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Essential Vancouver Island Paperback – January 1, 2010

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About the Author

John Kimantas has been a journalist for more than 18 years and has written for newspapers across Canada. He is editor and owner of Coast & Kayak Magazine (formerly Wavelength) and the author of the Wild Coast series and the BC Coastal Recreation and Kayaking and Small Boats Atlas series. He lives on Vancouver Island.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Whitecap Books Ltd.; 1 edition (January 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1552859207
  • ISBN-13: 978-1552859209
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #721,712 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Dimar on September 13, 2014
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We spent 5 weeks on Vancouver Island this summer and this book was our go to guide. Honestly, I would have missed so many wonderful hikes and natural attractions without it. Example, the Wild Pacific Trail in Ucluelet. While most visitor's know about the Pacific Rim National Park on the west coast, this trail system provided spectacular views and easy, free access. After previewing the book at home I was able to conduct further research online for destinations that caught my interest. The maps are helpful, though if you're traveling the island for the first time like we were, a more detailed map of the entire island is worthwhile.
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This book has lots of information on what to see, history behind an area, and where to go. It was a good investment and helped make our week more enjoyable. We did the entire island - from tip to tip. We took a lot of back roads (most of them dirt roads) - I can't say I've ever seen such well maintained dirt roads! They take you to some pretty cool, out of the way places and remote towns. This book helped us decide which towns to hit.
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This was a great book and covered the island pretty evenly. We had another book that focused on the inner part of the island so i was really glad to of purchased this one also. Of the three books we had this one was by far the best. I would highly recommend it.
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Spent a month on the island this summer and relied heavily on this guidebook plus the Backroads Mapbook. Between the two of them we found lots of places we would have completely missed otherwise. Recommended!
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If you're looking for kayaking information, then DON'T buy this book. It is a GREAT book for hiking and exploring, with lots of information on everything interior to Vancouver Island. However, it cross references the author's Wild Coast series for virtually everything off the main island, including any kayaking related information for places like Desolation Sound, Discovery Islands, etc. It's too bad that Amazon doesn't have samples of the book online, so one can see the coverage before purchase.
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