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Switchbacks, True Stories from the Canadian Rockies

Switchbacks, True Stories from the Canadian Rockies

by Sid Marty

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 316 PAGES

A native Albertan and park warden in the Canadian Rockies, Marty relates colorful anecdotes from friends, colleagues and his own youth in this collection of tales, which includes A Horse Named Candy. (CND186, $19.95)

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)

Scats and Tracks of the Rocky Mountains

Scats and Tracks of the Rocky Mountains

by James Halfpenny | Todd Telander

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 145 PAGES

An essential pocket guide to 70 species of mammals, reptiles, amphibians and birds, with line drawings, range maps and descriptions. (USW118, $9.95)

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)

Southwest British Columbia and Northern Washington Map

Southwest British Columbia and Northern Washington Map

by Gem Trek Maps

  • MAP

Covering all Vancouver Island, this handy, full-color map covers the region from Seattle and the coast of British Columbia to the Columbia River in detail. (PNW21, $5.95)

 
Banff & Mt. Assiniboine Map

Banff & Mt. Assiniboine Map


by Gem Trek Maps

  • MAP

A hiking map for Banff National Park, at a scale of 1:100,000 with colorful relief shading, topographic lines, trails and travel information. (CND53, $8.95)

Lake Louise and Yoho Map

Lake Louise and Yoho Map


by Gem Trek Maps

  • 2001
  • MAP

A topographic map of this popular hiking region from Lake Louise to Emerald Lake, at a scale of 1:50,000. (RKY50, $13.95)

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)

Canadian Rockies Access Guide

Canadian Rockies Access Guide


by John Dodd

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 400 PAGES

This full-color, comprehensive guide covers Banff, Jasper, Kooteney, Yoho, Waterton and Kanaskis parks in splendid detail. (CND250, $25.95)

Exploring Vancouver, The Architectural Guide

Exploring Vancouver, The Architectural Guide


by Harold Kalman

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 352 PAGES

In this highly accessible and authoritative guide to Vancouver's architecture, specialists Harold Kalman and Robin Ward take us on a tour of Vancouver's fourteen neighborhoods, exploring the city's rich architectural heritage in over 450 entries. Each entry includes historical, social and architectural commentary accompanied by striking, full-color photographs. (CND408, $24.95)

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)

Lonely Planet Banff, Jasper & Glacier National Parks

Lonely Planet Banff, Jasper & Glacier National Parks


by Lonely Planet Publications

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 296 PAGES

This informative, compact guidebook in the excellent Lonely Planet series includes details on the history, geology and wildlife of the region. (CND292, $19.99)

Moon Handbook Canadian Rockies

Moon Handbook Canadian Rockies


by Andrew Hempstead

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 347 PAGES

This comprehensive and authoritative guide by Banff-based Hempstead covers where to go and what to do from Jasper to Waterton. (CND231, $17.99)

Rocky Mountain Natural History, Grand Teton to Jasper, A Trailside Reference

Rocky Mountain Natural History, Grand Teton to Jasper, A Trailside Reference


by Daniel Mathews

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 672 PAGES

A comprehensive field guide and handbook covering the plants, animals, insects, geology and history of the region. With 480 color photographs and 11 line drawings. (RKY61, $26.00)

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)

How to Be a Canadian, Even If You Already Are One

How to Be a Canadian, Even If You Already Are One


by Ian Ferguson | Will Ferguson

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 275 PAGES

A tongue-in-cheek portrait of Canadian people and society, written by two native sons. Not entirely (but mostly) in jest, the book is an insightful look at the Canadian national character. (CND208, $19.95)

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)

Why I Hate Canadians

Why I Hate Canadians


by Will Ferguson

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 305 PAGES

This is the tenth anniversary edition of Ferguson's wickedly astute cultural salvo, the collection of humorous essays that launched his career. As you might guess, the title is tongue-in-cheek. (CND154, $15.95)

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)

