This Links page is a little different from link pages usually found on websites as this one contains websites that I have found particularly useful, either for information, inspiration or gear. They are my personal favourites that I have either received some excellent service using them and the items purchased have been of economical value and excellent quality and as such they deserve to be highlighted here, but also links to those websites and blogs that personally inspire me to canoe, and write about it. Brilliantly written canoe blogs, informative websites, outdoor writers columns, even Facebook Pages. All I am sure if you visit them will inspire you too!
- My Favourite Blogs
Kevin Callan – the HAPPY CAMPER ~ Kevin is very well-known for his humour, especially when served with advice and helpful tips as seen in his many film clips. But he is also an accomplished travel and outdoors writer with several canoe and camping guide books to his name. “Making the outdoors fun, one misadventure at a time”
Badgers Blog ~ Not only responsible for making some of the sexiest canoe paddles out there, Badger Paddles with Fiona Westner-Ramsay also pen a very entertaining and feel good canoe blog too! Filled to the brim with canoe stories, trip reports, paddle care tips, all written from the heart in the heart of canoe country! “Badger Paddles for those who dig the water”
Portageur.ca ~ An excellent canoe blog by Preston Ciere. I’m a very big fan of Portageur, loads of advice, helpful tips, and gear reviews, plus one of the best entertaining and diverse canoe blogs out there. Portageur was one of the Canadian canoe blogs that has inspired me to create my own. “Exploring Ontario by Canoe”.
Paul Kirtley’s Blog ~ Extremely well practised in the art of Bushcraft having spent a number of years working alongside Ray Mears. In his blog Paul gives of his advice freely. Superbly well written and illustrated, with many useful and interesting articles. Paul is also founder and owner of Frontier Bushcraft. “Wilderness Bushcraft Blog”.
The Fat Paddler ~ Aka Sean Smith, paddler, author and top Aussie sausage muncher. I have been an avid fan and follower of Sean’s for a number of years now and find a total inspiration. His story of his rise to fitness from near fatal injuries is chronicled in his excellent book The Fat Paddler reviewed here. “Kayaking the worlds Best Waterways…He!y Sausages!”
- My Favourite Canoe and Outdoors Forums
Canoe with a View – Open Canadian Canoe Community Forum ~ Canoe with a View is a canoe community centred around its own website and forum. Where the members of which enjoy the space to communicate with like-minded people about all things canoeing, without the shackles of seriousness, but with no less the passion. “More than just a Canoe forum”.
- My Favourite Gear Suppliers
The Bushcraft Store ~ The amount of items The Bushcraft Store has to offer is just amazing! Their website is a veritable Aladdin’s cave, you will spend hours perusing and drooling over all the stuff you all of sudden have need for. I have used them for various items and cannot fault them. Clear details on every item makes for a far easier choice. No1 in my book! The fastest on-line service I have ever experienced.
Ronnie Sunshines ~ One of the UKs leading outdoor, shooting and bushcraft stores. Suppliers shooting, archery, camping and bushcraft clothing and equipment. Ronnies are also the largest UK importer and supplier of Dutch ovens and other cast iron camping / cooking accessories. Excellent and personal service!
Lomo ~ Superb quality products at affordable prices. Lomo manufacture and supply all manner of products for water sport activities from canoeing and kayaking to diving and sailing. Their product list is extensive including wetsuits, drysuits, boot, gloves and dry-bags.
Quality and affordability!
Denbigh Army Surplus Ltd ~ It is not always about flash expensive new kit, plenty of items can be substituted with army surplus products. I have only use D.A.S. on one occasion so far, but was doubly impressed with their super-fast service.
Super-fast service and great prices!
Canoe Paddler-Home of the Yukon Firebox ~ Cooking your food on an open fire is the only way to enjoy food in the outdoors. Doing it properly with minimum impact you need a firebox. You will be hard pushed to find any better than the Yukon and Nomad range available from Canoe Paddler. Simplicity, well made and affordable!
Alpkit ~ For a relatively small company the range of products available from Alpkit is no less small. From tents to sleeping bags and air-matresses to bivi-bags and down-jackets. All designed and manufactured to very high standards. Excellent quality and great service!