Camping British Columbia, the Rockies, and Yukon, 8th ed., by Jayne Seagrave (2018)


Camping British Columbia, the Rockies and Yukon, 9th edition, by Jayne Seagrave

This is the first of two reviews this week. Both are on travel in B.C. and the Rockies, as I hope to inspire you to plan a road trip in our beautiful region. I have an earlier edition of this book, so I was happy to discover an updated version on the New Books shelf at my library. With more than half the 100,000 B.C. Parks campsites reservable online, guides like this help you discover exactly what you are looking for, whether that’s a destination park for the family or a hidden getaway as a backpacking haven. Seagrave opens with an introduction aimed at first-time campers, from reserving to selecting a spot at a first-come-first-served campground and setting up your temporary home.

Fire safety, wildlife, camping with kids and a camping checklist offer helpful advice for most campers. The book is then divided into eight regions that pretty much match the B.C. Backroads Mapbook selections: The Islands, Vancouver Coast and Mountains, Thompson Okanagan, The Rockies (one section for provincial and one for national parks), Cariboo-Chilcotin, Northern B.C., and Yukon. Within each regional section is a map showing highways and campground locations, though annoyingly the numbers were left off the Thompson Okanagan map. The campgrounds are then listed alphabetically, rather than geographically. This is useful if you come across a campground while travelling, and you can use the map numbers to look up the campgrounds in a specific area. Each campground entry gets about a page, listing information about size, location, campsites and facilities, activities and additional information such as history, popularity, wildlife, etc. It’s an opinionated guide, which I like. For instance, Seagrave recommends only rockclimbing enthusiasts stay at Stawamus Chief Provincial Park, pointing others to Porteau Cove and Alice Lake as more attractive places to camp. Most photos are in black and white, keeping the price lower, though several series of colour plates will have readers flipping pages to find out more about a destination. Following the regional entries is a chapter on multi-day camping tours with itineraries ranging from 7 to 21 days, as well as a brief section recommending parks for those with specific interests such as kayaking, climbing, goldpanning, beachcombing, etc. My thanks to the Grand Forks & District Public Library for including this title in its travel collection.
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