Cabela’s announces Plans for a new store in Barrie, Ontario, Canada

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Good news for outdoor fans in Ontario. Nebraska-headquartered outdoor specialty store Cabela’s announced today that it will be adding a fourth Canadian store to their existing lineup. In addition to over 40 stores in the United States, Cabela’s already have locations in Manitoba, Alberta, and Saskatchewan. The new 70,000 square-foot store, slated for the Park Place…

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Mountain Equipment Co-Op and the Merlin DF Sleeping Bag

Merlin Sleeping Bag

  Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC) — one of my favourite outdoor stores — is selling a sleeping bag on clearance, and it’s a good opportunity to tell you about both the product and the store. They’re selling this bag as a “Second-quality” product, and the reality is anything but. The original designation listed this as…

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Are survival kits the “good” silverware that gather dust?


I recently read a brace of posts from fellow outdoor blogs, The Oak and the Mountain, and Wood Trekker talking about survival kits. Now, the reason I came across these posts was because I was actively looking for survival kit ideas. I thought it was high time I re-visited my personal kit. Given that it’s…

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A Day with Pinock Smith


On January 15, 2011, I had the distinct pleasure of spending the day with Pinock Smith, a master builder, known for his traditional canoe-building methods. I first heard of Pinock in the second season of Ray Mears’ Bushcraft, where he and Ray built an authentic birchbark canoe in a week. They worked on screen again in…

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Kindle for kindling?


Of course, if your true need is for firestarting, the old dead-tree book might serve you better for dry tinder. The resource that an ebook reader such as the Kindle can give you access to, however, has such potential. I impulse-bought one last week, and have been loading up with guides and references. Some of…

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Ok, I know it’s just wrong, and I’ve got tons of pictures and stories to tell from the great fall colour changes, but for now, I’m off to have a beer, since I’ve been working too much.