Kevin Callan is the author of 11 books, including the Paddler’s Guide series and The Happy Camper. He is the recipient of three National Magazine awards and is a featured speaker at many of North America’s largest paddling events.
He lives in Peterborough, Ontario, the birthplace of the famous Peterborough canoe and home of the Canadian Canoe Museum.
Recent Articles and Blog Posts
The Happy Camper: Essential Camp List
It seems every first trip of the year I forget something at home. In the past I’ve forgotten matches, rain gear, my camp mug, sunscreen, bug repellent, extra flashlight battery, paddles and even toilet paper.
This year, I only...
The Happy Camper: Once Around Algonquin (An epic canoe journey)
I knew it was too good to be true. The plane flying me home after I presented at the paddling show in Minneapolis was on-time; early in fact. The joyful passengers, including myself, boarded in an organized manner with everyone...
The Happy Camper: Searching for Pirate Treasure in Newfoundland
The more I kayaked past Newfoundland’s weathered coastline the more I wanted to get out of my boat and walk.
There are some incredible hills along the eastern shore that are just as jaw-dropping gorgeous as the western...
The Happy Camper: Kayaking a Newfoundland Tickle
I wouldn’t call myself a kayaker. I prefer paddling a canoe, even if I do have to portage now and then. But I also wouldn’t consider myself a canoe snob either. Any soft-path vessel is fine by me as long as it gets me into a...
The Happy Camper: Dehydrating Yogurt
Yes, you can dehydrate yogurt. I didn’t think it was possible, actually. But I was put to the challenge while working with nutritionist Margaret Howard on my latest book: The New Trailside Cookbook (second book for 2013,...
The Happy Camper: Lightweight & Fancy-Free
It could be that I’m getting older — or wiser — but every year it seems I’m trying to lighten the load in my pack, especially when backpacking. This year I’m even more determined. Of course, not to the point that I”m...
Happy Camper: Zombie Apocalypse Survival Kit
I just finished being interviewed by a series of morning television shows about the latest trends and camp gadgets for the upcoming season. It was a lot of media attention, especially since spring has just officially arrived. But...
For The Love of Wool
Spring is here, which means maps are rolled out on the kitchen table and the planning of the season’s first camping trip begins. Algonquin Provincial Park or Killarney is usually the place I head to first. Problem is, it seems...
Happy Camper: Whiskey in the Wilderness
"Too much of anything is bad, but too much of good whiskey is barely enough." - Mark Twain
There are campers out there who truly believe that the only spirit that should be packed along on a trip is a single-malt whisky. I’m...
Happy Camper: It’s Show Time
I started off my annual lecture tour this past weekend at the Toronto Outdoor Adventure Show. It was the first of 26 presentations I’ll be giving between now and the end of May, at venues ranging from large-scale consumer...