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Travel Western Provinces

100 Nature Hot Spots in British Columbia

The Best Parks, Conservation Areas and Wild Places

by (author) Lyndsay Fraser & Christina Smyth

Firefly Books
Initial publish date
Apr 2018
Western Provinces, Pictorials
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Apr 2018
    List Price

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An illustrated guide to British Columbia's most popular nature getaways and best-kept secrets.

The well-known slogan for Canada's westernmost province is "Super, Natural British Columbia," a fitting tribute to its legendary natural beauty. The entire province is richly blessed with lush rainforests, snow-capped mountains, rugged coastlines and unique wildlife.

100 Nature Hot Spots in British Columbia is a beautifully illustrated guidebook that explores this province's remarkable splendor and natural diversity. Each entry includes a descriptive destination profile, beautiful four-color photographs and at-a-glance information about special features and their locations.

The hot spots are divided into six chapters -- Vancouver Island and the Coast; Central British Columbia; Lower Mainland; Okanagan, Similkameen and the Surrounding Area; Kootenay Region; and Northern British Columbia. Here are just some of the destinations:

  • Bowen Island
  • Enderby Cliffs Provincial Park
  • Garibaldi (Provincial) Park
  • Hot Springs Cove
  • Othello Tunnels
  • Botanical Beach
  • Haida Gwaii
  • Top of the World Provincial Park
  • Whistler Olympic Park
  • Desolation Sound Marine Protected Area
  • George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary
  • Saturna Island
  • Bear and Salmon Glaciers
  • Bella Coola Valley

The locations have been carefully selected to appeal to a wide audience, from locals and visitors to families and outdoor enthusiasts. Anyone who is eager to discover new places in British Columbia to hike, photograph wildlife, camp and paddle, whether going on a day trip, a weekend getaway or an extended holiday will welcome this thorough guidebook.

British Columbia is an increasingly popular global destination, with over nine million visitors in 2016.

About the authors

Lyndsay Fraser (she/her) grew up in the wilds of northern Ontario, developing a lifelong obsession with natural history and biology. She eventually moved west to explore the mountains, oceans and everything in between. She lives on the traditional territory of the K'ómoks First Nation in the Comox Valley working as a freelance science writer, educator, illustrator and communications specialist.

Lyndsay Fraser's profile page

Christina Smyth (she/her) is an avid hiker and science teacher. She grew up exploring open forests on the traditional territory of the Smalqmix nation in Princeton and can now be found enjoying the coastal rainforests and alpine landscapes in the traditional territory of the Skwxwú7mesh Nation.

Christina Smyth's profile page

Editorial Reviews

Whether one enjoys camping, hiking, looking at flora and fauna, or beautiful waters, the book is your guide to the best British Columbia has to offer.

Shelf Life

A great resource for local naturalists and tourists feeling a little wanderlust.

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