Synopses & Reviews
Nestled in the rain shadow of Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands bask in the mildest climate in Canada, a mini-Mediterranean that fosters an abundance of plant and animal species seen nowhere else. Throw in panoramic views, inviting beaches and friendly hospitality - all just a short ferry ride from Vancouver or Victoria - and you have a hiker's paradise.
Whether your visit lasts a day or a week, Hiking the Gulf Islands is the best guide to exploring the islands on foot. It is the only comprehensive guide with up-to-date information on the recently created Gulf Islands National Park - 33 square kilometres scattered over 16 islands and more than 30 islets and reefs. Separate chapters cover each island - including the often-overlooked Texada, Lasqueti and Thetis islands plus Bowen Island at the entrance to Howe Sound - and even hiking trails in the area's marine parks.
Hiking the Gulf Islands includes:
* Maps showing trail locations.
* Distance and time of each hike.
* Accessibility and degree of difficulty of each route.
* Lists of shore and road walks.
* Paddling suggestions for kayak or canoe.
* What to bring and what to look for.
"If you enjoy visiting (or living on) the largest of BC's southern Gulf Islands, you'll like this entertaining mix of history, anecdotes and tidbits. Kahn. . . has obviously done his research and generously illustrates the book with interesting old photographs." -Vancouver Sun
"A detailed, thorough history of the island . . ." -BC Studies Praise for - < -="" i="" -=""> - Sal - t Spring: The Story of an Island - < -="" -="">
The ultimate guide to exploring the Gulf Islands.
About the Author
Charles Kahn was born in Montreal in 1945. He has worked as a freelance editor and writer for over thirty years and has had numerous travel articles published in the Globe & Mail, the Montreal Gazette and Touring and Travel. He has edited and co-authored several educational textbooks and is also the author of Hiking the Gulf Islands. In 1992 Kahn moved to Salt Spring Island where he is an active member of the Salt Spring Island Historical Society and the island's Trail and Nature Club.