The Happy Camper

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Sigurd F. Olson said it best about the significance of good campsites: “Campsites are punctuation marks for the voyageur, signifying the end of the day. I may forget portages, rapids and lakes, which merge into a nebulous montage of the country...
Quetico Provincial Park’s story of John Tanner is one of the most unique stories of the north ever told. It's about the day he was shot and left for dead along the Maligne River. John Tanner was kidnapped by a Shawnee...
White pine needles contain vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, calcium, iron, phosphorus, potassium and sodium. They also contain polyprenols, phytosterols and carotenoids, making a mighty antioxidant brew. White and black spruce needles have a high vitamin C, beta carotene, starch and...
A total of 31 Ontario provincial parks are open for business during the winter months, with 14 offering options to camping overnight. Here are my favourites: This park is a hidden gem. I’ve pitched my hot tent here numerous times,
Have you ever spent countless hours trying to book a campsite in a popular park, dealt with crowded campgrounds or tried to organize a last-minute backcountry trip to places like Algonquin or Killarney Provincial Park? Maybe you should consider camping...
There are just as many shapes and sizes of wood stoves as there are hot tents. What you want to look for is one that has a main box, legs that fold out and sections of pipe that fit inside...
Wow! I’m so blessed. Another amazing year of spending time in the wilderness and sharing some of the knowledge I’ve gained over the years through my college classes, workshops, articles and social media. I presented at countless outdoor shows and...
There’s nothing like having a real tree for Christmas, whether it’s an eight-footer that touches the ceiling or something Charlie Brown would have chosen. But do you know what species it is? Is it an aromatic Fraser Fir or a...
Last week I listed a bunch of cool stocking stuffer gift ideas for Christmas. Now, it’s time to list some ideas that require more wrapping paper and a big red bow. So, grab your credit card and have a look...
There’s nothing better than grabbing your stocking on Christmas morning from under the tree and pulling out an assortment of outdoor gear (and maybe a selection of craft beer). Here’s my list of favourite stocking stuffers you should consider giving...
I was captivated watching Justin Barbour’s YouTube series on his 68-day, 700-kilometre trek in 2017 across his home province of Newfoundland, accompanied by his Cape Shore water dog, Saku. I wasn’t the only one who enjoyed it. Thousands of viewers...
Winter has arrived early for many Canadians, with parts of the country receiving record early snowfalls and cold temperatures. Many outdoor explorers are excited about it, unpacking their snowshoes and hot tents. Others are trying to ignore it and refuse...
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