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The Happy Camper

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I’ve been busy this paddling season working on a re-write of my book Top 60 Canoe Routes of Ontario. I’ve added ten more routes, ranging from a day-long outing on the Tay River to eight days along the Georgian Bay...
Recently, I had the great opportunity to head out with my canoe buddy Andy Baxter (who happens to be the owner of Recreational Barrel Works) and help him field test some upgrades and new additions to his Expedition Barrel Harness...
This is a refreshing approach at showing how to thrive in extreme wilderness elements, for extensive periods of time. Juan Pablo’s 489-page book, which includes over 400 illustrations, is more of a psychological preparation than just a how-to guide on...
Crotch Lake is shaped like the “crotch” of a tree, hence the name. It’s also said that the original township north of the lake was titled “Belly Button Centre.” Either way, it’s not the best name given to such a...
Sean Rowley and Derek Specht, hosts of the very popular Paddling Adventures Radio podcast, sure love their road trips. I’ve experienced one with them a couple years back to Michigan’s Quiet Water Adventure Show. Sean plays a lot of hard...
I’ve field-tested KEEN's new NXIS Evo Waterproof Boot on three back-to-back canoe trips so far, and I’m giving these pair of cozy boots two very big thumbs up. First off, they’re waterproof. That’s a bonus. Of course, it’s a given...
My partner, Kristine Redmond, had never paddled a river. She’d canoed across wind-swept lakes and portaged between remote ponds, but she had never navigated wild rapids. So, I chose a perfect novice waterway that’s full of easy swifts to class...
My editor and book designer for my latest project Another Bend in the River: The Happy Camper’s Memoir are just finishing up the project and the book should be released soon. In the meantime, I sent out some sample chapters...
You'd think being ecologically sustainable would be a given in every outdoor company. That’s not the case. There are numerous brands that cause more harm than good when it comes to pollutants, water consumption, energy waste, C02 emissions and animal...
Good news. A new company has launched a series of maps for Ontario paddlers. These maps are printed on a grease-, tear- and water-resistant FSC paper. This, of course, means they are not waterproof—but a good map case will easily...
Two of the contestants on the new Season 9 of History Chanel’s Alone are Canadian. Last week, I interviewed Teimojin Tan (a.k.a. Dr. Tan), a physician and survivalist living in the Bruce Peninsula. This week I caught up with...
On May 26th, the ninth season of one of History Channel’s most popular shows airs. It’s set in Labrador’s Big River landscape, where weather and wild predators are unpredictable—to say the least. In case you don’t know the concept of the...
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