Winter camping in lean-to

Here are some shots from a two-night camp Roland had this December.

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The key to staying warm in the winter is to set up your fire to last all night, even through a snowstorm.

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Build a long fire to heat your entire body while you’re lying down in front of it and you’ll wake up happy (sausages also help morale).

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This tent is just big enough for one person. This setup keeps the heat from escaping out the back, and leaves the front open so the warmth of the fire reaches you, but not too much of the smoke.

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Do you feel comfortable and confident in the wilderness?

We teach a concept called bushcraft survival. These skills blend modern technology and old world knowledge to allow you to explore the wilderness confidently.

By learning to listen to nature and being prepared, we can enjoy our vast Canadian wilderness while avoiding trouble in the first place.

  • We can tailor courses to your needs and current skill set
  • Winter/summer courses
  • Corporate team building
  • Youth camp counselor training
  • Family courses
  • Individual instruction

Sample course topics include:

  • Building a bushcraft survival kit
  • The safe and effective use of bushcraft tools
  • Wilderness vs. emergency shelters
  • Wild fire and the art of making and maintaining fire
  • Intro to plant identification and other edibles
  • Staying found: route finding and signaling
  • Wild water: finding it and making it safe
  • Winter skills: what to do the other six months of the year

Course topics vary based on students’ interests.

Who are we?

We are a couple of guys who love to be out in the wilderness. We started teaching these courses on the weekends as a way to share our knowledge and practice our skills. We offer planned courses, but we also like getting out to the woods with just a few people to share knowledge. If you’re interested in bushcrafting with us or practicing your skills, get in touch. Individual instruction is something we enjoy, and we can build on your existing skills.

A short video of who we are and why we do this

Video by Sean Perrun. Filmed Feb 2016 in Manitoba.


Contact us to find out about upcoming courses

Harvest Moon Festival workshop

Borealis Bushcraft ran a workshop at the 2015 Harvest Moon Festival on Saturday, Sept 19. Find out more about the festival at

Bushcraft Basics: The Art and Science of Making Fire

Scenario… You are on a multi day canoe trip, paddling most of the 2nd day through light rain. Late in the afternoon the wind picks up and both you and your companion are starting to get cold and miserable. In fact you notice that your friend is starting to shiver, one of the first signs of hypothermia. You make the decision to stop for the day. The forest is wet and you are cold; can you get a fire going? Duration: 1.5 hours.

We had a great time at this wonderful festival. Here are some photos of the workshop. Looking forward to next year!