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Cedar-strip Canoe Building

Cedar-strip Canoe Building is the most popular form of canoe building for homebuilders. The canoes are constructed by gluing together 1/4″ thick by  3/4″ wide strips of cedar over a specially designed building jig which consists of “station molds.” It’s the combined station forms that define the shape of the hull based on the specific design of the…

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Wabakimi Provincial Park

There’s a landscape in northwestern Ontario that I’ve wanted to visit since I first heard of it. A boreal forest destination deep in the Canadian shield, and a place rich with indigenous culture. In fact, there’s evidence that the indigenous communities have lived in and travelled the area for seven thousand years. The Ojibway name…

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Blue Jay

The Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) is a bird native to North America and a resident through most of eastern and central United States. Blue Jay – Description Its plumage is lavender-blue to mid-blue in the crest, back, wings, and tail, and its face is white. A collar of black is often found around the throat…

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Red Squirrel

The Red Squirrel is an abundant small mammal that lives in coniferous woodlands across much of North America. Red Squirrel – Description The Red Squirrel (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus) is a small squirrel with reddish to reddish-gray fur on top and a white or cream underside. Red squirrels are somewhat larger than chipmunks. They have white around…

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White-Breasted Nuthatch

White-Breasted Nuthatch is a small songbird that lives in old-growth woodlands across much of temperate North America. Its a very common visitor to home feeders which is often a part of mixed flocks with Chickadees, and Downy Woodpeckers. White-Breasted Nuthatch – Description It’s a stocky little bird with a large head, short tail, powerful bill,…

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Cedar-strip Canoe

The cedar-strip canoe is an incredible craft. I never knew that canoes or building them would lead me on such an interesting journey. I first really discovered cedar-strip canoes while living in Australia when I started to pick up a copies of Wooden-Boat magazine from a local news stand on my way to work. Most of the boats…

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Canoe Season

I can’t wait for Canoe Season. There’s no question that canoe tripping is my thing. I try to keep myself busy through winter and despite the cold, I’ve found that I can always find something to do and somewhere to explore. Still, I do call winter the “Off Season” for a reason. My passion (my…

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The Eureka! Alpenlite 2XT

This season I was looking for a new four season tent that I could take out on the trail while snowshoeing,  what I decided on was the Eureka Alpinlite 2XT. The Alpenlite XT is Eureka’s lightest four-season tent and is designed to handle all types of extreme weather conditions. The small pack size and light…

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Jetboil & Mountain House – The perfect combination

I combine my Jetboil & Mountain House freeze-dried meals because of the convenience of being able to travel light. Since I can eat my meal right from the Mountain House package I don’t need to carry any other bowls or plates when I’m on a trip. The Jetboil Flash is a personal cooking system that I’ve…

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Finding Silence in Winter

There’s little argument about why we head out into wild places, but in winter we seem to become timid when it comes time to venturing outside. The cold, wet slippery conditions that make a hike mildly uncomfortable prevent us from finding silence in winter. I think its important for us to continue to find the time…

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14 Great Knots for Camping

Have you ever wanted to learn how to tie knots? In this short video I’ll demonstrate how to tie 14 Great Camping Knots. Included in the video are the Half Hitch, Two Half Hitches, Square Knot, Clove Hitch, Slip Clove Hitch, Taut Line, Figure Eight, Bowline, Alpine Butterfly, Sheet Bend, Double Sheet Bend, Prusik, Constrictor,…

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North Face Anden Triclimate® Jacket – Review

There’s almost an exciting feeling when the warm season gear gets traded out for the cold season equipment, of course some pieces of equipment are able to be used for more than one season. For me, one item that comes to mind is my North Face Anden Triclimate® Jacket. Winter’s finally here in the northern…

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Sprint Canoe & Kayak Movie

Sprint Canoe Poster

The Sprint Canoe & Kayak Movie is a great little film that I shot while filming Canoe: Icon of the North after I had the opportunity to meet and interview some of Canada’s elite athletes. Truth be known, I didn’t have any previous experience or knowledge of the sport of sprint canoe or kayak racing,…

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