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In Nebooktook , Mike Parker once again pays homage to our wilderness heritage and those who, in days gone by, revelled in a life in the woods. In today's world, primitive wilderness places are more "visionary" than "actual. " The call of the loon is being…

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Hunting, fishing and woodsmanship are inscribed in North American culture. Once the survival skills of the Mi'kmaq people, they became recreational pastimes for British officers arriving in Nova Scotia in the nineteenth century. The native people became…
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Born and raised in Bear River, Nova Scotia, Mike Parker has been called Nova Scotia's Storyteller, a reference to the diversity of themes covered in his many books of popular history. The best-selling author has been researching and writing about his native…
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There is an aura that cloaks islands in mystique and stirs the imagination. Nova Scotia would be an island if not for a narrow isthmus linking Canada's second smallest province to New Brunswick. The ocean waters surrounding Nova Scotia have proportionally more…

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Lumbering in Nova Scotia has a long and storied history, dating back nearly for centuries. A rich resource and lose to world markets, lumbering has played an important role in the development of the province, employing thousands of men and woman over the years.…

Historic Dartmouth

by Mike Parker

|January 10, 1998

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Mike Parker was born in Digby County and grew up with the guiding and lumbering traditions of southwestern Nova Scotia. Early in his career, Mike acquired a keen interest in the stories and the lore of the woodsman and the wilderness. The author of numerous books…
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Gold Rush Ghost Towns of Nova Scotia tells the fascinating stories of abandoned communities, not haunted buildings and paranormal encounters, although the occasional resident spirit does make an appearance. Ghost towns generally begin as industry-based…

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The allure of the Valley is its diversity- seacoast and agricultural land; ocean basins and fresh water lakes; tidal rivers and mountain streams; marshlands and meadows, fishing ports and farming hamlets, urban towns and country villages. Historically, the…
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Unspoiled woods and waters, abundant game and legendary guides were the cornerstones upon which early tourism was built in Nova Scotia during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Many entertaining and informative accounts were written by visiting…

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'My name is Mike and I am a map addict. There, it's said.'Mike Parker, presenter of Radio 4's On the Map, celebrates the richness of all things maps in this fantastic, critically-acclaimed read.Have you ever got through an entire day without referring to some…

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When The Adventures of Tom Sawyer first appeared in 1876 it was a dismal failure, selling fewer than 24,000 copies during its first year on the market. It wasn't until Mark Twain published his masterpiece, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn that Tom Sawyer…

Map Addict

by Mike Parker

|September 17, 2009

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'My name is Mike and I am a map addict. There, it's said…' Maps not only show the world, they help it turn. On an average day, we will consult some form of map approximately a dozen times, often without even noticing: checking the A-Z, the road atlas or the Sat…