INSIDE!" function. What cannot be seen is that the LP Discover series including this Canada has covers laminated only outside. For the record, the LP basic series has text detailed comparably to the Eyewitness, however it is not as profusely illustrated and mostly only in 3 colors: black, white, and blue, except a few dozens of pages with photos in full color printed on low quality paper, but still superior to the LP Discover series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars great starting point in your planning 10 Aug 2014
By peace - Published on Amazon.com
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This Canada guide is 365 pages long. It is in full-color and contains lots of photographs throughout. It contains a fold-out map of Vancouver. This guide is divided into five regions. One of the regions is "Toronto, Niagara Falls & Ontario". I am most familiar with that region. I have been to both Toronto and Niagara Falls many, many times over the years. This guide book is a good place to start when planning your trip, but it is not enough. Canada has fabulous tourist information centers and you cannot go to Canada without stopping there first. They will have the most up to date and current information about stuff to do and see in the part of Canada you're going to. They also have knowledgeable staff that can answer your questions. Having said that, this book is not bad in giving you a start in planning your vacation, but it tries to cover too many regions and is too brief. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to go to Canada but does not know which regions to go to. This book can help narrow down where to go. Then, at that point, you will want to get more complete, up to date information from another book (that is more specific to where you are going) and/or go to a tourist information center.
5.0 out of 5 stars "Canada is too polite to say so, but it's got the goods." 5 Sep 2014
By Ladybug - Published on Amazon.com
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I don't consider myself a very intuitive traveler (some people just seem so at ease away from home...I am not one of them). I like all the help I can get--and I am definitely not above looking like a total tourist pulling out my guidebook. I really love Lonely Planet for this reason. The pictures, the maps, and, of course, the information are all incredibly helpful. The suggested itineraries help me plan my trips, as well as give me an idea of how much ground I can expect to cover in one, three, or five days. I also really like their "quick info" sections, e.g., Canada's top 25 highlights (including the best wines, best parks, best museums, etc.), Canada's top itineraries, and the survival sections in the back of the book.

Besides the quick info sections, the book is split into six main sections:

1) Vancouver and British Columbia
2) Banff and the Canadian Rockies
3) Toronto, Niagara Falls, and Ontario
4) Montreal and Quebec
5) Nova Scotia and Maritime Canada
6) The best of the rest

After paging through this guide, I have about 20 more places to add to my "To Be Visited" list. I knew Canada was beautiful, but wow. It is just gorgeous. The parks, the water, the trees. What a stunning country. And very tourist-friendly. It seems very navigable, even by families. In fact, I love the sections in the guidebook "[Whatever City] for Children" that tell you what the kids will like. Also, the food options are pretty impressive, as well--especially in Montreal.

Overall, this is a colorful and informative guide that is easily accessible by even the most awkward travelers out there. (A-hem, me.) I will definitely be consulting this guide in the future.
5.0 out of 5 stars Ultimate Canada Travel Guide 14 Sep 2014
By Rawim - Published on Amazon.com
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If you don’t know about the Lonely Planet travel guide you are missing out. I think it is safe to say they put out the best travel guide you can find now. And I think that makes sense since they are also the biggest.
This is the second edition of their Canada guide and was published in June of 2014. And I should mention it has a pull out map of the city of Vancouver.

A thing about these guide is that not only are they usually very accurate and up to date, they try to find something for everyone. Young or old, adventure lover or museum walker they cover all the different directions you could want to be pointed.

For a whole country there is a lot of information to cover but these guides are laid out pretty well by region, with almost all of the regions of the country represented.

Within the regions, the guide presents the highlights of the area, a best section that has the highest recommendations for food shopping or entertainment, there are also some preplanned itineraries that are usually arranged in either 3 day or 5 day sets of destinations to check out. The guide is also sure to mention the “Don’t miss spots”. So that you don’t leave a city or area without missing the big thing to do or see.

The guides also come with an essential survival and need to know guide that will help you get around when you have no idea what to do or where to go.

Now I do know a bit about certain regions of Canada and this guide does a great job of describing things accurately and not pointing you towards horrible tourist traps or stops that won’t be worth your time. Overall a great guide and highly recommended.
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