"Canada is more than its hulking-mountain, craggy-coast good looks: it also cooks extraordinary meals, rocks cool culture and unfurls wild, moose-spotting road trips." - Lonely Planet's website
TRAVELING TO CANADA
Traveling in Canada can mean many things… great scenery and wildlife in vast national parks like Banff and Jasper, wonderful weekends in vibrant cities like Montreal and Toronto, picturesque rail journeys, a trip to the legendary Niagara Falls, whale watching in Vancouver, and more. Here are our recommendations on the best travel guides for travel to Canada.
National Geographic's Guide to the National Parks of Canada
National Geographic produces a beautiful and helpful guide to all of the 47 national parks in Canada, including the Pacific Rim National Park Preserve, Banff of course, and the Cape Breton Highlands. As always with National Geographic, the photography is stunning, making the book both a nice planning tool and a good souvenir. The editors do go deep though with detailed recommendations on wildlife watching, places to camp, swim and kayak, and how to enjoy the most of any trip.
Lonely Planet: Canada
Those looking for a comprehensive guide for a trip across Canada also can’t go wrong with Lonely Planet. This travel guide provides insights on what to see (and what to skip seeing) in all the major cities, advice on a wide range of outdoor activities and lesser-known highlights. Lonely Planet started with a focus on backpackers and low-cost travel, but now they have expanded to provide travel recommendations for all budgets.
Fodors Travel: Toronto
Our selection on the best travel guide for those traveling to Toronto is the book from Fodor’s. As always, they provide a very thorough and balanced set of recommendations for all budgets, with a nice blend of photos and detailed information. The authors provide nice local insights on lodging, sightseeing, and restaurants with specific tips on what best to see and do.
DK Eyewitness Travel: Top 10 Vancouver
Our suggestion on the best travel guide for a trip to Vancouver is the DK Eyewitness Travel Top 10 book. Their books always have trustworthy, well-organized information for travelers, but what sets DK apart is the quality of their design. This series is known for its beautiful color photography, custom maps, and for the editorial focus on art, architecture and culture. The Top 10 edition does provide a short list of their top recommendations, but there is a lot more information packed in.