- Taschenbuch: 352 Seiten
- Verlag: Moon Travel; Auflage: 6. (6. April 2010)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1598803727
- ISBN-13: 978-1598803723
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13,3 x 1,9 x 18,4 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 1 Kundenrezension
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 1.498.906 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Moon Canadian Rockies: Including Banff & Jasper National Parks (Moon Handbooks) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 6. April 2010
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Canada resident and avid outdoorsman, Andrew Hempstead, knows the best way to experience the Canadian Rockies from rafting on the Bow River and hiking Lake O'Hara to staying in a remote log cabin. Andrew includes unique trip ideas such as A Week Under the Stars and Exploring the Canadian Rockies with Children. Packed with information on dining, transportation, and accommodations, "Moon Canadian Rockies" has lots of options for a range of travel budgets. Every Moon guidebook includes recommendations for must-see sights and many regional, area, and city-centered maps. Complete with details on escaping the crowds at Lake Louise, viewing wildlife at Moraine, or dining in Banff, "Moon Canadian Rockies" gives travelers the tools they need to create a more personal and memorable experience. With expert writers, first-rate strategic advice, and an essential dose of humor, Moon guidebooks are the cure for the common trip. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.
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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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> The Moon Canadian Rockies guide is truly comprehensive, covering options for travelers on a very tight budget to those who think nothing of $600/night rooms and helicopter tours; from night clubbers to golfers; from hikers and skiers to natural history enthusiasts; picnickers to gourmands; summer (July and August) or winter. It would even a great guide for the typical Japanese/Chinese "villages" traveling by tourbus.
> The prime target reader is probably a 30-year-old German (/Dane/Swede/Swiss) who is an eco-smart (not necessarily a compliment), financially-comfortable, professional; who is traveling by public transportation, who might stay in a hostile for a few nights just for the sociability, whose main interest is hiking and maybe snow-boarding if there is snow. OR maybe such an orientation is just de rigueur (mandatary) for fashionable travel guides. However, the information is most certainly not limited to such readers.
> In a way, the Moon guides are too thorough. Wading through the endless pages for the specific information which apply to a particular traveler is a time-consuming process. But it’s all there, somewhere in the 387 pages.
> Within all this “comprehensiveness” the Moon Canadian Rockies guide is relatively a little thin on museums, exhibits, and similar indoor activities and a little thin on “family friendly” advice. Simply by virtue of covering the extremes, “middle-level” accommodations and restaurants and “popular” points-of-interest seem relatively lightly covered. Some Moon Guides are brittlely politically-correct. The Moon Canadian Rockies guide is politically neutral.
> Great maps—albeit some places mentioned in the text are not on the map. You can find better and more complete maps on corresponding Parks Canada websites. I purchased a detailed road-map atlas of Alberta, but it was a waste of money—the maps in the Moon guide were more thorough. It is not always easy to find the pertinent map (corresponding to the point-of-interest you want to find)—it would be nice if the page numbers of pertinent maps were cited in the text and on the maps.
> Much background material on geology, fauna and flora is repeated in the general introduction, then again for each Park, and then yet again recapitulated more thoroughly in a chapter at the end of the guide (and with illustrations). Just read the last chapter for that info.
> The trail information appears to be reliable, at least for short day-hikers, but more specialized guides, websites, and local information, are recommended for hikes of more than a few miles.
> Special attention is given to information which is pertinent for travelers without cars. So, sometimes the detail information on how to take a shuttle, or how to hike to a destination, obscures whether or not you can simply drive to a destination. Where to park is rarely mentioned. As far as I can tell, whether roads are paved or not is NEVER mentioned, but that really matters when some of the destinations are 25 miles or so one-way on dirt roads.
> No chain hotels (not even high-end chains) are mentioned, even though they are present in Banff and many other locations, and which may be preferred by many travelers. See TripAdvisor for those.
> The designation of Moon “gems” (“must sees”) points-of-interest is very helpful. Each is worth serious consideration, even if it doesn’t sound interesting at first.
> Moon “gem” hotels and restaurants are much more subjective. They are sure to be historic, or trendy, or unusual (frequently peculiar), and non-chain—but are not always the most comfortable, convenient, or family friendly. There is an emphasis on in-town restaurants and accommodations. The choices range from very cheap to very expensive, but seem a little thin on mid-range.
> RECOMMENDATIONS – I recommend using TripAdvisor to FIND potential hotel and restaurants, but not to CHOOSE hotels and restaurants. With TripAdvisor, you will find the full selection of hotels/restaurants, and get a quick idea of the price ranges, and exactly where they are located—but not necessarily the quality. 4 to 4½ star TripAdvisor ratings are meaningless, but TripAdvisor 3-star establishments are best avoided, and full 5-star establishments are often worthy of a LITTLE extra consideration. Seriously consider Moon “gem” establishments (if any) in your price range, but take the recommendations with a large “grain of salt”. Sometimes Moon “gem” hotels and restaurants are TripAdvisor 3-star establishments, sometimes even for good reasons.
> Click on “Stoney” just below the product title to see my other reviews, or leave a comment to ask a question.