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“If you’re planning a trip to a Canadian park this year, be sure to pick up the new guide from National Geographic.” –About.com
 
“The book gives an overview of Canada’s 42 parks and each section provides useful service information on “How to Get There,” “When to Go,” and “How to Visit.” Plus you’ll find lists of hotels, campsites, and tour operators to help you plan your trip.” –Intelligent Travel
 
“When it comes to exploring this expansive, gloriously beautiful country of ours, it’s hard to know where to start. That’s where the National Geographic Guide to the National Parks of Canada comes in.” –Chatelaine.com
 
“The book also contains information about historic sites within a 100-kilometre radius of a national park.” –Cape Breton Post

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Prince Edward Island
Established 1937
22 sq km/5,440 acres
 
Prince Edward Island National Park spans a spectacular stretch of land encompassing sand dunes, salt marshes, remnants of an Acadian forest, coastal headlands, beaches, and sandstone cliffs. This is the land that inspired Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables and prompted an oil tycoon to build an elegant Victorian home. Both Green Gables and Dalvay-by-the Sea are national treasures and showcased within the park.
 
Approximately 285 million years ago, a mountain chain existed in this region. Over time, its rivers deposited gravel, silt, and sand into a low-lying basin forming sandstone bedrock. As the glaciers retreated, Prince Edward Island gradually took shape.
 
Situated on the central north shore of Prince Edward Island, the park faces the Gulf of St. Lawrence, where sunsets are storybook perfect. Although one of the smallest parks in Canada, it’s a popular destination, with famous beaches and outstanding coastal landscapes. The other attraction is the lure of Lucy Maud Montgomery through her beloved 1908 novel, Anne of Green Gables.
 
The park’s ecosystems support a variety of animal species and 400 different species of plants. Although there are no deer or moose on the island, coyotes, red foxes, raccoons, beavers, mink, and weasels are common. With more than 300 species of birds, including the endangered piping plover, the park plays a significant role in shorebird migration in spring and fall.
 
In 1998, the park expanded to include 4 sq km (990 acres) on the Greenwich Peninsula where rare, U-shaped dunes known as parabolic dunes are located. This is also the region where archaeological digs revealed that Paleo-Indians lived here 10,000 years ago. Evidence indicates that Mi’kmaq, French, Acadian, Scottish, Irish, and English were also early settlers here.
 
The park is bordered by a number of traditional farming and fishing communities, which adds to the cul- tural fabric of the island and enhances the visitor’s experience.
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Product Details

  • Series: National Geographic Guide to the National Parks of Canada
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: National Geographic (July 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1426208057
  • ISBN-13: 978-1426208058
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,094 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By qwertyuiop on July 18, 2011
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This book is done in the same format as the national parks of the united states, and it is a badly needed book about the canadian national parks. The last book about Canbada's national parks was published in 2004. It tells about each of Canada's 42 national parks, and tells what to do there, how to get there, where to stay, the acreage of the parks, and more. I would have rated it four stars because it does not describe the geography and geology of the parks as well as I wish it did, but compared to all other books about Canada's national parks it deserved five stars. I own this book and the one about the American national parks, because I live in Minnesota, so I go to Canadian parks almost as often as I go to American parks. In my experience Canadian parks are better funded, with better services, and they are often bigger. But, they are more expensive to go to than american parks.
I reccomend this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By maineransom on November 7, 2012
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This guide is lovely to look at but did not have enough details for me. I would have liked to see hiking trails listed and more specifics on camping rather than just "don't miss" spots. How do I get to those spots? More details please.
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The book is a wonderful book with beautiful pictures of Canada's National Parks and descriptive info about the parks. I live in California and I have visited Canada about 15 times so far. The people of Canada that I have encountered on my trips so far have been very polite and very friendly to me. Of the parks mentioned in this book that I have visited so far, they have included the following: Cape Breton Highlands, Waterton Lakes, Banff, Jasper, Kluane, Alexander Graham Bell NHS, and Fort Rodhill NHS. If possible, I would love to visit more parks with the help of this book. For a person wanting to visit Canada's National Parks, this is a wonderful book!
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Very useful information regarding hiking, drives, camping and lodging. We have used the National Geographic US National parks guide to plan trips to over 10 parks and have always found the information to be helpful and accurate and are planning to visit Canada next summer and are using this book to determine length of time spent in 6 of Canada's parks.
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By Vivienne Holmes on September 15, 2014
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This is a great book. It contains a lot of information for a person who previously knew nothing about the national parks of Canada. There are some deficiencies (as are pointed out by other reviewers), but overall the book is a great read, a great reference, and in my opinion a must-have for any road trip to Canada.
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By H. Tian on August 30, 2013
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This is an informative book about the Canadian national parks, including park, travel, food and lodging info. This book opens the door to the less visited and more remote places of our northern neighbor. I wish it comes with a larger folded map of the Canadian national park system.
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By Pasadena on October 1, 2013
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Inexpensive armchair introduction to the Canadian National Parks; somewhat limited in use for trip planning, but more than enough for the armchair shopper determining where to vacation
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By Lisa on October 27, 2013
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A book purchased for my son who is interested in taking a road trip to visit some National Parks in Canada. He is enjoying the book and this book will help him plan a trip.
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