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The Happy Camper

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It’s a good time of year to watch some classic canoe films to get you through the winter months between snowshoeing and munching on comfort food. Take some time to download or search YouTube or Vimeo for some quintessential old...
I’m a regular YouTube watcher and have a long list of favourite outdoor channels, including big celebs like Jonathan of Lost Lakes, Alexis Outdoors, Joe Robinet, Justin Barbour, Xander Budnick and Jim Baird’s Adventurer channel. Most of my watch time...
I think it's always good to do an overview of the passing year. Not necessarily for nostalgic reasons, but to help bring in the new year and remind you how important it is to spend more time traveling wilderness areas
My family members are scattered about the province of Ontario, Canada, which means a lot of travelling during the holidays. When I’m driving through snow squalls and traffic jams, I tend to calm my nerves and pass the time by...
If you’re looking to get your outdoorsy spouse, friend or family member a unique Christmas gift this holiday, here are a few ideas. Author and renowned paddler Michael Peak has done it again. He just released the third book...
I just recently completed my 100th Whisky Fireside Chat episode on my KCHappyCamper YouTube channel. Wow. That’s a lot of interviews, topics, debates… and whisky. My initial reasoning behind starting the whisky chat series was to play around with the bewildering...
History Channel’s new show, The Bermuda Triangle: Into Cursed Waters, is getting lots of worldwide media attention right now. The crew of divers and cameramen, who were looking for the wreckage of a PBM Martin Mariner rescue plane that disappeared...
The head canoe coach of the UK, Ray Goodwin, certainly planned an adventurous send off for me before I flew back across the pond after speaking at the Welsh Open Canoe Symposium. We paddled a 25 kilometre (16 mile) stretch...
Paddling the Welsh Pontcysyllte Aqueduct—labelled by paddlers as the “Stream in the Sky” —was all what I was told it would be: the most terrifying but captivating place to paddle a canoe. Imagine you’re paddling an iron cast trough that’s 126...
My latest flight over the “pond” was hectic. A preteen boy sitting beside me threw up in his barf bag, filled it, and then used mine; someone’s urine splashed over the toilet bowl and onto the bathroom floor; a bratty...
I just finished my third late fall canoe trip. I’m hoping to get one more in before the lakes freeze. The latest was a good old bass fishing competition with the YouTube celebs Paddleheads. Check out the video I put...
Ontario Parks recently announced that it will reduce the length of stay at a number of prime provincial park campgrounds (front-country) from 23 days to only seven. Some campers are rejoicing over this decision, and others are beyond furious over...
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