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Alberta/British Columbia

The Best of the Rockies by Rail: Western Canada's Splendor

Voyage to the heart of the Canadian Rockies by train — and glass-enclosed gondola! — discovering ancient glaciers, unique wildlife, isolated towns and stunning alpine views.
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Program No. 3748RJ
Length
12 days
Starts at
5,299
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Alberta/British Columbia

The Best of the Rockies by Rail: Western Canada's Splendor

Voyage to the heart of the Canadian Rockies by train — and glass-enclosed gondola! — discovering ancient glaciers, unique wildlife, isolated towns and stunning alpine views.
Length
12 days
Starts at
5,299
Special Offer
Click on Dates & Prices below to see special offer details.
Flights start at
500
Program No. 3748 RJ
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DATES & starting prices
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May 20 - May 31, 2021
Starting at
5,299
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May 23 - Jun 3, 2021
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6,199
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Travel in GoldLeaf Service in bi-level glass domed coach; meals served in dining car.

Jun 6 - Jun 17, 2021
Starting at
6,399
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Travel in GoldLeaf Service in bi-level glass domed coach; meals served in dining car.

Jun 10 - Jun 21, 2021
Starting at
5,449
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Jun 20 - Jul 1, 2021
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6,399
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Travel in GoldLeaf Service in bi-level glass domed coach; meals served in dining car.

Jun 24 - Jul 5, 2021
Small group
Starting at
5,849
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Jun 27 - Jul 8, 2021
Small group
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6,899
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Travel in GoldLeaf Service in bi-level glass domed coach; meals served in dining car.

Jul 4 - Jul 15, 2021
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6,499
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Travel in GoldLeaf Service in bi-level glass domed coach; meals served in dining car.

Jul 11 - Jul 22, 2021
Starting at
6,499
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Travel in GoldLeaf Service in bi-level glass domed coach; meals served in dining car.

Jul 15 - Jul 26, 2021
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5,449
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Jul 18 - Jul 29, 2021
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6,499
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Travel in GoldLeaf Service in bi-level glass domed coach; meals served in dining car.

Jul 25 - Aug 5, 2021
Small group
Starting at
6,899
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Travel in GoldLeaf Service in bi-level glass domed coach; meals served in dining car.

Aug 1 - Aug 12, 2021
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6,499
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Travel in GoldLeaf Service in bi-level glass domed coach; meals served in dining car.

Aug 5 - Aug 16, 2021
Starting at
5,449
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Aug 8 - Aug 19, 2021
Starting at
6,499
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Travel in GoldLeaf Service in bi-level glass domed coach; meals served in dining car.

Aug 15 - Aug 26, 2021
Starting at
6,499
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OFFER EXTENDED: Enroll by Feb. 28, 2021 to take $300 off the price shown!

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Travel in GoldLeaf Service in bi-level glass domed coach; meals served in dining car.

Aug 22 - Sep 2, 2021
Small group
Starting at
6,899
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Travel in GoldLeaf Service in bi-level glass domed coach; meals served in dining car.

Sep 2 - Sep 13, 2021
Starting at
5,849
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Sep 5 - Sep 16, 2021
Starting at
6,499
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Travel in GoldLeaf Service in bi-level glass domed coach; meals served in dining car.

Sep 9 - Sep 20, 2021
Starting at
5,449
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Sep 12 - Sep 23, 2021
Small group
Starting at
6,899
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Travel in GoldLeaf Service in bi-level glass domed coach; meals served in dining car.

Sep 16 - Sep 27, 2021
Starting at
5,449
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Sep 19 - Sep 30, 2021
Starting at
6,499
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Travel in GoldLeaf Service in bi-level glass domed coach; meals served in dining car.

Sep 26 - Oct 7, 2021
Starting at
5,849
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Travel in GoldLeaf Service in bi-level glass domed coach; meals served in dining car.

DATES & starting prices
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May 20 - May 31, 2021
Starting at
6,349
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OFFER EXTENDED: Enroll by Feb. 28, 2021 to take $300 off the price shown!

May 23 - Jun 3, 2021
Starting at
7,399
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Travel in GoldLeaf Service in bi-level glass domed coach; meals served in dining car.

Jun 6 - Jun 17, 2021
Starting at
7,849
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OFFER EXTENDED: Enroll by Feb. 28, 2021 to take $400 off the price shown!

