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.
British Columbia Seashore Life
Author: Pocket Naturalist
Description: A fold-up, laminated card featuring color drawings and short descriptions of common marine plants, echinoderms, mollusks, crustaceans, nearshore fish, birds and mammals of British Columbia.
Early in the Season, A British Columbia Journal
Author: Edward Hoagland
Description: A journal of seven weeks the author spent living in the bush of British Columbia. Filled with perceptive observations of the flora, fauna, geology and people of the region.
Eyewitness Top Ten Vancouver & Victoria
Author: Eyewitness Guides
Description: A compact, illustrated guide in the popular series, featuring favorite attractions in Vancouver and Victoria.
Fodor's Vancouver & Victoria
Description: A practical guide in the popular series, saturated with valuable information on accommodation, shopping, sights, and dining.
How to Be a Canadian, Even If You Already Are One
Author: Ian Ferguson, Will Ferguson
Description: A tongue-in-cheek portrait of Canadian people and society, written by two native sons. Not entirely (but mostly) in jest, the book is an insightful look at the Canadian national character.
Looking at Indian Art of the Northwest Coast
Author: Hilary Stewart
Description: A concise, illustrated overview of the diverse art produced by the peoples of the Pacific Northwest. It focuses on the spiritual and cultural meaning of common motifs that characterize the rich art of the area.
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.
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 Last Great Sea, A Voyage Through the Human and Natural History of the North Pacific Ocean
Author: Terry Glavin, Carl Safina (Introduction)
Description: 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.
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 & Victoria Colourguide
Author: Candace Brissenden
Description: The third edition of this compact, illustrated guide, revised and updated, by a local expert with over 300 color photographs.
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.
Victoria, Vancouver Island Map
Author: Map Art Maps
Description: A folded map of Victoria, Vancouver Island, at a nice scale of 1:25,000.