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Escape to Paradise

Updated on October 22, 2012

5 fresh guides to paradise

Whether travelling by automobile, train or canoe, one day soon, Wi-Fi will blanket every inch of the planet and travellers will access a worldly, affordable cloud of information that advises on every decision of a journey. But until that day, we rely on guidebooks. Here are 5 fresh ones from five trusted sources: Well organized, well-written way-finders for exploring the coast, Canada's wild places and America's Mother Road. They make terrific gifts.

About 150 years ago, much of Canada, the world's second-largest country in area, was an unexplored wilderness. Historian Pierre Burton explains: "Three-quarters of the population lived in comparative isolation on farms," and the condition of roads "made extended travel nearly impossible." Travel on lakes and rivers was limited too, since these would be frozen for up to five months of the year.

Bill Mason, a famous canoeist, added another dimension to canoeing when he said: "A journey by canoe along ancient waterways is a good way to rediscover our lost relationship with the natural world and the Creator who put it all together so long ago." Many would heartily agree with that and canoeing has become popular in Canada as a form of recreation and a way to escape to paradise.

Although an increased use of the automobile and airplane have led to a decline in passenger travel by rail, the railroad remains the primary mode of travel to some Canadian communites in the far north. Still many people enjoy escaping the bustle of 21st-century life by boarding a comfortable train and taking in the beautiful scenery.

National Geographic's Guide to the National Parks of Canada - Greatly sought after

This is the first-ever complete guide to Canada's 42 national parks and four national marine conservation areas - and the official guidebook for the 100th anniversary of Parks Canada.

National Geographic Guide to the National Parks of Canada
National Geographic Guide to the National Parks of Canada

As with all National Geographic projects, no expense has been spared to do this up right, either. The paper is premium gloss, the 250 color photos are stunning and the writers push the travel envelope.

 

Escape to a northern paradise - For the hale and hardy

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This photo appears thanks to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Steve Amatrup and Creative Commons.Org.

Escape - North

Have you experienced the exhilarating sensation of breathing crisp, fresh mountain air? The lower temperature of the air is one explanation for this sensation. But where there are no cities nearby, mountain air can also be clearer and cleaner.

Would you like to escape to the north? Perhaps to Alaska?

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John Schreiner's BC Coastal Wine Tour Guide - Wet 'N' Juicy

The vine journo who wrote about the Okanagan wine scene before most afecionados even knew there was one brings his tastevin to the rainforest. So, heads up: Mediterranean microclimates in the Lower Mainland and on Vancouver Island have spawned some decent grape growing and an intriguing cast of determined vinters.

Okanagan Vineyard Overlooking Okanagan Valley, B.C. Canada - Take part in this great escape

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This photo appears thanks to Agne27 and Creative Commons.org.

Sunny Okanagan - I live here

We have beautiful turquoise, unpolluted lakes where swimming is encouraged and the warm beaches are inviting all summer long.

Come winter we have 3 skiing hills where you can test your abilities in powder snow or relax in the plush lounge and watch others play. These same mountain resorts offer hiking experiences during the summer months. Have a nice easy day if you like. Take a gondola ride to the top of the mountain, eat your picnic lunch and walk down. The scenery is absolutely breathtaking!

Would you like to visit the Okanagan?

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Route 66 Adventure Handbook - Pull-over paradise

The ultimate '50s America kitsch roadtrip begins in Chicago and ends 4,000 km west in L.A., following a delisted highway that was once the asphalt of choice for Depression-ara Dust Bowl refugees. Bobby Troup (who wrote the song Get Your Kicks on Route 66) and the producers of TV's Route 66.

Road Runners Retreat - Route 66 east of Amboy, CA

Abandoned gas stations on Route 66
Abandoned gas stations on Route 66

This image was originally posted to Flickr by Sideshow Bruce at http://flickr.com/photos/19752067@N00/4579764500 licensed under the terms of the cc-by-2.0.

Is paradise to the south?

Fed up with the cold winter and want to go somewhere just a bit warmer? Why not try Route 66?

I have not posted a very nice picture here but believe me, there are a lot of really pretty spots on that highway and an abundance of history.

Are you a history buff and like a quiet drive on a not-too-busy road?

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Country Roads of Western B.C. - Off-ramp to awesome paradise

From the Fraser Valley to the Islands. Turn off the GPS lady and crack open Liz Bryan's third book on freewheeling scenic routes.

