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Travel Western Provinces

Roadside Nature Tours through the Okanagan

A Guide to British Columbia's Wine Country

by (author) Richard Cannings

Publisher
Greystone Books Ltd
Initial publish date
May 2009
Category
Western Provinces, General, Regional
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781553652885
    Publish Date
    May 2009
    List Price
    $24.95
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781926812243
    Publish Date
    Jan 2006
    List Price
    $18.95

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Description

Road trips to introduce the diverse geography, flora and fauna, and historical landmarks of British Columbia's spectacular wine country.

Biologist Richard Cannings, who was born and raised in the Okanagan Valley, guides the reader along his favorite road trips through this fascinating region. The Okanagan attracts thousands of visitors each year to enjoy its beaches and wine, but more and more people are discovering its natural beauty. With desert sands and deep lakes, towering rock cliffs and rich benchlands, cold mountain forests and hot grasslands, the Okanagan has an ecological diversity unequalled in Canada.

The book opens with an introduction to the region's biodiversity, climate, geology, and human history, setting the stage for the route descriptions that follow. Cannings then takes us on twenty-one tours through the valley, from the arid benchlands of Osoyoos to the snowy forests east of Vernon. The routes vary from main highways to quiet roads, and along each one we're introduced to the animals, plants, and bedrock that create this national treasure. Each route also has a focal topic, ranging from owls to salmon and rattlesnakes to rock rabbits.

About the author

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Richard Cannings is a renowned naturalist, conservationist and lecturer on birds and bird habitats. He works as a consulting biologist assessing endangered species and organizing bird population surveys, and he can be heard on the CBC Radio 1 program BC Almanac as its regular birding expert. He is the author of An Enchantment of Birds, The Rockies: A Natural History, and Birds of Interior BC and the Rockies and is co-author of British Columbia: A Natural History, Birds of Southwestern British Columbia, and the upcoming Birds of British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest. He lives in Penticton, BC.

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Editorial Reviews

p class=review_text>If you're on the road this summer pause to explore the wildlife and unspoiled beauty of Okanagan wine country with UBC field ecology instructor and biologist Richard Cannings's new guide. —Granville Magazine

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