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
How to poop in the woods – in the winter!
No one seems to want to want to talk about this, but a poop properly disposed of behind camp can make or break the group dynamics during any trip. To start, before the spot is chosen and the trousers are dropped, a proper camp...
Award-winning couscous recipes
I won this year’s Aluminum Chef Competition at Canoecopia. Not sure how I pulled it off. It’s been running for five years now and I’ve always come in dead last. The two other chefs are amazing - Marty Koch the camp cook and...
Canoe Design Contest
A few years back the gang at Nova Craft Canoe designed and built my all-time favourite Canadian flag canoe. It was built to help celebrate the Canadian Canoe Museum's National Canoe Day. Since then its been on major television,...
CBC Radio MacGyver Stories
Last Saturday I was in Ottawa for the Outdoor Adventure Show and was interviewed by CBC Radio's Michael Bhardwaj's for his morning show - In Town and Out. Michael had me talking about new high tech. camp gadgets and traditional...
I’m not Martin Short
It was going all so well - too well. It was the first day of March Break, one of the busiest times to be at the Toronto airport, but I managed to get through the ticket agency and security in record time. I didn’t even get strip...
Straight paddles vs bent paddles
Cliff Jacobson and I are presenting together in the next few weeks at the Quiet Water Symposium in Michigan, Canoecopia in Madison and Mid-West Mountaineering Spring Expo in Minneapolis. Cliff is a canoe guru and best-selling...
Launching Wilderness Quest film at the Toronto Outdoor Adventure Show
The Toronto Outdoor Adventure Show is this weekend . I'll be there presenting in the main theatre as well as doing a number of camping demonstrations at the Ontario Tourism/Ontario Parks booth area. And if I'm not doing that,...
New paddling album reminiscent of Meatloaf’s Bat Out of Hell
Jerry Vandiver's album True and Deep: Songs for the Heart of the Paddler is reminiscent of those classic albums like Meatloaf's Bat Out of Hell, Pink Floyd's The Wall or those of Coheed and Cambria. Not that the sound is...
No sheep died in the making of my wool sweater
I like wearing wool. I always have. Some may think it's because I'm too cheap to buy some of the "fancier" fabrics on the market, or that I'm too "traditional" to go beyond wearing an old wool sweater. But that's not it at all....
8 homemade firestarters
When it’s been down pouring rain for several days and you’re desperate to get the camp fire going, having a good fire starter to help get things going can be extremely comforting.
Yes, there’s plenty of natural material...