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Skills

Skills

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Canoe Skill: Reading Whitewater

 Choosing to run whitewater, and doing it successfully, can be a highlight on your next canoe trip. Jumping in over your head, however, and running…

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Lightning

Tips for Surviving A Lightning Storm

  Lightning strikes down more people than tornadoes, snowstorms and hurricanes and remains a top offender in storm-related deaths. According to Environment Canada, nine to ...

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Leech on foot.

Tips: Leech Removal

  Do thoughts of the scene in the 1986 hit movie Stand By Me, where child actor Wil Wheaton pulls a fat, slimy leech out of his underpants,…

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Surviving a forest fire

Tips for Surviving a Forest Fire

Forest fires spread quickly—up to eight kilometres per hour—much faster than we can run or paddle. The smell of smoke, a light dusting of ash on…

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DIY Sauna

DIY Backcountry Sauna

The sauna (sow-na), or sweat, is a traditional pastime used for thousands of years. A sauna generally involves creating hot steam in a closed space…

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Tips: Portaging Made Easy

Tips: Portaging Made Easy

  It’s a popular debate among paddlers: the correct pronunciation of portage. You say portudge, I say portawje. Regardless of your vernacular camp, you likely…

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Rough Weather Paddling Techniques

Rough Weather Paddling Techniques

Cresting whitecaps, furious winds and meter-high seas—many canoeists have harrowing campfire tales of fighting to stay afloat as the wind and weather changed rapidly. When…

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Doggy Paddling Canoe Tips

Doggy Paddling Canoe Tips

Camping with your best friend can be hassle free. Use the know-how below, and have a howling good time.  Let sleeping dogs lie Only a…

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Canoe Sailing Technique

Canoe Sailing Technique

Just south of the treeline in northwest Manitoba, the Cochrane River runs fast and tempestuous along the Saskatchewan border. Rigging two canoes into a catamaran,…

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Photo: Courtesy Frank Wolf

Tripping Skill: Beat The Bugs

Adventure filmmaker Frank Wolf has battled more than his fair share of mosquito and blackfly swarms. Beating the bugs is all about location, he says.…

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Follow these tips to ensure you don't let lost on your next portage

Never Get Lost Again

 Scenario A: You’re knee-deep in mud, canoe on your shoulders, bush-whacking your way along what you swear was a portage trail on the map. While…

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Paddle all week long without fatigue with these tips from Andrew Westwood

Paddle All Week Without Getting Tired

The steady, hypnotic rhythm of stroking your canoe toward a distant shore eases the tension in your mind. Now, how to rid yourself of the…

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Tips to help you canoe solo

Solo Sojourn

For many experienced canoe trippers, there comes a time when you wonder what it might be like to go solo. The type of solitude that…

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