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The Canadian Rockies Access Guide should be tucked away in your day pack if you want to really enjoy the Rockies. The book covers all the Canadian Rocky Mountain National Parks including Banff, Jasper, Yoho, Kootenay, Waterton Lakes. You also find a section on the Kananaskis area as well. The activities covered are biking, hiking, backpacking, canoeing, skiing, and more. There are dozens of maps and a wealth of excellent photographs.You'll even find recommendations on accommodations and restaurants.  
The Canadian Rockies Access Guide
Author: John Dodd, Gail Helgason, Photos Leslie & Mark Degner
Publisher: Lone Pine Publishing
Paperback:
400 pages

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Sports Climbs in the Canadian Rockies
  Sports Climbs in the Canadian Rockies includes over 1400 sports climbs in the Alberta Rockies. The areas covered include the Bow Valley, Ghost River, Kananaskis and of course Banff and Lake Louise. Each area has a general introduction as to what to expect and the routes have diagrams as well as ratings. At the back of the book you'll find all of the routes listed by grade so you can easily find routes within your climbing abilities.

Author: John Martin & Jon Jones
Publisher: Rocky Mountain Books
Paperback:
336 pages, 2000

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Ski Trails in the Canadian Rockies opens with the essentials for skiers who want to break trails in the Rockies including brief coverage of avalanche danger, weather, snow conditions and more. The book covers trails in the Canadian Rocky Mountain National Parks (both British Columbia and Alberta) as well as Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park. Each area is covered by a general description which includes access information, along with trail descriptions detailing the overall rating, distance, elevation change. The maps that cover the trail are also listed.  
Ski Trails in the Canadian Rockies

Author: Chic Scott
Publisher: Rocky Mountain Books
Paperback:
224 pages

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Backcountry Biking in the Canadian Rockies
  Backcountry Biking in the Canadian Rockies covers over 200 trails. Expanded and updated the guide covers mountain biking in the Canadian Rocky Mountain National Parks, Banff, Jasper, Yoho, Kootenay, Waterton, several Provincial Parks and selected areas like Kananaskis, Crowsnest and the Willmore Wilderness. Several areas in British Columbia are also covered including Kimberly, Cranbrook and Invermere. Each description includes ratings, distance, approximate time required, elevation change as well as the suggested topographical maps. The book opens with some solid general information on mountain biking and land use. 

Author: Doug Eastcott
Publisher: Rocky Mountain Books
Paperback:
408 pages, 1999

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The Canadian Rockies Trail Guide opens with a good overview of hiking and backpacking in the Canadian Rockies, what you'll need, what to expect, along with some caveats. This is followed by over 150 detailed trail descriptions. The descriptions includes distances to points of interest, intersecting trails and spurs to keep you on track and well oriented. You'll also find approximate hiking times, elevation change, maximum elevation and the topographical maps required.  

Author: Brian Patton, Bart Robinson
Publisher: Summerthought
Paperback:
450 pages, 2000

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Note: Another excellent guide book "Selected Alpine Climbs in the Canadian Rockies" by Sean Dougherty is unfortunately out of print.
 
 

 

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