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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 province for more than twenty years.…read more

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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 wilderness guides for these 'sports',…read more

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Bear River photographer Ralph Nelson Harris captured the village's waning days of sail and lumber through his camera lens in the early 1900s. Drawing upon hundreds of recently discovered Ralph Harris images, historian and author Mike Parker puts a newfound face to Bear River's past while…read more

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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 communities of convenience for mining but…read more

Nebooktook: In the Woods

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This title releases July 15, 2016

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Historic Lunenburg brings together a host of images celebrating Lunenburg's proud sailing heritage and its history as a centre of fishing and marine culture, as well as its people, business, rich architectural traditions, and celebrated events. From Lunenburg's beginnings as a British settlement…read more

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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 islands than anywhere else in the…read more

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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 sportsmen of that era; the most…read 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. This oral history, covering a…read more

Historic Digby

by Mike Parker|

January 11, 2000

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An exceptional collection of over 160 historical images from Digby and area reflecting the era from the late 19th century up to the Second World War.read more

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The SEARCH (Sheffield Environmental and Archaeological Research Campaign in the Hebrides) project began in 1987 and covers the Scotland’s Outer Hebrides. The aim of the project is to investigate how human societies adapted in the long-term to the isolated environment of the Outer Hebrides. The…read more

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 Nav, scanning the tube or bus map, a…read more