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The Happy Camper

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I'm in the middle of my speak tour for all the big outdoor show—and I gotta say, they're crazy busy. Whoever said that online shopping has killed the days of wandering around crowded arenas full of outdoor gear vendors...
The Canadian company Recreational Barrel Works is off to an amazing start for 2024. They’ve released over half a dozen new products for the year. One of the most unique selections is titled The Heritage Series. It includes a line...
Most outdoor stores opt to carry new-age snowshoes made of lightweight plastic or anodized aluminum equipped with mini-crampon bindings. They’re a good choice if snow depths aren’t a pressing issue. If I was up in the Far North trekking across...
I live in a small town and, like all small towns, it seems everyone knows what you’re up to. That can be fun to watch unfold at times. A few weeks back I went shopping at the local grocery...
Soon I’ll be taking planes, trains and automobiles to all the various outdoor shows across North America. I’ve been at this for over three decades now, and this year is no exception. Here’s a list of the...
Couscous is one of my favourite base ingredients to create endless camp meals. It’s a grain-like pasta, made by mixing flour and water to form a paste which is then formed into small grains and...
The British soldier Simon Weston once said, “If you constantly dwell on the past that’s where you end up living.” I am a firm believer in not dwelling on the past. Reflect upon it and learn from it, absolutely.
The majority of old-school YouTube paddlers are still going strong. Videographers like Jim Baird, Northern Scavengers and Camper Christina are still heading out on trips and pumping out footage of their journeys. So...
I had a solid paddling season in 2023. Lots of trips in various areas of Ontario, and lots of time to try out new gear I picked up along the way. Here are my top five items...
Fruitcake—or what some holiday traditionalists would call Christmas cake—has had a bad rep for quite some time. It was once a cherished treat back in the 18th and 19th centuries when ingredients were rare and expensive.
Legendary map maker Jeff McMurtrie has just released his long-awaited map for Ontario’s Algonquin Provincial Park. It’s been named by paddlers as the most detailed map of the park ever created. It includes countless tidbits...
A new hiking trail was developed along the lower stretch of Quebec’s Dumoine River this past summer—the Dumoine Tote Road Trail. The 26-kilometre linear trail was spawned by well-known paddler and author Wally Schaber, a group...
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