A blog post called Hiking Around New Brunswick has been posted on my blog. Sarah wrote me an e-mail this summer asking about what trails they should try to see on their planned hiking trip from Saint John, to Fredericton, to Miramichi, to the Moncton area and beyond. The blog post is part of my original response including some maps, and a copy of her e-mail outlining the trip when they were finished.
A blog post called From Hiking to Snowshoeing has been posted on my blog. It is a list of my recommendations for trail in the province that would make good snowshoeing trails. It also includes some other miscellaneous advice on what to consider before heading out.
A blog post has been posted for my recent evening trip to the peak of Sugarloaf Mountain at Sugarloaf Provincial Park inCampbellton (Appalachian Mountain Range Region). It was a clear, starry night. The moon was out, the wind was cold and the view was well worth the climb.
The trail map and quick facts have been uploaded for the following waterfall trails in the Lower Saint John River Valley Region:
The trail photos and trail description for the Millbank Nature Trails in Miramichi City, and blog post describing our 3 year search for Elephant Rock, have been uploaded (Miramichi River Valley Region).
The trail map and quick facts have been uploaded for the following trails in or around Village of Port Elgin:
The trail map and quick facts have been uploaded for the following trails at Cape Jourimain Wildlife Area:
The trail map and quick facts have been uploaded for the Red-winged Blackbird Trail in Baie Verte.
The trail map and quick facts have been uploaded for the following trails in the Village of Cap-Pelť:
The trail map and quick facts have been uploaded for the following trails in the Town of Shediac:
The trail map and quick facts have been uploaded for the first 4 km of the Dobson Trail.
Hiking NB has been busy in the month of April exploring separate corners of the province, from Cape Jourimain to Edmundston. I even had a chance to do 4 km of the Dobson Trail in Riverview. Go to our blog for posts about our adventures or see the TrailLog for trail specific links to the blog.
It is about time that we started telling the stories of our adventures while making this site. It is a rare hike that we return from without a story to tell. You will find these stories on our new blog.
Every time I have been to a bookstore with someone in the past few years I have mentioned how much I would like to have a copy of A Guide to Waterfalls in New Brunswick, hoping that someone would buy it for me as a gift. I never did receive the book as a gift, which makes me believe I was being too subtle in my suggestions. Many times I enjoyed looking through the beautiful photos of waterfalls. I longed to read about each of them in more detail, but never had time because we had to rush off to the next store, usually to a store with more toys.
I received a copy of the new digital version of the guide about a month ago. I still love to scroll through the many pictures of the different falls and dream about what different pictures I would take if given the chance to visit, but now I can read the details about each of the falls. They include how to get there (including maps) and what to expect when you get there. There are also many interesting details about the history and geology of each of the falls.
The bookís foreword was written by Marianne Eiselt and H. A. Eiselt, the writers of the popular book A Hiking Guide to New Brunswick. The introduction has many sections with interesting and important information. They include the geology of the province and the different falls, the history of the names of some of the waterfalls, the seasonal changes you can expect with waterfalls, what to bring on your waterfall explorations, photography tips, safety tips and a how-to section on how to use the guide.
The guide is by far the most definitive guide to waterfalls in the New Brunswick!
If you donít already have the guidebook, and canít wait any longer for someone to buy it for you as a gift, Goose Lane is offering a 20% discount on both the electronic and paperback version of the guide until April 15. The individual sections by region cost between $3 and $4. You can download the introduction for free, which makes for an interesting read on its own. To buy the guide or any of its parts go to Goose Lane - Guidebooks.
My sister gave me a copy of the Second Edition of A Hiking Guide to New Brunswick back in 2002 during our hiking trip to Campobello Island. She would no longer need it because she was planning on moving to the UK. On the trail list at the front of the book she had checked off with a pencil the trails she had hiked. I continued the tradition over the next several years and marked off many more trails. I bought the third edition of the guide book when it came out in 2007 and have since read through it several times. I read about trails I was planning to hike, carried it with me in my pack for reference, and always went back to read about trails after I hiked them. Both copies are well worn but still intact.
After creating my hiking website I started to wonder if and when a new trail guide would be coming out. To my surprise I received an e-mail from Goose Lane Publishing in January telling me about the new electronic version of the hiking guide that was being released in March. I knew I had to get my hands on a copy. I received a copy a couple of weeks ago and have been once again reading through the guide, but this time on my iPad. I donít think I will be taking my iPad hiking with me but I will definitely be putting a copy on my fiancťís iPhone.
The digital version of the guide has several benefits over the paperback copy. My favorite is that the pictures are now in color. In my opinion the small black and white pictures didnít do justice to the beauty of the trails. The e-book is in pdf format so you can now do a search for a keyword or trail. This makes it easier to find what you are looking for. There is no link directly from the index and map to the corresponding sections but this is a minor inconvenience with the search functionality. Hopefully this is something that will be added in future editions. You can now buy smaller sections (mostly by region and for Fundy Park) of the guide book if you are only interested in a specific area.
If you donít already have the guidebook and are interested in buying a copy, Goose Lane is offering a 20% discount on both the electronic and paperback version of the guide until April 15. The individual sections cost between $3 and $4. You can download the introduction for free, which makes for an interesting read on its own. To buy the guide or any of its part go to Goose Lane Guidebooks.
I am reading the Waterfalls of New Brunswick guidebook now and hope to do a review of it sometime before next weekend.
Goose Lane Editions, the publishers of the "Hiking Trails of New Brunswick" and "Waterfalls of New Brunswick" books, are putting out electronic versions of their guide books. To promote the release they are offering a 20% discount on all hiking books (physical and electronic) from March 15 to April 15.
I have worn out several of these guidebooks in my travels and hope to do a review of the electronic versions in the coming months.
If you need a guidebook to take with you on your adventures this summer, or just enjoy reading about trails like I do, then check out the link below. If you know of anyone else who might be interested in the guidebooks feel free to share this post.
For more information go to Goose Lane Editions - Guide Books.
A crew has been working for the last few weeks at Bouctouche Dunes to remove the pillars and remaining portions of the boardwalk that were damaged in 2010. There are no plans at this time to rebuild that section of the boardwalk.
A map has been added showing the trail head for the trail up Moose Mountain (Moose Mountain Trail) near Bath , along with directions and a description of what I know about the mountain. I haven't hiked it yet myself but its high on my to-do list. Thanks to eveyone who provided me with information on the mountain. (Upper Saint John River Valley Region)
Note: I started using Google Analytics in 2013 for my webstats. It filters out a lot of invalid web traffic that are not actual people. I left the original post numbers and included the rough adjusted numbers for comparison below.
2012 Hiking NB Statistics:
Thanks to everyone who has had an interest in the website, and to everyone who has supported Hiking NBís development. I hope you have many chances to get out hiking in 2013.
Happy New Year!
If you see any mistakes or broken links or if you have any information about trails please contact me at James Donald. I also welcome any feedback about the website or ideas on how I might make it better.