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"Rocks, Ridges, and Rivers is a first-class guidebook that is skilfully designed for a diverse audience, which showcases up-to-date scientific data in an attractive and readable manner. The illustrations alone provide much enjoyment and also clear and useful information that complements the well-written text. This is a first-class effort of which the author and publishers should be proud, and I sincerely hope that Dale and his collaborators might soon apply their skills to other areas of Canada."
"There is also an excellent ‘trip planner’ chart which gives vital information about the stops within each excursion, which trips are associated with essential or optional hiking excursions, and the distances and other constraints involved. Readers interested in gently stretching their legs with short strolls or acquiring blisters on longer treks will quickly know which of the subsequent sections best meets their needs."
"Two aspects of the Geological Experiences merit special mention. The first is a sensible hierarchy of stop locations – each core excursion is a progression of sites along or very close to the highway corridors, for which access hikes are easy and brief. But alongside this core are optional side trips, labelled ‘nearby and interesting,’ which provide diversions for those
who seek longer hikes, or have a specific interest in a given topic. This arrangement is ideal for planning a mixture of activities, especially in conjunction with the summary table and
maps in the first part of the book. The second feature that I admired was the inclusion of specific sections containing more detailed scientific information on topics of particular interest. "These are built into the more general descriptions of excursions, but they amplify concepts and information introduced in the first part of the book."
"Rocks, Ridges, and Rivers truly excels in the area of graphical illustration, and I think it provides a good model for this aspect of guidebooks. The maps and illustrative sections are all coloured, and they are clear in construction and easily legible without excessive detail. Their format is consistent and their captions are informative."
"Another notable feature of the book is its use of creative artwork in the form of many paintings that showcase the work of Heather Pant. Her colourful and at times slightly other-worldly landscapes augment the traditional photos, and are to be admired in their own right. There are many shared possibilities between geologists and artists, as both produce interpretative works that may not be true in scale or realistic in depiction, but which emphasize important things and leave a lasting impression."
The exceptional beauty of our vast western landforms is a constant enjoyment for those of us privileged to live in the High Plains. Named a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks system draws tourists from around the world to share the wonders of Lake Louise, the Kicking Horse Pass, and the Athabasca Glacier. Dale Leckie, an award-winning geologist, shares his intimate knowledge of the geology of Banff, Yoho, and Jasper National Parks in his 2017 roadside tour guide “Rocks, Ridges, and Rivers.” A finalist in the High Plains Book Awards’ Medicine and Science category, Leckie provides detailed information on where to stop and hike along the 300-mile route from Calgary to Miette Hot Springs, deep in the Jasper National Park. This small, beautifully illustrated book takes the reader far beyond a list of scenic turnouts, providing geological details of how, when and why the amazing landforms came to be. He shares with the reader, for example, how the Burgess Shale in Yoho National Park came to have fossil remains of early aquatic life forms more than 500 million years old. The book is replete with Leckie’s scientific understanding of Alberta’s fascinating geologic natural history. “Rocks, Ridges, and Rivers” would be an excellent reference guide for any adventure along the trail through the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks system. The book is presented in eight sections, beginning outside of Calgary and proceeding west. Detailed guidance on where to stop for best viewing and suggested hiking trails is provided. The depth of geological detail provided in each section can easily be skimmed for travelers less interested in the tectonic forces, sedimentary deposits and erosion that created this region’s magnificent beauty. This book masterfully blends the history and science of western Alberta’s rocks, ridges and rivers, earning its place as a finalist in this year’s High Plains Book Awards. Dianna Linder for the Billings Gazette, Aug 28, 2018
This past summer my daughter and I used Dale Leckie’s amazing book, Rocks, Ridges and Rivers: Geological Wonders of Banff, Yoho, and Jasper National Parks, as a guide while completing the Adventurous Journey of her Duke of Edinburgh’s Silver Level award. It truly is an incredible resource to so many ‘wonders’ in our Rocky Mountains! After previously traversing the Wapta Icefield on a 3 day/2 night trek, we used Dr. Leckie’s book on a separate out trip to examine current glaciation from the Athabasca Glacier through the Icefield Parkway to Moraine Lake. We were able to stop at almost every lookout and hike outlined in Chapter 5 (“Along the Ridge: The Icefield’s Parkway”) and were educated and awed by the fabulous scenery and inspired insights of the geologic processes before us. Our second day took us from Lake Louise through Banff to Bow Valley Provincial Park. Again, we followed the guide book and enjoyed so many of the lookouts and hikes, some of which, even as native Calgarians, we had never been to before! It was a special trip for us and Leckie’s book made all the difference: I highly recommend this informative work to anyone who spends time in our Rockies wondering why they look as they do!
For those struggling to understand how the Rockies were made and shaped, there is a new book available that offers a friendly introduction to local geology. Primarily a driving guide, Rocks, Ridges, and Rivers: Geological Wonders of Banff, Yoho, and Jasper National Parks is a 216-page guidebook, published by Broken Poplars, and written by Calgary geologist Dale Leckie. Launched in Calgary at Shelf-Life Books on July 26, Leckie’s book focuses on the geology of the main highways of Banff, Yoho, and Jasper: specifically, the Trans-Canada from Banff to Field and the Icefields Parkway (Hwy 93 north) from Lake Louise to Jasper. Leckie begins with the big picture, reaching back in time to explain how the Rockies developed, before moving on to the eight color-coded geological road trips, which are accompanied by full-color maps, diagrams and photographs (and some art work). Along with the geology, Leckie touches on the history, as well as the natural history, of each site. It is well written, easy-to-use, informative and jargon-free