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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...
“Red sky at night, sailors delight. Red sky in the morning, sailors take warning.” This is probably one of the most common, accurate and oldest adages. It was Aristotle’s pupil, Theophrastus of Eresus, who coined the actual phrase. But the first...
A couple of weeks ago, my friend Alex Kozma dropped me a note saying he'd abandoned a kayak race up the inside passage after an ill-timed gale left him short of making an early mandatory cut-off point, and he wasn't...
A few paddlers labelled me negatively on social media when I embarked on my 120-kilometre canoe trip across central Ontario. I get it. It was a soft journey compared to some of my past trips in the far north. There...
This season the mosquitoes are the worst I’ve ever experienced—and I’ve experienced a lot of mosquitoes! Yes, you can eat lots of citrus fruit and garlic, and avoid bananas (potassium is supposed to be an attractant). Taking vitamin B tablets...
“Oh, the places you’ll go.” – Dr Seuss I’m heading on yet another “semi-wilderness” canoe journey. I’ll be paddling in Ontario’s Lake Country, passing elaborate cottages and fancy yachts. Why? What happened to the paddler who wrote so much about the...
A tent is like a doghouse: it should only be used for sleeping. If you try to weather out a storm, curled up inside the flimsy nylon shelter, you’ll go bonkers. Your body odour and dirty socks will stink up...
From the shores of the Great Lakes to the rugged Canadian Shield in the north, not to mention all the incredible islands, forests and escarpments in between, nature remains yours to discover by pitching a tent in one of these...
Paddlers have various names for the collection of safety goodies they keep with them at all times, in case they flip in the rapids or capsize crossing a big lake: hip pack, fanny pack, bum bag, butt pack, belt pack...
On July 4th, 1999, a massive storm swept through the Boundary Waters and Quetico Provincial Park, downing twelve million trees and endangering hundreds of canoeists. Shockingly there were no deaths, but many were injured. Search and rescue teams worked for...
I’m known for doing goofy things on my local TV morning show, which is exactly why I ordered Exped’s Hyperquilt Duo sleeping bag. I couldn’t wait to get all snuggly inside with the show’s host. It would definitely make for...
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