New YouTube video

New video is live! A short one on one of the trips from last year we took with the kids through Temagami. Thanks for watching. Advertisements

Tips Tuesday #2

We’re back for another tips Tuesday. Who makes a trip plan? Who then leaves the details with someone they know? It’s a good idea to leave a detailed version of your trip plan with friends or family. Marking where you’ll be staying and when. This way if something does happen to you help can be sent out right away and search and rescue can target the areas you were supposed to be traveling through? Now some folks might say “wait I have a spot device for emergencies like that!” True it’s great… Read More

Ode to the Black Fly

“I’ll die with the black flies picking my bones. In North Ontario” -The black fly song – So if you’re like me your FB feed is full of people who have already got out for their first paddle as they live further south or are lamenting about the remaining ice and dreaming about paddling a northern lake. I’m just here to remind you what follows iceout just a few short weeks later. Those are not birds in the photo , nor is it a fleet of airplanes soaring in the skies of… Read More

Food Barrel Friday #3

What’s the one piece of kitchen/cookware you can’t leave at home on a backcountry trip? Let us know in the comments below or better yet show us a photo. Food Barrel Friday continues…. As some of you may or may not know it’s Canada Water Week . Now I think we can all agree that without water we wouldn’t get very far as Canoeists. We travel on it, we fish from it, most importantly we drink it. So here’s a question for all of you. With choice of beverages in short supply… Read More

Backcountry with the kids

Do you bring your kids backcountry? Having a bit of a walk down memory lane with my son this morning. Eating away at breakfast he asked when and where we’ll be headed out on our first family canoe trip this year. As some of you may remember Finn’s love for tripping really blossomed last year. Spurred on by learning to solo paddle in Temagami and ending in a week long trip across Algonquin , last fall, where he really shone and impressed the hell outta me. As of this morning he’s settled… Read More

New YouTube Video Up -Poop in Comfort

Johnny and Shawn head up a team to bring a little comfort to you morning constitutional in the back country. My only question is where are the three sea shells? Make sure to like, subscribe and share while you’re watching. Thanks!!

Part 5 Woodland Caribou

Ohhhhhh Day 9. Anyone reading this who’s had even limited portaging experience has suffered through a day like this. The terrain, distances and/or environment may vary, but the common factor is that times like these push you to your limits and beyond. Tempers run short, and while the physical toll is typically exhausting, it’s the mental drain on such days that really make you question your choice of masochistic hobby. It was overcast and threatening to rain. A strong wind had kicked up by the time we broke camp on Lightning. We’d… Read More

Woodland Caribou: Part Three

Part Three: Woodland Caribou Day 2 ended up being as leisurely a day as one can imagine. We only had one portage to the western portion of Larus, which would position us for the following day’s travel south into Simeon and eventually Dunstan Lake. We slept in, ate a relaxed breakfast, and slowly packed up for the day. Our paddling was extremely laid back that day, with little urgency to cover ground quickly. We cruised past the fly-in lodge situated on the lake’s south end, realizing that this would potentially be the… Read More

Woodland Caribou: Part One

Okay folks after a severe puppy incident which had me thinking my laptop was for for the pit. I’ve salvaged it all. So over the next few days we’ll be bringing you Tom’s first trip report for the team. Part One: Woodland Caribou Provincial Park August 23rd – Sept 4th 2017 By: Tom Donnachie Photos – Instagram: @thomas_rowan / @ey_pep / @zmp Bucket List canoe trips: Quetico, The Nahanni, Mackenzie River….these are all names that arise when paddlers talk of destinations and routes that exemplify their idea of the remote, wilderness adventure…. Read More

Happy (early) Fathers Day

As I mentioned earlier our first family spring trip is a special one. Another reason for that is my Dad (Pete) normally joins us. Having three generations of Olsen’s out on the trip is really amazing. Some of you have met Pete, some are lucky and haven’t yet 😬. He’s the reason I do what I do and why I picked up a paddle in the first place. Father’s Day is just around the corner so we figured it was a good time to say thanks to this great Father,Grandfather, and Paddler…. Read More