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A Perfect Day for a Walk - The History, Cultures, and Communities of Vancouver, on Foot

A Perfect Day for a Walk

The History, Cultures, and Communities of Vancouver, on Foot

By Bill Arnott
Categories: Photography, British Columbia, Canada, Travel
Paperback : 9781551529639, 240 pages, 2024
Expected to ship: 2024-09-10
Expected to ship: 2024-09-10


The stories of Vancouver and its communities as experienced on various strolls through the city, by bestselling BC author Bill Arnott

Vancouver, one of the world's top travel destinations, is a diverse and complex city renowned for its proximity to nature, from Stanley Park and English Bay to the forests and mountains that surround it. Much has been written of Vancouver's many nature trails and paths for dedicated hikers, but what does the city have to offer to the casual urban stroller?

Join bestselling author Bill Arnott (A Season on Vancouver Island and the Gone Viking travelogues) for a revelatory journey through Vancouver - on foot - to uncover its hidden gems and best-kept secrets. A Perfect Day for a Walk details a series of strolls through Kitsilano, Granville Island, False Creek, the West End, Coal Harbour, Yaletown, Gastown, Chinatown, the Downtown Eastside, and more, accompanied by the stories and histories that make these neighbourhoods unique. Engaging and sensory in style, this book is both an examination and a celebration of Vancouver, a city of remarkable beauty and undeniable challenges. Using only his feet and his unfailing sense of curiosity, Bill Arnott offers a fresh new perspective on Vancouver, from its glorious, incorrigible past to its spectacular, complicated present.

With black-and-white maps and photos.


A Perfect Day for a Walk breezes along like a stroll with an old friend. This perfect mix of informed history, personal anecdotes, and charm uncovers layers of Vancouver's storied neighbourhoods that will inspire you to follow Arnott's lead and set out on a walking adventure through the past, present, and future of the city. -Nick Marino, author of East Side Story: Growing Up at the PNE

Take a stroll through Bill Arnott's Vancouver, where every new turn tells a story, a piece of forgotten history, an anecdote, or a fascination, all while getting your steps in one of the most visually stunning cities in the world, where beauty and real-life struggle have been at odds for over 150 years. As a lifelong Vancouverite, I love this book. -Grant Lawrence, author of Adventures in Solitude

An entertaining and informative ramble by a veteran traveller. -Michael Kluckner, author of Surviving Vancouver

The great thing about Bill Arnott is that he doesn't just look at places with fresh eyes but takes you with him. -Jacqueline Carmichael, author of Heard Amid the Guns: True Stories from the Western Front, 1914-1918