Fishing Camp is an educational trivia-based board game for the whole family made by Education Outdoors. The game retails for $24.99 USD, supports up to eight players at once, and has challenging trivia questions for novices and experts alike. Education Outdoors also makes several other outdoor related games about camping, hunting, even cryptozoology, and donates a percentage of their profits to organizations geared toward educating children and families about the great outdoors.
There are a few items that, even when trying to pack light, are essential on a canoe trip. A good pair of shoes, a flashlight, waterproof matches and a decent knife will all make life in the woods much easier and enjoyable.
The Swedish FireKnife is a tool that was given to us for review, and so I ran it through its paces on my previous trip to Algonquin Park. It’s a collaboration between Mora, a Swedish knife company, and Light My Fire, who primarily make flints and firestarters. This is a sturdy-looking knife, a practical size, has a solid sheath, and as a bonus has a flint in the handle. The Swedish FireKnife retails for about $30 USD and is available in four different colours.
Where The Yellowstone Goes is a film directed by Hunter Weeks that captures just about everything I love about great wilderness adventures and like any good adventure, or any good documentary for that mater, you often find what you least expected. Drifting down the Yellowstone through mesmerizing backdrops from the urban to the rural, from pristine to the contaminated, the 30-day voyage would take the team from Gardiner, Montana, to where the Yellowstone meets the Missouri River in North Dakota. Just two months before they left, 63,000 gallons of crude oil seeped into the Yellowstone from a burst pipe beneath the river. Locals share their heartbreaking stories highlighting some of the lesser known impacts this disaster had on residents and businesses. The team personally witness and document some of the horrifying devastation and the disgustingly incomplete cleanup by the oil companies. Further downstream they meet up with members of Trout Headwaters who are tackling issues with residents building rock structures on the shores of the Yellowstone and causing erosion problems downstream. The encounters and interviews with locals are so powerful they could stand on their own.
Dizm Eyewear is a relatively small company born on Hermosa Beach, California in 2009 with the aspirations of creating environmentally conscious products that bridge the gap between action sports and fashion. They’re well-known in the surfing and skateboarding community, but chances are many fishermen have never heard of this quality brand.
Dizm’s eco collection are made from 100% renewable and biodegradable cellulose acetate, a plant-based material made from cotton, wood, and palm oil. Before you ask, they’re highly unlikely to decompose in your lifetime, but they’ll biodegrade in less than half the time of your typical pair of plastic sunglasses (about 500 years). These prescription ready frames are paired with quality components like stainless steel hinges and 100% UV protective polarized lenses. The entire collection is priced under $100 USD and available in several different styles and colours (Eco Dempsey pictured above) for both men and women.