Recommended Reading

Below are some excellent books often found in our guides' portable libraries. All these books are great resouces for learning about the British Columbia Coast.

john dowd book

Sea kayaking: A manual for long-distance touring.

by John Dowd

"The classic reference on paddling, this goes way beyond the basics for really practical tips and tricks."

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Natural history of British Columbia

British Columbia: A natural history

By Cannings, R. and Cannings, S

"A beautiful and thorough book describing the range of ecosystems and their interactions in BC."

Buy from Amazon

welks to whales

Whelks to whales: Coastal marine life of the Pacific Northwest.

By Harbo, Rick

Buy from Amazon

beach combers guide

The beachcomber's guide to seashore life in the Pacific Northwest.

By Sept, Duane

Buy from Amazon

killer whales

Killer whales

By Ford, John K.B., Ellis, Graeme M and Balcomb, Kenneth C

"Research and genealogy of the resident orcas from the researchers themselves. The ID photos are out of date, but this is still the authority on the whales in our waters."

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Listening to whales

By Morton, Alexandra

"Stories and recollections of a whale researcher and all that she's learned from Orcas."

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plants of coastal british columbia

Plants of coastal British Columbia including Washington, Oregon and Alaska.

By Pojar, J. and MacKinnon, A

"This is the bible of plant ID on the coast: portable, useful and packed with notes on the life and traditional uses of plants."

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book on salmon

Field guide to the pacific salmon

By Steelquist, Robert

"Great in-a-nutshell but accurate books."

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 coastal birds of british columbia

Birds of coastal British

By Baron, Nancy

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Cedar: Tree of life to the northwest coast Indians

By Stewart, Hilary

"Brilliant descriptions and illustrations of traditional technology by a Quadra Island writer with an international stature."

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totem poles and tea

Totem poles and tea

By Harold, Hughina

"Memories of a non-native woman who taught school on Village Island in 1935."

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curve of time

The curve of time

By Blanchet, M. Wylie

"A classic tale of widow's cruising adventures with her young family."

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heart of the rain coast

Heart of the raincoast

By Morton, Alexandra and Proctor, Billy

"The life story of a central figure in the Broughtons, and thus a modern history of the area itself. Very readable."

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river city

River City: A history of Campbell River and the Discovery Islands

By Taylor, Jeanette

"A lavishly illustrated survey history of the Discovery Passage region (including Quadra), with lots of anecdotes."

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Interesting websites

Whale watching web - A huge database of whale related sites on the web.

National Geographic
National Geographic Ultimate Adventure Bucket List!!
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Sea Kayaker Magazine
"Best Tour Operator - Western Canada."

Sea Kayaker Magazine 1984-2014

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