Country Roads of Western BC: From the Fraser Valley to the Islands
Country Roads of Western BC: From the Fraser Valley to the Islands

It is fair to say the the author is a weft-coast expert. Prepare to be led landmark by landmark through western B.C.'s most beautiful vistas.

 

Fraser Canyon Road - British Columbia, Canada

Fraser Canyon
Fraser Canyon

This work has been released into the public domain by its author, Skookum1 at the wikipedia project.

The mountains in the Fraser Canyon loom far above the road as seen in this photo.

Ahh, the mountains - Blue?

The mountains do appear blue at certain times of the day. No doubt you'll see deer but you may see moose, bear, coyotes, racoons and even rabbits. What an adventure you can have!

Would you like to escape to the mountains?

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52 Best Day Trips from Vancouver - In-range romps

Long-time Georgia Straight outdoor columnist Jack Christie has updated his eminently handy, regional hike, bike, and picnic guide with new maps and dog-friendly park details.

52 Best Day Trips from Vancouver
52 Best Day Trips from Vancouver

The book is full of places many Lotuslanders have heard about and want to visit but have never got around to exploring, including Burns Bog, Colony Farm Regional Park and Reifel Island. Now there is no excuse.

 

Another mountain - But a village

What a beautiful village, Whistler. The flowers bloom riotously in the summertime. The hills are blanketed with huge patches of yellow, blue, red, purple and the many other colors of alpine blossoms. It is lovely! A photographers paradise.

I probably don't need to tell you what takes place there in the winter. Well, last year the Winter Olympics were held there. So pretty much everything one wishes to do whether skiing, snowboarding, skating, sledding is there for the doing. Take your pick.

Would you like to escape to Whistler?

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Whistler Village, Whistler, British Columbia, Canada - Home of the 2010 Winter Olympics

Whistler Village
Whistler Village

This photo appears thanks to Philippe Giabbanelli and Creative Commons.org.

Do you want to get away but don't know where to go or what to do? These guidebooks will help you find a paradise to escape to in the near future and also to prepare for it.

~ Perhaps a Canadian paradise in the summer and a more southerly route (66) this winter.

Happy travelling!

LaraineRose

Traveller's Comments - When/where are you going?

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      julieannbrady 4 years ago

      Well, all things considered, I am now ready for my escape to Paradise!

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      makemoneyonline5 4 years ago

      Would love to see all these places. Wonderful lens, thank you so much for sharing.:)

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      Laraine Sims 4 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @LornsA178: I think so. I feel so blessed to live in an area surrounded by such beauty!

      Thank you so much for visiting!

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      Laraine Sims 4 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @RuralFloridaLiving: You're welcome!

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      Laraine Sims 4 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @sukkran trichy: I hope that you have a chance to visit some of these places some day!

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      LornsA178 4 years ago

      Best places to visit, they are so beautiful.

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      RuralFloridaLiving 5 years ago

      Lovely tour! Thanks.

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      sukkran trichy 5 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      lovely virtual tour. enjoyed my visit. particularly the pictures are amazing.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @OrganicMom247: Thank you for visiting.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @anonymous: I hope that you do. We have some beautiful scenery and you can't beat the hospitality of Canadians.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @TheDeeperWell: You will be meeting a lot of travelers, I imagine. I hope that your circumstances improve and you can start to travel. In the meantime, Squidoo is a good place to travel.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @SayGuddaycom: Thank you. You are so kind!

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      OrganicMom247 5 years ago

      Wonderful travel destinations.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I've never been to Canada, but hope to make it one day.

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      TheDeeperWell 5 years ago

      I live in a place where a lot people escape to already, at the entrance to Sequoia National Park. And I have a private guest cottage that I have run as a bed and breakfast for 26 years. I wish I could travel more, B.C. is a place I would love to visit...but I am limited in funds these days and need to stay home to run the business...so I "travel" on squidoo sometimes.

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      SayGuddaycom 5 years ago

      This is one of my favorite lenses.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @julieannbrady: Now, why did I think you lived in London? Of course, there is a London in the US too. Perhaps that's it! Florida has been having it's share of bad weather I hear. Our weather to the North is finally turning warmer. Yeah!

      Thank you for your visit, Julie!

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @orange3 lm: Well, spring is here at last. A busy time of year for most. I'll need to go somewhere soon for a rest. Thank you for your visit.

