The Happy Camper

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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...
There were two reason why I chose to drive over 3,000 kilometres in ten days around northern Ontario and pitch my tent in various provincial park campgrounds (Marten River, Kettle Lakes, White River, Sleeping Giant, Neys, Lake Superior and Mississagi).
I just spent the last 10 days on a road trip visiting northern Ontario Provincial Parks (Marten River, Kettle Lakes, White Lake, Sleeping Giant, Neys, Lake Superior and Mississagi). I’ll have a blog up next week on this incredible journey. In...
Canoe manufacturers and outfitters are scrambling to provide paddlers with canoes and kayaks for the summer season. It seems everyone is taking to the water during their COVID-19 “staycations.” It also seems more newbie canoeists and kayakers are looking for...
The town of Killarney, Ontario, turns 200 years old this year. Wow. That’s something to celebrate. My first book, which was about Killarney, turns 30 years old as well. Two great excuses for me to paddle across the park. I did...
It was nice to escape the “norms” of our COVID-19 world for awhile and enjoy a week of paddling in Algonquin. No social distancing, no bathing in hand sanitizer, no masks and no stress. I was alone the entire week...
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