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A Traveller's History of Canada

A Traveller's History of Canada

by Robert Bothwell

  • HISTORY
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 220 PAGES

A readable and admirably concise march through Canadian history from prehistory to today, including a timeline. (CND82, $14.99)

Myths and Legends of the Pacific Northwest

Myths and Legends of the Pacific Northwest

by Katharine Berry Judson

  • LITERATURE
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 204 PAGES

Presented here with 52 photographs, these traditional stories, first collected in 1910, reveal myths and traditions of creation, alongside noted geographical features of the territory. (PNW17, $14.95)

Moon Handbook British Columbia including the Canadian Rockies

Moon Handbook British Columbia including the Canadian Rockies

by Andrew Hempstead

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 500 PAGES

This comprehensive guide stakes out the best sites throughout British Columbia, nicely balancing practical detail with a good overview of the region and its attractions. (CND132, $19.99)

British Columbia Map

British Columbia Map

by ITMB

  • 2012
  • MAP

This attractive map ( 1:1,250,000), covers the region from Seattle to the Yukon and across to the Rockies, including Alaska's Inside Passage. (CND61, $7.95)

 
Gulf Islands Map, British Columbia

Gulf Islands Map, British Columbia


by ITMB

  • MAP

A full-color, topographic map (1:50,000). (CND171, $14.95)

San Juan Islands Map

San Juan Islands Map


by Great Pacific Map Company

  • MAP

A detailed map and guide to the San Juan Islands at a scale of 1:70,000. (PNW68, $6.95)

Vancouver Island Map

Vancouver Island Map


by ITMB

  • MAP

A colorful paper travel map of the island, at a scale of 1:250,000. (CND134, $11.87)

Vancouver Map

Vancouver Map


by Borch Maps

  • 2006
  • MAP

A laminated, folded map of Vancouver, British Columbia at a scale of 1:15,000. (CND125, $8.95)

Eyewitness Top Ten Vancouver & Victoria

Eyewitness Top Ten Vancouver & Victoria


by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 128 PAGES

A compact, illustrated guide in the popular series, featuring favorite attractions in Vancouver and Victoria. (CND265, $14.00)

Insider's Guide Victoria & Vancouver Island

Insider's Guide Victoria & Vancouver Island


by Gerald Hill | Kathleen Hill

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 360 PAGES

A quirky, personal guide to Vancouver Island by two residents, with a focus on out of the way places, food and cultural attractions. Organized by neighborhood, the guide includes excellent listings of where to eat, stay and shop. (CND147, $18.95)

Moon Vancouver and Victoria, Including Whistler and Vancouver Island

Moon Vancouver and Victoria, Including Whistler and Vancouver Island


by Andrew Hempstead

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 292 PAGES

A no-nonsense practical guide in the Moon series, jam-packed not only with travel necessities (hotels, restaurants, sights), but also with a good overview of history, flora and fauna and geology. (CND312, $17.99)

Burrard Inlet, A History

Burrard Inlet, A History


by Doreen Armitage

  • HISTORY
  • 2001
  • HARD COVER
  • 240 PAGES

A short history of Burrard's Inlet, the port surrounding Vancouver. The Inlet's story is one of Native Americans, developers, businessmen, environmentalists and other influential figures in the rise of the Greater Vancouver area. (CND121, $32.95)

The West Beyond the West, A History of British Columbia

The West Beyond the West, A History of British Columbia


by Jean Barman

  • HISTORY
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 450 PAGES

A fascinating history of the Canadian province from the 18th century to the mid-1990s. The author weaves portraits of major personalities and events into a readable overview of the cultural and social influences that have shaped the region. (CND116, $45.95)

Northwest Coast Indian Art: An Analysis of Form

Northwest Coast Indian Art: An Analysis of Form


by Bill Holm

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 144 PAGES

An in-depth analysis of the form, shape and texture of the art of the Northwest Coast Indians by an artist, teacher and expert in the field, illustrated throughout. (PNW196, $30.00)

The Island Within

The Island Within


by Richard Nelson

  • EXPLORATION
  • 1991
  • PAPER
  • 284 PAGES

A beautifully written tribute to the Pacific Northwest. Drawn from the author's journals, this is an account of the natural and cultural history of an island in the waters of Haida Strait, with emphasis on the relationship between people and the land. (ALA17, $17.00)

Grass Beyond the Mountains, Discovering the Last Great Cattle Frontier on the North American Continent

Grass Beyond the Mountains, Discovering the Last Great Cattle Frontier on the North American Continent


by Richard Hobson

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

Hobson's classic memoir of his cross-country trek and pioneering days as a rancher in British Columbia's undiscovered remote north. (CND241, $13.95)

The Last Great Sea, A Voyage Through the Human and Natural History of the North Pacific Ocean

