The Happy Camper

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Have you ever spent countless hours trying to book a campsite in a popular park, dealt with crowded campgrounds or tried to organize a last-minute backcountry trip to places like Algonquin or Killarney Provincial Park? Maybe you should consider camping...
There are just as many shapes and sizes of wood stoves as there are hot tents. What you want to look for is one that has a main box, legs that fold out and sections of pipe that fit inside...
Wow! I’m so blessed. Another amazing year of spending time in the wilderness and sharing some of the knowledge I’ve gained over the years through my college classes, workshops, articles and social media. I presented at countless outdoor shows and...
There’s nothing like having a real tree for Christmas, whether it’s an eight-footer that touches the ceiling or something Charlie Brown would have chosen. But do you know what species it is? Is it an aromatic Fraser Fir or a...
Last week I listed a bunch of cool stocking stuffer gift ideas for Christmas. Now, it’s time to list some ideas that require more wrapping paper and a big red bow. So, grab your credit card and have a look...
There’s nothing better than grabbing your stocking on Christmas morning from under the tree and pulling out an assortment of outdoor gear (and maybe a selection of craft beer). Here’s my list of favourite stocking stuffers you should consider giving...
I was captivated watching Justin Barbour’s YouTube series on his 68-day, 700-kilometre trek in 2017 across his home province of Newfoundland, accompanied by his Cape Shore water dog, Saku. I wasn’t the only one who enjoyed it. Thousands of viewers...
Winter has arrived early for many Canadians, with parts of the country receiving record early snowfalls and cold temperatures. Many outdoor explorers are excited about it, unpacking their snowshoes and hot tents. Others are trying to ignore it and refuse...
I asked well-known film maker and YouTube celebrity, Chris Prouse, the ultimate question during a recent Happy Camper Whisky Fireside Chat: Why spend your work week filming for clients, and then do the same for your outdoor-oriented YouTube channel during...
I arrived at the YMCA Camp Millar on Sturgeon Lake on the Thursday of the legendary Minnesota’s annual Winter Camping Symposium. It was the first day of this four-day event, and only half the participants had turned up, but there...
Campfires can burn at a temperature of approximately 900 degrees Fahrenheit (480 degrees Celsius). That’s hot enough to melt down soft metals such as lead or zinc. The colour of flames is derived from its soot, which when heated becomes incandescent...
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...
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