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Meet our Guide - Richard Vinson

I'd like to introduce you to Richard Vinson, our hike leader for our past and upcoming hikes with Shaw Lifestyle.

We we're introduced to Richard through members of the Halifax North West Trails Association which is a is a not-for-profit society who promotes the creation, protection and maintenance of trails in Halifax North West. If you have been on one of our hikes you'll know that he's very knowledgeable, kind, and inspires you to look at nature in a different light.

Biography: Richard has lived across Canada where he has pursued his passion for the outdoors. Trained as an outdoor educator at the universities of Alberta and Northern Illinois, he taught an innovative, Gr. 9 physical education program at St. Margaret’s Bay, NS, where the entire curriculum was based on lifelong, outdoor pursuits.

He is the previous owner of the Wild Bird Company, Halifax, and he has operated other businesses including canoe camps, and solar. He remains active in the outdoors as a Director with the Friends of Blue Mountain – Birch Cove Lakes Society and continues to contribute time to the Nova Scotia Nature Trust as a volunteer.

Richard is a certified Field Leader – Hiking, with the Outdoor Council of Canada.

If you haven't been on one of our hikes yet, I highly encourage you to! He makes the experience fun, engaging and you leave with a new awareness of the trails that are so close to home (The Parks of West Bedford).

Have any comments, questions, or just want to reach out? Comment below or email me at

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