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Lonely Planet Canada (Travel Guide) Paperback – March 1, 2011


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Product Details

  • Series: Travel Guide
  • Paperback: 912 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet; 11 edition (March 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1741792347
  • ISBN-13: 978-1741792348
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 1.4 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #591,997 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mark Colan TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 20, 2011
Format: Paperback
This review is for Lonely Planet Canada 2011 (11th edition) - the "country guide" series, not the "Discover" series. Reviews dated before April 2011 are for an earlier edition of this book, and the comments may not apply to this updated edition. For more information on LP Discover Canada 2011, see my review for that product.

PROS
In depth coverage of this large country, focusing on the most visited areas, yet covering all provinces

CONS
Color section in the front is printed on text paper, so the pictures are not as vibrant. In previous country guides, this section used to be on glossy paper. But this is a minor complaint, because you buy this book for text reference.

WHICH IS THE RIGHT GUIDE FOR YOU?

There are LOTS of guides available for Canada. LP has a 2005 "Shoestring" guide providing an overview of all of Canada (in only 81 pages!) and USA, this LP Canada Country Guide, LP Discover Canada, and guides for individual regions and cities. DK Eyewitness has a guide with lots of pictures (comparable to LP Discover Canada), then there is Frommers, Rough Guide, Moon, and others. A good way to decide which is best for you is to visit your local library; different guides suit different purposes.

Obviously, the more territory covered in a given guide, the less material there will be on each location you want to visit. If you plan to visit Montreal and Quebec City only, you will find the most information on those cities in the city guide dedicated to them. If you want to visit PEI, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia only, you will find more info in the regional guide for those provinces than in any other guide.

I think this guide is excellent if you plan an extensive tour.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gary Miller on May 22, 2011
Format: Paperback
Lonely Planet is a publisher that really thinks before it releases new guides, this March 2011 Canada Travel Guide is so well laid out, uses color to emphasize topics, maps to help me visualize an area, and uses so many features to make it an ideal resource that I pick up again and again. They even tell when the next version will come out, 2014.

The first item that got my attention was Lonely Planet's suggestion I look inside the rear cover to make sure I had the correct book, for they make small carry with you guides, eBook versions, and this larger, more comprehensive kind of book that really covers it all, exactly what I wanted, a book that will assist me either at home or in the hotel room, to plan, know what's out there, and go for it. It succeeds so well.

Canada is the place I'll go if I left the USA, that said, I've explored much of it, but I wanted to get this book to see what I've missed so far, and what to plan for the future journeys. The book starts with planning tools to help flesh out the options available. The 25 Top experiences got my interest, like Old Quebec City ( loved it, mais oui), Nahanni National Park Reserve ( not yet, but on my list now thanks to this guide), Maritoulin Island in Ontario ( another added to my list), cities like Montreal( fabulous place).... Great list that whets your appetite, good way to start out a travel book.

So now that my interest is active, I start looking for places I've visited and see how the authors have done in their recommendations. The What's New section is helpful, like Historic Sites, I flipped over to page 258 as suggested for Historical Sites, liked the suggested 'Don't Miss' ideas - i.e. Fortifications, Battlefield's Park... each with page and details with maps cited, prices, and times. well done.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By MussSyke TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 13, 2011
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I ordered this book around the same time as another LP released in the same month, both of which are the new style. I heard such bad things about the new style from the reviews of this book, I was surprised when I saw the other book, which looks great and has some neat new features. But I now understand that this one is just completely different: it appears to be partway to the new format.

Instead of the multi-color pages, this one is two-tone, similar to Frommer's, but with light blue and white being the colors. It really doesn't do anything to help the book. Actualy, it looks bad. It also doesn't make the maps any better than the black and white maps; if anything, the blue adds minor confusion when some land masses are blue, a color usually reserved for water.

There are no 3D plans of iconic sites, as there are in other new editions. There are very few pictures in this book, which is disappointing, and the ones that are there are of poor quality (I think it is the saturation) - poorer quality than the other new editions.

There is a pull-out map of Vancouver in the back of this book, as is a new feature. It doesn't really add much to the value of the book since you can get a free tourist map of Vancouver when you arrive (plus, the book is for Canada, of which Vancouver is a very small part). It is a five-page pullout split awkwardly so half of it fits on the back.

Props to the writers for using kilometers exclusively instead of miles.

More nitpicking: in general, the writing style is too verbose - it's as if they're trying to fill space and make it seem as if they like Canada, although I'm not certain that they do.
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