Classic Hikes of the Lower Left-hand Corner of British Columbia


184 pages
Contains Photos, Illustrations, Maps, Bibliography, Index
ISBN 1-55153-704-4
DDC 917.11'3044




Reviewed by Ken Woollard

Kenneth Woollard is a crew supervisor with Transalta Utilities and an
avid outdoor recreationist.


This latest addition to the Altitude SuperGuide series follows the
format of its predecessors—a series of numbered hikes nicely prefaced
with information about length (distance and time in one-way totals),
hiking-skill level, and the all-important altitude gain and loss. Each
of the hikes is color-keyed by geographic location, covering Vancouver
Island and the Lower Mainland from Pemberton/Whistler in the north to
the eastern portals of Manning and Golden Ears Provincial Parks.
Interspersed throughout the book are large-scale topographic maps and
marginal notes on local history and alternate routes.

Best of all are the photographs—stunning and superbly reproduced
color images of mountain vistas, midnight-blue tarns, and tawny beaches
framed in jade-green salal. The image of driftwood on Long Beach would
be a worthy addition to a shortlist for the Audubon Society calendar.
Like Classic Hikes of the Canadian Rockies (1996), another Altitude
SuperGuide, this is a book that can be read for pleasure, not just used
for springtime planning of summer hikes.


Cancian, Anita., “Classic Hikes of the Lower Left-hand Corner of British Columbia,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed July 20, 2024,