Suggested Reading List
Bachelor Brothers' Bed and Breakfast
Author: Bill Richardson
Description: Lake Woebegone goes British Columbian in this humorous slip of a novel about an unconventional Vancouver B&B, which features twin bookworm brothers, a talking parrot and a motley crew of hotel guests.
First Fish, First People, Salmon Tales of the North Pacific Rim
Author: Meg McHutchinson, Judith Roche, One Reel
Description: 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.
Insider's Guide Victoria & Vancouver Island
Author: Gerald Hill, Kathleen Hill
Description: A quirky, personal guide to Vancouver Island by two residents, with a focus on out of the way places, food and cultural attractions. Organized by neighborhood, the guide includes excellent listings of where to eat, stay and shop.
Lonely Planet Vancouver Encounter
Author: Lonely Planet
Description: With a section of not-to-missed highlights and a calendar of annual events, this lively pocket guide organized by neighborhood includes suggested side trips, along what to see and where to shop, eat, drink and play. With a double-sided pullout map.
National Audubon Society Field Guide to the Pacific Northwest
Author: Peter Alden
Description: A compact photographic guide to the wildflowers, trees, mosses, butterflies, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals of the Pacific Northwest.
National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America
Author: Jon Dunn
Description: From Alaska to Baja California, Nova Scotia and Florida, this guide is the veteran's choice for birding anywhere in the United States. Tabbed for easy access, the color range maps in this sixth edition are outstanding.
Plants of the Pacific Northwest Coast: Washington, Oregon, British Columbia and Alaska
Author: Andy MacKinnon, Jim Pojar
Description: A terrific handbook to nearly 800 species of trees, shrubs, wildflowers, grasses, ferns, mosses and lichens found along the Pacific coast from Oregon to Alaska.
Snow Falling on Cedars
Author: David Guterson
Description: A beautifully wrought, extremely evocative novel set on San Piedro Island in Puget Sound in the 1950s. Readers are rewarded not only with some fine storytelling and beautiful prose, but also with a vivid glimpse of life on these islands in Puget Sound.
The Island Within
Author: Richard Nelson
Description: A beautifully written tribute to the Pacific Northwest. Drawn from the author's journals, this is an account of the natural and cultural history of an island in the waters of Haida Strait, with emphasis on the relationship between people and the land.
The Raven Steals the Light
Author: Robert Bringhurst, Bill Reid (Illustrator), Claude Levi-Strauss (Introduction)
Description: A classic collection of 10 Haida myths and legends with accompanying black and white etchings by Vancouver artist Bill Reid. These stories capture the storytelling traditions of the Haida.
Vancouver Birds: An Introduction to Familiar Species
Author: James Kavanagh
Description: This pocket-sized reference for the bird enthusiast includes illustrations of over 120 species and a map of local birdwatching hotspots.
Author: Berndtson & Berndtson
Description: A laminated, folded map of Vancouver, British Columbia at a scale of 1:15,000.