From Antarctica to Zimbabwe, if you're going there, chances are Lonely Planet has been there first. With a pithy and matter-of-fact writing style, these guides are guaranteed to calm the nerves of first-time world travelers, while still listing off-the-beaten-path finds sure to thrill even the most jaded globetrotters. Lonely Planet has been perfecting its guidebooks for nearly 30 years and as a result, has the experience and know-how similar to an older sibling's "been there" advice. The original backpacker's bible, the LP series has recently widened its reach. While still giving insights for the low-budget traveler, the books now list a wide range of accommodations and itineraries for those with less time than money.
Whether you've got plans for stepping out in Montreal or kayaking Desolation Sound, this comprehensive guide will get you there in style. This guide offers places to stay and eat for all budgets, extensive coverage of outdoor activities (from sailing to skiing), Canadian English and Canadian French language sections, plus background on history, culture, and politics. Sidebar highlights include information on whales, totem poles, the Acadians, the Grand Banks, and the National Film Board of Canada. Check out the special flora, fauna, and national parks feature. --Kathryn True
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As usual the guidebook standard is set by Lonely Planet