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      julieannbrady 5 years ago

      Isn't it most curious that people will admit that they would love to escape to someplace other than where they are at? For the most part, living in Ohio and experiencing those winters, I longed for warmer weather. I escaped to Florida and embrace it for all that it offers ... even when it is so hot and humid in the summer! But I wouldn't mind a cool respite somewhere else for a visit.

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      orange3 lm 5 years ago

      Beautiful photos! Thanks for a temporary escape until I can get there again :)

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @anonymous: Thank you for visiting, raphaelo. A lot of places to escape to here.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Love to escape to any places with you.. dear beautiful lady.. So I'll call that as "Paradise" :) I love this lens and very proud to be here. Have wonderful times.. always.. my dear friend :D

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @Rangoon House: 'Tis indeed! Thank you for visiting here.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @rob-hemphill: Yes, wine, lovely scenery and relaxation all are associated with paradise. Thank you for your comment and liking my lens.

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      AJ 5 years ago from Australia

      Tis a wonderful place to visit.

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      Rob Hemphill 5 years ago from Ireland

      As a keen wine person, I like the way you use bunches of grapes as your title image associated with paradise - I can identify with that!

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      Rob Hemphill 5 years ago from Ireland

      I'm glad you enjoyed my St Patricks Day of Irish Craic (Irish word for having fun) lens. Your Irish logic saying was amusing, thanks again.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @OzGirl LM: I hope that you will be able to visit some of the places I have recommended some day. There are so many beautiful places that sometimes it is hard to choose.

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      OzGirl LM 5 years ago

      Wonderful lens. Enjoyed my "trip" here. Ignites my desire to plan a new road trip!

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @SayGuddaycom: Thank you for the visit. I hope that you will visit the Okanagan some day. It truly is a great destination!

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      SayGuddaycom 5 years ago

      Great destinations!

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @Sylvestermouse: You can't beat the Okanagan in the summer and there are a lot of hotels. It is a tourist area.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 5 years ago from United States

      I love to travel and these all look like great destinations. I think I love any place that is a back to nature experience, as long as I get to stay in a hotel to sleep :)

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @goo2eyes lm: It is beautiful here in the springtime. The orchards blanket the valleys with white and pink blossoms. Gorgeous! I hope that you get to see it some day. It is a lovely time to visit us.

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      goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

      i experienced canadian summer, fall and winter. your country is so beautiful. i bet springtime is also an unforgettable experience.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @Johanna Eisler: Next time you're in Canada .. drop by. We'll have the welcome mat out.

      Thank you for your visit here ... I'll be dropping by soon.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @Johanna Eisler: Thank you for the visit, Joie. Hope to see you here in 2012.

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      Johanna Eisler 5 years ago

      I've been to Canada several times and look forward to many more visits. But I'd also like to travel south; I've never been to Mexico, although I have friends and relatives who live there. Nice lens - thank you!

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @wlaudio: I hope that you succeed - summer weather is sunny and warm so the beaches are a grand place to be or if you enjoy winter sports, we have three ski resorts available. See you here in 2012.

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      wlaudio 5 years ago

      Beautiful! I hope to visit this majestic place in 2012.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @cdcraftee: Thank you for visiting. May you get rich and famous quickly. I'll be watching for you and if you have the power, send some of that heat our way.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @TheLastResort LM: Not totally untouched but yes, it is still beautiful. Thank you for the comment and 'Like."

      I'll be to visit your lenses.

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      TheLastResort LM 5 years ago

      I would like to 'get away from it all' and travel to Alaska, which I understand to be one of the last few areas untouched by man.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @LisaAuch1: Thank you Lisa. I appreciate your visit and will return your visit soon.

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      Lisa Auch 5 years ago from Scotland

      How beautiful and idyllic!

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @WillBorden: Hi Will,

      It's good to see you here. Thanks for your support.

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      Christine Larsen 5 years ago from South Australia

      Ah-h-h Laraine,

      What a beautiful neck of the woods you share with us. In my heart and soul I visit, but the body will have to wait until Squidoo makes me rich and famous! Uh-oh!

      Gorgeous lens - especially as we face a hot Summer here in Oz, any day now.

      Christine

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      WillBorden 5 years ago

      Hi Laraine,

      Some enlightening food for thought on planning an exciting holiday in either Canada or the United States! A colorful, upbeat, enjoyable and informative lens- definitely your trademark!! Thanks for doing this- love it!!

      Will