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Pacific Coastline Adventure: Vancouver to LA by Sea

Program Number: 20449RJ
Start and End Dates:
9/14/2013 - 9/23/2013;
Duration: 9 nights
Location: Canada/United States
Price starting at: $2,365.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Adventure Afloat Study Cruise; Ocean Cruises
Meals: 24; 9 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 9 Dinners    

Begin your coastal journey by exploring one of Canada’s most intriguing cultural metropolises, Vancouver. Following your city exploration, set sail from Vancouver and voyage through the Pacific Northwest with its evergreen-forested islands then down the sparkling coast of California.




Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles per day; some hilly, uneven terrain and stairs without railings.



Itinerary At-a-Glance

Vancouver (Canada), 2 nights; aboard Norwegian Sun, 7 nights.



Days 1-3: Arrival Vancouver, BC / Vancouver exploration /embark Norwegian Sun:

Learn about the history of the Aboriginal People of the Pacific Northwest at the Museum of Anthropology. Explore Vancouver’s intriguing cultural neighborhoods with a well known historian. Lodging: Comfortable hotel downtown Vancouver.



Day 4: Vancouver Island (Canada):

Cathedral Grove is one of the most accessible stands of giant Douglas fir trees on Vancouver Island. Explore a network of trails under the shadow of towering ancient Douglas-fir trees, majestic pillars untouched by the modern world – some more than 800 years old. Taste the handiwork of an artisan cheese maker at Qualicum Cheeseworks.



Day 5: Victoria (Canada):

Absorb the brilliant floral displays and hear about the history of the Butchart Gardens, a reflection of the early 20th-century beautification movement and an exceptional achievement in Canadian gardening history. Explore the Inner Harbour and the spectacular Empress Hotel with a local historian.



Days 6-7: Astoria, Ore. / At Sea:

Visit Fort Clatsop, a reconstructed fort at the site where Lewis and Clark hunkered down for a harsh winter.



Days 8-9: San Francisco, CA / At Sea:

Learn about San Francisco’s colorful history as you explore Haight-Ashbury, Golden Gate Park and Chinatown.



Day 10: Los Angeles, CA / Disembark:

Arrival into Los Angeles, CA; independent departures.



Norwegian Sun

Launched in 2001, this 848-foot ocean liner can accommodate up to 1,936 passengers. This “floating resort” features 1 swimming pool, five hot tubs, a spa and fitness center and a sky club casino. There are 10 bars and lounges and 14 different restaurants on board including those specializing in French, Italian, Asian and Latin cuisine.


Meals and Lodgings
   Best Western Sands by the Sea
  Vancouver, British Columbia 2 nights
   Norwegian Sun
  At Sea 7 nights
 Best Western Sands by the Sea
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: Best Western Sands by the Sea is conveniently located one half block from the beach at beautiful English Bay and three blocks from Stanley Park's 1,000 acres of trails and gardens. Three bus routes stop at the front door for easy access to other parts of town.
  Ship Information: N/A
  Contact info: 1755 Davie Street
Vancouver, BC V6G 1W5 Canada
phone: 604-682-1831
web: www.bestwesternsandshotelvancouver.com
  Room amenities: In-room coffee makers, iron and ironing board, hair dryers.
  Facility amenities: Hotel amenities include a sauna and exercise room. Same-day dry-cleaning and laundry service is available, and there is a Laundromat six blocks from the hotel. Restaurant and 2 bars on site.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Call for availability & rates. Please contact the hotel directly on your own OR if you require personal assistance contact Maritime Travel toll free at 1-888-905-5959. A service fee MAY apply.
  Check in time: 4:00 PM

