Backroads of Central and Northern British Columbia


223 pages
Contains Photos, Maps, Index
ISBN 1-55105-225-3
DDC 917.11'8044




Reviewed by Monika Rohlmann

Monika Rohlmann is an environmental consultant in Victoria, B.C.


Part of a seven-book series, which includes Backroads of Northern
Alberta (1992), Backroads of Southern Alberta (1992), Backroads of
Southern Interior British Columbia (1996), Backroads of Southwestern
British Columbia (1997), and Backroads of Vancouver Island (1998), these
two guidebooks are intended mainly for road use but can also be used for
planning a trip. Both books follow the same format. The author takes you
on each road and points out the principal attractions of towns and
landscapes. If you set your odometer to zero at the suggested start
points, you can accurately follow each page and not miss a thing. The
books are broken into 10 chapters, allowing the traveler to examine each
area in “bite-sized” chunks. Each section contains a detailed map
and a short description of highlights. The books also contain a master
map showing highway numbers and their chapter references. Both books are
generously illustrated with black-and-white photographs.

The dry quality of the roadside prose is more than compensated for by
the colorful commentaries (local lore, history, and facts) contained in
the numerous sidebars. Compact, informative, and affordable, these guide
books are indispensable roadside traveling companions.


Donaldson-Yarmey, Joan., “Backroads of Central and Northern British Columbia,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed May 28, 2024,