East Coast Trail Guide, now on iPhone too

Hello hikers,

most of you will have heard about the East Coast Trail Guide by now, maybe by word of mouth or perhaps in the news, or right here on this blog.

Yesterday I got a mail from Apple informing me that iPhones running the latest version of iOS are now able to read Multi-Touch books as well:

This means the East Coast Trail Guide is now available on iPhone!


I’m of course very pleased with this news, many people use iPhones and bring them along on every hike.

While reading a 1000+ page book on a phone may seem a little impractical, it is certainly handy to have all the trail maps, photos and hiking tips right there with you in your pocket!

Please consider having a look at the free sample chapter available on iBooks, to see what the guide is all about. :)

Get it on iBooks

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East Coast Trail Quiz 4 – the answers

Here are the answers to last weekend’s East Coast Trail Quiz:

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East Coast Trail Quiz 4

Hello hikers, here’s a brand new edition of the East Coast Trail Quiz!

Play along to test your knowledge of the trail, or just for the fun of it :-)

You may remember Quiz 1, 2 and 3 from previous years and this year’s quiz is quite similar, only now there are prizes to be won: I’m giving away two copies of the East Coast Trail Guide, one to the winner and one to another lucky participant.

Here’s how it works: below you’ll find 10 images showing mystery locations, it’s up to you to guess where they were taken!

As before, all images show East Coast Trail scenery somewhere between Cape St. Francis and Cappahayden, they were either taken from the trail itself or from somewhere close to it.

To play along, please list your 10 answers in the comment section, ideally in this form:

  1. Niagara Falls, on Sugarloaf Path
  2. Lake Superior, on Cape Spear Path
  3. etc…


Here are the 10 quiz images, good luck!

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11: Let me know if you're playing along just for fun, or for the prize.

11: Let me know if you’re playing along just for fun, or for the prize.

And with that image, you’ve reached the end of the quiz. Please add your answers in the comments below, and don’t peek at the other answers ;-)

How did you do, was it easy or hard?

If you enjoyed these scenic photos and want to learn more about Newfoundland’s East Coast Trail, please have a look at the East Coast Trail Guide, a digital trail guide and photo book that tells you where to find these beautiful spots and much much more.

Quiz answers and winners will be revealed next weekend, so be sure to check back here to see if you’ve won the East Coast Trail Guide.

Please indicate along with your 10 answers if you’re playing just for fun or if you’re playing for the prize, and please note that you’ll need an iPad or Mac to read this book.

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East Coast Trail Guide


The East Coast Trail Guide, a digital book that I have been working on for quite some time, is now ready and available on iBooks.

I’ve created this book with many of you in mind, and you’ll be happy to hear it features a ton of beautiful photos taken all along the East Coast Trail.

Quiet beaches, scenic coves, towering cliffs, amazing sea stacks, magnificent icebergs, delicious berry picking, strange capelin, wonderful whales and lots of other wildlife: all the things you enjoyed reading about on this blog are now featured prominently in this new book.

Here are some examples of pages in the book:









Of course, these are just a few examples, there are over a 1000 pages with descriptions, maps and images just like these in the book.

The biggest part of the guide contains the descriptions of all 24 trails on the East Coast Trail from start to finish; from Biscan Cove Path to Island Meadow Path, from Cape St. Francis to Capahayden, and every single trail in between.

Want to go see the Spout, maybe Stiles Cove, or Flamber Head?

This book tells you where to start and how to get to all the major highlights on the trail, with detailed trail descriptions and beautifully illustrated maps. Using this book, you won’t miss a thing when you plan your next hike.

Book highlights:

  • detailed trail descriptions
  • illustrated maps & elevation profiles
  • 1650+ beautiful East Coast Trail photos
  • top 10 recommended hikes
  • contact information for attractions along the trail
  • useful websites

In conclusion, this book is for you whether you’re a local hiker or a visitor planning your first trip to the East Coast Trail, so please come take a look at my book on iBooks, there is even a free sample chapter available:

Get it on iBooks

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An update from BC

Hello all, long time no see! How are you?

I have been well, it’s been almost six months since I left Newfoundland to find a new home on the west coast of Canada, and I think it’s time for an update.

In my last post Marije and I were all set to go on a very long journey, driving to BC in our little yellow car, with all our belongings following in a big moving container, not far behind.

The road trip was great, we had good driving weather for most of the way, which was a benefit of moving in summer. It took us eleven days to reach the other side of the country, and as expected the highlight of the trip were the two days driving through the magnificent Rockies:


Mt. Athabasca – Jasper NP, Alberta


Icefields Parkway scenery – Banff NP, Alberta


Moraine Lake – Banff NP, Alberta

Not long after arriving in Nanaimo, we found a great new place to call home, but it would be another month before we were able to move in. In that month of ‘limbo’ I explored my new surroundings, which on paper had seemed so similar to Newfoundland, but in real life were completely different.

Four months later, which is now, I’m still not used to BC as a home and I find myself frequently longing for my old life on the east coast. I suspect that my constant work on my East Coast Trail Guide has something to do with those feelings, as I am still working on it every day, completely immersed in the photos and stories of my time in Newfoundland.

The work is progressing at a steady pace, much like a hike on the East Coast Trail itself. The path is long though, much longer than I anticipated, and while I would have loved to finish it before Christmas, I may not see the end of this project until well after the new year has come.

I am currently writing and re-writing, adding illustrations, changing illustrations, browsing through so many good photos, and making sure the map is as accurate as possible; it’s a lot of work but it’s also a lot of fun.

Sometimes, when I’m fully consumed by the work, I almost forget where I am as I catch myself planning to revisit the trail for a minute to take just one more picture.

Oh well, it’s a labour of love, it’s going to take more time but I’m sure I’ll be very happy with the result when it’s done.

Further down the road, when I have more news, I will post another update.

Until then, take care!

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Newfoundland, you will be missed!

Marije and I are leaving tomorrow. Over these last few weeks and days we’ve been increasingly busy packing boxes and getting everything organized, and tomorrow everything will be coming together. The internet will be disconnected, the power will go out, we’ll shut the door and that will be the start of our long journey to the other side of Canada.

I just wanted to say my goodbyes here, as this is the last post I’ll write from Newfoundland. Living here has been a privilege, I absolutely LOVE this place! I love the outdoors, I love the wildlife, I love the peace and quiet, I love the people, I even love the bad weather… Writing this blog has been a pleasure because so many of you chose to comment on my pictures and stories, that has really kept me going through the years.

Many of you have already taken the time to say your goodbyes in one of my ‘Leaving Newfoundland‘ related posts over this last month, and I truly appreciate it! Thank you all so much for being you, for reading this blog these past few years, for letting me know you enjoyed the blog and that it inspired you to go hike the trails, or to go see the Capelin roll on the beach. All of you are amazing and I want to thank you for that!

Newfoundland, thank you, you will be missed!

Sander was here

Sander was here

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