Backcountry camping

Backcountry camping is one of the best ways to experience true wilderness.

We’d love to help you get started with planning trips, building your skills, and staying safe.

Beginner backcountry camping

Just starting out on your backcountry camping journey? Get in the groove by learning about what to expect!

How to feel less anxious about going camping

How to feel less anxious about going camping

Going camping is an exciting experience, but for some people, it can also trigger feelings of anxiety. Fear of the unknown, uncertainty about your surroundings, and being away from your usual environment can be overwhelming. But you're not alone in feeling this way,...

Can you leave your tent unattended at a campsite?

Can you leave your tent unattended at a campsite?

Nobody ever wants to come back to their campsite to find that their gear and belongings have been stolen or damaged. It's rare, but it happens. At this point, you're probably wondering if it's worth leaving your tent unattended. People do it all the time, but you...

Planning your trips

Trip planning is a serious process, and one you shouldn’t take lightly. These resources can help.

How to plan a backcountry glamping trip

How to plan a backcountry glamping trip

Traditional backcountry camping isn't for everybody. But now that glamping is such a huge trend, you no longer have to plan a trip that requires you to be roughin' it through the wilderness. Glamping? Glamping is a portmanteau of "glamorous" and "camping," referring...

Should you go camping in wildfire smoke?

Should you go camping in wildfire smoke?

Summer is camping season, but this year is different—especially for those of us in eastern parts of Canada and the US. It's been a very dry spring, sparking massive wildfires that continue to burn and blow smoke over a huge swath of North America and even right across...

Seasons and weather

The weather can be unpredicatable, but we’ll show you how to be flexible no matter the time of year or the conditions.

22 insanely helpful tips for camping in the snow

22 insanely helpful tips for camping in the snow

As Canadians, two months of the year is never enough of a camping season. Believe it or not, the best time to go camping is any time—as long as you're prepared! We camp in snow, slush, sleet, and ice—even when the temperatures have plummeted well below freezing. In...

A few helpful tips for camping in December

A few helpful tips for camping in December

Camping in December comes with its own set of challenges and rewards. You’re trading in buzzing crowds for the tranquil silence of a winter wonderland. With the right planning, you can enjoy the brisk beauty without the frostbite. Think toasty fires, warm drinks, and...

Is it too cold to go camping in November?

Is it too cold to go camping in November?

Camping is most popular in the summer months, but you could argue that the season typically wraps up by the end of October. Does that mean camping in November is totally out of the question? In our experience, it’s never too cold to camp in November as long as you’re...

Backcountry paddling

Canoe or kayak camping is a wonderful alternative to backpacking. Here’s what you need to know about traveling through waterways.

How to portage a canoe (a step-by-step guide)

How to portage a canoe (a step-by-step guide)

A canoe is an incredible vessel that can take you places you never thought possible. But when your journey takes you beyond the reach of the water, you'll need to know how to portage your canoe. What does it mean to "portage" a canoe? Portaging is the act of carrying...

What’s the best canoe for a camping trip?

What’s the best canoe for a camping trip?

We used to think that our 16-foot fibreglass Prospector was the best canoe for a camping trip. And it was… until it wasn’t. There are a lot of different types of canoes out there—all of which are designed for different purposes. As our canoe tripping style changed and...

How to repair a fibreglass canoe (on a trip and at home)

How to repair a fibreglass canoe (on a trip and at home)

We’ve had our 16-foot fibreglass Prospector for two years now. In that time, we’ve put as many as 10 cracks and holes in it. You could say that we’ve gotten pretty good at figuring out how to repair fibreglass canoes—both temporarily while we’re still out canoe...

Winter camping

You can camp all year round if you have the right gear to keep you warm. Learn all you need to know about camping in the coldest conditions.

The best camp stove fuel types for cold weather camping

The best camp stove fuel types for cold weather camping

Choosing the right camp stove fuel for cold weather or a winter camping trip can make or break your expedition. If you've ever tried to fire up a stove with the wrong kind of fuel when it's freezing out, you know the frustration of failing to get a hot meal when you...

