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.

Butt End: Princess and the Portage

It was going to take us a good hour to make the big water crossing. The wind was blowing straight into our bow and every third or fourth wave...

Kevin Callan’s Favorite Canoe Route

I’ve spent a good portion of my life telling paddlers where to go. So, you might think that after producing almost a dozen guidebooks, countless...

Canoeing As Therapy

The black flies and lengthy portages weren’t Jason’s biggest enemy. It was his drug addiction that plagued him. I found him halfway along the portage trail, sitting...

Butt End: First Blind Date

On the fourth day of 20 spent paddling and portaging around Algonquin Park, my buddy Andy insisted I sign an agreement that let him plan our next trip...

Keeper of the Flame: Optimism for Future Wilderness Enthusaists

I’m a worrier. I know this because my 11-year-old daughter tells me so. It might be some type of genetic disposition I’ve been cursed with. Or it may be...

Butt End: Real Life Ghost Story

Being afraid of heights or terrified of circus clowns is one thing, but being afraid of sleeping in the woods is another. That’s more serious....

Butt End: The Agony and the Ecstasy

The music died for Don McLean in 1959 when rock legend, Buddy Holly, died in a plane crash. The day the music died for me was the...

Butt End: The Yuk Yuk Man

It wasn’t the shoddy khaki safari suit he was wearing. It wasn’t the matching knock-off Tilley hat. It might have been the rude sexual remarks he made about his...

Butt End: Carry On Glamping

  Imagine waking up to the smell of a cinnamon-spiced double latte, rolling over in your silk-lined sleeping bag and browsing through the latest issue of The New Yorker while organic gingerbread...