Kevin Callan's Canoe Tripping Workshop

Learn Canoe Tripping Skills from The Happy Camper!

Kevin Callan returns to Frontenac Outfitters to bring you his Canoe Tripping Workshop! This one-day workshop is for novice to intermediate paddlers and teaches a wide variety of topics intending to make your next backcountry trip more enjoyable.

Kevin Callan (a.k.a. The Happy Camper), instructor and author of The Happy Camper: The Essential Guide to Life Outdoors, will offer a full-day workshop for novice to intermediate canoe camping skills. He’ll be covering topics such as fire lighting, making good meals, basic paddle strokes, portaging, navigation and how to be happy while dealing with bugs, bears, blisters and lousy weather.


This course requires a canoe. Rentals may be available.


Kevin Callan is the author of 18 books, including the best-selling The Complete Guide to Winter Camping. He's a columnist for Explore Magazine and Paddling Magazine and a regular host on television and radio; check out his very popular YouTube channel KCHappyCamper.


Two Dates Available!

June 25th & July 2nd

Price: $149 + HST per person (Maximum of 10 participants)

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Where: Frontenac Outfitters - 6674 Bedford Rd. Sydenham, ON

Workshop Length: Approx 6 hours


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This course requires a canoe. Click here for information about canoe rentals.


The morning session will cover:

  • Going light-weight
  • Selecting a campsite
  • Fire lighting
  • Preparing your meals
  • Safety
  • Water purification
  • Navigation
  • Wood ID
  • Staying Warm and Dry
  • Taking dogs
  • Taking kids
  • How to deal with bugs, bears, blisters and lousy weather


A lunch voucher will be provided for a dehydrated or freeze-dried meal. Boiling water will be available. Browse our selection here


The Afternoon session will include:

  • Selecting a canoe design
  • Selecting/Sizing a Paddle
  • Fitting a PFD
  • Portaging Techniques
  • Basic Paddling Strokes
  • Canoe Safety
  • Hygiene
  • How to pack for a 20-day trip
  • How to plan a canoe route


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About Kevin Callan


Kevin Callan (a.k.a. The Happy Camper) is the author of numerous books, including the best-selling Happy Camper and the top-selling paddling guides. He’s a regular columnist for Explore Magazine and Paddling magazine, a keynote speaker for all the major outdoor events, and has been an outdoor instructor for over thirty years.


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