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Chris Jones



Self portrait of me in black and white

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.

I also collect bookmarks to interesting websites and articles and have a now page.

You can send me a message on the contact page. If you wish to encrypt your message or confirm my identity, you can do so over at keybase.io.

Buy me a coffee!


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 awesome on-demand service. Map icons are from Map Icons Collection. Main compass icon is from Alessio Atzeni at FlatIcon. I’ve also whipped up an API.

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 stats/analytics I use a little script I wrote that includes ClientJS. This allows me to find out information about visitors to this site like browser and version, operating system and version, screen size, whether they’re using a mobile device, what pages are visited, etc. This helps me make better decisions about what content visitors are interested in and how best to display it. 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.


All photographs, words and graphics appearing on this site are Copyright © 1996-2019 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, Government House, June 2018 was published 4 months ago.

As for articles, Ten Days in the Alps was published 3 months ago.

And in notes, A different kitchen for Thanksgiving was published 21 hours 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. Sunset on Liberty Lake
  4. Louisbourg Cross, August 2009
  5. Waiting, Viau station


  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. Liberty Lake adventure
  5. No sidewalks for you!