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Roots & Folks

ACTIVE imaginations and few props have been the backbone of many a game in Atlantic Canada.

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Sir Samuel Cunard, a Halifax-born entrepreneur who “dreamed of an ocean railway.”

Sir Samuel Cunard of Halifax

“My Lords, ladies, and gentlemen; welcome to this voyage of the Queen Mary 2. And it is a voyage, not a cruise. The Queen Mary 2 is an ocean liner, not a...
Sometimes, tea was improved with a little “medicine” to ward off the chill.

Nebooktook (in the woods)

It’s titled Nebooktook (a Mi’kmaq word meaning “in the woods”) and this heavily illustrated work is Nova Scotia best-selling author Mike Parker’s 17th book in 29...
Bryan Dyck and Shannon Jones stand in their garden at Broadfork Farm, near Joggins, NS.

Old values define a modern philosophy

It’s October and the woods are in full colour. After crossing the New Brunswick-Nova Scotia border, I’ve been driving back roads—roughly following tidal...
Braganza and Harold Killam test the new door.

Restoring Cofan Cabin

Our morning commute is a 20-minute paddle across Sand Beach Lake from our camp on the pine esker overlooking the Shelburne River’s Jim Charles Meadow. It’s early...
Sisters Betty Weston (l) and Freda Kennie (r) recall a magical childhood on Grindstone Island.

The lightkeeper’s daughters

Grindstone Island. Named for the sandstone once quarried from its cliffs and reefs, this tiny Bay of Fundy island marks the spot where the salty waters of...
Once the tea is steeped, the time for leisure is at hand.

North woods elixir

Crouching low, I touched the lit match to the ragged white bark stripped off a birch earlier for just this purpose and watched as the flames licked upward...