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September 2, 2016 Comments (0) Books, How To, News, Reviews

5 Best Hiking Books for Beginners in British Columbia

If you are new to hiking you’ll want to pickup a few good books. Listed below are 5 of the absolutely best sources of trail information for the novice to advanced hiker in British Columbia.

103 Hikes in Southwestern BC103 Hikes in Southwestern British Columbia
Southwestern British Columbia’s bestselling and most comprehensive hiking guide is bigger and better than ever. It guides hikers of all abilities around lakes, rivers, and mountains from the North Shore and Howe Sound to Squamish, Whistler, Pemberton, and east to the Fraser Valley and Hope-Manning Park.

Each route contains directions to the trailhead, photographs and descriptions, distance and elevation gains, estimated hiking times, and points of natural or historical interest.

In this new edition, the authors offer up the latest trail information and all-new maps to make route-finding easier, plus an expanded, more detailed index that helps hikers chose a trail that’s appropriate for the season, the timeframe, and their level of fitness.

Engagingly written, meticulously researched, and thoughtfully organized by area, it’s the region’s ultimate guide for trekking year-round.

Available at your local book store or these fine online retailers:
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Easy Hiking Around VancouverEasy Hiking Around Vancouver: An All Season Guide
A guide to the most beautiful short and easy hikes around Vancouver

Now in its seventh edition, this guide to exploring Vancouver’s beautiful wilderness is an indispensable classic. Featuring sixty-eight superb hikes through forests, up hills and along rivers, many within an hour’s reach of downtown Vancouver, this updated and expanded edition once again provides full descriptions of trails and nature highlights, easy-to-follow maps, atmospheric photos and helpful indexes indicating duration and difficulty.

Including nineteen new circuits, this perennially popular guide also includes hikes that can be reached by public transit, those situated close by public campgrounds and those that are wheelchair accessible. And, for the first time, Easy Hiking around Vancouver features a hike on Galiano Island as well as a hike on a portion of the new Sea to Sky Trail along Howe Sound. Written for both novices and experienced hikers, this well-loved guide is a no-excuses introduction to exploring Vancouver’s outdoor world.

Available at your local book store or these fine online retailers:
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109 Walks in British Columbia's Lower Mainland109 Walks in British Columbia’s Lower Mainland
From trails to spectacular waterfalls near Squamish and historic urban forests in South Surrey, coastal headlands in Howe Sound and ridgetop meadows in the Fraser Valley, 109 Walks offers a route for everyone who likes to be outdoors.

In this revised seventh edition are 109 of the region’s best walks of four hours or less to suit every taste. The trails have been reorganized from north to south, west to east, and the book includes fourteen all-new walks along with another twelve that have been substantially modified from previous volumes. As always, a few rambles have been retired, but most of the classics remain and their trail directions and maps have been completely updated with GPS coordinates to make route-finding easier.

Available at your local book store or these fine online retailers:
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52 Best Day Trips From Vancouver52 Best Day Trips from Vancouver
The best views, biking, beaches, and outings for kids–they’re all here in an updated edition of the Lower Mainland’s favourite guidebook for day-trippers, described in the clear, upbeat, observant prose that is Jack’s trademark.

From Delta to Whistler, West Vancouver to Harrison Hot Springs, detailed directions (including driving distances and times, as well as special information about wheelchair access) help you find your way and enjoy the sights en route. This fourth edition includes two brand-new chapters: Callaghan Valley in the Whistler mountains, and 1,001 Steps Park on Surrey’s beaches.

Available at your local book store or these fine online retailers:
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Off the Beaten Path: A Hiking Guide to Vancouver's North ShoreOff the Beaten Path: A Hiking Guide to Vancouver’s North Shore
The most detailed collection of North Shore hiking trails is now more comprehensive than ever!

From Horseshoe Bay and Lighthouse Park to the Baden-Powell Trail and Goldie Lake, discover the rugged beauty of the North Shore up close and on foot.

Featuring detailed information on thirty-nine routes winding through the North Shore’s spectacular wilderness, plus two in the Pemberton area, this guide provides information on elevation gain and approximate hiking times for each hike. The level of detail makes this book a distinctive and invaluable resource for hardcore outdoor adventurers as well as dog walkers and casual hikers. Many entries feature historical information about the area not often found in other hiking books, including points of local interest such as old homesteads and logging camps. With up-to-date information on changes in trailheads, signage, winter use and more, this expanded second edition also explores new heights on Mount Strachan, Grouse Mountain, Mount Fromme and Lynn Peak.

Available at your local book store or these fine online retailers:
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