Moon Canadian Rockies: Including Banff & Jasper National Parks Paperback – Apr 6 2010
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About the Author
As a travel writer and photographer, Andrew Hempstead has spent many years exploring, photographing, and writing about Canada. He looks forward to spending every second summer at home in the Canadian Rockies, traveling mountain highways and hiking trails, exploring new places and updating old favorites. He spends as much time as possible on the road, traveling incognito, experiencing the many and varied delights of the region just as his readers do. The result is the most comprehensive andup-to-date source of information available for traveling in the Canadian Rockies.
Andrew has been writing since the late 1980s, when he left an established career in advertising and took off for Alaska, linking up with veteran travel writer Deke Castleman to research and update the fourth edition of the Moon Handbook to Alaska and the Yukon. Since then he has produced several guides to Canada, including guidebooks to British Columbia, Vancouver and Victoria, Alberta, Western Canada, Atlantic Canada, and Nova Scotia. He is also the author of Moon guidebooks to Australia and New Zealand, and a contributor to 'Moon San Juan Islands, Road Trip USA, Northwest Best Places,' and 'Eyewitness Guide to the USA,' as well as the updater of 'The Illustrated Guide to New Zealand.' His writing and photographs have appeared in a wide variety of other media, including 'National Geographic Traveler, Travesias, Where, Interval World,' Microsoft's 'Automap,' and on the Alaska Airlines and Expedia websites.
The website WesternCanadaTravel.com showcases Andrew's work, while also providing invaluable planning tips for travelers heading to Canada.
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I am an avid hiker and backpacker, and therefore did not have the expectation that such a general guide would meet all of my needs in providing detailed and extensive information about trails. This book is not intended for such, and therefore should not be considered a fault. It is probably sufficient for most who enjoy an occasional hike. For those looking for detailed and more thorough hiking information, I highly recommend the hiking "Bible" of the area: "Canadian Rockies Trail Guide", by Brian Patton and Bart Robinson.
The guide covers Banff, Jasper, Yoho, Kootenay, and Waterton National Parks, along with the Kannaskis Country provincial parks just west of Calgary. Information is provided on a range of accomodations, restaurants, museums and tourist exhibits, and opportunities for recreation. The guide includes a nice selection of maps and photographs. Segments on local history provide context for each area. The guide includes information on access to the parks and cautionary warnings on interacting with the abundant wildlife.
Depending on the season, the Rockies offer hiking, camping, boating, biking, golf, or skiing at a variety of venues. For example, each park narrative includes a representative sample of day hikes and longer hikes. This reviewer and his family are frequent visitors to the Canadian Rockies and found unsurpassed opportunities for hikes to spectacular terrain accessable in few other places in North America.
This guide is very highly recommended to those planning a vacation in the Canadian Rockies.
P.S. Our Canadian Rockies guidebook choices were between this and the Lonely Planet's version. I checked out both at the store and preferred Moon's format better.