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The Happy Camper

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I’ve encountered a lot of black bears on my northern canoe trips. The majority have been habituated bears, ones that have gotten used to stealing food from a particular campsite and return to the scene of the crime continually.
A couple of decades ago it was a rarity to have couples join forces to promote wilderness adventuring. Canadian paddlers had Gary and Joanie McGuffin, and I think that’s about it. The job of filming and promoting nature was held...
Forget those trail pamphlets or laminated park signs that provide trivia on the trees hikers will see along their walk. There’s now an app for that. And it’s one cool way to learn about the forest you’re walking through. Ontario’s...
The only disadvantage of the popularized canvas hot tent for winter camping is the cost. Prices range from $1,000 to $2,000. That’s a lot of cash to hand out, especially if you’re only going to try winter camping once or...
Ontario’s Haliburton Highlands is a mecca for outdoor adventure, and Barrie Martin’s Yours Outdoors programs are the perfect way to experience what the region has to offer. It’s a creative experiential programming that celebrates art, nature, history and outdoor recreation...
If you've ever found your snowshoes slow or cumbersome, or if your cross-country skis just aren't working in deep snow or keep catching on brush in the woods, skishoes, or sliding snowshoes, are your solution. Over the years I've come to...
I swallowed an entire piece of humble pie and got roasted for charity recently. Canoe mates, outdoor podcasters, writers, musicians, my partner and a puppet named Gary took shots at me for 2.5 hours. It was awesome! The Roast Master himself...
I think most canoe trippers have experienced that moment while paddling Killarney Provincial Park’s busy backcountry, when you see your favourite campsite in the distance but then realize you’re not the only paddler making a beeline for it. It becomes...
Hot tenting beats cold camping, hands down! I remember the trip that changed everything for me. I was camping in Ontario’s Algonquin Park, sleeping in my four-season tent at the end of a long and cold February day of snowshoeing...
My only pet peeve with those blue barrels that canoeists use to store their food in is how disorganized everything seems to become after you toss them in the boat or carry them across the portage. Whatever you’re looking for...
Great news! My 2nd edition of my best-selling Complete Guide to Winter Camping is now available. The 1st edition was released in 2017 and did exceptionally well right off the bat. Winter camping, especially using a hot tent and wood...
It was a last-minute trip idea with some friends, and making use of Crown land sure made planning a little bit easier. No park reservations to deal with, no crowds and no fees. Crown land is public land, meaning Canadian citizens...
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