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.
Canmore, Kananaskis, and the Canadian Rockies
Author: Pam Doyle
Description: This photographic "teaser" to Alberta’s Rocky Mountains depicts people at work and play alongside the region’s spectacular wildlife.
Falcon Guide, Hiking Glacier and Waterton Lakes National Parks
Author: Erik Molvar
Description: This guide covers major hikes and trails in both parks, including sketch maps, mile-by-mile descriptions, easy-to-follow maps, elevation charts and descriptions of geographical features and wildlife to be seen en route.
Glacier and Waterton Lakes National Parks Exploring Map Guide
Description: A full-color, topographic map, layered with information on hiking, biking, camping, fishing, birding, backcountry travel, and more.
Glacier-Waterton, International Peace Park
Author: Vicky Spring, Tom Kirkendall
Description: A comprehensive guide for active travelers to Glacier and Waterton Lakes National Parks. It details the best hikes and bike rides, along with other adventure activities, and is full of helpful sketch maps.
Glacier/Waterton Lakes National Parks Map
Author: Trails Illustrated
Description: A detailed topographic map of Glacier and Waterton national Parks
Insiders' Guide to Glacier National Park, Including the Flathead Valley and Waterton Lakes National Park
Author: Susan Olin
Description: A practical, comprehensive guide for travelers, including recommendations on outdoor recreation as well as historical, natural and cultural information. Sixth edition.
National Geographic Pocket Guide to Wildflowers of North America
Author: Catherine Herbert Howell
Description: This pocket guide lists key facts about 160 of the most common wildflowers and weeds in North America, with a color photograph and illustration of each. Good for all ages but ideal for beginners.
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.
Reading The Rocks, A Biography of Ancient Alberts
Author: Monique Keiran
Description: Scientists at the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology and natural history writer Keiran worked together to bring about this vividly detailed account of Alberta’s rich geological history, beginning with the Big Bang and traveling into the modern era. Includes over 200 full-color photographs and 45 maps, timelines and line drawings.
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.
Rocky Mountain Trees & Wildflowers
Author: Raymond Leung (Illustrator), James Kavanaugh
Description: A laminated, fold-out guide to almost 150 of the conspicuous plants of the Rocky Mountains.
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: 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 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.
Author: Bob Gibbons
Description: A naturalist and tour leader, Gibbons covers when and where to witness impressive displays of wildflowers in this beautifully illustrated, oversized survey of 50 sites. His vote for the most flowery place in the world: the kaleidoscopic grasslands of Mount Rainier.