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Travel in GoldLeaf Service in bi-level glass domed coach; meals served in dining car.

Jun 10 - Jun 21, 2021
Starting at
6,799
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OFFER EXTENDED: Enroll by Feb. 28, 2021 to take $400 off the price shown!

Jun 20 - Jul 1, 2021
Starting at
7,849
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Travel in GoldLeaf Service in bi-level glass domed coach; meals served in dining car.

Jun 24 - Jul 5, 2021
Small group
Starting at
7,149
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OFFER EXTENDED: Enroll by Feb. 28, 2021 to take $400 off the price shown!

Jun 27 - Jul 8, 2021
Small group
Starting at
8,349
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Itinerary Note

Travel in GoldLeaf Service in bi-level glass domed coach; meals served in dining car.

Jul 4 - Jul 15, 2021
Starting at
7,949
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OFFER EXTENDED: Enroll by Feb. 28, 2021 to take $300 off the price shown!

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Travel in GoldLeaf Service in bi-level glass domed coach; meals served in dining car.

Jul 11 - Jul 22, 2021
Starting at
7,949
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OFFER EXTENDED: Enroll by Feb. 28, 2021 to take $300 off the price shown!

Itinerary Note

Travel in GoldLeaf Service in bi-level glass domed coach; meals served in dining car.

Jul 15 - Jul 26, 2021
Starting at
6,799
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OFFER EXTENDED: Enroll by Feb. 28, 2021 to take $300 off the price shown!

Jul 18 - Jul 29, 2021
Starting at
7,949
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Travel in GoldLeaf Service in bi-level glass domed coach; meals served in dining car.

Jul 25 - Aug 5, 2021
Small group
Starting at
8,349
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OFFER EXTENDED: Enroll by Feb. 28, 2021 to take $300 off the price shown!

Itinerary Note

Travel in GoldLeaf Service in bi-level glass domed coach; meals served in dining car.

Aug 1 - Aug 12, 2021
Starting at
7,949
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OFFER EXTENDED: Enroll by Feb. 28, 2021 to take $300 off the price shown!

Itinerary Note

Travel in GoldLeaf Service in bi-level glass domed coach; meals served in dining car.

Aug 5 - Aug 16, 2021
Starting at
6,799
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OFFER EXTENDED: Enroll by Feb. 28, 2021 to take $300 off the price shown!

Aug 8 - Aug 19, 2021
Starting at
7,949
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OFFER EXTENDED: Enroll by Feb. 28, 2021 to take $300 off the price shown!

Itinerary Note

Travel in GoldLeaf Service in bi-level glass domed coach; meals served in dining car.

Aug 15 - Aug 26, 2021
Starting at
7,949
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OFFER EXTENDED: Enroll by Feb. 28, 2021 to take $300 off the price shown!

Itinerary Note

Travel in GoldLeaf Service in bi-level glass domed coach; meals served in dining car.

Aug 22 - Sep 2, 2021
Small group
Starting at
8,349
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OFFER EXTENDED: Enroll by Feb. 28, 2021 to take $300 off the price shown!

Itinerary Note

Travel in GoldLeaf Service in bi-level glass domed coach; meals served in dining car.

Sep 2 - Sep 13, 2021
Starting at
7,149
Special Offer

OFFER EXTENDED: Enroll by Feb. 28, 2021 to take $300 off the price shown!

Sep 5 - Sep 16, 2021
Starting at
7,949
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OFFER EXTENDED: Enroll by Feb. 28, 2021 to take $300 off the price shown!

Itinerary Note

Travel in GoldLeaf Service in bi-level glass domed coach; meals served in dining car.

Sep 9 - Sep 20, 2021
Starting at
6,799
Special Offer

OFFER EXTENDED: Enroll by Feb. 28, 2021 to take $300 off the price shown!

Sep 12 - Sep 23, 2021
Small group
Starting at
8,349
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OFFER EXTENDED: Enroll by Feb. 28, 2021 to take $300 off the price shown!

Itinerary Note

Travel in GoldLeaf Service in bi-level glass domed coach; meals served in dining car.

Sep 16 - Sep 27, 2021
Starting at
6,799
Special Offer

OFFER EXTENDED: Enroll by Feb. 28, 2021 to take $300 off the price shown!

