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Dale Dunlop

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Dale Dunlop, aka The Maritime Explorer, is a native Nova Scotian and has been writing about all aspects of travel in the four Atlantic Canadian provinces for over thirty years. He is the co-author, along with his wife Alison Scott, of Exploring Nova Scotia, the most comprehensive guidebook ever written about Canada's Ocean Playground. It is a Canadian best-seller now in its sixth edition. Dale's articles featuring various locations in every Atlantic province have appeared in many publications including Saltscapes, SOAR magazine, Westjet magazine, RV Gazette, the Saint John Telegram, Edenlife and others. His latest book, Outdoor Adventures in Halifax, came out 2016 and immediately became a local bestseller.

Posts by Dale Dunlop

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  • 1
    Who would you choose as a seatmate on a cross-continential road trip?

    Without question my wife, Alison. We have in fact made a number of extensive road trips together and plan to do more in the future. After 25 years together our search for the next great adventure only gets more exciting with each new journey.

  • 2
    Have you ever been somewhere that was so bad you couldn't write about it?

    The answer to this one is both yes and no. As a travel writer my job is to tell the truth about what I see on my travels. For better or worse I do this regularly on my website. However, by doing my job properly and putting in some serious time researching my destinations I can reduce the likelihood of having a bad experience. However, if I something truly awful, like a rat infested hotel, it is my duty to write about and warn other potential travellers.

  • 3
    What's your favorite mode of transportation? Why?

    Walking. This is really the only way to get a feet on the ground perspective of a new place. Speeding by in a car or flying over in a plane doesn’t cut it. Biking is a close second.

  • 4
    What is the most important thing you've learned from traveling?

    Without question it is the fact that you cannot understand another person’s perspective until you’ve actually been to where they live and experienced their environment. There is nothing worse than making judgments based on ignorance, prejudice and a mistaken belief that the place you live is, by default, the best place on earth. Odds are it’s not even close.