Canadian RVing December 2016 – Surprising Saskatchewan (Part 1)
In 2016 our annual RV trip took Dale and I to the province of Saskatchewan which genuinely surprised us with the many things to see and do there. The place is definitely not flat! Click here to download a pdf copy.
Canadian RVing January 2017 – Surprising Saskatchewan (Part 2)
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Outdoor Adventures in Halifax
Here’s the description of my latest book, published in June 2016, as it appears on the publisher’s website.
Dale Dunlop’s long-established bestseller, Exploring Nova Scotia, is a bible for people who like to get out and explore. In this new book Dale and his co-adventurer, Ryan Barry, focus on adventures within easy day-tripping distance of the city centre — and sometimes right in the city itself. From hikes across the Barrens to Polly’s Cove with views of Peggy’s Cove few have seen, to mountain biking a beautiful series of trails at Spider Lake, Haligonians and visitors alike will be amazed at how much there is to discover near at hand. Included is a new spot to cross-country ski with a chance to ice fish at the end of the trail at Jerry Lawrence Park, and a kayak route through wilderness areas to see stunning vistas of the Atlantic coast at Shut-In Island.
Dale Dunlop and Ryan Barry offer the inside scoop along with detailed information about how to find each location, stunning full-colour photography and tips about what to bring with you. Also included are GPS co-ordinates, cell phone coverage details and easy to understand graphics indicating level of difficulty and type of adventure. To order a copy, please visit this link.
Exploring Nova Scotia
My travel writing career began with the publication of Exploring Nova Scotia in 1995, the most comprehensive guide to Nova Scotia that has ever been compiled. My wife Alison Scott and I worked on it for several years before the first edition was ready to go to print. Over the next fifteen years new editions were added on a regular basis until the 6th edition which is the most recent. Click here to buy a copy.
The Nova Scotia Colour Guide, 7th Edition
This is small pocket guide to Nova Scotia that is one of a series of Colour Guides on various Canadian destinations. I wrote the chapters on Hiking, Cycling and Golf. Click here to buy a copy.
The Tent Dwellers
I was fortunate enough to be asked to be part of a centennial recreation of the trip first described in this iconic outdoors tale. Nimbus put out a special edition and asked me to write the introduction. Hope to eventually get details of the trip up under Explorations. Click here to buy a copy.
Sable Island – Online Medical Post
In 2011 I joined other Explorer’s Club members for a trip to Sable Island on the first day it was declared a National Park Reserve. It was an unbelievably gorgeous day and fellow club member Dr. George Burden and I co-wrote this piece for the Sable Island – Online Medical Post.
Saint John Telegraph
Lest the reader believe I only write about Atlantic Canada here are a couple of stories I did for the Saint John Telegraph. The first is about an unplanned visit to the tiny country of Andorra. Click here for the photo gallery. and the second is about one of the best and easiest kayaking destinations in the world – the Great Calusa Blueway in Lee County Florida. Anytime you can include your 80+ mother-in-law in a story is a bonus.
Saltscapes Magazine is to Atlantic Canada what Harrowsmith once was for Ontario, a publication that has attained iconic status by printing stories about what makes life in Atlantic Canada so compelling and romantic not only to those who live there, but the hundreds of thousands who have had no choice but to go down the road. Jim and Linda Gourlay run a great operation and are a treat to write for. Here are links to some of my favourite stories.
The bluefin tuna is the largest of the tuna family and the largest of the large are found in Maritime waters. Here’s a story that tells you how to enjoy bluefin tuna without killing them.
Even before Cabot Links Cape Breton was a golfer’s paradise.
Speaking of golf, what’s more fun to do as a couple than to play some golf and then relax at a great inn over a good meal and a nice bottle(s) of wine. View the photos here.
Cycling is the one recreation that doesn’t seem to get that much tougher as I get older. Long after my running days are over I expect to be cycling in places like the Confederation Trail on the Gentle Island.
Maine is a place I like to get to as much as possible. It has all the attributes of a fifth Atlantic province with L.L. Bean’s thrown in. Here’s a story I did on the Moosehead Lake region in the fall of 2012. Here are some extra photos.
I’ve always had a soft spot for eastern PEI and this story explains part of the reason why.
In the 2014 edition I wrote this story about the world renowned Bay of Fundy.
In 2015 I stayed home and wrote about Halifax. Saltscapes Travel 2015
I’ve written two articles for 2016 : The Open Air on the Open Road – a story about Atlantic Canada’s ideal twisty coastal roads for motorcyclists, and On The Rise – Moncton’s Resurgo Place, where the past meets the future.
In 2011 my son and namesake joined me for a wickedly rough 4,000 km. journey across the Trans- Labrador Highway. There was so much to see and do that Marcia Anderson of RV Gazette agreed to run it in two parts.
The father and son RV trip proved to be so popular that we repriced it in 2012, this time spending a week exploring Nova Scotia’s seldom visited Eastern Shore. Once again Marcia ran it in two parts. Here is a link to the photos.
January, 2016 Canadian RVing
For 2015 we visited La Belle Province and for the January 2016 issue scored this cover shot. That’s Dale Jr. just across the Ottawa River from the Houses of Parliament. Here’s a link to the story on Outoaouis. The second part of the story featured the Cantons de L’Est. Here’s the link. RV Gazette story on Quebec Part 2
Cross Country Skier
I love cross-country skiing and I love Gros Morne so when I got a chance to combine them in a story for Cross Country Skier magazine I jumped at the chance.
2013 marked the 300th anniversary of the founding of Louisbourg. I was asked by Up! Magazine to write a short piece. Here’s a link to the July 2013 edition. My piece is on page 27.
Travel World International
One January we had a great experience at the Gasparilla Inn in Boca Grande, Florida and wrote about it for Travel World International. Check out the story starting on page 58. Here is a link to the photo gallery.
In September 2016 my story on the Cherohala Skyway appeared in the fall edition of Travel World International.
For the past number of years I have been a diligent contributor to Trip Advisor writing comprehensive reviews that have made me a top 1% contributor in terms of readership reviews, over 282,000 as of May, 2017.