Canada has had many different travel books written about it. Its geography makes it a great country to explore which giving travel writers such a wide variety of topics to write about.
One of the oldest and successful travel books to have been written about the country is The Curve of Time: The Classic Memoir of a Woman and her Children Who Explored the Coastal Waters of the Pacific Northwest. This book is written by M. Wylie Blanchet and is the story of her and her young family.
Following the death of her husband in1927 she takes her five young children on their 25-foot yacht on adventures around the coastline during the summer months. The book is written in a series of adventures but gives the reader a feel of what Canada’s natural environment is really like.
Another book to receive great acclaim is the People of the Deer by Farley Mowat. The author undertook a variety of travels in the Keewatin Region of Hudson Bay. In the book he wrote about how he had studied the lives of the Ihalmiut, a small population of Inuit people, who depended on the caribou deer to survive. As well as giving a sad account of how difficult it was for the Ihalmiut to survive it gave the reader a great insight into the wilderness feel region.
Fodor’s Nova Scotia and Atlantic Canada: New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland is a guide that is written only by local writers and experts. It gives an insight into the area’s culture, the hikes available and the coastal beauty. It also recommends accommodation, must see attractions and restaurants. The maps and colour photos provided give it a real feel of a guide book that has been produced from the heart of Canada.
There are a great number of travel guides that feature Canada. As well as being produced by the major publishers, such as Lonely Planet and Rough Guide, there are several other smaller publications that have explored Canada just as well. The Great Western Canada Bucket List: One of-a-kind Travel Experiences by Robin Esrock explores the western side of Canada revelling in what the region has to offer. Looking at the natural forest ecosystems in British Columbia and combining it with the mountainous ski regions of the area, gives a fascinating insight into the panoramic beauty that this part of Canada has in abundance.
Books have also been produced that look into certain areas of Canada in even finer detail. One such example is the Pacific Northwest by Mike Church. Although primarily aimed campers and backpackers heading into the region, it also gives the reader the major attractions of the area. It also suggests possible itineraries for people visiting and it is quite apt that it is aimed at campers due to the fact that the region can be so remote that this type of accommodation is often the only one that is available.
Canada is a destination for many tourists each year and therefore it is not surprising that, so many guides have been written about the area. Any decent book store will have a healthy section on travel in Canada.