How to get clean drinking water while winter camping

How to get clean drinking water while winter camping

You may not realize it, but it's easy to become dehydrated in colder weather than you might think. The cold, dry air actually causes you to lose water through the process of respiration. This is why it's so important to drink enough water when you go winter camping....

Campfires

No camping trip is complete without a campfire. Learn some tips and tricks to make the most out of it. 

Tinder vs. kindling: What’s the difference?

Tinder vs. kindling: What’s the difference?

If you've ever tried to build a campfire (or bonfire, or even just a fire in your fireplace), then you know you can't just hold a match to a log and call it a day. No—you need tinder and kindling before you can get those big logs burning. But what's the difference...

45 of the scariest campfire stories you can read for free

45 of the scariest campfire stories you can read for free

Everyone loves camping stories to listen to when sitting around the campfire. But when it comes to the scariest campfire stories, you can't go wrong with some of the most timeless classics that have been told for generations. There've been many talented authors of...

Camp hygiene and personal comfort

You gotta stay clean out there. Here are some tips on how to freshen up yourself and your gear while out on a trip.

How to wash your face while camping

How to wash your face while camping

When you're on a camping trip, it's easy to neglect certain aspects of personal hygiene. But, washing your face is an essential part of any skincare routine, even when you're in the great outdoors. Camping can be tough on your skin, with dirt, sweat, and grime...

24 camping hair tips to keep your mane looking great

24 camping hair tips to keep your mane looking great

When it comes to camping, we all love the idea of being one with nature, enjoying the tranquil beauty of the great outdoors. But let's be honest—it isn't all sunshine and rainbows when your hair starts looking like a bird's nest after a few days in the wild. The...

How to get campfire smell out of your hair

How to get campfire smell out of your hair

Ah, the smell of a campfire. There's nothing quite like it. That is, until it's in your hair. That smoky smell might actually be coming from the particles that cling to your hair, and believe it or not, your own skin might be contributing to the smell as well. Quick...

Healthy and safety

Injuries and illnesses can happen anytime. Use these resources to be prepared for small inconveniences and more serious emergencies.

How to avoid constipation while camping

How to avoid constipation while camping

Nobody likes dealing with stomach issues, but they can feel even worse when you're not at home. One common issue campers tend face is constipation, which can be extra uncomfortable in the great outdoors. Given that camping involves a lot of manual labour and physical...

Can you get sunburned through a tent?

Can you get sunburned through a tent?

Ever hang out in your tent on a sunny day and wonder if that thin piece of material is giving you enough protection from the sun's harmful rays? Yes, it's possible for you to get sunburned while inside a tent—especially if the tent fabric is thin enough for sunlight...

How to go camping with allergies and survive

How to go camping with allergies and survive

There's nothing worse than constantly sniffling, sneezing, and wiping your dripping nose on a camping trip. Been there. And that's not all. Sometimes you find yourself waking up in the morning with puffy or swollen eyes, terrible congestion, and a headache. Sounds...

Wildlife encounters and dealing with pests

Whether it’s avoiding bears from visiting your campsite or creating a barrier between yourself and the mosquitos, we’ve got you covered.

How to keep spiders out of your tent while camping

How to keep spiders out of your tent while camping

Spiders? Inside your tent? NO THANKS!!! It's enough to put you off from camping altogether. Many spiders are harmless, but some species of spiders can cause serious pain and itching when their venom is injected into the skin. Spiders you'll want to steer clear of in...

How to keep snakes away from your campsite

How to keep snakes away from your campsite

Nobody wants to find a snake in their tent...let alone anywhere near their campsite! While snakes can be fascinating to observe from a distance, being surprised by one that gets too close can be a frightening (and potentially dangerous) experience. Remember, you're in...

How to keep bees away from your campsite

How to keep bees away from your campsite

Nothing is more annoying than a bee (or a hornet or wasp) buzzing around camp while you're trying to cook, eat, or relax. If you're brave, you'll probably try to swat them away. If you're scared, you'll probably try to run away from them. And if you're unaware, you...