The coast of British Columbia – with its urban cities, charming villages, island-dotted Inside Passage, fjords and open-ocean beaches – has long been a cruise ship destination of choice. However, in Exploring the BC Coast by Car, authors Diane and Allison Eaton maintain that the average road warrior can embark upon this breathtaking journey without leaving behind the comfort of one’s own personal transportation – whether by car, motorcycle or motorhome. Newly updated and revised, this impressive guide to the BC coast is well organized, divided into nine chapters that each cover a region of the coast. Each chapter breaks the region into easily digested subsections, and each subsection contains highlights, events and a list of what to see and do. More than 50 maps and 300 photos make it easy for you to plan a trip – a real bonus for the fulltime RVer. The book covers the following sections of the BC coast:
– Vancouver & Area: Vancouver, Outings From Vancouver;
– The Sunshine Coast: Lower Coast, Upper Coast;
– Victoria & Area: Victoria, the West Shore (day trips);
– Southern Gulf Islands: Salt Spring Island, Saturna Island and more;
– Vancouver Island North: Victoria to Nanaimo, Gabriola Island and more;
– Vancouver Island – Nanaimo to the West Coast: the West Coast Trail, the Broken Group Islands & more;
– Central Vancouver Island: Qualicum to Courtenay, Hornby Island and more;
– The North Island: Campbell River to Cape Scott and more;
– The North Coast: Discovery Coast Passage Route to Bella Coola, Prince Rupert Area and more.
Each chapter has simple directions for “getting there”; information on recreational activities; extensive maps on each region; and historical anecdotes and facts about local plants, trees, wildlife and sea life. The book includes a comprehensive index as well. MSRP $24.95. Exploring the BC Coast by Car is available through Harbor Publishing.