As a novice hiker, Michael was constrained by the limited accurate information available about local trails. During his own explorations he began keeping notes, and sharing his observations with family and friends. With their encouragement, in 1995 he wrote and Goose Lane published Hiking Trails of Nova Scotia (7th Edition), in cooperation with the Canadian Hostelling Association.
Since then, Michael has written ten guides on hiking and biking trails in Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Québec, and Ontario. He has been a regular contributor to CBC Radio in Halifax, Sydney and Ottawa. In addition to his books and radio appearances, Haynes has published numerous articles about Canada’s outdoors, both locally and nationally.
Michael has hiked in every province in Canada, numerous states in the U.S., Australia, and several countries in Europe and Asia. He tries to walk every day, but when not hiking, he orienteers, runs, bikes, cross-country skis, and otherwise keeps active.
In addition to writing about trails, Michael also works in trail development and active transportation. He has been a member of the consulting teams that have produced trail plans for communities such as Sault Ste. Marie, Chatham-Kent, and North Grenville, and active transportation/bike plans for Oromocto, Corner Brook, Lunenburg, and Essex County. Michael has also presented at numerous Canadian trail workshops, and at Australian, and American national trail conferences.
He currently resides in Nova Scotia.