Friday Reads: 2 Essential Books For Hiking In Whistler, Canada

Books For Hiking. Bears Without Fear

With 603,500 residents plus 8.94-million over-night tourists, Vancouver is a densely populated urban area juxtaposed with a vast regions of sprawling wilderness – a huge part of the city’s, and Whistler’s, appeal.

In under two hours you can leave metro Vancouver and be in Whistler ready to hike, bike and explore the backcountry without feeling like any thing has changed. We do still have shops, hot showers, great meals, and soft beds, but in Whistler something is fundamentally different: you’ve gone from being in your backyard, to being in theirs. Who are they? The wildlife, and they don’t play by our rules.

To help you make the most of our thousands of kilometres of trails, while at the same time showing appreciation and respect for our wildlife, here are two books every one should read before hiking in Whistler.

Please be a traveler, not a tourist. Try new things, meet new people, and look beyond what’s right in front of you. Those are the keys to understanding this amazing world we live in – Andrew Zimmern

1. Bears Without Fear by Kevin Van Tighem

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Available From: Armchair Books, Whistler

Cost: $25

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Passage from the book: Fear of bears seem almost to be part of what it is to be human. Our species emerged out of the depth of time into a world already populated by great carnivores. Before we mastered iron and later developed firearms, we had few defences against bears – only watchful caution and elaborate ceremonies and sacrifices to ward off fear.

Where human populations have increased, bears have traditionally dwindled or disappeared. In this time-sensitive book, Kevin, calls on decades of experience, knowledge and understanding in order to enlighten readers about our relationship with, and attitude towards, bears. Along the way we are confronted with the realities threatening these great animals as result of our ever-expanding human population and their ever-shrinking natural habitat.

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2. Whistler: The 10 Premier Hikes by Kathy & Craig Copeland

[two_third]Passage from the book: Your time in Whistler is short, but the mountains are endless. So here you go: ten Whistler-area dayhikes most likely to make you say “WOW!”. Plus our boot-tested opinions, why we recommend each trail, what to expect, and how to enjoy the optimal outdoor experience. We hope our suggestions compel you to get our doors more often and stay out longer.

Do it because the backcountry teaches simplicity and self-reliance, qualities that make life more fulfilling. Do it to remind you why the wilderness needs and deserves our protection. A bolder conservation ethic naturally develops in the mountains. And do it to escape the cacophony that muffles the quiet, pure voice within.

We hope you enjoy these books as much as we did. We’d love to hear any recommendations you may have for Friday Reads. Please share your books with us in the comments below.

Happy trails!
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Available From: Armchair Books, Whistler

Cost: $14.95

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