Sep 19 - Sep 30, 2021
Starting at
7,949
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OFFER EXTENDED: Enroll by Feb. 28, 2021 to take $300 off the price shown!

Itinerary Note

Travel in GoldLeaf Service in bi-level glass domed coach; meals served in dining car.

Sep 26 - Oct 7, 2021
Starting at
7,149
Special Offer

OFFER EXTENDED: Enroll by Feb. 28, 2021 to take $300 off the price shown!

Itinerary Note

Travel in GoldLeaf Service in bi-level glass domed coach; meals served in dining car.

At a Glance

Experience the wonder of the rugged, beautiful Canadian Rockies in Alberta and British Columbia. Journey through green valleys, past sapphire rivers and wide, jade lakes as you head into the heart of the mountains. Visit the soaring resort town of Banff, where you can explore the hot springs that have made this place famous. See Lake Louise’s famed emerald waters, born of the glaciers that overlook it. Complete your adventure with three nights in the cosmopolitan coastal city of Vancouver.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking up to two miles daily over varied terrain. Elevations of 4,500-8,041 feet.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Enjoy some of the world’s most magnificent stretches of railway aboard Rocky Mountaineer.
  • Ride a glass-enclosed gondola to the peak of Sulphur Mountain for 360-degree views of the Canadian Rockies.
  • Journey along the famed Icefields Parkway through the heart of the Canadian Rockies.

