Suggested Reading List
A Traveller's History of Canada
Author: Robert Bothwell
Description: A readable and admirably concise march through Canadian history from prehistory to today, including a timeline.
Art of the Northwest Coast
Author: Aldona Jonaitis
Description: A survey of Pacific Northwest art and artistic traditions from Puget Sound to Alaska, featuring thought-provoking essays by art historian Jonaitis along with 152 illustrations, 89 in color.
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.
Exploring Vancouver, The Architectural Guide
Author: Harold Kalman
Description: In this highly accessible and authoritative guide to Vancouver's architecture, specialists Harold Kalman and Robin Ward take us on a tour of Vancouver's fourteen neighborhoods, exploring the city's rich architectural heritage in over 450 entries. Each entry includes historical, social and architectural commentary accompanied by striking, full-color photographs.
Great Bear Wild
Author: Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. (Introduction), Ian McAllister
Description: A colorful photographic journey through the Great Bear Rainforest that follows the coast from Vancouver Island to southern Alaska; McAllister captures the spectacular landscapes and wildlife, including wolves, whales and bears.
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.
Long Beach Wild, A Celebration of People and Place on Canada's Rugged Western Shore
Author: Adrienne Mason
Description: An intimate portrait of Long Beach -- the spectacular sweep of sand along the west coast of Vancouver -- by a longtime resident of the region. Featuring archival photos and contemporary photography of the nature, Mason delves in to the history and wildlife of a portion of the Pacific coast she clearly loves.
Moon Vancouver and Victoria, Including Whistler and Vancouver Island
Author: Andrew Hempstead
Description: A no-nonsense practical guide in the Moon series, jam-packed not only with travel necessities (hotels, restaurants, sights), but also with a good overview of history, flora and fauna and geology.
Myths and Legends of the Pacific Northwest
Author: Katharine Berry Judson
Description: 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.
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.
Author: Alice Munro
Description: This collection of 28 short stories represents some of Munro's finest work. A powerful range of emotional, evocative tales set throughout the cities and rural towns of her native country.
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.
The West Beyond the West, A History of British Columbia
Author: Jean Barman
Description: 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.
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.
Vancouver Then and Now
Author: Francis Mansbridge
Description: This installment in the Then and Now series takes stock of Vancouver’s evolution by placing antique photographs side-by-side with contemporary ones. It peels back the years so that readers can see city fixtures as they once were.
Why I Hate Canadians
Author: Will Ferguson
Description: This is the tenth anniversary edition of Ferguson's wickedly astute cultural salvo, the collection of humorous essays that launched his career. As you might guess, the title is tongue-in-cheek.