Camping

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Navigating with a GPS is a new thing for me. I’ve always been more comfortable finding my way around the woods with a map and compass than a high-tech Global Positioning System. However, my canoe buddy, Andy, spoiled me this...
There’s no question that 2020 brought some negative moments to the lives of us outdoorsy folk. Covid, beyond the typical mayhem of illness to some and high anxiety to us all, brought havoc to the wilderness. Parks were overcrowded, campsites...
Ontario’s Bruce-Grey-Simcoe region is famous for downhill skiing and snowboarding. But it also has some of the province’s best cross-country skiing; a winter sport that has gained in popularity this winter season. There are thousands of trails, many of them...
Winter in Ontario’s provincial parks—what better time and place to escape into the woods, to camp under a starlit sky, sleep in a heated yurt or get cozy by a crackling fire in a quaint cabin or cottage. Fourteen Ontario Provincial...
I’ve done some film work with Birchbark Media throughout the years. It’s been fun. They film and promote outdoor destinations. We’ve kayaked in Newfoundland, canoe tripped in Nova Scotia, took a bush plane ride through Algonquin’s Barron Canyon and rafted...
I’ve never been a huge trekking pole hiker. A couple of times I’ve used a broken tree limb to help me along, something similar to what Gandalf used in Lord of the Rings. But nothing high-tech. I gave it a...
Here’s a rundown of some of the best trail guides to wrap up and put in a fellow Ontarian hiker’s stocking this Christmas. The Bruce Trail Guide - Edition 30 ($39.95) This is the latest edition (June 2020) of the 890...
I didn’t grow up reading The Hardy Boys. I read books on wilderness canoe tripping. First, Eric Morse’s Freshwater Saga and Calvin Rutstrum’s North American Canoe Country. Then, books like Paddle to the Amazon by Don Starkell, The Survival of...
My canoe buddy, Andy Baxter, came over the other day to show me some new product coming out of his side business: Recreational Barrel Works. You’ll see his blue barrels in a bunch of outdoor stores. They’ve become a favourite...
Like many others, I was inspired (or was it forced?) by this summer’s travel restrictions to venture into the woods. “I need a holiday,” my friend Hannah told me on one of our many Zoom calls. “Well, where exactly do you...
I was unpacking my winter camping gear to get ready for the cold season and found that my cotton canvas anorak was full of black mold. Oh, the horror! It was stored in a waterproof bag and tucked away in my tiny...
It’s about to happen out there. The shoulder season is about to end, the lakes are about to freeze, the creeks turn to slush and the snow is about to fall (if it isn’t already). Bring it on. I love...
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