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New guides to corners of British Columbia
British Columbia is an ever fascinating place with its mix of deserts and glaciers, dry cattle ranching plateaus, impenetrable rain forests and lush islands with semi-tropical vegetation. No wonder there are so many books written to tell us about every corner of it.

Exploring the B.C. Coast by Car by Diane, and, Allison Eaton is a must-take-along book for anyone who wants to tour our coastline by car and doesn't quite know where to start. It begins with a brief overview of B.C.'s history, then plunges into what the city of Vancouver has to offerr, travels on to Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands and on up the coast. Sidebars explore annual events, recreation facilities, what to see and do in each locale, while 50 excellent maps and over 300 photographs lure the reader on. I have to confess that even after a lifetime in this province, I still found this book an eye-opener, and I've got a page-long list of places I've never heard of before that I now must investigate. Put this one under the Christmas tree - for the adventurer in the family.
-Coast Independent, Betty Keller

Take a summer drive
If you’re looking for a refreshing getaway, but can only spare a coule of days, the solution to your weary soul may just be a few hours away.

With Powell River fairly centrally located on the coast, weekend road trips up or down the coast can be an ideal way to beat the stress and see one of the world’s most beautiful and exciting areas – the B.C. coast.

Living on the coast, we sometimes take for granted many of the exciting locations and activities there are in our back yard.

A new book from Diane Eaton and Allison Eaton reminds us how fortunate we are to be living in such a destination area.

Exploring the B.C. Coast by Car - The complete guide to the British Columbia coast can give us dozens of ideas for quick trips to enjoy the coast's highlights.

Whether you want action in the city of Vancouver, or want to explore the rugged west coast of Vancouver Island during a storm, the guide has all you'll need to plan the trip.

While most of the coast discussed is close by, there's also information for that trip to Gwaii Haanas in the Queen Charlotte Islands or to Kitimat and Prince Rupert.

It's carefully organized and user-friendly, jampacked with information, including simple "getting there.” - Instructions as well as the attractions, sights and points of interest, the types of facilities in each community. It also includes 50 maps and 300 photographs, along with historical anecdotes and facts on plants, trees, wildlife and marine life.

The authors have spent lots of time travelling the coast, and their love for the area spills onto every page.

Available from Harbour Publishing, the 400-page book will be in bookstores soon. It sells for $22.95.
-Powell River Town Crier