 Norwegian Sun
Type: Cruise Ship
  Description: The Norwegian Sun launched in 2001 and continues to cruise to some of the world’s finest destinations. While you're becoming a world traveler, you won't have to worry about what to do or where to go, as there are 14 dining options, 10 bars and lounges, the relaxing Body Waves Spa and the always-exciting Sun Club Casino. From a variety of dining options to a state of the art fitness center and a selection of entertainment options to suit every taste, the Norwegian Sun is the perfect destination for any type of traveler.
  Ship Information: Passenger Capacity: 1,936 (double occupancy) Gross Register Tonnage: 78,309 Overall Length: 848 feet Max Beam: 105 feet Draft: 26 feet Engines: Diesel Electric (Six diesel generators) Cruise Speed: 22 knots Crew: 953
  Contact info: Norwegian Cruise Line
7665 Corporate Centre Drive
Miami, FL 33126 USA
phone: 800-327-7030
web: www.ncl.com
  Room amenities: Room Amenities: Each cabin has air conditioning, wall-to-wall carpeting, a sitting area, flatscreen television,tea/coffee makers, high-speed internet connection, refrigerator, safe, and a private bath with shower and hairdryer. Some have a separate tub or tub/shower combination. There are no irons in the cabins, but can be ordered from housekeeping should it be required. Please note that the ship reserves the right to upgrade cabins which may place participants on a different deck. **PLEASE NOTE: Public areas throughout the ship are smoke-free. If you smoke cigarettes, you can do so on your balcony or in the casino. You can smoke cigarettes, pipes and cigars outside on open decks (designated nonsmoking areas). Smoking inside your stateroom will result in a $250 cleaning charge added to your onboard account.
  Facility amenities: As with most NCL cruises, the Sun adheres to "Freestyle Cruising" which offers guests a more relaxed, resort style cruise with flexible dining options, resort casual attire and leisurely disembarkation. The ship boats 12 Freestyle restaurants; options run the gamut from French, Italian, Asian and Latin cuisine. There are 9 bars and lounges, the golf driving net, the Norwegian Sun's Art Gallery and a contemporary kid's korner. Other amenities include a swimming pool, 5 hot tubs, chapel, casino, fitness center, basketball and volleyball court, internet lounge, library, video arcade, and a card room.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Independent arrivals to Vancouver, BC. Check-in after 4:00 p.m. Dinner begins at 6:00 p.m. You will be staying at Best Western Sands by the Sea that night.
  End of Program:
Independent departures from Los Angeles, CA. Breakfast this morning will be at your leisure. Disembarkation begins after 10:00 a.m. You will be staying at Norwegian Sun the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Valid passport required. A passport is required for ALL travel to/from Canada. A US law known as the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) requires those traveling to/from the United States by land & sea to also have a passport or other appropriate secure documents (NEXUS card). Passport requirements are subject to change. Visit www.travel.state.gov/travel/cbpmc/cbpmc_2223.html for information.
  Parking availability:
Please contact the hotel directly for current parking rates. Please note it is not recommended that particiants drive to the program, as the program starts and ends in different locations.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Vancouver, British Columbia
  Nearest city or town:  Vancouver, BC
  Nearest highway: Highway 1 - Trans Canada
  Nearest airport:  Vancouver International Airport
  From End of Program
  Location:  Los Angeles
  Nearest airport:  Los Angeles International Airport
Travel Details
 

Vancouver International Airport (YVR)

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approximately CAD$35 (Subject to change without notice)
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

20-30 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

14.7 km

   

Taxi service is available from the airport to the hotel. Taxis are readily available from the arrivals level at the airport. Shuttle service is no longer available from Vancouver International Airport to downtown Vancouver. For current arrival and departure information to/from the airport, please visit http://www.yvr.ca/en/getting-to-from-yvr.aspx.

 

Vancouver International Airport (YVR)

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Aero Car Service
phone: 888-821-0021
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approximately CAD$43-$55 (Subject to change without notice)
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

20-30 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

14.7 km

   

This is a Sedan and Limousine Transportation Service that will pick you up at the airport and drop you off at your required destination in downtown Vancouver. 24 hour reservations. For more information, please contact Aero Car directly at 604-298-1000 | Toll-Free: 1-888-821-0021 or visit www.aerocar.ca.

