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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)

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 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)

 
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)

Jasper National Park & Maligne Lake Map

Jasper National Park & Maligne Lake Map


by Gem Trek Maps

  • 2001
  • MAP

A detailed hiking map to popular trails at a scale of 1:100,000. (RKY52, $9.95)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

The Rockies, A Natural History

The Rockies, A Natural History


by Richard Cannings

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES
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This engaging, illustrated guide to the geology, history, habitats, wildlife and climate of the Rockies is geared for naturalist-travelers and includes hundreds of color photographs. (RKY82, $29.95)

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)

Calgary Birds

Calgary Birds


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. (CND359, $6.95)

National Audubon Society Field Guide to the Rocky Mountain States

National Audubon Society Field Guide to the Rocky Mountain States


by Peter Alden

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 447 PAGES

A compact field guide to 1,000 commonly encountered plants and animals of Colorado, Montana, Wyoming and Idaho. With 1,500 color photographs, 11 maps, and 16 night-sky charts. (USW286, $22.00)

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)

Rocky Mountain Wildflowers

Rocky Mountain Wildflowers


by John J. Craighead

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 277 PAGES

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 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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