Books, Maps and Useful Items

Vancouver-City-MapHere at the BC Passport Books and Maps page, you can get information about good Vancouver Outdoor Adventures books and maps and where to find them. If you’re coming to Vancouver and if you enjoy outdoor adventures, you’ll probably want to have a couple of these depending on your interest.

An essential Vancouver book if you love to walk or hike and want to take advantage of the fantastic walking and hiking around Vancouver is Dawn Hanna’s ‘Best Hikes in Southwestern British Columbia.’ The book covers Vancouver, North and West Vancouver, Bowen Island and Howe Sound. Best Hikes and Walks is the perfect hiking companion, not counting energetic, enthusiastic two and four legged companions.

You’ll find Best Hikes and Walks at the following local books stores:

The Book Warehouse
632 West Broadway
604 872-5711

Banyen Books and Sound
3608 West 4th Avenue
604 732-7912 or 1 800 663-8442
Banyen books has been in Kitsilano since 1970, and although it specializes in spiritual/healing books and audio, there is a small section on local hikes.

The Travel Bug
3065 West Broadway
604 737-1122
This store has a nice environment and friendly staff. The selection of books and maps is good.

1929 4th Avenue
1 866 739-2182
This travel store has some local hiking books as well as maps.

Public Transportation Day Passes:

You can purchase C$9.00 Day Passes for unlimited one day travel on local buses, SeaBus and Skytrain at the SeaBus and SkyTrain terminals or at Fare Dealer outlets located in all Safeway Stores, 7/11 Convenience stores, Save On Food Stores, and many London Drug stores and Shoppers DrugMarts. You’ll can get transit maps at the Fare Dealer outlets as well.

North Shore Mountain Bike Trail Maps: You can purchase the new North Shore Mountain Bike Trail Maps at local bike stores.

Vancouver Travel Guides

You can purchase travel guides at local bookstores, at Amazon or at another online bookseller.

You can purchase the following local travel guides from Gordon Soules, a local publishing company.

The British Columbia Bed & Breakfast Guide
(Includes the Banff/Jasper Area)
Sarah Bell
The fifth edition of a guide to over 250 B&Bs in British Columbia and the Banff/Jasper area. Provides a wide range of accommodation choices and includes photographs of each B&B and four maps.
1-894667-00-1. $16.95The British Columbia & Alberta Adventure Travel Guide
(Guided Outdoor Trips and More)
Sarah Bell
Guided outdoor trips and other adventure travel opportunities in the diverse terrain of western Canada including ski touring, snowshoeing, dog sledding, canoeing, sea kayaking, nature expeditions, gold panning, and more.
0-919574-97-1. $14.95The British Columbia Lodge & Resort Guide
(Includes the Banff/Jasper Area and the Yukon)
Sarah Bell
Includes waterfront lodges, resorts, inns, cabins, and cottages; bring-your-own-bedding cabins; hot springs resorts; romantic country inns; fishing lodges; and lodges with doorstep access to walking, hiking, mountain biking, cross-country skiing, and dogsledding.
0-919574-80-7. $11.95Hot Springs of Western Canada
Glenn Woodsworth
A new guide to Western Canada’s hot springs. This book includes hot springs resorts and natural and hand-made hot springs pools. Some can be reached by car; others require a walk, hike, or boat trip.
0-919574-90-4. $24.95
Mountain Biking British Columbia
Darrin Polischuk
A guide to the best mountain biking trails in British Columbia.
0-9680342-1-7. $24.95Where to Walk Your Dog in Greater Vancouver
Ross W. Powell and Hero
150 places to walk dogs including Burnaby, Coquitlam, Delta, Langley, Port Moody, Richmond, Surrey, and outlying areas.
0-9683117-0-9. $18.95Exploring the Coast Mountains on Skis
John Baldwin
A comprehensive guide to 200 mountain ski touring trips in southwestern British Columbia. Most are day or weekend ski trips to alpine areas near Vancouver. Includes all areas worth a visit on skis.
0-9691550-1-8. $19.95The Vancouver Area Diving Guide
Carl Trepanier
A guide to 80 of the best dive sites in the Vancouver area, with lists of local dive shops, dive clubs, and other facilities and services for divers.
0-919574-81-5. $19.95Bicycling Near Vancouver
Margaret Slack
The best cycling day-trips in the Greater Vancouver area.
0-919574-33-5. $9.95Sea Kayaking Canada’s West Coast
John Ince and Hedi Kottner
Explains how to get the most from your west coast paddling experience and includes shoreline hot springs, totem poles, sandy beaches, fishing villages, and wildlife viewing.
0-9691064-0-8. $19.95

Local Maps

You can order local Maps from Gordon Soules

The West Coast Trail

1-895907-11-X. $5.95

The Lower Mainland
1-895907-66-7. $4.95

Vancouver’s North Shore Hiking Trails
1-895907-17-9. $4.95

Vancouver’s Downtown and Stanley Park
1-895907-08-X. $0.99

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