In May I took delivery of a box of 200 Nature Hot Spots in Alberta – The Best Parks, Conservation Areas and Wild Places, co-authored with my friend Debbie Olsen. Unfortunately, they took a while to show up in stores and on Amazon so I am penning this post to let you know the book is out and its now widely available. And once again, I swear it’s my last book. It wasn’t nearly the amount of work as the first one, which was a Globe and Mail bestseller, but Debbie and I updated the whole book, added new photos and then added another 75 nature hot spots. So it took a good chunk of our time last spring and early summer.
Again, we discovered more wonderful spots in Alberta. Every new addition to this book was explored by Debbie or myself. Some of the provincial parks we added include Dilberry Lake, Crimson Lake, and Grand Rapids Wildlands Provincial Park. We also included the Okotoks Erratic, Griffiths Woods Park in Calgary, the Alberta Birds of Prey Centre and Echo Dale Regional Park and Natural Area. In addition, we greatly expanded the special interest sections as you’ll see below. I hope you’ll check out many of the nature hot spots in this book – and explore far beyond Banff and Jasper National Parks, as lovely as they are.
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We added to our list of nature hot spots in Alberta
To give you an idea of the landscapes you can explore have a look at some of the photos.
More special interest sections
We also added to the special interest section. New additions include backcountry lodges, backpacking trails, cycling in Alberta, family-friendly hikes, wheelchair and stroller friendly hikes, hiking for food, ice walks, lake skating (not the wild stuff) and mountain wildflower hikes. We have also expanded some of the previous special interest sections like paddling in Alberta.
In the 288-page book, you’ll find location maps, lots of “Did you know? blurbs, along with numerous photos of each nature hot spot in Alberta. I hope you find the book to be both motivational and practical.
Where can you buy 200 Nature Hot Spots in Alberta?
The book is available at a number of small bookstores across Alberta – and most are happy to order it for you. It retails for $29.95 + GST. You can purchase it online from Amazon, Indigo.ca and in Indigo Stores, McNally Robinson, Owl’s Nest Books and Shelf Life Books in Calgary. Other options include Pages on Kensington, Audrey’s Books, and Polar Peek Books. It should be available at MEC very soon. And for anyone in the Calgary area interested in getting a copy of the book, I can sell you one from my box of books for $32 including delivery. Email me directly at [email protected] to set up a time if you’re interested.
I have one copy of our book to give away
Leave a comment telling me what nature hot spot in Alberta you’d most like to visit by midnight on July 28th, 2022. I will choose one winner randomly and will contact you to get your mailing address. You’ll have 24 hours to respond.
Further reading on nature hot spots in Alberta
- Grand Rapids Wilderness Adventures Weekend (new addition because of the high concentration of concretions)
- Kananaskis Kayaking to the Point Campground (new addition to paddling special interest section)
- The Black Prince Cirque Hike (new addition to the family-friendly hikes section)
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