Including details for starting out, from airport to shops, this guide splits each destination into geographical zones, and provides a colour-coded overview of the top attractions and includes informative articles to set the scene.
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I converted to these guides some three years ago. I love the layout and siz of the guide - fits in your pocket nicely. It has a splashproof cover and the two flaps make great bookmarkers.
As for the contents, for this trip I found there was enough information for the larger tourist areas to point me in the right direction.
These guides are much easier to read than Lonely Planet if you want a good (but still comprehensive) overview.
I particuarly love the hints and tips for the 'must sees'.
Would highly recommend this guide and it has already been loaned to my friend for her forthcoming visit!!
It doesn't go into huge detail on different places, but that's not the point of it - it's a good little book to give you ideas about what to do, where to go and so on. It doesn't go into particular detail on the Kootenays region, but I'd say it's an essential book for those wanting to plan a road trip between Calgary and Vancouver, or for people looking to get an overview of a very large area.