From 1994 to 2006 I taught undergraduate and graduate history courses in Canada and the United States. From 2003 to 2013, I was an instructor in the Officer Professional Military Education programme for the Canadian Armed Forces. I currently work for Statistics Canada, and during the summer tourist season I am a tour guide and Road Scholar lecturer.
My research interests chiefly relate to Atlantic Canada. My portfolio includes a variety of commissioned research projects for Canada Post Corporation, Parks Canada Agency, Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, and Nova Scotia Archives. I also conduct historical research for private sector clients.
Coastline Custom Tours offers private tours for visitors to Halifax; my services are marketed through ToursByLocals.com
NOTE: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, my activities as a tour guide are temporaily suspended. Meanwhile, bookings for 2021 are still being accepted via the Tour by Locals website. Stay safe everyone!
To contact me directly, please use this address: halifaxtours at outlook(dot)com
James (Jay) F. E. White, PhD
“Arambec” (also spelled “Arembec”) is an old English word first used in the early 1500s to describe the region I live in. “Norumbega” is a variation of the same word often seen on old maps of New England. I’ve always been fascinated by the early period in Atlantic Canada history; the few documentary sources that survive describe a fabulously rich ecosystem. When I visit places like the gannet colony on the Gaspé peninsula or go whale-watching in the Bay of Fundy, I am reminded that what exists today is but a remnant of what Europeans encountered here five centuries ago.