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Book report: The Feed Zone

I recently picked up this cookbook at the Mountain Equipment Coop (MEC) in Halifax. Written by and for cyclists, The Feed Zone focuses on nutrition for endurance sports. I’m looking at it with a view of paddling, particularly with a 2016 Newfoundland expedition in mind. Allen Lim is a Ph.D. from the University of Boulder, CO, who researched integrative physiology …

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Recipe: Easy Energy Bars

You burn a lot of calories when you’re active on the water — close to 400 kCal/hr for an average-sized male versus roughly 80 while at rest. I always have food packed away in my PFD so I can recharge my batteries on the water. Commercial snack bars are rather expensive and are manufactured with a lot of preservative chemicals …

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Feature Trip: Blue Rocks, NS

The picturesque fishing village of Blue Rocks is one of my favourite places to paddle in Nova Scotia. Located just outside of Lunenburg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the maze of blue-grey coloured islands and islets inspire the name of this area. From half day trips for absolute beginners in sheltered water to full days of fun in exposed, lumpy water …

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Forecast resources

I’ve published a collection of links for weather, the wind, tides, and other forecast data that I use regularly for planning trips in Nova Scotia. While it is fairly comprehensive, it is by no means complete for the entire province, but it covers many of our favourite places to paddle. I plan to expand it over time as I expand my own …