General Notes

Select dates are designated for small groups and are limited to 24 participants or less.
Featured Expert
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Kirsten Schmitten
Kirsten Schmitten has spent over 30 years exploring, researching, writing and working in the Canadian Rockies. From her career as a park naturalist to her adventures with her warden husband, Kirsten’s love and knowledge of the natural and cultural history of Jasper makes her a captivating and sought after speaker. She is the owner of All Things Wild, a company specializing in connecting people to the natural and cultural history of Jasper National Park.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Rania Hatzioannou has a passion for anything and everything Vancouver – history, politics, people and the ever-changing urban landscape. Rania studied political science and broadcasting, and has collected a variety of certificates in related fields. Having worked as a photojournalist while traveling, she always enjoyed coming back to her hometown. Rania has served on a variety of boards and committees helping to build stronger communities, organizing festivals and creating safe neighborhoods. She believes strongly that Vancouver’s greatest assets are its wonderful people.
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Brent MacDonald View biography
Brent Macdonald has been a resident of the Canadian Rockies for almost 30 years. As a geology expert, he provides a wealth of knowledge about geography and geomorphology. Brent has had a diverse career as a freelance natural history interpreter, also working as a consultant for a geotechnical engineering company. He has shared his knowledge of geology and natural history as an interpreter and guest lecturer. Brent is also a certified mountain leader and ski instructor.
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Patricia Thomson View biography
Patricia Thomson not only loves nature, she’s made it her life’s calling. Having had a broad environmental education career including working for Parks Canada, B.C. Parks, and the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre, Patricia enjoys passing her passion on to others. Since 2004, she has been the executive director of Stanley Park Ecology Society (SPES), leading a team of twelve conservation biologists and educators. Patricia is excited to take others with her and show to them the reasons she loves her home.
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Kirsten Schmitten View biography
Kirsten Schmitten has spent over 30 years exploring, researching, writing and working in the Canadian Rockies. From her career as a park naturalist to her adventures with her warden husband, Kirsten’s love and knowledge of the natural and cultural history of Jasper makes her a captivating and sought after speaker. She is the owner of All Things Wild, a company specializing in connecting people to the natural and cultural history of Jasper National Park.
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John Atkin View biography
John Atkin is an author, historian and heritage advocate who has been fascinated with Vancouver since moving to the city over 30 years ago. He if the co-founder of the Heritage Vancouver Society, has contributed to a documentary on the city, and has appeared regularly on television and radio, including CBC Television and CTV’s Canada AM. John is the author of four books on Vancouver, including “Strathcona: Vancouver’s First Neighborhood,” and is an editor for the B.C. Historical Federation.
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Anita Hafner always knew she wanted to work in the travel industry. She began as a passenger agent at Vancouver International Airport, then became a leader for a local Vancouver organization and finally joined the Royal Hudson Steam train as a hostess and narrator. In 1994, Anita joined a UK-based company and has never looked back. She has led travelers all over the world! Whether on a train, cruise ship or motor coach, Anita’s joyful personality lends to an enjoyable and memorable travel experience.
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Hugh Southee View biography
A Geotechnical Engineer with experience in coal mining, Hugh has been leading people around the Burgess Shale area for five summers. With his love of education, he is dedicated to helping others learn about the wonders Mother Nature has created in the West. Living in the Rockies for eight years, nothing makes him happier than getting outside. Hugh has traveled the world for over a decade seeking rock and ice climbing adventures, and he also enjoys skiing and canoeing.
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Cory Gross View biography
Cory grew up in the Calgary area, living both in the city and on the ranches where his father worked. In 2005 he received a bachelor’s in Museum and Heritage Studies from the University of Calgary and currently works as an educator at the Glenbow Museum. Cory is also a volunteer with the Western Art Gallery at the Calgary Stampede and with several other heritage organizations throughout the city.
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Gabrielle Abernethy worked as a professional geologist for over 15 years and is licensed with APEGA (Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta). She is a certified apprentice hiking guide with the Interpretive Guiding Association. Combining her love of the outdoors and a drive to share her passion for nature with others, she started providing educational explorations of geosites. In revealing overlooked mysteries of the natural world, participants satisfy their geologic curiosity and create meaningful connections to the landscape.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
The Great Rocky Mountain Nature Factbook
by Susan Ewing
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.
Handbook of the Canadian Rockies
by Ben Gadd
Geology, plants, animals, history and recreation from Waterton/Glacier to the Yukon.
Eyewitness Top Ten Vancouver & Victoria
by Eyewitness Guides
A compact, illustrated guide in the popular series, featuring favorite attractions in Vancouver and Victoria.
Bear Tales from the Canadian Rockies
by Brian Patton
Bears hold an honored place in the mythology of the Canadian Rockies. This collection of stories draws on the adventures of hunters and trappers, native legends and traditional tall tales to create a portrait of the animal that has captured the wild imagination of the region.
The West Beyond the West, A History of British Columbia
by Jean Barman
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.
Moon Handbook Canadian Rockies
by Andrew Hempstead
This comprehensive and authoritative guide by Banff-based Hempstead covers where to go and what to do from Jasper to Waterton.
Canadian Rockies Explorer's Map and Guide
by Gem Trek Maps
A driver's map of Banff and Jasper National Parks in Alberta, at a birds-eye scale of 1:400,000.
A Traveller's History of Canada
by Robert Bothwell
A readable and admirably concise march through Canadian history from prehistory to today, including a timeline.
Rocky Mountain Nature Guide
by Andy Bezener
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
by James Halfpenny, Todd Telander (Illustrator)
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.
Raven's End
by Ben Gadd
A young raven, with no memory of his past, arrives to the beautiful and dangerous landscape of Yamnuska, Banff. A book that looks at the complex world of ravens.
Switchbacks, True Stories from the Canadian Rockies
by Sid Marty
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.
Vancouver Map
by Berndtson & Berndtson
A laminated, folded map of Vancouver, British Columbia at a scale of 1:15,000.
Banff National Park Map
by Gem Trek Maps
A double-sided map and guide to Banff, Yoho and Kootenay national parks at a scale of 1:250,000.
Moon Handbook British Columbia including the Canadian Rockies
by Andrew Hempstead
This comprehensive guide stakes out the best sites throughout British Columbia, nicely balancing practical detail with a good overview of the region and its attractions.
After the Ice Age: The Return of Life to Glaciated North America
by E.C. Pielou
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.
Field Guide to Banff National Park
by James Kavanagh
This fold-up, laminated card features 133 color drawings and short descriptions of commonly encountered wildlife and a map.
Northern Rocky Mountain Wildflowers, Including Glacier, Waterton Lakes, Banff, Jasper, Kootenay, Mount Revelstoke, and Yoho
by Wayne Phillips
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.
The Amazing Death of Calf Shirt and Other Blackfoot Stories, Three Hundred Years of Blackfoot History
by Hugh A. Dempsey
A wonderful collection of stories, illuminating the history of the Blackfoot people of the prairies of southern Alberta and northern Montana.
Vancouver Then and Now
by Francis Mansbridge
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.
Bachelor Brothers' Bed and Breakfast
by Bill Richardson
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.
Rocky Mountain Natural History, Grand Teton to Jasper, A Trailside Reference
by Daniel Mathews
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.





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