Category: Far North Canoeing
Far North Tents, Tarps, and Shelters

Far North Tents, Tarps, and Shelters

Camping on the wide open tundra. All photos courtesy Brian Johnston. Tents Pack a good four season or expedition tent—the winds in the far north can be unbelievable. I have ...

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Far North Canoes and Paddling Gear

Far North Canoes and Paddling Gear

Sometimes, dragging a canoe is the only option to get it across a frozen lake. Canoes The most common canoes are 17-foot ABS or Royalex models. They provide enough space for ...

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Before You Begin Packing: Far North Paddling Tips

Before You Begin Packing: Far North Paddling Tips

Even though the far north is a desert environment, rainy days happen. Look closely and you'll see the angle of the rain. All photos courtesy Brian Johnston. The Far North ...

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Personal Gear and Clothing for the Far North

Personal Gear and Clothing for the Far North

Wash day in the Far North: Extra rope and clothes pins make for a unique clothesline. Photos courtesy Brian Johnston. I wear one set of everyday clothes and bring one change ...

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Far North Kitchen Gear

Far North Kitchen Gear

A far north kitchen. Photos courtesy Brian Johnston. Kitchen gear depends on the menu and food. I usually start the day with cold granola, hot oatmeal, cooked Red River ...

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Making Your Own Canoe Route Maps

Making Your Own Canoe Route Maps

Making your own maps is a great way to be more involved in route planning and it improves your understanding of maps. You can spend time during the cold weather months with online ...

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Entertainment in the Far North

Entertainment in the Far North

Kite flying is a great activity for wind-bound or layover days. Photos by Brian Johnston. Whether you're wind and weather bound, or simply exploring, a few key essentials will ...

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Packs, Barrels and Wanigans for Paddling the Far North

Packs, Barrels and Wanigans for Paddling the Far North

There are numerous ways to organize and pack for a far north canoe trip. My system employs a daypack for items I want to access in the canoe, and tent pack and an annex pack that ...

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