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Long regarded as the ultimate guide to the 63 best backpacking trips and day-hikes in Banff, Jasper, Yoho, Kootenay, Mt. Robson, Mt. Assiniboine, Waterton, Kananaskis, and Akamina-Kishinena parks, Classic Hikes has been completely revised. Detailed trailhead and route descriptions, and a colour map for each hike help get you to the trailhead and keep you on route. The hike descriptions are packed with comprehensive information on history, geology, wildlife, wildflowers, and side-trip options. Colour photographs depict the principal features. A wildflower guide, and tips on equipment, food, drinking water, backcountry etiquette, minimum impact travel, hiking with children, preparedness, and bear safety round out this indispensable resource. The new edition includes five “new” hikes and a foreword by Robert Bateman. Since first publication in 1994, this award-winning guidebook has sold 57,000 copies.

Published April 2011, 288 pages, softcover
Retail price: $27.95
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Each Classic Hike is accompanied by a map that gives you an overview of the hike and its immediate surroundings. If you would like to obtain maps with greater detail, or ones that show more of the geographic area, visit the Gem Trek website.