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Vancouver & Whistler day by day

Organize your time so you can get the most out of your visit

This guidebook packs a lot of information and visuals into a purse-sized package.

For those who want to make every second count, the first section offers 13 Favourite Moments—suggestions for brief experiences, such as walking the Stanley Park seawall or viewing kites at Vanier Park.

The majority of the guidebook is presented in The Best sections, such as The Best Shopping and The Best Day Trips and Excursions. These sections cover all of the basics—food and lodging—and fun stuff, like entertainment options and neighbourhood walks.

Every single page has vivid full-colour photos. Numerous sidebars give helpful and interesting background information, such as a profile of Haida artist, Bill Reid.

Whistler gets its own section, which features winter and summer activities, nightlife and shopping, as well as such basic information as food and lodging.

Vancouver & Whistler Day by Day also has great map resources. The front cover folds out into two maps—a 1:1,000,000 scale map of the Lower Mainland, and a 1:12,500 scale street map of Central Vancouver. In addition, the back cover has a plastic pouch inside with a more detailed map—this one includes Whistler.

Like many Frommer’s guides, this one is subjective and includes a lot of personality and opinion. Luckily, the author, Matt Hannafin, seems like a relatable sort, whose recommendations and mild criticisms are justified by stated reasoning. This guidebook feels trustworthy, and is a well-organized, enjoyable resource.

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