Bear Tales from the Canadian Rockies

Bear Tales from the Canadian Rockies


by Brian Patton

  • LITERATURE
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

Bears hold an honored place in the mythology of the Canadian Rockies. This collection of stories draws on the adventures of hunters and trappers, native legends and traditional tall tales to create a portrait of the animal that has captured the wild imagination of the region. (CND251, $14.95)

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)

After the Ice Age: The Return of Life to Glaciated North America

After the Ice Age: The Return of Life to Glaciated North America


by E.C. Pielou

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1992
  • PAPER
  • 366 PAGES

Eighteen thousand years ago, an immense sheet of ice covered all of present day Canada and northernmost U.S. This story tells of how a harsh terrain was transformed into the environment we know today. (ALA41, $25.00)

Glacier Ice

Glacier Ice


by Austin Post | Edward R. LaChapelle

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 145 PAGES

A classic book of extraordinary black-and-white aerial photographs of mountains and glaciers by two devoted men of ice. Ed LaChapelle's text is paired with Austin Post's stunning aerial photographs of glaciers from Alaska and Chile to Switzerland and the Himalayas. (SCI07, $35.00)

Of Wolves and Men

Of Wolves and Men


by Barry Lopez

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 302 PAGES

This eloquent, powerful book is an outstanding overview of the wolf, as well as a survey of wolf mythology and its relationship to human society. First published in the 1980s, it has been reprinted with a new afterword by the author. (BST31, $20.00)

The Great Rocky Mountain Nature Factbook

The Great Rocky Mountain Nature Factbook


by Susan Ewing

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 223 PAGES

Ewing's family-friendly guide, with black-and-white drawings throughout, answers the curiosity of engaged visitors about the plants, animals and natural features of the Rockies. (RKY03, $14.95)

Alberta Wildlife

Alberta Wildlife


by James Kavanagh

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2005
  • PLASTIC CARD

Identify Rockies wildlife with this handy, laminated card featuring color drawings and short descriptions. (CND279, $6.95)

Field Guide to Banff National Park

Field Guide to Banff National Park


by James Kavanagh

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2011
  • PLASTIC CARD
  • 16 PAGES

This fold-up, laminated card features 133 color drawings and short descriptions of commonly encountered wildlife and a map. (RKY122, $6.95)

How Old Is That Mountain?

How Old Is That Mountain?


by Chris Yorath

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2006
  • PAPER

A geological field guide for the visitor, this handy book explains the faults, glaciers, hot springs and mountains of Banff and Yoho National Parks. (CND253, $24.95)

National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America

National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America


by Jon Dunn

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 576 PAGES

This guide is the veteran's choice for birding anywhere in the United States. Practical to use in the field, it has maps, illustrations and descriptions of the birds on facing pages. (FG09, $27.95)

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)

Rocky Mountain Nature Guide

Rocky Mountain Nature Guide


by Andy Bezener

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 192 PAGES

This guide includes information on mammals, fish, birds, trees, shrubs, wildflowers, insects and reptiles from the entire span of the Rockies - Alaska to New Mexico. Featuring over 300 exact full-color illustrations. (RKY108, $18.95)

Rocky Mountain Wildflowers

Rocky Mountain Wildflowers


by John J. Craighead

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 277 PAGES
  • CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

A Peterson guide to 590 species of wildflowers, with both line drawings and a section of color photographs. Focusing on family and genus, the book includes the most conspicuous and commonly encountered flowers. (USW41, $21.00)

The Compact Guide to the Wildflowers of the Rockies

The Compact Guide to the Wildflowers of the Rockies


by Dana Bush

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 1990
  • PAPER
  • 144 PAGES

100 species of wildflowers commonly encountered in the Rocky Mountains. (USW10, $7.95)

The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Western North America

The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Western North America


by David Sibley

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 474 PAGES

A compact, geographically specific version of the Sibley Guide with all new range maps, the same glorious illustrations and expanded, extremely valuable descriptions of each bird. (USW418, $19.95)

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