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General Winter Camping Discussion / Re: LOOKING FOR A CABIN TO RENT
« on: December 04, 2017, 11:03:02 am »
Hi Rosseau,

We rent out our "glamping" tent and could have it available at the end of December. You can check out our page here:

PM me if you have any interest or questions!

Thanks so much!

What a great event this was!

We really were happy we rearranged our schedule and came. It was SO great to see so many familiar faces and meet even more people who had an interest in winter camping. I was really surprised when the question was posed "how many people have never been winter camping" and half of the people raised their hands! How cool is that, that there are that many new people wanting to give it a try!

I was also really grateful to put some faces to names that I have interacted with online. Now I know you DO exist! LOL

Thank you again to all that organized the event especially David Bain.

I hope to see some of you on the trail or at the Pond in the future!


Lure of the North / Re: Snowshoe Weaving Videos are Live!
« on: November 26, 2017, 11:06:54 am »
Thanks very much guys! Let us know how your weaving goes!

Lure of the North / Sharing
« on: November 15, 2017, 10:48:05 am »
At the Winter Camping Symposium in Minnesota this year, Dave Delafield gave a great presentation as the Friday night keynote. He talked about giving thanks where thanks is due. Honouring our past so we can continue to grow in the future. This is a huge part of where our company came from and where we hope it continues to go.

We travel across Ontario teaching traditional crafts that we certainly didn't come up with. We honour the traditional skills that have been passed on through generations. And with that, we've made what we believe to be improvements. We acknowledge the traditional materials and techniques used, but cannot ignore modern advancements in technologies. So we've been adapting to those changes.

We have compiled instructional booklets, patterns and more information on our website for you to use freely. We have taken what we have learned, and personalized it with our own efforts and modifications. We believe it is important to share this information to you rather than sell it because this knowledge should be passed on like it always has been.

We do however, appreciate that you give credit where credit is due. In our booklets, we acknowledge where we have be given our base knowledge from, which is very important. So we ask that if you do use our instructional booklets and patterns, to please acknowledge this. Sharing knowledge is imperative to creating a strong growing community.

We are always of course improving our instructions. With new versions coming out (less often than we would admittedly like), check back often. We are also working our way through our booklets and making YouTube videos for those of you that are more incline to those.

We also acknowledge that are a hundred ways to skin a cat (not really sure why this expression has stuck around..). So we have provided our way of doing things and they have worked for us. But we are always open to hearing your ideas, stories and different techniques.

Our lives are busy, so when we find something that works and works really well for us, I have a tendency to be happy to settle on it. There seems to be the types of people that want to have the absolute best of the best. But then it seems they never get it done, they never get out there and do it,  and they end up getting stuck, unsatisfied with what actually would work fine for their purpose. So if you're that person, I encourage you to bite the bullet and just start doing. You might find that what you had in front of you, works not only fine, but actually quite brilliantly. I could go on and on about this but perhaps it will be a different post.

So if you're looking for a good resource on how to make your own clothing for the winter season, please check out our info hub:

AND if you appreciate our efforts, please consider supporting us with the purchase of our DIY kits:

I think you'll find, that if you were to source all of these new, high quality materials yourself, you will end up spending just as much or more.

Thank you!!  :-*

Lure of the North / Re: Welcome!
« on: November 15, 2017, 10:15:54 am »
Hi everyone!

I am the one that primarily does our Facebook and Instagram photos and Dave has been the trusty forum respondent. I thought since some of you do not use social media that I should use this forum to inform you of all the latest and greatest updates from our side of the Pond. I'll mostly be sharing content so if you want to see photos don't hesitate to check us out on Instagram as @lureofthenorth and Facebook as @lureofthenorth. You do not need an account to view our posts.

I also wanted to use this opportunity to give a massive thank you to our loyal followers and customers. This year we have sold out of all of our expeditions back in September, only three weeks after we released our schedule. Our two-week Missinaibi expedition is compiled of all returning participants which I think says a lot about the camaraderie that is formed through these types of trips. Without the continued support and positive encouragement that you've shown us, we would not be doing what we do.

