Kevin Callan

Hometown: Peterborough, ON
Current Transportation: Used Subaru Forester
Core Activities: Canoeing, backpacking, kayaking
Non-Core Activities: Winter camping, Watching ant hills with my 9-year-old daughter, drinking good single malt while rewatching Grizzly Adams
Sponsors: Outdoor Research, Goal Zero, Keen
Favorite Places: Newfoundland Coastline, Scoatland's Highlands, Ontario's Quetico, Lake Superior, Killarney, Algonquin Provincial Park
My Jam Is: Sadly, John Denver - but with a dash of Rush and Collective Soul to keep my wife interested in me.
I Eat Lots Of: GORP without the peanuts and raisins - can't stand the peanuts and raisins.
Fun Fact: I was so shy as a kid that I had a speech impediment. Now I'm a renowned keynote speaker. What's up with that?

Kevin Callan is the author of fifteen books, including the best selling “The Happy Camper”, the incredibly popular series of paddling guides, and most reviewed “Wilderness Pleasures: A Practical Guide to Camping Bliss”. On a regular basis, he presents across North America and has been a key speaker at all the major canoe events for over 25 years.

Callan is also a frequent guest on radio and television, and field editor and blogger for Explore. He also writes a column CanoeRoots Magazine and Paddling.net. Callan has hosted several TV pilots and assisted with BBC, Ray Mears, and the Discovery Channel in film projects. He is also a frequent host on a number of morning shows and hosts his own CBC Radio show coast to coast titled “The Happy Camper”. He is a winner of five National Magazine Awards and three film awards. He was also made Patron Paddler for Paddle Canada.​

VIDEO: The Happy Camper Backpacks Algonquin Western Uplands, Part 8

A bittersweet ending: How does it feel to leave the woods after a trip like this? [Read More]

VIDEO: The Happy Camper Backpacks Algonquin Western Uplands, Part 7

What's it take to be in the "elite" group? And how to layer to stay warm in late fall. [Read More]

VIDEO: The Happy Camper Backpacks Algonquin Western Uplands, Part 6

Cold nights and ... going vegan partway through. [Read More]

VIDEO: The Happy Camper Backpacks Algonquin Western Uplands, Part 5

The remaining students start to find their stride on the trail. [Read More]

VIDEO: The Happy Camper Backpacks Algonquin Western Uplands, Part 4

Kevin's students learn that "when you go out into the wilderness for a long period of time, you become your true self." [Read More]

VIDEO: The Happy Camper Backpacks Algonquin Western Uplands, Part 3

Kevin's students get into the nitty-gritty of a week-long backpacking trip—like body odor. [Read More]

VIDEO: The Happy Camper Backpacks Algonquin Western Uplands, Part 2

A medical evacuation takes Kevin and the students back to the parking lot on Day 2. [Read More]

VIDEO: The Happy Camper Backpacks Algonquin Western Uplands, Part 1

Find out what's in Kevin Callan's pack for a seven-day backpacking trip—and judge the hikers' beards. [Read More]

VIDEO: Kevin And Andy’s Magical Mystery Tour, Part 6

The duo paddles from Franklin Island to their take out at Snug Harbor. [Read More]

VIDEO: Kevin And Andy’s Magical Mystery Tour, Part 5

Giant spiders, millipedes and baby rattlesnakes? Paddling the MaCoy Islands is ... adventurous. [Read More]

VIDEO: Kevin And Andy’s Magical Mystery Tour, Part 4

Waves and wind force Kevin and Andy into the inlets of Georgian Bay. [Read More]

VIDEO: Kevin And Andy’s Magical Mystery Tour, Part 3

Martinis in the backcountry? Yes, please. Kevin and Andy continue around their canoe trip around Georgian Bay. [Read More]

VIDEO: Kevin And Andy’s Magical Mystery Tour, Part 2

Kevin and Andy head out on an eight-day canoe trip along the eastern coast of Georgian Bay, from Key Harbor to Snug Harbor. [Read More]

VIDEO: Kevin And Andy’s Magical Mystery Tour, Part 1

Kevin, the Happy Camper, gets fired from trip planning for too many portages. [Read More]

VIDEO: Learn The J Stroke And Canadian Stroke

Brush up on your strokes with the Happy Camper and his family as they paddle in Tweed, Ontario. [Read More]

Video: Camp Vibes Are High When You’re Hot Tenting

Happy Camper Kevin Callan goes out for an old-school hot tent trip in the Kawartha Highlands. [Read More]

Video: Camp Kitchen Etiquette From The Happy Camper

Kevin Callan shows how to cook and do dishes right on a canoe trip. [Read More]

Video: Got Wilderness Skills?

"I believe in bushcraft, not survival." CBC Radio's Fresh Air interviews Happy Camper Kevin Callan. [Read More]

Video: Becoming Part Of Wilderness, Not Just Surviving In It

This beautiful footage of Kevin Callan's journey paddling a replica birchbark canoe will get you thinking. [Read More]

Video: Happy Camper In Newfoundland, Part 2

Sea kayaking and hunting for pirate booty on Newfoundland's rugged coast with Kevin Callan, the Happy Camper. [Read More]

Video: Happy Camper In Newfoundland, Part 1

Learn to kayak in Newfoundland and then celebrate with beer made from glacial melt with Kevin Callan, the Happy Camper. [Read More]

Once Around Algonquin, Part 5

The final episode, in which the Happy Camper almost has to turn back. [Read More]

Once Around Algonquin, Part 4

Happy Camper Kevin Callan takes in scenic sunsets and ... a water taxi? [Read More]

Once Around Algonquin, Part 3

Happy Camper Kevin Callan continues his paddling trip through Algonquin Provincial Park. [Read More]

Once Around Algonquin, Part 2

Kevin Callan's super buggy second installment of paddling Ontario's Algonquin Provincial Park. [Read More]

Once Around Algonquin, Part 1

Kevin Callan paddles for 20 days through Ontario's Algonquin Provincial Park. [Read More]

Winter Camping In Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park, Pt. 2

Kevin Callan dishes on hauling gear and hot tenting. [Read More]

Winter Camping In Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park, Pt. 1

Kevin Callan brings the coziness of home to the outdoors. [Read More]

Winter Camping Footwear Guide

How to keep your feet warm and dry on a snowshoeing trip. [Read More]

How To Stay Warm While Winter Camping

Camping out during the cold months? Try these tips. [Read More]

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