The Happy Camper

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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...
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...
Some of you might remember the show MacGyver. He was known to use his genius-level intellect, making use of common items such as paper clip, to get himself out of life-threatening circumstances. Some of you might also remember the Mr.
Last weekend my canoe partner, Kristine, and I (and the two dogs, Angel and Oliver) choose a site set amongst a birch grove, tucked away in Raven Lake’s Deer Bay. The autumn colours were amazing, and the nights were crisp...
"Walking is man’s best medicine."– Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine, 460-377 B.C. I’m now halfway through a condensed college/high school course that’s not online; it’s a face-to-face (actually, mask-to-mask) Outdoor Skills course. Challenge excepted—basically because no one else wanted the...
Don’t put your paddling gear away yet. Fall is one of the best times to get out there. There are no mosquitoes buzzing in your ear, the autumn colours are stunning, the days are usually sunny and the nights are...
Around six years ago, Globalstar’s SPOT one-way satellite device helped launch the possibility of a reliable, affordable and simple piece of technology to keep in contact with others back home, let them know you’re safe and send an alert or...
It seems like everyone is shopping online this year. After all, why wait in line, physically distance and strap on a face mask when you can have anything and everything dropped off on your front porch? There is one major downside...
Southwestern Ontario’s Chatham-Kent region was the latest catalyst for a reminiscent journey. There’s something calming about going back to the familiar; a place you grew up in and places you’ve once visited frequently and gathered fond memories from. I spent a...
We were up early on day six and ended up in our fifth park—Neys—by noon. This was our second favourite park of the trip. We ended up staying two nights here as well. Our site was directly across from the...
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