Thank you!  ;D

Lure of the North / Snowshoe Weaving Videos are Live!
« on: November 15, 2017, 09:43:52 am »
Hey everyone!

I wanted to let you know that if you're were hoping to weave your own snowshoes, either reweaving an old pair, or trying it out from scratch, we have released a video series that should help you get through it!

If you like our videos, please consider support our efforts and purchasing a DIY kit from us. Thank you so much!

Video Series:

DIY Kits:

Fire and Woodstoves / Re: Looking for a new\used stove for our tent\home
« on: December 18, 2014, 07:45:18 pm »
Hi everyone,

Thank you very much for all of your replies. We did end up finding exactly what we wanted and it burns SO much nicer at night. Our wee little wood pile might actually last us the winter! If not we will just have to go on another trip!

Sorry it took me so long to respond. The forum this is new to me and I got very side tracked with workshops.

Thanks again and happy trails to everyone this winter!!

Fire and Woodstoves / Looking for a new\used stove for our tent\home
« on: November 28, 2014, 06:32:35 pm »
Hey there everyone,

It's Kielyn from Lure of the North.

Dave and I are currently looking for a tight seal stove with a nice cooking surface to replace our current stove in our home. We want the Five Dog ideally but he doesn't have any available right now.

Does anyone have one or something similar they would like to sell?

Thanks for your time,


Sleds and Toboggans / Re: Tandem sleds?
« on: December 21, 2013, 10:10:43 pm »
No problem at all that I've noticed and we do similar all the time. You will have the advantage of breaking them apart for tough portages - probably more important for those traveling solo than those who have the advantage of a group.  The disadvantage would be slightly increased cost, and 2 shorter sleds/ toboggans, etc is likely less economical than buying one larger one. 

~ Dave (from the missus' account).

Hi BobG!

From my experience, keeping the battery warm all the time is not actually necessary. As far as I have heard, some people put their batteries in the freezer to prolong the life of them. But the most important thing to do is to ensure the battery is warm before turning your device on.

On our 40-day expedition, I only had two regular sized lithium ion batteries for our video camera and was able to get more than 2 full hours of footage and still had two bars left on the second battery by the time we got back.

So you should get the camera that you want, buy a back-up battery and keep the battery in your pocket so that you can quickly pop the battery in to take your shots. Keep you spare in a cloth bag somewhere safe and ready to use once the other dies.

Hope that helps-


General Winter Camping Discussion / Re: Winter Camping Symposium 2013
« on: October 28, 2013, 08:10:07 pm »
I don't usually post on here but I have to say that I was very touched with the feedback and the overwhelming positive response with our  presentation and workshop. It was great to meet everyone and I hope to see you all next year!!! Thank you so much for your support, as it means so much to Dave and I.


Kielyn ;D

Hi Misfit,

Joining the conversation late, but I made 3 toboggans last year from HPDE and am probably making another 3 or 6 this year for guiding use.  Perhaps upgrading to UHWM-PE, but still considering as it is twice the cost...

Anyways, I picked up the HPDE at Johnston Industrial Plastics in TO.
Cost was ~$130 (before tax and cutting) for a 48" x 120" x 1/4" sheet.  They ripped it into 1/3s for me for $15, leaving me with the 3 blanks practically ready to be outfitted (after a bit of rough tapering).  Available there in both natural and black (UV protection). 

Very, very easy process.  As Scott mentioned, get a countersink bit for the s.s. screws from the bottom.  Buy the screws from Brafasco or Fastenal, etc and you will save a bundle over regular hardware stores.  Don't know what part of ON you're in, but I bought the ash in Belleville-area and that was also a lot less than I found it for here in Sudbury. 

Good luck,

PS. Scott, that's a great looking headboard, I'll have my eyes peeled for something similar next time I'm doing the thrift-store circuit!

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