Often the names on maps don’t reveal the whole story. Neighborhoods are often referred to verbally by the locals in terms that seldom, if ever, will appear in print. For example, my sister used to live in an area located in between Creighton and Lively in Ontario called ‘Dogpatch.’ Try finding that word on a map.
Waye Mason of Halifax decided to remedy the situation in our area. He created a shared google map with some neighbourhoods from urban Halifax drawn in as a starting point and invited others to contribute. I offered up ‘Flandrum Hill,’ which is the dark pink dot within the light pink area covering Eastern Passage. An interactive and potentially more updated version can be found by clicking on the static image of the map I’ve provided above.
Some of the first maps of North America were made by the Ojibwe and were written on birch bark. They probably were very sensitive to local names and landmarks. Mapping may have come a long way since then, but I’m the type of person who’d probably feel more comfortable using a Native American birch bark map than a GPS. Unfortunately, my sense of direction is so bad, I’d probably STILL get lost in the woods.