 

Vancouver International Airport (YVR)

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
Skytrain
phone: 604-953-3333

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

CAD$7 -$10
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

34 - 45 minutes 

   

From the airport take the Skytrain to the Yaletown/Roundhouse Station (follow signs to the Canada Line). From Yaletown/Roundhouse take C23 Davie St. bus (with same ticket) west to Davie and Howe and walk 1 blk south to hotel or walk across the street and take the C21 bus going west on Pacific, get off at Pacific and Howe and the hotel is 1/4 blk north. Bus stops right outside the hotel. For information on schedules and routes contact Canada Line (TransLink) 604-953-3333 or visit TransLink.ca.

 

Vancouver

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Checker Cabs
phone: 604-683-4567
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

CAD$10 - $15
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

10 - 15 minutes 

   

Taxi – Taxis available at train station or use call box. For more information please call Checker Cabs at 604-683-4567. Amtrak, Via Rail & Greyhound all provide service to Vancouver. Taxis are also available from the bus depot.

 

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)

 

From Ferry Landing

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
SuperShuttle
phone: 800-258-3826
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Prices starting at US$29 (Subject to change without notice)
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

25 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

18 Miles

   

SuperShuttle provides shuttle service between the cruise ship terminal and LAX. From the disembark lobby, look for the transportation podium on the outer curb located to the left of the taxi stand. Look for the SuperShuttle guest service representative and advise him or her that you have a reservation. You may call (800) BLUE VAN (258-3826) to make a reservation or for assistance.

 

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)

 

From Ferry Landing

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approximately $60 to LAX (Subject to change without notice)
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

25 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

18 miles

   

Taxis are available inside the cruise ship terminal.

 
Driving Directions
  From East Take the Grandview Highway Exit to Granville Street. Turn right on Granville follow Granville across Granville Street Bridge. Turn Left on Davie Street and follow Davie Street to the ocean.
  From North Take Highway 99 south and turn right on Taylor Way, exit 13. Turn left on Marine Drive. Follow signs for Vancouver, cross Lions Gate Bridge, and continue on West Georgia. Turn right on Denman Street and then turn left on Davie Street. Follow Davie Street to the ocean.
  From South Take US Interstate 5 to Highway 99, follow 99 to 41st. Avenue. Turn Left on 41st Avenue and continue to Granville Street. Turn Right on Granville; follow Granville across Granville Street Bridge and turn left on Davie Street. Follow Davie Street to the ocean.
  From West Take Tsawwasswen Ferry Terminal, then follow Highway 17. Take exit to Highway 99 and follow Highway 99 to 41st Avenue. Turn Left on 41st Avenue and continue to Granville Street. Turn right on Granville; follow Granville across Granville Street Bridge. Turn left on Davie Street and follow Davie Street to the ocean.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Registration/Welcome
(Saturday, September 14)
   
 Afternoon: Independent arrivals and transfers to the program hotel after 4:00 pm. Please note that rooms are not generally available until mid to late afternoon.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel is scheduled for 6:00 p.m.
 Evening: INTRODUCTIONS: Following dinner, you will meet for introductions, a review of the program and site orientation.
   
