Everyone loves to hate Ontario, or as it’s often referred to, On-terrible. Whether it’s our lack of mountains or distance from the ocean (or how the entire province is equated…
Hello and welcome to Voyageur Tripper, the outdoor adventure blog. This page will help you get acquainted with me and show you what this blog is all about!
My name is Mikaela and I’m the voice behind Voyageur Tripper. I started this blog in 2017 but didn’t do much with it until late 2019 when I made the decision to dedicate the blog to outdoor education and backcountry camping. I feel as though there are enough Youtube and Instagram channels inspiring people, but there aren’t enough giving people the resources they need to plan and execute those trips themselves.
I generally blog about four topics: canoeing, hiking/backpacking, backcountry camping and Canada travel. I’ve also been known to dabble in the occasional opinion piece and environmental sustainability is strung throughout all my posts. Below I’ve included links to some of my most popular content.
I also run Trip Reports | A Voyageur Tripper Resource which is a membership website and database for backcountry camping routes in Canada. I’m striving to create the largest collection of highly detailed and comprehensive backcountry camping trip reports. Currently, we have more than 100 reports!
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In addition to this blog, you can find me on posting on Instagram and or sharing resources in my private Facebook Group. I also run a monthly and weekly newsletter where I share outdoor education tips and blog updates. You can sign up here.
Canoe camping is what I’m best known for. I spent four summers guiding flatwater and whitewater canoe trips for youth groups in destinations like Algonquin, Killarney, Temagami and the Upper Ottawa Valley.
- Ultimate Guide to Canoe Camping: Everything You Need to Know
- How to Get Started in Whitewater Canoeing
- Dumoine River Canoe Trip: Route & Report (with Video)
- Guide to Canoeing the Petawawa River (with Video)
Whitewater paddlers consider many factors before they choose to run a rapid. In this post, I’ll give you a brief overview of these considerations and what goes into scouting rapids.…
In the summer of 2018, six lifelong paddling friends from Quebec began a trip unlike any other. Over 65 days, Expedition AKOR traveled 1600 kilometers to connect the inland town…
Hiking / Backpacking
A few years back I started dabbling in the hiking and backpacking scene and have since been on a quest to achieve an ultralightweight backpacking setup. Now that I live in California, I’m doing a lot more backpacking than canoeing, so expect many more posts in this category.
Backpacking Trail Destination Guides:
- Highland Backpacking Trail
- Backcountry Camping in Bruce Peninsula National Park
- Pine Ridge Trail to Sykes Hot Springs
Hiking Gear Guides:
- A 10 kg Backpack & My Introduction to Ultralight Backpacking
- Best 2P Backpacking Tents
- What to Wear Hiking
- Layering Clothing for Hiking
If you’re new to hiking, the best investment you can possibly make will be buying hiking boots. If your feet aren’t comfortable walking 100 feet, you’ll never want to try…
If you like hiking, Vancouver is the place to be. There are literally hundreds (thousands?) of hikes within a short drive of the city. While many of the hikes are…
New Zealand hiking is some of the best in the world, and this is especially true when you step foot on the South Island. During the six months I was…
The majority of the outdoor education materials I create are centred around backcountry camping and giving others the knowledge and tools they need to get outside safely and comfortably.
- Camping 101: The Ultimate Guide to Camping for Beginners
- 12 Camping Hygiene Hacks: How to Stay Clean While Camping
- 10 Tips for Comfortably Sleeping in a Tent
- How to Bear-Proof Your Campsite and Protect Against Black Bears in Ontario
When I just got started in backpacking, I was carrying nearly 40 lbs and every step on the trail was painful. I’ve come a long way in the past five…
I was pretty reluctant to get into backpacking. Walk for long distances carrying heavy things? No thanks! But over time I started to love backpacking and at this point, you…
Canada is a prime destination for canoe camping, with a nearly endless list of possible destinations. I’ve been canoeing all my life and still feel I have only scratched the…
I spent four months guiding in Nunavut, so I’ve written quite a lot about it. It’s easier one of the most incredible places I’ve ever explored and I can’t wait to go back for more.
- The Ultimate Nunavut Travel Guide
- Living in Iqaluit and overcoming loneliness as blinding as the blizzards
- 21 Unique Things to do in Iqaluit, Nunavut + The Ultimate Iqaluit Travel Guide
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…
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…
Iqaluit Hotel Reviews: Where to Stay on your Arctic Getaway So you’re thinking of a trip to Iqaluit, Nunavut’s capital city. In a territory as vast and sparsely populated as…
This is my home province and where I’ve done most of my guided and personal trips.
- Camping in Killarney: A Guide to Ontario’s Most Beautiful Provincial Park
- Guide to Beausoleil Island & Georgian Bay Islands National Park
- 8 Incredible Destinations for Backcountry Camping in Ontario
Paddlers of all varieties speak fondly of the Spanish River, as it has a little bit of everything for everyone. The river feels remote, but access points are convenient. The…
The Western Uplands Backpacking Trail is one of three backpacking trails in Algonquin Provincial Park. If you’re looking for an easy way to get into the woods and spend a…
Over the last few years or so there has been an explosion in the popularity of Ontario Crown land camping. Since so many people have gotten into camping this year,…
I spent the last year living in Vancouver, British Columbia. If I’m going to settle anywhere in Canada, it’ll likely be around here!
- 21 Best Hikes in Vancouver
- 13 Outdoor Activities in Vancouver… That Aren’t Hiking or Skiing
- 17 Incredible Tofino Hiking Trails
- My Experience Moving to Vancouver from Toronto
Although I was raised some 3,000 km from Bowen Island, my mom spent a lot of time on Bowen Island. She lived in Vancouver during high school and university, and…
It’s no secret Vancouver is my favourite city in the world. While Vancouver has just about everything you could ever want or need, sometimes you need a little break from…
Vancouver is known for its amazing hiking in the summer and skiing in the winter. But there’s so much more than that. Whether you’re not into hiking/skiing or you just…
Other Destinations in Canada
So yeah, that’s me and the blog currently. I hope you enjoy exploring the site. If you have any questions, feel free to send me a DM on Instagram.