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COVID 19 Banff

Riding out Covid 19 in Banff is no different to doing so anywhere else in the world. But there is a big difference for the town itself. As a tourist resort that attracts millions of visitors annually, most of the residents rely on the tourism industry for an income,...

Million Mile Kids

Between my work as a travel writer, family vacations, and trips home to Australia, I had assumed a few years back that by the time our two children graduated high school they would be "million milers" through the Air Canada Million Mile Program, which gives those that...

New Moon Edition, 2019

As the proud new owners of a mapping company (gemtrek.com), 2018 was very busy for us. But sales of Moon Atlantic Canada had been very strong over the last year, so I was asked to write an update for spring 2019 publication. It was mostly updating prices and keep...

History of Moon Guidebooks

For over four decades, Moon guidebooks have been trusted companions for independent travelers the world over. But the books have evolved greatly–beginning with photocopied notes sold at Australian hippy markets to slick, full colour books distributed worldwide. One...

Key West Book

Key West Travel had been purchasing my Canadian Rockies coffeetable book for each of their guests for many years and approached me about developing a custom book. The end result is a smaller trim size, and a selection of images specifically designed to showcase the...

Lake Louise History Book

I've been researching and writing a book on the history of Lake Louise for the past couple of years. Much has been written about the beauty of Lake Louise, but no one has to this point published a book devoted to local history. Much has been written about the Fairmont...

100 Books

I may have missed one or two, but Images of Banff, which was published this spring, is the 100th book I have authored, coauthored, or contributed to. (In this case I took the photos and wrote the text). There is a movement toward smaller soft cover coffeetable books,...

Gem Trek Maps

For their detail, accuracy, and unique waterproof characteristics, I've been a long-time fan of Gem Trek Maps. Through Summerthought Publishing, we've kept in contact with the company founders, Donna and Roger Nelson, for many years - and at one point we said "call us...

Lake O’Hara Information Boards

I’m lucky that Lake O’Hara, arguably one of the world’s finest hiking destinations, is just one hour’s drive from my home. I head up to the region at least a couple of times a year, but in the last two years have spent more time there working for a client who...

New Moon Editions, 2017

Two trips out east in 2016 were dedicated to a new edition of Moon Atlantic Canada. I finally had the time to drive the new Trans-Labrador Highway from end to end, but also spent considerable time in all four capital cities and resort areas such as Cavendish and...

Banff Wolf Encounter

I'm not a wildlife photographer. I leave that to experts such as Wayne Lynch and John Marriott. But the amount of time I spend in the Canadian Rockies has allowed me many wildlife experiences. Most of these are memorable for the sheer exhilaration of seeing...

New Moon Editions, 2016

It seemed that there were more changes than usual in the Canadian Rockies since the 2013 edition of Moon Canadian Rockies - new cafes and restaurants, changes to the way campground reservations are made, and more. But the region is also much busier than it's been in...

First Guidebook for Canada

A few years ago, I became interested in finding a copy of the first guidebook written to Canada, and reading firsthand what the author had written about my hometown of Banff, which was a popular tourist destination along the Canadian Pacific Railway as early as the...

New Moon Editions, 2015

A spring 2014 trip through Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Newfoundland kicked off the research for new editions of my Atlantic Canada and Nova Scotia books, followed by a family trip to Prince Edward Island in July. After many years of having a blue band with the...

New Moon Editions, 2014

With an early September 2013 due date for manuscripts, I travelled extensively throughout last year for new editions of my Moon guidebooks to British Columbia, starting with a trip to Vancouver in March and wrapping up with a mid-summer family camping adventure...

Skyhorse in Banff

One of the joys of travel is the people you meet on the road, but living in Banff affords us the opportunity to meet interesting people who are visiting our town. Which was the case recently when I struck a conversation downtown with a couple from Florida, Hani and...

New Moon Editions, 2013

Sales of all my Moon books have increased over the last few years, including the Canadian Rockies. I'd like to think it has to do with how much work I put in to ensuring they have the very best information available, but it probably also has to do with the demise of...

Moon Alberta Discontinued

The Alberta Handbook, published in 1995, was the first guidebook I authored, and 17 years later my publisher recently advised me that they would not be publishing any further editions. Alberta is booming, it's Canada's wealthiest province, and it welcomes over 30...

New Moon Editions, 2012

Researching new editions of Moon Atlantic Canada and Moon Nova Scotia last summer was a family affair, with two trips to the Atlantic provinces with kids in tow. I doubled up on a solo Newfoundland and Labrador trip last June, researching the Moon guidebook and also...

2013 Canadian Rockies Calendar

As is standard practice in the calendar industry, it may be early 2012, but I'm proud to announce that my 2013 Reflections of the Canadian Rockies calendar is on sale at retailers throughout the Canadian Rockies. With our designer Linda Petras, we chose  a selection...

Frommer’s Newfoundland

The 1st edition of Frommer's Newfoundland and Labrador was published in 2004. Frommer's approached me to write an update, but the assignment ended up as a complete rewrite, and the 2nd edition was published in my name for the 2006 summer season. Subsequently, I...

New Moon Editions, 2011

I had a few commissions in 2010, which along with preparing the 40th anniversary edition of the Canadian Rockies Trail Guide, kept me busy work-wise. Updates for Moon British Columbia and Moon Vancouver and Victoria were both fairly straightforward. With two children...

Banff’s Urban Wildlife

Banff is well known for its resident wildlife. Over the years we've seen grizzly bears, black bears, elk, deer, coyotes, and even a moose, all passing by out home. Cougars and wolves are also present and occasionally come into town, nearly always under the cover of...

New Moon Editions, 2009

With two young children at home, rather than one extended trip to Atlantic Canada, I broke my research into two trips in 2008, and managed to cover all cities and major travel destinations through the region. The 5th edition of Moon Atlantic Canada and the 2nd edition...