Accommodations: Best Western Sands by the Sea
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Museum of Anthropology/Historic Chinatown Walk
(Sunday, September 15)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: Visit the Museum of Anthropology, Canada's largest teaching museum and world-renowned for its collections and research. Your local guide will take you through the exhibitions providing insight into the cultures of indigenous peoples around the world. The Museum houses some 535,000 ethnographic and archaeological objects, many of which originate from the Northwest Coast of British Columbia.
 Lunch: Enjoy a traditional Dim Sum lunch in Chinatown.
 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: An expert on Asian history and culture will be our guide during an exploration of Chinatown and its brightly colored facades, street markets, and the buzz of modern-day Cantonese commerce. Built by Chinese people to authentically reflect their culture and traditions it is still predominantly populated by Chinese people. (Unlike San Francisco's Chinatown which was built by their Chamber of Commerce to attract tourists.) Discover Chinatown's rich heritage, vibrant culture, and incredible food markets while exploring the colorful streets and alleys. Sample traditional Chinese tea at the well-known Tea House and indulge in steamed rice cakes and warm apple tarts from a traditional bakery. Learn about the Millennium Gate, a four-pillar, three-story high, brightly painted arch spanning Pender Street which was erected in 2002 to mark the millennium and commemorate the Chinese community's role in Vancouver's history.
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Best Western Sands by the Sea
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Stanley Park/English Bay/Embarkation
(Monday, September 16)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: A local guide will lead a walking exploration of Stanley Park and the English Bay area. The history of Stanley Park coincides with the early days of Vancouver. Opened in 1888 and named after Lord Stanley, then Governor General of Canada, this urban park is a cool, lush, evergreen oasis situated on a peninsula in the heart of the city. Today, Stanley Park is recognized as one of the great parks of the world, offering a backdrop of majestic cedar, hemlock and fir trees. The Stanley Park Seawall rings the peninsula of Stanley Park for a distance of 5.5 miles (8.85 km). It was designed in the early 1920s as a precaution to prevent erosion. It took nearly six decades to complete the entire seawall, and today it is the most popular spot in Vancouver, used by residents and visitors alike.
 Lunch: Lunch at the hotel.
 Afternoon: Depart for ship. Arrive at Canada Place Pier and board the Norwegian Sun. Use any free time this afternoon to explore the ship and all of its wonderful amenities.
 Dinner: Aboard ship.
 Evening: Free evening to relax and participate in shipboard activities
 In Transit: Ship sets sail for Nanaimo, BC at 4:00 pm.
   
Accommodations: Norwegian Sun
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Nanaimo & Central Vancouver Island: Qualicum Cheeseworks/Coombs Market/Cathedral Grove
(Tuesday, September 17)
   
 Arrive To: Ship arrives at Nanaimo, BC at 8:00 am.
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: Board the coach for Qualicum Cheeseworks. On board, a local expert will give an in depth look at the local history of the community surrounding the beautiful town of Nanaimo. En route, learn about the First Nation's influences on the area, and the coastal life and biodiversity of the coast. At Qualicum Cheeseworks, take a tour of the farm and enjoy the tastes and smells of some of the 16 Artisan cheeses made fresh on location.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own at Coombs Market. The Old Country Market in Coombs is famous for its "goats on the roof". The goats have posed for many a picture. Inside the Market you will find the freshest local produce, a selection of gifts from the farthest reaches of the world and a delicatessen that specializes in a variety of international meats and cheeses.
 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Travel to "Cathedral Grove" old growth forest where we experience the forest as the First Peoples & settlers did. This wondrous display of 800-year-old trees has undergone trail restoration since a severe windstorm damaged several sections of the park in January 1997, toppling a number of huge ancient trees. Trails are short walks, not hikes, winding through some of the biggest trees in Canada including the largest Douglas-fir trees with the biggest one measuring over 9 meters in circumference. Return to the dock to re-board the ship.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
 Evening: Free evening to relax and participate in shipboard activities
 In Transit: Ship sets sail for Victoria, BC at 5:00 p.m.
   
Accommodations: Norwegian Sun
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5: Victoria's Inner Harbour/The Fairmont Empress/Butchart Gardens
(Wednesday, September 18)
   
 Arrive To: Ship arrives at Victoria, BC at 8:00 a.m.
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: Enjoy a historic walk of Victoria's Old Town and Inner Harbour. A walk along Wharf Street in the heart of Old Town provides a look at the many examples of Victorian architecture. Despite a fire in 1910 which ravaged the city core, many fine buildings remain and many restorations are evident. Our local historian will discuss the well-marked and hidden treasures of Victoria including the BC Legislature, Old Town, the historic Empress Hotel and the Inner Harbour. During a visit to the Empress Hotel, learn of its history and famous past guests. Following our guided walk, we boadepart for the renowned Butchart Gardens to see all the lovely plants and flowers in full bloom.
 Lunch: Enjoy lunch on your own at Butchart Gardens at one of the coffee shops or restaurants at your leisure while at the gardens.
 Afternoon: EXCURSION: After lunch, enjoy a memorable excursion at Butchart Gardens, a National Historic Site of Canada. Learn about the story of Jennie Butchart who crafted this gem from a limestone quarry. Still owned and operated by family descendants, the expansive gardens offer 55 acres of wonderful floral display. From the exquisite Sunken Garden to the charming Rose Garden, this show garden still maintains the gracious traditions of earlier times.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
 Evening: Free evening to relax and participate in shipboard activities.
 In Transit: Ship sets sail for Astoria, OR at 5:00 pm.
   
