Wandering around the downtown yesterday landed myself inside a rather busy Indigo bookstore. Whenever I’m in an Indigo/Chapters I have a routine route I take. I’ll wander the new releases (trade/paper/hard), move through the ‘theme’ tables, then meander upstairs the the ultra ‘no-one-would-pay-normal-price’ discounted publications. This is followed by a stop at the travel section. This particular branch of Indigo didn’t stock the infamous LP Afghanistan (I saw a copy in Riga, Latvia a few years ago) but it does have LP British Columbia/Yukon.
I remember reading somewhere quite awhile ago a lament regarding the very unflattering description given to Prince George by LP writers in a previous edition so I was curious to see the description in this latest edition. The editors, probably acting upon loads of PG hate mail, have apparently revamped the description, opting instead to focus on the rich First Nation history of the area in lieu of the detailed description the areas pulp mills.
My hometown, Mackenzie, also makes a paragraph in the book. Not surprisingly though, the majority of that paragraph is dedicated to the Mackenzie Tree Crusher.
The Tree Crusher…is…well…unique…in its own way. It is definitely a conversation piece and it probably does drag the tourists in with it’s name alone. Obviously, as a landmark (or a item in general) its not really keeping with the times…and it’s probably not really what one would like in the Lonely Planet which (love it or hate it) is the definitive independent international travel companion. No mention of the amazing easily accessible alpine of Morfee Mountain or the award winning snow of Powder King. Nope…the international image of Mackenzie is a giant machine that pushes over mature timber and grinds it into the forest floor.