10 Essentials for Hiking and Camping: Explained

When you think of the 10 essential pieces of hiking gear, you probably think “backpack” and “hiking boots” would be a good start. But while these are definitely useful for hiking, technically you could do without them and still survive. The 10 Essentials for Hiking and Camping are known throughout the outdoor community and are […]

Three Crazy Chance Encounters In A Not-So Big World

Hi friends – I’d like to briefly depart from the outdoor adventure content to tell you about the weirdly coincidental things that happened on my Europe trip three summers back. The world can feel really big sometimes – especially when you’re traveling on your own. But then there are moments that remind you how small […]

North of the Arctic Circle: A Look Inside a Remote Arctic Base Camp

Recently I went hunting on my hard drive in search of one particular photo. I found it buried in the incorrect folder (and untagged, unnamed – why do I do this to myself) so I’d been unable to search for it. But sometimes little inconveniences yield the best results. Because the folder in question contained […]

7 Awesome Day Hikes in Banff National Park

Okay, I know this is going to sound cliche, but I’m still not tired of Banff National Park. After four trips I can’t get over how beautiful it is. Winding roads surrounded by sky-high mountains. Snow glistening in the sunlight. Vibrant sunrises behind pointy peaks. And still my Banff bucket list remains infinitely long, as […]

21 Unique Things to do in Iqaluit, Nunavut + The Ultimate Iqaluit Travel Guide

For a city of just 8,000 people, Iqaluit really punches above its weight. When I first moved to Nunavut’s capital city, I was painfully lonely. But once I started making friends and getting out of the house more, I really fell in love with it. I was surprised to find there are a ton of […]

Complete Guide to Hiking the Highland Backpacking Trail in Algonquin

I’ve just come back from three days hiking the Highland Backpacking Trail in Algonquin Provincial Park. Oh man, did this trail test me to my limits. The Highland is a trail of opposing forces: the campsites are beautiful and peaceful, the trail is rugged and challenging. And this was my first backpacking trip – I’ve […]

Best Shoes for Canoeing: What to Look For and What to Buy

For me, finding the best canoeing shoes was a lot of trial and error. On my first big canoe trip, I remember bringing “waterproof” sandals and a pair of running shoes – eventually both got wet and never truly dried. It wasn’t until my most recent summer guiding that I ~finally~ found my dream system […]

Hiking to McCrae Lake: The Perfect Day Trip from Toronto

Have you heard about the McCrae Lake Conservation Trail? McCrae Lake was the first place I ever camped, and I’d been canoeing there as a camper and camp counsellor between 2005 and 2013 but hadn’t been back in years. So you can imagine my surprise when I learned there is a hike to the lake […]

A Local’s Guide: 10 Best Cafes and Coffee Shops in London Ontario

Having lived in London for the better part of the last 20+ years and having a (moderate to severe) coffee addiction, I’ve put together a list of my favourite cafes and coffees shops in London Ontario (the lesser-known London). So sit back & relax at home, brew yourself a cup of (mediocre coffee), get inspired […]

My First Trip as a Canoe Guide: Lost Gear, Death Threats and More

“Matt, help! HEEEAAALP! I am on the ground! I am stuck!” As Matt, my co-guide, made his way toward me, I was of two minds. First, I was conflicted because part of me was having an out-of-body experience and could clearly see the situation from an outsider’s perspective. And the situation was pretty funny. But […]

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