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Travel Atlantic Provinces

Atlantic Canada's Unusual Place Names

Place name origins, attractions, legends, characters, history and firsts

by (author) David Scott

Nimbus Publishing
Initial publish date
Jul 2015
Atlantic Provinces, General
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Jul 2015
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A collection of unusual place names from the four Atlantic provinces! The origins of each of these 477 strange names are explained and any notable or quirky history is described in detail. Of course, many of these names become "unusual" only when they are at a distance from the place of their origin. Joe Batt's Arm, for example, may seem unusual to a Manitoban (not to Newfoundlanders!). Pokemouche could sound odd to an Ontarian (but familiar to New Brunswickers!). This book also includes little-known facts, trivia, and occurrences from the Atlantic provinces, and also 18 mini-biographies of famous, infamous, and not-so-famous-but-still-interesting Atlantic Canadians.

About the author

David E. Scott was educated in Quebec, New Brunswick, and Ontario. He worked for newspapers in the US and Canada as a reporter-photographer-editor, bureau chief for Canadian Press and was owner-publisher of two Ontario newspapers. Assignments took him to more than one hundred countries. He owned a bar-restaurant-disco in the co-principality of Andorra, subject of the first of his forty-odd books of humour, history, and travel. He lives in Allanburg, Ontario.

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