BC Car-Free had wide distribution in the local book market at a time when book retailing still existed. It was well-recieved and staff often gave it the prime browsing locations. Well times have changed. Not only the book but most of these booksellers have gone the way of the dodo. Only Amazon has a few new and used copies left.

Support your local retail community. The following outlets are now no longer stocking BC Car-Free. Call before making a trip down to the book store to ensure the item is in stock.

Vancouver and the Lower Mainland

Downtown/West End/Yaletown

  • Chapters 7100 Robson Street at Howe 604-682-4066
  • Book Warehouse 1051 Davie Street at Thurlow 604-685-5711
  • Book Warehouse 1015 Denman Street at Nelson 604-682-5711
  • Book Warehouse 550 Granville Street at Broadway 604-683-5711
  • SmithBooks 595 Burrard Street at Bentall Centre 604-689-8231

Vancouver West Side

  • Chapters 2505 Granville Street at Broadway 604-731-7822
  • Mountain Equipment Co-op 130 West Broadway 604-872-7858
  • Taiga Works 390 West 8th Avenue at Yukon 604-875-83100
  • The Book Company 650 West 41st Avenue at Oakridge Centre 604-264-9245
  • Blackberry Books 1663 Duranleau Street at Granville Island 604-685-61100
  • Duthie Books 2239 W 4th Avenue 604-732-5344
  • Book Warehouse 632 West Broadway 604-872-5711
  • Book Warehouse 23100 West 4th Avenue 604-734-5711
  • Book Warehouse 4444 West 10th Avenue 604-221-5744

North/West Vancouver

  • SmithBooks 924 Park Royal South in West Vancouver 604-922-0033
  • Coles The Book People 935 Marine Drive at Capilano Mall in N. Van 604-985-2001
  • Coles The Book People 948 Park Royal South in West Vancouver 604-926-6216
  • The Book Company 833 Park Royal North in West Vancouver 604-922-5125
  • Indigo Books Main 1 - 1221 Lynn Valley Road North Vancouver 604-904-7970 Indigo Books Marine Drive 1025 Marine Drive North Vancouver 604-9100-6681
  • Book Warehouse 1524 Lonsdale Avenue North Vancouver 604-904-5711
  • Save-On-Foods Book Department Pemberton Plaza North Vancouver 604-986-0463

Burnaby/New Westminster

  • Chapters 4700 Kingsway at Metrotown Centre 604-431-0463
  • SmithBooks 4567 Lougheed Highway at Brentwood Mall 604-298-2825
  • Coles The Book People 9855 Austin at Lougheed Shopping Centre 604-421-0312
  • Black Bond Books Royal City Centre New Westminster 604-528-6226
  • Save-On-Foods Book Department Metrotown Centre 604-434-6880

Richmond/Delta/Tswwassen/White Rock

  • Chapters 8171 Ackroyd at Richport Town Centre 604-303-7392
  • International Travel Maps and Books 12300 Bridgeport Rd 604-273-1400
  • SmithBooks 5300 No 3 Road At Lansdown Park in Richmond 604-273-3557
  • SmithBooks 1230-6551 No 3 Road at Richmond Centre 604-273-7114
  • Black Bond Books Warehouse Outlet, 1-15562-24 Ave Surrey 604-536-4444
  • Save-On-Foods Book Department 8200 Ackroyd in Richmond 604-278-3933


  • Chapters 100-1210-72 Ave at Strawberry Hill Centre Surrey 604-501-2877
  • Coles The Book People 10127 King George Highway Surrey 604-581-0800
  • Coles The Book People 1206 Guilford Town Centre Surrey 604-584-8044
  • Black Bond Books Guildford Town Centre Surrey 604-589-3680
  • Black Bond Books Surrey Place Mall, Surrey 604-583-1282
  • Port Moody/Coquitlam/Maple Ridge
  • Chapters 38-2991 Lougheed Highway at Pinetree Village Coquitlam 604-464-2258
  • Coles The Book People 2929 Barnet Highway at Coquitlam Centre 604-464-5815
  • Black Bond Books Haney Place Mall Maple Ridge 604-463-8624
  • Save-On-Foods Book Department at Pinetree Village Coquitlam 604-464-9101

The Fraser Valley

  • Black Bond Books Abbotsford-Westoaks 604-859-7701
  • Chapters 115-20015 Langley By-Pass Langley 604-514-8663
  • Coles The Book People 19705 Fraser Highway Langley 604-530-2244
  • Black Bond Books Warehouse Outlet City Crossroads, Langley 604-533-7577

Though not exhaustive this list will get you started. BC Car-Free is available in Victoria and Seattle too. Details coming soon.

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Rogue waves occur when the crests of individual waves from different wave-trains momentarily coincide. Hokusai's famous Tsunami, pictured here, is actually not a rogue wave at all.

Backpackers following the intertidal shelf should be aware of something known as "rogue waves". Unless seismic in origin, waves are usually created by the transferance of energy from wind to water. Three factors, wind speed, duration and fetch or the distance which a wind can blow, unimpeded, contribute to wave size. The energy moves wave-like through the water, displacing that water but not in fact transporting it. In other words the energy moves but the water doesn't.

Long wave-trains, waves marching in succession, can travel over great distances across the water. At any given time the waves from several wave-trains from disparate origins may come crashing on any particular beach. Rogue waves occur when the crests of individual waves from different wave-trains momentarily coincide. In short rogue waves occur when two or more waves displace the same water at the same time. When two wave crests come together they create a bigger than average wave. When a crest and trough coincide the result is a smaller than average wave.

Rogue waves occur when the crests of individual waves from different wave-trains momentarily coincide. Statistically the coincidence of two waves doubling up is thought to occur as frequently as one in 23 normal-sized waves. Certainly often enough to warrant caution whenever mucking about at the very edge of rocky shelves. When walking along the edge of metre high surf the margin of safety will rapidly disappear whenever a two metre wave hits the beach. Backpacker and knapsack may very well disappear as well if three crests overlap. Fortunately triple-sized waves are predicted to occur only once out of 1, 175 while four crests meeting simultaneously is as rare as one in three hundred thousand.

A further dynamic, not fully understood yet, occurs when coinciding waves are further pumped up by ocean currents. Though not a frequent occurrence off the B.C. coast, waves on steroids have been measured as high as a 10-story building from crest to trough. Coinciding troughs are known to create momentary liquid black holes from which an unlucky freighter or tanker would be unlikely to reappear. Every year a handful of cargo ships vanish from the oceans of the earth. At least a few of these are thought to have fallen prey to rogue waves.

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