Canada’s best travel guides and travel books

When traveling to another country it is best to prepare. There is no better way to do that than buying old school travel guides. Not only will they help you visit the best highlights, it also helps you in staying safe and prepared.

There are lots of fellow tourists, things work differently than what we are used to and there is an immense number of different activities to choose from. With  too many options availabe, you will have to make choices. We highly recommend properly planning your visit to Canada. The travel books and travel guides in this post are here to help you on your way. We have hand picked all of these books!

We are a big fan of Lonely Planet! We use Lonely Planet Travel Guides for basically every destination that we visit. This Lonely Planet Best of Canada is a smaller edition and is purely focused on the most popular and best parts of Canada. The book comes with full colour maps, highlights, itineraries and what we like the most about the entire Lonely Planet series: reviews for eating, drinking, hidden gems and going out. All Lonely Planet books from the Pocket series are easy-to-use and full of tips. These books are small enough to handle with ease but big enough to contain all the essential tips and tricks for your perfect trip to Canada.

If you need a bit more than just the ‘Best of’ edition, you can also go for the traditional Lonely Planet guide. This book comes with the colour maps, highlights and itineraries that we are used to from our favourite travel book brand. What is especially useful about Lonely Planet are the reviews for different budgets. The book covers all major destinations in Canada.

Lots of tourists in Canada stay on the East Coast. This books covers exactly that area. We always like books from Moon as they cover all the essentials of the modern day traveler. 

Moon Atlantic Canada comes with multiple recommended itineraries and both indoor and outdoor experiences. Like all Moon books, you can rely on local expertise to guide you through these unknown lands.

Whether you want to hike along exhilarating trails beneath snowy peaks, paddle a canoe on backcountry rivers or head to the Arctic for the greatest light show on earth, your DK Eyewitness travel guide makes sure you experience all that Canada has to offer.

Unimaginably large, Canada’s untamed wilderness is comprised of shimmering glaciers, dramatic ocean vistas, and forests of fiery maple trees. Canadian cities also offers plenty to explore, from the dynamic buzz of Vancouver to the gleaming skyscrapers of Toronto.

Fodor has multiple travel books and guides for Canada. Instead of making just one big Canadian travel guide, Fodor decided to focus on making regional travel books. The result is amazing as Fodor now has highly detailed travel books for each part of the country. This book focuses on Atlantic Canada.

The book comes with a handy pull out map with top attractions that you can’t miss. Most importantly, the book has indispensable planning tools such as major attractions, top itineraries and dining recommendations. Fodor’s local writers vet every recommendation to ensure that you not only make the most of your time, but that you also have all the most up-to-date and essential information you need to plan the perfect trip.

By reading up on history of our travel destinations we can better understand the behaviour of those living in the places that we visit. Every place that we visit has its own unique history. Canada has a long and rich history. Although the country’s history is too extensive to cover in a single book, this book does a good job in summarizing centuries of history in an easy to read accessable book.

In all our overviews of travel guides, we include a travel book that is made for children. This Carson Crosses Canada travel book is easy to use for children and will be really entertaining for kids making the life of parents much easier, even on longer trips.  The book will help making the trip to Canada fun, easy and entertaining for you and the kids.

Over the years, more and more people started traveling and overtourism became a growing issue. Although the coronavirus pandemic has forced us to change our travel behavior for now, we believe that we will travel again and that the return of crowds is inevitable. This book helps you to Avoid Crowds and is your guide on what (not) to do when it’s busy. The book includes a special chapter on traveling during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.

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