Historical parks and crosswords

Two new books from Harbour Publishing are reviewed

A history of the parks

British Columbia’s Magnificent Parks: The First 100 Years

Author: James D. Anderson

Hardcover 264 pages

Colour plates

Harbour Publishing Co. Ltd.

 

Visionaries before us have given us a legacy that is both irreplaceable and incredibly beautiful.

British Columbia is known for it’s amazing scenery, varied landscapes and wild places and this book chronicles a journey of a 100 years. In 2010 British Columbia had 989 parks, recreation areas, conservancies and ecological reserves encompassing 13,142,741 hectares scattered from the northern most regions to Vancouver Island. These include over 100 marine parks which extend along the entire coast of British Columbia giving immense value to the dreams of the early park elders.

James Anderson takes the reader on a epic journey of historical proportions outlining the origins, development, growth and future of our parks and protected places.

The numerous colour plates accent the words and give understanding to why these places were chosen for preservation from the pressures and demands of modern day development.

The book is much more than a coffee table book, it is a historical look of how and why our parks came to be, punctuated by the people who made them possible.

For the history buff or the casual browser, this book will entice both.

Author James Anderson was one of the first professional who specialized in parks planning and worked for over 30 years with the government.

 

O Canada Crosswords

232 pages

Paperback

Author: Gwen Sjogren

Nightwood Editions through Harbour Publishing

 

Crossword puzzle lovers will want this book of 100 puzzles geared to Canadians.

Test your knowledge of all things Canadian from inventors to Olympic athletes.

This is the sixth in a series of 12 created by Gwen Sjogren. She combines her love of puns with popular culture and marries both to word play.

Crossword puzzles enthusiasts can test their knowledge of Canadiana and come away with a smattering of new found trivia, as well as enjoy the challenge of the puzzles.

This best selling book features daily and weekend-sized puzzles to keep the brain sharp and focused. Puzzles with names such as Shape Up!, Ice Queens, Famous Canadian Animals and Bands of Gold will keep you fully engaged for weeks on end.