Canada's National Parks: A Visitor's Guide. Rev. ed.


347 pages
Contains Photos, Maps
ISBN 0-13-116468-6
DDC 917.104'647




Reviewed by William A. Waiser

William A. Waiser is an associate professor of history at the University
of Saskatchewan.


The standard litmus test for any reference work is whether it is
“user-friendly,” and this revised and updated edition easily meets
this requirement. For each of Canada’s 34 national parks and reserves,
Stephenson describes the distinctive or unique characteristics of the
park setting (landforms, geology, vegetation, animal life) and explains
how best to experience or get to know the park—in most cases offering
a personal assessment of the main park trails and their condition,
degree of difficulty, and highlights. She also provides a brief outline
of visitor services, including interpretative programs, accommodation
(especially camping), and recreational facilities. Each chapter is
rounded out with a map of the main features, roads, and trails; a list
of readings for further information; and park addresses. The only
missing element is a short history of the park—in particular, its date
of establishment and evolution.

Canada’s National Parks will not replace the more specialized park
guides or histories available in the parks themselves. It is, however, a
good, general introduction to Canada’s national parks system and will
more than adequately serve those who visit a park for the first time or
a few days. It should find a home in car glove compartments.


Stephenson, Marylee., “Canada's National Parks: A Visitor's Guide. Rev. ed.,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed June 22, 2024,