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.
After the Ice Age: The Return of Life to Glaciated North America
Author: E.C. Pielou
Description: Eighteen thousand years ago, an immense sheet of ice covered all of present day Canada and northernmost U.S. This story tells of how a harsh terrain was transformed into the environment we know today.
Banff National Park Map
Author: Gem Trek Maps
Description: A double-sided map and guide to Banff, Yoho and Kootenay national parks at a scale of 1:250,000.
Canadian Rockies Destination Map
Author: National Geographic Society
Description: This guide map by National Geographic includes both an overview of wildlife and attractions and a bird's-eye view of Banff, Jasper and surroundings.
Canadian Rockies Explorer's Map and Guide
Author: Gem Trek Maps
Description: A driver's map of Banff and Jasper National Parks in Alberta, at a birds-eye scale of 1:400,000.
Field Guide to Banff National Park
Author: James Kavanagh
Description: This fold-up, laminated card features 133 color drawings and short descriptions of commonly encountered wildlife and a map.
Lake Louise and Yoho Map
Author: Gem Trek Maps
Description: A topographic map of this popular hiking region from Lake Louise to Emerald Lake, at a scale of 1:50,000.
Lonely Planet Banff, Jasper & Glacier National Parks
Author: Lonely Planet Publications
Description: This informative, compact guidebook in the excellent Lonely Planet series includes details on the history, geology and wildlife of the region.
Moon Handbook Canadian Rockies
Author: Andrew Hempstead
Description: This comprehensive and authoritative guide by Banff-based Hempstead covers where to go and what to do from Jasper to Waterton.
National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America
Author: Jon Dunn
Description: This guide is the veteran's choice for birding anywhere in the United States. Practical to use in the field, it has maps, illustrations and descriptions of the birds on facing pages.
Northern Rocky Mountain Wildflowers, Including Glacier, Waterton Lakes, Banff, Jasper, Kootenay, Mount Revelstoke, and Yoho
Author: Wayne Phillips
Description: Compiled by a former forest service ecologist and botany teacher at Yellowstone Institute, this handy guide features 300 species, expertly photographed, explained and organized by color and family for quick identification.
Rocky Mountain Natural History, Grand Teton to Jasper, A Trailside Reference
Author: Daniel Mathews
Description: A comprehensive field guide and handbook covering the plants, animals, insects, geology and history of the region. With 480 color photographs and 11 line drawings.
Rocky Mountain Nature Guide
Author: Andy Bezener
Description: This guide includes information on mammals, fish, birds, trees, shrubs, wildflowers, insects and reptiles from the entire span of the Rockies - Alaska to New Mexico. Featuring over 300 exact full-color illustrations.
Scats and Tracks of the Rocky Mountains
Author: James Halfpenny, Todd Telander (Illustrator)
Description: An essential pocket guide to tracks, scats and signs of not just the mammals of the region, but also of the reptiles, amphibians and birds. Each of 70 species gets a double-page spread, with line drawings of the animal, scat and track, range map and description.
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.
Author: Gerald Bryan Hall
Description: Featuring 177 color photographs showcasing the diversity and grandeur of our neighbor to the north.
Switchbacks, True Stories from the Canadian Rockies
Author: Sid Marty
Description: A native Albertan and park warden in the Canadian Rockies, Marty relates colorful anecdotes from friends, colleagues and his own youth in this collection of tales, which includes A Horse Named Candy.
The Amazing Death of Calf Shirt and Other Blackfoot Stories, Three Hundred Years of Blackfoot History
Author: Hugh A. Dempsey
Description: A wonderful collection of stories, illuminating the history of the Blackfoot people of the prairies of southern Alberta and northern Montana.
The Great Rocky Mountain Nature Factbook
Author: Susan Ewing
Description: Ewing's family-friendly guide, with black-and-white drawings throughout, answers the curiosity of engaged visitors about the plants, animals and natural features of the Rockies.
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.