Leo BuijsCountry: Canada
BiographyBorn in the Netherlands, Leo Buijs immigrated to Canada in 1978, with his wife and two boys. He used to live in Victoria and moved to Courtenay B.C., where he lives now with his wife and his Dutch Sheepdog Femke.
In 2003 he wrote '50 Best Dog Walks around Victoria' which sold out very quickly including a second print. After his move up-island, the first print of 'Best Dog Walks on Vancouver Island' appeared in 2006 followed by the second print in 2008.
In 2010 he published the very popular 'BEERS of British Columbia,' a book about the then popular and upcoming Craft Beers and Micro-breweries development on the West Coast.
Besides dogs and craft beer, his foremost passion is travel, and he often takes his dog along the way. He also loves to sail and write. In 2015 he dug through thousands of photographs from his extensive travels to put a handsome photo-book together, first in a small format and recently in a larger coffee-table book with twice the number of photographs. 10% of the sales from this book go to UNICEF Canada to support children's poverty.
After his dog-walking books were out of print, the demand did not subside, so in the fall of 2015 he produced an updated and revised version of 'Best Dog Walks on Vancouver Island.' This updated edition is his third of its kind.
Some of his short stories were published in Whistler's 'Pique Magazine' and he was a regular contributor to 'The Gringo Gazette,' an English-language paper in Baja California Sur. In 1999, he was featured in the June issue of 'Boulevard Magazine,' with winning photographs from Africa and South America.
In September 2016, he released 'A Taste of Living in Mexico' and in 2017, the full-size book 'Living or Retiring in Mexico' was launched in print and as an e-book.