Kevin Callan

Kevin Callan is the author of 16 books, including the bestselling, The Happy Camper and Wilderness Pleasures: A Practical Guide to Camping Bliss. He is still presenting across North America and has been a key speaker at all major canoe events. Butt End first appeared in Canoeroots magazine 16 years ago. Kevin lives in Peterborough, Ontario.

Nova Craft Celebrates 50 Years Of Making Tripping Dreams...

In 1970, paddler Ken Fisher began building a limited selection of fiberglass canoes from his garage in Glanworth, a tiny hamlet outside of London, Ontario. Back in the 1960s,...

Kevin Callan on how to win paddling’s greatest debates

On a quiet Saturday morning over tea and toast, I typed out a question on Facebook. “What are the top paddling debates?” I asked my friends. Before noon, I...

19 Deadly Sins A Canoe Tripper Should Avoid

I’m not a perfect canoe tripper. I’ve sat on my life jacket at the campsite, used my bailer bucket as a pee bottle, stuck the blade of my paddle...

Why We Always Remember Our Canoe Trip Campsites

Sigurd F. Olson said it best about the significance of good campsites. “Campsites are punctuation marks for the voyageur, signifying the end of the day. I may forget portages, rapids,...

The Happy Campers Canoeing Bucket List

Just when you think the Happy Camper has done it all.

Paddlers’ Rules About Portage Trail Etiquette

The Happy Camper's three tenants of portage trail etiquette.