The Northern Rockies Ecotour is a remarkable journey of discovery through the west-central Alberta including the northern part of the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks World Heritage Site. 265 photos, 22 maps and 133 Ecopoints present the regions’ rich First Nations history, exploits of early fur-traders, artists, missionaries, tourists and scientists and the ongoing interplay of people, wildlife and their inspiring mountain and foothills ecosystem. The authors draw on current research to discuss key environmental issues such as climate change and biodiversity conservation.
The reader will explore the eastern foothills along Highway (Chapter One) from near Cadomin and ending in historic Grande Cache, then travel west on the Yellowhead Highway (Chapter Two) following major rivers across the continental divide from Hinton to Valemount , British Columbia. In Chapter Three the Ecotour turns southwards from Jasper along the spectacular Icefields Parkway, ending near Lake Louise.
The Ecotour concept originated with the Canadian Forest Service in the early 1970s. The first Ecotour was in the corridor between Ottawa and North Bay, the second from Calgary to Canmore. They are all centred, as this one is, along major highway routes. The Northern Rockies Ecotour is the most recent publication of the TransCanada Ecotours program, and the Forest History Program of fRI Research.
“This book wonderfully interlaces the physical, biological and historical qualities of one of Canada's iconic regions. An entertaining but highly educational account that will captivate all who traverse the Northern Rockies be it by bike, car, train or vicariously from their living room.”
─ Nik Lopoukhine, Chair IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas
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