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 Map
Description: This attractive map ( 1:1,250,000), covers the region from Seattle to the Yukon and across to the Rockies, including Alaska's Inside Passage.
Down The Garden Path
Author: Beverly Nichols
Description: This facsimile edition of Nichols' 1932 ode to the pleasures and perils of gardening is an entertaining account of creating a garden, which asks the question: Why Garden?
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.
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.
Northwest Coast Indian Art: An Analysis of Form
Author: Bill Holm
Description: An in-depth analysis of the form, shape and texture of the art of the Northwest Coast Indians by an artist, teacher and expert in the field, illustrated throughout.
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 island life.
The Gardener's Garden
Description: With over 1,200 photographs of historical, contemporary, private and public gardens around the world, this gorgeous compendium is an inspiration to both garden designers and garden wanderers. Summary texts provide the design and planting features while the luscious photos tell each garden's story.
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 Pacific Northwest Garden Tour: The 60 Best Gardens to Visit in Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia
Author: Donald Olson
Description: Perfect for the traveling gardener, this guide covers the best public gardens in the Pacific Northwest with full-color photos and practical information and history about each destination.
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.