This website chronicles my work as a professional historian. Here you will find published articles, summaries of completed research projects, and links to social media sites.

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 emergency, 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
June 2020

Why Arambec?

“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 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.