CANADA is by Karla Zimmerman, Catherine Bodry, Celeste Brash, John Lee, Emily Matchar, Brandon Presser, Sarah Richards, Brendan Sainsbury, and Ryan Ver Berkmoes. This is nine authors for covering 13 provinces in Canada. CANADA is 912 pages long with a full-color pull-out map of the City of Vancouver, attached to the rear cover. This map, which is 14 inches by 14 inches, shows the locations of the "Classical Chinese Garden," "Granville Island Public Market," "Roedde House Museum," "Telus World of Science," and other attractions. But this is only one city.
This book is unusual for the LONELY PLANET series of books, and for other commercially available series of travel books, in that the book is not filled with glossy colored photographs. In fact, only pages 4 to 17 contain color photos. These show the remote islands and cliffs of Queen Charlotte Islands (a.k.a. Haida Gwaii), Niagara Falls, coastal mountains in Nova Scotia, the majestic Nahanni National Park, the awesome Banff National Park, Montreal, a token photograph of a grain elevator from the prairies of Saskatchewan, a whale in the Bay of Fundy, the northern lights, a 1,000 year old Viking settlement in Newfoundland, a dinosaur exhibit in Alberta, and the Rideau Canal in Ontario. But this book makes up for the fact that it has few color pictures, by that fact that the book is nearly 1,000-pages long. Anyway, how could ANY color photograph due justice to Banff National Park and to Jasper National Park???
CANADA is divided into the following chapters:
(1) ONTARIO. This chapter, for example, devotes about 15 to 50 pages each to Toronto, Niagara Peninsula, southwestern Ontario, Georgian Bay, northern Ontario, and Ottawa;
(3) NOVA SCOTIA;
(4) NEW BRUNSWICK;
(5) PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND;
(6) NEWFOUNDLAND & LABRADOR;
(10) NATIONAL PARKS. This chapter, which is 60 pages, covers the following parks -- Gwaii Haanas; Banff; Ukkusiksalik; Jaspter; Terra Nova; Quttinirpaaq; Auyuittuq; Aulavik; Torngat Mountains; Ivvavik; Wapusk; Wood Buffalo; Forillon; Yoho; Waterton Lakes; Riding Mountain; Cape Breton Highlands; Pacific Rim; Kootenay; Fundy; Glacier; Point Pelee; Prince Edward Island; Georgian Bay Islands; Kluane, and a few others. In perusing this list of names, most Americans will likely be struck with the notion that they know nothing about Canada, and they will likely be inspired to schedule a 2-week vacation for visiting two or three of these parks;
(11) BRITISH COLUMBIA;
(12) YUKON TERRITORY;
(13) NORTHWEST TERRITORIES; and
(14) NUNAVUT. This chapter, for example, devotes a few pages each to Iqaliut, Baffin region, Kivalliq region, Kitikmeot region.
My approach to continuing this review will be to open a half-dozen pages at random. Page 111 informs us that a restaurant called, TAPS ON QUEEN BREWHOUSE & GRILL has shepherd's pie, a curry with quinoa, couscous, adzuki beans, and mung beans, and beers brewed on-site. Page 188 tells us that Gananoque is a "dainty Victorian town deep in the heart of the Thousand Islands region" with various boating companies and kayaking companies. Page 258 tells us about the old fortifications of Quebec, where you can walk 4.6 kilometers on top of a wall, and walk around the Old Upper Town, and see forts, cannons, and demonstrations of musket firings. Page 366 talks about boating tours for going whale watching, and about a rug-hooking museum. (Now how many tourist destinations provide a 3-hour whale-watching tour plus a rug museum??? Not too many, I would say!!!) Page 463 identifies a market where you can buy seal flippers (yum, yum) suitable for pies and making seal-jerky, caribou steaks, and partridgeberry pies. Nearby is the Ocean Sciences Centre, a free museum that teaches about the salmon life cycle, seal navigations and ocean currents. Page 573 describes the Inglewood Bird Sanctuary and nearby Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre constructed in 1993, which has 561 painted dragons. Page 671 talks about the Royal BC Museum, which contains dioramas featuring a woolly mammoth, elk, grizzlies, and exhibits of indigenous cultures, including masks. Page 739 details Kootenay National Park and the Radium Hot Springs, where bighorn sheep wander through town.
The writing is straightforward, but not dry. The journalists are aware that there are readers holding this massive tour guide. And, from time to time, the reader encounters gripping comments such as, "Much of Midland's fascinating history focuses on the bloody altercations between the Huron and the Christian stalwarts" (page 145), "Captain Mark promises not only guaranteed whales but also time to see seals as well as Gampo Abbey," (page 368), and "bear trail closures are a possibility, especially in berry -- season June to September (page 594).
I noticed that a number of other reviewers have documented that this travel guide is filled with inaccuracies. I am willing to believe that this guide is filled with inaccuracies. Therefore, I suggest that the guide be used as an indication as to what adventures might be found in various parks, or in various towns, but to leave the FINE-TUNING to what the traveler finds during the traveler's actual vacation trip. (Too bad about the inaccuracies. It should not be this way.)