The Happy Camper

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I asked well-known film maker and YouTube celebrity, Chris Prouse, the ultimate question during a recent Happy Camper Whisky Fireside Chat: Why spend your work week filming for clients, and then do the same for your outdoor-oriented YouTube channel during...
I arrived at the YMCA Camp Millar on Sturgeon Lake on the Thursday of the legendary Minnesota’s annual Winter Camping Symposium. It was the first day of this four-day event, and only half the participants had turned up, but there...
Campfires can burn at a temperature of approximately 900 degrees Fahrenheit (480 degrees Celsius). That’s hot enough to melt down soft metals such as lead or zinc. The colour of flames is derived from its soot, which when heated becomes incandescent...
Algonquin’s Barron Canyon is one of the park’s gems. Named after Augustus Barron, a member of the House of Commons, the waterway is lined with steep walls of hard, crystalline rock that tower far above the river, over 100 metres...
I love autumn. Cool nights and sunny days. The forest is alive with colour—until the leaves fall to the ground, of course. So, what makes leaves change colour and eventually drop from the tree? Deciduous trees lose their leaves. Coniferous (cone-bearing)...
Having a career as a Canadian outdoors writer, I’ve had the privilege of meeting some very cool, renowned celebrities and chatting with them about time spent in the wilderness. I’ve conversed with great musicians like Gord Downie of The Tragically...
I go on trips with some awesome people, and most of them know more than me about outdoor living. So, I thought it’s only fair that I share some of their skills and motivation with you. Please check out my latest...
Paddling a canoe in unexpected high wind and waves can be a terrifying experience. One minute you’re drifting along, making good progress, and the next you’re being bashed around in heavy swells. The swells turn to waves, and things start...
Generally, this time of year my camp gear storage area is littered with numerous full, half-full and possibly empty camp stove fuel canisters. I love how efficient and lightweight these (iso)butane/propane stoves are, but it’s quite annoying to try and...
“I used to think it was a major tragedy if anyone went through life never having owned a canoe. Now I believe it’s only a minor tragedy.” Bill Mason, Path of the Paddle (1984) There are countless canoe manufacturers out there,
I couldn’t refuse Ann Wipper’s plea to auction off my guiding services for a three-day canoe trip in Algonquin Park. She’s married to the founder of the Canadian Canoe Museum, and the money would be put towards the educational programs...
I’ve spent over a dozen nights so far dozing on my new Cosmo 3D Sleeping Pad, and I’m loving it! Nemo’s older version of the Cosmo was durable and versatile. However, the new 3D model is a huge upgrade. The “3D”...
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