Now that we’re at the end of another year I wanted to take a look back at 2017, a year of canoes, kayaks, bushcraft and wilderness camping.
As viewers of the videos that I produce, you’ve been a big part of what’s happened here at Trailguide Pictures on Youtube and I though it would be fair to have a moment and look back and share what we’ve done.
As far as programming goes, I think we can start off by looking at A Place to Paddle: Wabakimi Provincial Park.
Last summer my son Noah and I flew into a remote wilderness area known as Wabakimi Provincial Park. Which is an unmanaged wilderness area and the second largest provincial park in Ontario. It was a really unique experience for us travelling through a northern boreal forest on a seven day canoe trip.
Watch WABAKIMI PROVINCIAL PARK
Another program that was a real highlight was releasing Canoe: Icon of the North, which I filmed back in 2014.
This was the first time releasing it on Youtube for viewers to watch for free. So far, as of today, we’ve had twenty-two thousand views since the end of June. Icon of the north is a short documentary that highlights and illustrates what the canoe means to people here in Canada. It’s a part of our culture and a part of our heritage, especially in and around Ontario.
Watch CANOE: ICON OF THE NORTH
This year I also started building the Shearwater 17 hybrid kayak from Chesapeake Light Craft. The Shearwater 17 is a light touring kayak and its a hybrid because the bottom, the hull is stitch and glue and the top is cedar strip.
So its a really unique boat to build and the videos are a part of a series that I’m calling how to build a kayak.
Watch HOW TO BUILD A KAYAK
This summer we also went on a ten day wilderness canoe trip. It was 100 km through Algonquin Provincial Park. Algonquin is probably by far the most famous and popular park in Canada and maybe even around the world.
Its a great place to go canoeing, whether you’re a beginner or an advanced paddler.
The trip was fantastic and we had a lot of wildlife encounters – especially moose.
The trip itself was a great time for us to practice our bushcraft and canoeing skills.
Watch ALGONQUIN PARK
Overall, our Youtube views have more than doubled and we’re now getting well over eighty thousand views per month and our subscribers have doubled as well. As of today, we’re just shy of seven thousand subscribers. We may even have those seven thousand by the end of the year.
I’d like to thank you for continuing to watch and share the videos on your social feeds.
This year, in 2018, we’ve got a lot of great content as we continue to develop and produce canoe, kayak, bushcraft and wilderness camping content.
I really want to wish you a safe and happy new year, and again, thanks for watching.