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Lonely Planet British Columbia & the Yukon 4th Ed.: 4th edition [Paperback]

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Oct. 1 2009 Lonely Planet British Columbia & the Canadian Rockies
Lonely Planet knows British Columbia & the Yukon. Whether it's lively summer night markets in Vancouver's Chinatown, beating back diamond powder in the Kootenays, wine-tasting your way through the Okanagan Valley or floating past grizzly bears on a Bella Coola river tour, our 4th edition takes you there. Lonely Planet guides are written by experts who get to the heart of every destination they visit. This fully updated edition is packed with accurate, practical and honest advice, designed to give you the information you need to make the most of your trip.In this guide: a full color Parks chapter explores BC & the Yukon's most beautiful protected spaces, an expanded Whistler chapter, including coverage of the 2010 Winter Olympics, and expert trustworthy knowledge from resident and specialist authors.

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Best for curious and independent-minded travelers' --Wall Street Journal
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Lonely Planet's first edition of "British Columbia" offers a candid and informative guide to Canada's most physically diverse province. "British Columbia" includes detailed guides and maps to the region’s best hiking, skiing and snowboarding, as well as insightful tidbits on Canadian pass-times such as hockey and storm watching. As the cliché goes, there aren't many other places on Earth where you can ski in the morning and sail, hike or golf in the afternoon. Fisherman, cyclists, rock-climbers and nature watchers won't be disappointed either, with "British Columbia" providing detailed information for the solo traveler or those interested in special-interest group tours.

• Lodging for all budgets-from rustic campsites to four-star resorts • Activities section, with advice on the best spots to hike and ski • Extensive coverage of parks, both big and small • Tips on seeing grizzlies, killer whales and moose • More than 40 detailed maps, including a Vancouver map section • 16 page section on Alberta’s Banff National Park --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars poor effort July 5 2004
The basics in this book are okay, but it looks like Lonely Planet hasn't used the original author and instead this edition has been updated by people with dubious qualifications and no link at all to Canada. This shouldn't translate to a poor guidebook, but in this case it does. The research was obviously done very quickly and some in some regions not at all. When I compared some sections to the previous edition, it looks like the prices had simply been raised a few dollars. In one case, a restaurant had been closed since 2001 (just as the first edition came out), yet the listing was identical, except for the prices. Even if the writers didn't visit, I'd at least expect them to call and check to see if it was still operating - I suppose changing the price makes it SEEM like the job is done. As this was in Whistler, a major tourist area, I would have expected them to have at least visited the town. They didn't - this restaurant alone was a giveaway, as was the lack of correct info center location (changed three years ago).
It was the same throughout, the writers have simply failed to up date the book. I guess they don't need to do a thorough job as naive travelers continue to buy Lonely Planet books regardless of the content.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Best BC guide I found! July 13 2001
By djinnji
After combing 3 other travel guides before my trip, I realized that my Lonely Planet guide had it all. Where other guides miss the mark, Lonely Planet nails it. Everything in Fodor's, Off The Beaten Path and some other one I can't recall was in the Lonely Planet guide. As well, Lonely Planet honestly tells you the truth about why "this" is a winner and "that" is a loser. Information was up to date and accurate and most importantly opinionated and honest! Had a fantastic vacation!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lonely planet strikes again June 18 2009
Just a whole bunch of useful info. However, this book covers such a vast territory that even though there are tons of info, you feel like there are some minute details missing. On the general scale however, it's really helpful
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Ordinary, even for backpacking readers May 21 2002
I've been a fan of Lonely Planet books since using them to backpack through Asia in the 1980s, but it seems to me they are in the middle of an identity crisis. Case in point is the British Columbia book, which I've added to my collection of guides to my home province. It retains the "Backpacker" feel but includes multiple listings of upmarket hotels and restaurants with scant regard to actually desrcibing individual places, which is why I buy a guide book in the first place. The result is a watered down version of what was once a great series, with the great descriptive and personalized writing replaced by page after page of listings that any reader could find in a phone book. For example, in the Vancouver chapter, instead of critical apprasial of the places to stay that appeal to budget travelers, literally dozens of places in all price ranges are listed, with little more than an address and price given for each. There's a privately run hostel in Vancouver that is nothing short of digusting and has been closed down and reopened under new names on two occassions. And yet the author lists this place along with the excellent choices that do exist as if all are of the same quality. I doubt whether the author has ever visited any of these places, but even if she has, some kind of description is what is missing. In a similar vein, out near the Vancouver airport, an RV park lies right under the flight path. Again there's no mention of this very basic information, just a phone number, address, and price. Finally, prices are almost always wrong. Prices haven't risen that dramatically over the last two years and as this is the first edition of the book my guess is that they've transfered information straight from the Lonely Planet book that covers all of Canada. Read more ›
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