Accommodations: Norwegian Sun
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6: Astoria: Astoria Column/Columbia River Maritime Museum/Fort Clatsop National Monument
(Thursday, September 19)
   
 Arrive To: Ship arrives at Astoria, OR at 8:00 am
 Breakfast: Aboard ship
 Morning: This morning, we arrive in Astoria, the oldest American settlement west of the Rockies. EXCURSION: At the Astoria Column which stands on the highest hill, climb the 160 steps for spectacular views overlooking the town of Astoria and the Columbia River estuary. FIELD TRIP: Explore the Columbia River Maritime Museum which chronicles the history of river navigation and of Astoria, the epicenter of the fur trading empire in the early 1800's. The Columbia River, the second-largest river in the United States, was the object of centuries of exploration in the Northwest, and, since its discovery in 1792, it has been essential to the region.
 Lunch: Enjoy lunch at the Bridgewater Bistro. Casual fine dining in the style of Pacific Northwest Cuisine at the mouth of the Columbia River, Astoria, Oregon.
 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Visit Fort Clatsop National Memorial and experience the full-scale reconstructed fort where Lewis and Clark and the Corps of Discovery hunkered down from December 1805 to March 1806. This boldly designed museum, built to resemble waves on the ocean, tells the story of the Columbia River's maritime history. The Coast Guard, fishing, navigation, and naval history are also subjects of museum exhibits. Docked beside the museum and open to visitors is the lightship Columbia, the last seagoing lighthouse ship to serve on the West Coast. Return to the dock to re-board the ship.
 Dinner: Aboard ship
 Evening: Free evening to relax and participate in shipboard activities.
 In Transit: Ship sets sail for San Francisco, CA, at 5:00 pm
   
Accommodations: Norwegian Sun
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: At sea.
(Friday, September 20)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: PRESENTATION: This first lecture aboard ship will provide a thorough introduction to the upcoming coastal regions of the Pacific Northwest that will be explored on this program. Your study leader will highlight the diverse learning experiences that you will encounter at each port and city.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: PRESENTATION: History of the Pacific Coast in North America. What drew people from across the world to settle along the Pacific Coast? Hear a brief introduction to the First Nations people of the Coast, the arrival of the Europeans, then, immigration from around the world.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
 Evening: Free evening to relax and participate in shipboard activities.
 In Transit: Ship continues its journey down the coast to San Francisco, CA.
   
Accommodations: Norwegian Sun
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: History of San Francisco/San Francisco by Coach/Chinatown
(Saturday, September 21)
   
 Arrive To: Ship arrives at San Francisco, CA at 8:00 a.m.
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: Disembark in San Francisco and board your privately chartered motor coach for an exclusive lecture on the colorful history of San Francisco, while driving through its distinct neighborhoods. See the Franciscan Mission build by the Spaniards and learn how the city was founded. Travel the historic streets of the Barbary Coast and learn about the riotous days of the 49'ers Gold Rush. Drive along streets lined with beautiful Victorian architecture, to the highest point in the city with panoramic views. Experience the culturally significant Haight Ashbury neighborhood and enter Golden Gate Park, a thousand acre jewel in the middle of the city. Stop at the Golden Gate Bridge to marvel at its elegance and engineering. Then travel by coach to Chinatown, the largest of its kind outside of Asia.
 Lunch: Enjoy a lovely Chinese lunch at a colorful local eatery.
 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Leave the coach behind and explore the bustling fish and vegetable markets, tea and herb shops of Chinatown on foot with expert guides. EXCURSION: There is free time in Fisherman's Wharf to explore on your own before your coach returns to the ship in time to sail under the Golden Gate Bridge and continue your cruise.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
 Evening: Free evening to relax and participate in shipboard activities.
 In Transit: Ship sets sail for Los Angeles, CA at 5:00 pm.
   
