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Chris Jones



My name is and I’m a former Upper Canadian kid now living in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. You should visit sometime. I’ve also lived in Markham, ON; Ottawa, ON; Lindsay, ON; and Prince George, BC.

I’m a web developer during the day. I’ve been known to listen to music, take photographs, and read books. I love to hike and travel.

Self portrait of me in black and white

I’m currently reading:

  • Infinite Jest
    by David Foster Wallace
    I’m on page 17 of 1079
    Tags: american fiction humour currently-reading

I also collect bookmarks to interesting websites and articles and have now and uses pages.

You can send me a message on the contact page.


Everything is always published here first, but there are other places I push my stuff to.

  • Subscribe to site updates on the Feeds page
  • Visit my LinkedIn profile
  • I have a Twitter account but it’s just syndicated content from here


Most of my photographs are recorded on film with the odd digital shot. Both black and white and colour film is developed at home, where I also print the black and white in my makeshift darkroom. For the web, I scan the negatives. For the wall, I make wet chemistry silver-gelatin prints.

Most of the photographs that accompany articles are made with a digital camera.

Many of the fine photographs found here are available for purchase. Inquiries can be sent to me on the contact page with the name of the photograph and I’ll get back to you with size, format and cost details.


chrisjones.io is hosted on a Digital Ocean VPS and is managed with my custom-made CMS. Videos are transcoded using Coconut’s on-demand service. I’ve also whipped up a REST API for the whole thing.

In 2016 this site celebrated 20 years of clogging up the web. chrisjones.io is merely the latest incarnation of this site. In 1996 it was available as areaeleven.com. After that, in a bout of Canadian patriotism it became known as areaeleven.ca. That lasted for a while and there are many who remember that site as the one true Chris Jones website. Then it became betterleftunsaid.ca, the name coming from lyrics of a song by Sarah Harmer. Finally, it has became chrisjones.io where it shall remain until I get bored or change my name.


For statistics/analytics I use a tiny little script I wrote. The only information I collect is what pages are visited. I do not collect any information on browsers, devices, screen resolutions, OS, or anything else. Don’t need it, don’t want it. Visited page information helps me make better decisions about what content visitors are interested in. None of this information is sent or shared to third parties, I keep it all to myself. None of the information collected is personally identifiable.

Why did I make my own analytics script and not use Google Analytics? Because companies like Google make money, lots and lots of money, by tracking you and selling your information to anyone and everyone that shows up with a pile of cash. They use it to target you with ads and manipulate your experience on the web. They use it to track you from site to site, across the web. I think that’s gross and creepy and I won’t be a part of the surveillance capitalism business model.

You can use Blacklight, a real-time website privacy inspector, to verify that I’m not tracking you.


All photographs, words and graphics appearing on this site are Copyright © 1996-2020 Chris Jones. All rights reserved. If you would like to purchase/use/licence a photograph for commercial purposes or to create a derivative work, your inquiries can be sent to me on the contact page.


In photographs, Cabot Trail, September 2020 was published 1 week ago.

As for articles, Hiking the Admiral Lake Loop was published 2 months ago.

And in notes, Paroisse Saint-Pierre was published 1 week ago.

Photographs, articles and notes are published when I feel like it. You should subscribe to keep up-to-date.


Posts from across the site ordered by popularity.


  1. Stoddard House, Barrington Street
  2. Meguma Falls, Gully Lake Wilderness Area
  3. Louisbourg Cross, August 2009
  4. Sunset on Liberty Lake
  5. Government House, June 2018


  1. Using PHP and cURL to post to the Mastodon API
  2. Hiking the Liberty Lake Loop
  3. Three Days Around Cape Chignecto
  4. Late summer camping at Kejis Wil-Bo-Wil cabin
  5. South Granite Ridge trail


  1. Camp Barrachois, Cape Breton
  2. Checked in: The Old Triangle Irish Alehouse
  3. Another beautiful day of hiking
  4. Snow day
  5. Liberty Lake adventure