This page is dedicated to various publications written by Howard Clifford for the intend to share with those who are interested. Self-published and not formally edited.


Howard Clifford spent three summers bicycling across Canada prior to his retirement as the Canadian National Consultant on Child Care, combining his love of wilderness and his commitment to quality child care.

Not previously published, this book is the last segment of cycling trips that took him from Vancouver Island, British Columbia, and remote areas of Northwest Territories and Yukon, across to Sydney, Nova Scotia.  

This third and final instalment starts at Sydney NS. Howard describes his adventures cycling the province of Newfoundland and Labrador with his two sons and guests over a four-week period. Taking time to hike in some of the more remote, pristine, and beautiful Canadian wilderness areas; he also tells stories about meeting wonderful people in small and large communities, and the remarkable celebrations they shared to promote quality child care.

Howard believes that opportunities for families and children to experience authentic nature experiences is critical – never more so than now when so many have become disconnected from wild nature.  His commitment to children and to wilderness protection can be found at


Dedicated to Howard and Jean Clifford’s four grandchildren.

A protected land of unspeakable beauty – larger than some provinces and states.  A place where landscapes will no longer be disfigured, waterways made toxic, or air quality made impure by humans.  A place so large that the voices of the land – the voices of wildlife are not silenced – where wildlife has room to spread and be true to its wildness.  A place where wilderness provides succour to humans desperately needing what nature can do for their souls. 

This story speaks to four separate journeys into the Nahanni country. One journey by kayak and one by jet-boat over 50 years ago  – the era before a National Park, a roadless wilderness.  On the third journey Howard became the first cyclist to travel the recently opened dirt highway from Fort Nelson to Fort Simpson.  The fourth journey notes the changes via car, camping in a small Honda Fit – perhaps the first ‘Fit to do so.

While reliving their wilderness adventures, Clifford introduces the early pioneers he and his wife Jean met, as well as others they did not, but whose lives are interwoven into the heritage of Nahanni Lands.  What a heritage it is! 

A gift to the Clifford grandchildren, this book will be enjoyed by a larger audience sharing a compassion for wilderness.  Released as a free e-book in celebration of 60 years of marriage (August 22).