Before boarding your next plane, train or automobile, stop by a local bookstore (page 38) to find some great new releases.
End of the Rope: Mountains, Marriage, and Motherhood by Jan Redford (Random House Canada): Redford’s memoir examines the ups and downs of being a mountain climber, a mother and a romantic partner—most heartbreakingly, after her boyfriend dies in an avalanche. She lives in Squamish, often called the outdoor recreation capital of Canada, where she spends her time climbing, hiking, mountain biking and skiing.
My Family Travel Map: North America (Lonely Planet Kids): Parents know there’s nothing more irritating than a bored brood in the backseat. Banish boredom with this giant foldout map of the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. The colourful map can be personalized with more than 180 stickers indicating everything from cool creatures to wild weather. Then flip it over to learn fun facts about North America.
The Wickaninnish Cookbook: Rustic Elegance on Nature’s Edge (Appetite by Random House): Anyone lucky enough to stay at the Wickaninnish Inn on Vancouver Island has fond memories of the inn’s rustic restaurant. This new cookbook is the next-best thing to a return visit. Filled with contributions from current and former chefs, it overflows with recipes that highlight innovative West Coast cuisine.