52 Best Day Trips Vancouver Sun Review

May 20, 2011

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More local travel secrets in updated day-trip guide

By Marybeth Roberts, The Vancouver Sun May 14, 2011

Travel writer and broadcaster Jack Christie’s 52 Best Day Trips from Vancouver is the type of travel book you keep handy and refer to often – and a good thing just got better with the new edition.

The first edition of 52 Best Day Trips arrived on the scene almost 20 years ago.

British Columbia’s parks, lakes, beaches and trails have changed since then and Christie has monitored these landscape shifts, providing updated maps and directions in his latest edition.

He lays out clearly for the reader the many natural adventures available for exploration in the region.

Birdwatching, fishing, kayaking, ice-skating, hiking, biking, swimming and simple trail walks are among the myriad ways to engage with and enjoy our pristine parks.

Christie’s words evoke tranquil escapes, and a solution to city life cabin fever during any season.

Christie’s 30 years of day tripping in the Lower Mainland have been well documented in his contributions as a columnist for the Georgia Straight and on Shaw TV’s The Rec Report.

Refreshingly, this 300-page resource does not read like a tourism brochure.

Christie delivers from his deep well of knowledge in a way that leaves you feeling like you’ve just conversed with a trusted travel guide about the secrets of each B.C. day trip destination.

Christie’s lush prose flows between useful facts and figures about local history, the wilderness, secret vistas and roadside picnic picks.

Reflecting on a visit to PoCo and Coquitlam Dike Trails, Christie writes, “So calm is the surface of the Pitt River that it exactly mirrors the surrounding mountains in all their glory. On a clear day, your vision, under a pale-blue sky, is of a world so impeccable that it will erase all of the smudges and fingerprints left on your mind by the cares and concerns of everyday life.”

And that’s just one trip to a PoCo park.

The veteran travel writer supplies detailed season-by-season info nuggets about each park and region.

Who knew, for instance, that the Freshwater Fisheries Society of B.C. restocks Deer Lake with rainbow trout each spring to encourage urbanites to “toss in a line?”

The revised edition highlights fast facts in the introduction to each area.

Before diving into pages of location details, the reader can learn at a glance the distance from Vancouver, detailed directions by car or transit and a quick hit of top activities.

Colony Farm Regional Park and the Sea to Sky Trail are new additions to Christie’s guide, as well as details about dog-friendly parks and wheelchair access.

52 Best Day Trips from Vancouver is a delightful, compact volume packed with Christie’s insights and knowledge.