The Last Great Sea, A Voyage Through the Human and Natural History of the North Pacific Ocean


by Terry Glavin | Carl Safina

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 244 PAGES

A wide-ranging conservation history of British Columbia and the North Pacific Ocean. Glavin lives in the Gulf Islands, where he writes frequently about fisheries and environmental issues facing the region. (PNW178, $14.95)

Bachelor Brothers' Bed and Breakfast

Bachelor Brothers' Bed and Breakfast


by Bill Richardson

  • LITERATURE
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 152 PAGES

Lake Woebegone goes British Columbian in this humorous slip of a novel about an unconventional Vancouver B&B, which features twin bookworm brothers, a talking parrot and a motley crew of hotel guests. (CND133, $16.99)

The Raven Steals the Light

The Raven Steals the Light


by Robert Bringhurst | Bill Reid | Claude Levi-Strauss

  • LITERATURE
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 109 PAGES
  • FAMILY

A classic collection of 10 Haida myths and legends with accompanying black and white etchings by Vancouver artist Bill Reid. These stories capture the storytelling traditions of the Haida. (PNW53, $16.95)

Following the Last Wild Wolves

Following the Last Wild Wolves


by Ian McAllister

  • SCIENCE
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 208 PAGES

McAllister shares his experiences and inferences from studying two undisturbed wolf packs after 20 years of observing them while living on the coast of British Columbia. Check out McAllister's collection of photographs as well (CND288). (PNW305, $17.95)

Great Bear Wild

Great Bear Wild


by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. | Ian McAllister

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 192 PAGES

A colorful photographic journey through the Great Bear Rainforest that follows the coast from Vancouver Island to southern Alaska; McAllister captures the spectacular landscapes and wildlife, including wolves, whales and bears. (CND430, $50.00)

The Last Wild Wolves, Ghosts of the Rain Forest

The Last Wild Wolves, Ghosts of the Rain Forest


by Ian McAllister | Chris Darimont

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2007
  • HARD COVER
  • 192 PAGES

Life among the wolves of British Columbia's coastal forest, one of the species last refuges. Ian McAllister has spent the last two decades photographing and studying two packs, one from a coastal island, and one from the interior. (CND288, $47.95)

Wonderful Life, The Burgess Shale and the Nature of History

Wonderful Life, The Burgess Shale and the Nature of History


by Stephen Jay Gould

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1990
  • PAPER
  • 347 PAGES

A now-classic -- and still provocative -- study of the 600 million-year-old fossils found in the Burgess Shale of British Columbia. An intriguing look at a heated scientific debate, and an eloquent account of paleontology. (CND86, $17.95)

British Columbia Seashore Life

British Columbia Seashore Life


by Pocket Naturalist

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2005
  • PLASTIC CARD

A fold-up, laminated card featuring color drawings and short descriptions of common marine plants, echinoderms, mollusks, crustaceans, nearshore fish, birds and mammals of British Columbia. (CND233, $6.95)

National Audubon Society Field Guide to the Pacific Northwest

National Audubon Society Field Guide to the Pacific Northwest


by Peter Alden

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 1998
  • FLEXI-BOUND
  • 448 PAGES

A compact photographic guide to the wildflowers, trees, mosses, butterflies, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals of the Pacific Northwest. (PNW50, $22.00)

National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of Western North America

National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of Western North America


by Jon Dunn

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 448 PAGES

A copiously illustrated guide to every species west of and including the Rockies. (USW562, $19.95)

Northern Rocky Mountain Wildflowers, Including Glacier, Waterton Lakes, Banff, Jasper, Kootenay, Mount Revelstoke, and Yoho

Northern Rocky Mountain Wildflowers, Including Glacier, Waterton Lakes, Banff, Jasper, Kootenay, Mount Revelstoke, and Yoho


by Wayne Phillips

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 293 PAGES

Compiled by a former forest service ecologist and botany teacher at Yellowstone Institute, this handy guide features 300 species, expertly photographed, explained and organized by color and family for quick identification. (RKY127, $24.95)

Plants of the Pacific Northwest Coast: Washington, Oregon, British Columbia and Alaska

Plants of the Pacific Northwest Coast: Washington, Oregon, British Columbia and Alaska


by Andy MacKinnon | Jim Pojar

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 528 PAGES

A terrific handbook to nearly 800 species of trees, shrubs, wildflowers, grasses, ferns, mosses and lichens found along the Pacific coast from Oregon to Alaska. (PNW02, $24.95)

Vancouver Birds: An Introduction to Familiar Species

Vancouver Birds: An Introduction to Familiar Species


by James Kavanagh

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 2 PAGES

This pocket-sized reference for the bird enthusiast includes illustrations of over 120 species and a map of local birdwatching hotspots. (CND358, $6.95)

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