Accommodations: Norwegian Sun
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: At sea.
(Sunday, September 22)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: PRESENTATION: New Lands along the Old Coast: Building the Pacific Northwest. As Pangaea ruptured during the birth of the Atlantic Ocean about 200 million years ago, the North American plate began drifting westward. Since that date, the western edge of the continent has grown westward as a succession of volcanic island chains and assorted ocean-floor rocks have been added along the continental margin. Examine the series of events in last 200 million years that evolved after the breakup of Pangaea.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: PRESENTATION: Documentary Film: Salmon Without Rivers, fisheries biologist Jim Lichatowich will offer an eye-opening look at the roots and evolution of the salmon crisis in the Pacific Northwest. Hear about the evolutionary history of the salmon along with the geologic history of the Pacific Northwest over the past 40 million years' including the indigenous cultures of the region, and the emergence of salmon-based economies that survived for thousands of years. Examine the rapid transformation of the region following the arrival of European up and the history of efforts to protect and restore the salmon.
 Dinner: Farewell dinner on board.
 In Transit: Ship continues it's journey down the coast to Los Angeles, CA.
   
Accommodations: Norwegian Sun
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Arrival in Los Angeles/Independent Departures
(Monday, September 23)
   
 Arrive To: Ship arrives at Los Angeles, CA at 8:00 am.
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board this morning will be at your leisure.
 Morning: Independent departures from Los Angeles, California. Disembarkation begins around 10:00 a.m.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


A Traveller's History of Canada


Author: Robert Bothwell


Description: HISTORY 2010 PAPERBACK 220 PAGES A readable and admirably concise march through Canadian history from prehistory to today, including a time line.



Myths and Legends of the Pacific Northwest


Author: Katharine Berry Judson


Description: LITERATURE 1997 PAPERBACK 204 PAGES Presented here with 52 photographs, these traditional stories, first collected in 1910, reveal myths and traditions of creation, alongside noted geographical features of the territory.



The West Beyond the West, A History of British Columbia


Author: Jean Barman


Description: HISTORY 2007 PAPERBACK 450 PAGES A fascinating history of the Canadian province from the 18th century to the mid-1990s. The author weaves portraits of major personalities and events into a readable overview of the cultural and social influences that have shaped the region.



The Last Great Sea, A Voyage Through the Human and Natural History of the North Pacific Ocean


Author: Terry Glavin and Carl Safina


Description: TRAVEL NARRATIVE 2003 PAPERBACK 244 PAGES A wide-ranging conservation history of British Columbia and the North Pacific ocean. Glavin lives in the Gulf Islands, where he writes frequently about fisheries and environmental issues facing the region.



Moon Handbook British Columbia including the Canadian Rockies


Author: Andrew Hempstead and Jane King


Description: GUIDEBOOK 2008 PAPERBACK 480 PAGES This comprehensive practical guide in the Moon series published in the Pacific Northwest stakes out the best food, transportation, accommodation, and sights throughout British Columbia. The guide nicely balances practical detail and a good overview of the region and its attractions.



Lonley Planet Vancouver Encounter


Author: Lonely Planet


Description: GUIDEBOOK 2009 PAPERBACK 176 PAGES With a section of not-to-miss highlights and a calendar of annual events, this lively pocket guide organized by neighborhood includes suggested side trips, as well as advice on what to see and where to shop, eat, drink and play. With a double-sided pullout map.



Time Out Vancouver


Author: Tom Charity


Description: GUIDEBOOK 2008 PAPERBACK 256 PAGES An up-to-date guide on what to do and where to go by the people who publish Time Out Magazine.



First Fish, First People, Salmon Tales of the North Pacific Rim


Author: Meg McHutchinson and Judith Roche and One Reel


Description: ANTHOLOGY 1998 PAPERBACK 204 PAGES A collection of native voices from Pacific shores, all remembering the salmon. It's a lovely book, illustrated throughout with black-and-white photographs, and made more poignant by the salmon's decline in the coastal regions.





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