A Beginner’s Guide to Snowshoeing in the Canadian Rockies by Andrew Nugara, is his second book on the topic. The format is the same: introductory material on how-to and equipment followed by a guide to easy snowshoe trails ranging from Waterton N.P. to the north end of Banff N.P. The majority of trails and routes are in Kananaskis Country. Missing are routes along that part of Hwy. 40 that is closed on December 1, but which in November offer great snowshoeing to places like Ptarmigan Cirque, Rae Glacier, Running Rain Lake and Mount Lipsett. I guess we’ll keep them a secret. But no fear, you’ll find all your popular favorites in this book: Chester Lake, Rummel Lake, Rawson Lake etc. and most of the official K Country snowshoe trails. I was happy to see Cox Hill included — probably the hardest trail in the book. At the other extreme, Andrew describes a whole host of mini routes suitable for people with young families putting on snowshoes for the very first time. These he identifies by the highway number and letters A-H.
Because this book came after his first one, there are some duplicates. Readers may find it confusing that the same trails rated easy in the first book, are rated intermediate and advanced in this book. While Andrew has done his usual fine job of writing and finding photos, I think it is now time to rethink the books, even re-title them. There should be one trail classification system: novice, beginner, intermediate & advanced. The novice and beginner trails should be in one volume titled Easy Snowshoe Trails in the Canadian Rockies. This would allow Andrew to add in more intermediate and advanced routes in the other volume,which is his forte.