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Algonquin’s Barron Canyon is one of the park’s gems. Named after Augustus Barron, a member of the House of Commons, the waterway is lined with steep walls of hard, crystalline rock that tower far above the river, over 100 metres...
I love autumn. Cool nights and sunny days. The forest is alive with colour—until the leaves fall to the ground, of course. So, what makes leaves change colour and eventually drop from the tree? Deciduous trees lose their leaves. Coniferous (cone-bearing)...
Having a career as a Canadian outdoors writer, I’ve had the privilege of meeting some very cool, renowned celebrities and chatting with them about time spent in the wilderness. I’ve conversed with great musicians like Gord Downie of The Tragically...
I go on trips with some awesome people, and most of them know more than me about outdoor living. So, I thought it’s only fair that I share some of their skills and motivation with you. Please check out my latest...
Paddling a canoe in unexpected high wind and waves can be a terrifying experience. One minute you’re drifting along, making good progress, and the next you’re being bashed around in heavy swells. The swells turn to waves, and things start...
Generally, this time of year my camp gear storage area is littered with numerous full, half-full and possibly empty camp stove fuel canisters. I love how efficient and lightweight these (iso)butane/propane stoves are, but it’s quite annoying to try and...
“I used to think it was a major tragedy if anyone went through life never having owned a canoe. Now I believe it’s only a minor tragedy.” Bill Mason, Path of the Paddle (1984) There are countless canoe manufacturers out there,
I couldn’t refuse Ann Wipper’s plea to auction off my guiding services for a three-day canoe trip in Algonquin Park. She’s married to the founder of the Canadian Canoe Museum, and the money would be put towards the educational programs...
I’ve spent over a dozen nights so far dozing on my new Cosmo 3D Sleeping Pad, and I’m loving it! Nemo’s older version of the Cosmo was durable and versatile. However, the new 3D model is a huge upgrade. The “3D”...
Lake Superior Provincial Park turns 75 years old this year. It was as good of an excuse as any to camp out there for the week and take in the park’s beauty. It’s one of my favourite places to hike...
A few years ago, I embarked on an overnight canoe trip in Wells Gray Provincial Park. For some, this might not seem like such a wild escapade. After all, there are plenty of explorers doing week- and month-long paddling trips, ranging...
Are you going camping this summer? A solid camping checklist will cover your basic needs: tent, tarp, sleeping bag… but what about those extra items? Those small but crucial pieces that elevate your camping experience, bring you extra comfort, and...
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