Hap, Andrea & Cabin Falls at the Toronto Outdoor Adventure Show

Yes! It’s that time of the year again, when all the paddling and outdoor explorers gather for one spectacular weekend of presentations, demonstrations, as well as Canada’s largest showcase of outdoor gear and adventure travel experiences, all at the Toronto – OAS 2016.

Hap and Andrea wait out a storm while out mapping the route for the TCT

Hap and Andrea wait out a storm while out mapping the route for the TCT

This year, look for Hap and Andrea at their NEW Cabin Falls Ecolodge booth, where there will also be books and other Hap Wilson works available. Plus, be sure to catch Hap at the Paddler’s Pavilion, where he will be presenting this year’s topic: TEMAGAMI.

Temagami poster 2016

Plus, receive a discount off the cost of your admission ticket to the Toronto Outdoor Adventure Show when you print out the coupon image (see coupon image below) or purchase your tickets online using the promo code: HAPWILSON

OAS-Toronto-Speaker-coupon-HAPWILSON

OAS 2016 Show Info
Show Hours
Friday, February 19, 2016, 11am – 8pm
Saturday, February 20, 2016, 10am – 6pm
Sunday, February 21, 2016, 10am – 5pm


Admission: (Don’t forget the coupon or online promo code above!)
Adult: $14
Youths 12 – 17: $12
Seniors 60+: $12
Weekend Pass: $18
Children 11 & under are free

For more information, or to purchase your tickets online, see: http://outdooradventureshow.ca/toronto/show-info/

You definitely don’t want to miss this!

“Portage Dawn”, A New Limited Edition Print by Hap Wilson

Dawn Portage by Hap Wilson (Print)

“Portage Dawn” by Hap Wilson

(Note: The image here shows a hapwilson.com watermark for posting online but is not part of the actual “Dawn Portage” print.)

A short note from Hap:

Many thanks for your interest in my artwork… it was inspired by the over 100 trips down the Lady Evelyn, sometimes at dusk and sometimes at the breaking of the day…always beautiful, always different. Each print is signed and numbered: please let me know if you want the print “personalized” and to what address the prints are to be shipped to. Thank You!

Instructions for Purchasing Limited Edition Prints:

Shipping costs and HST are as follows.

Ltd. Edition Print; 11”X14” NSF (250 run) “Portage Dawn

One-print: $60.00 |   Two-prints: $110.00 | (Each additional print $50.00)

HST:  Please add $7.80 for one-print | $6.50 for each additional $50.00 print

Note: Present available payment options include Paypal invoicing, INTERAC e-Transfer (email money transfers), personal cheques or money orders at the present time. Please email info(@)eskakwa.ca or make your cheque or money order out to Hap Wilson. Mailing address: 1141 Crawford St. Rosseau, ON, Canada, P0C 1J0  For more information email: info(@)eskakwa.ca or call:705-732-8254

SHIPPING COSTS:

Please find your general location below and add the corresponding shipping cost to your purchase total. Thank you!

Canada:

GTA area: $12.00 (express post, 2-days)

All other Ontario: $14.00 (express post 2-3 days)

East coast: $18. Reg. or $22.50 express

West coast: $16. Reg. or $19.00 express

USA:

$10.00 regular mail (7-10 days) or $19.00 with tracking (6-7 days)

 Other Available LIMITED EDITION PRINTS and BOOKS

The Skier by Hap Wilson

 

 

“The Skier” limited edition print: reg. $120 on sale for $100.00

Trails & Tribulations, reg. $26.99 on sale for $18.00

Grey Owl and Me, reg. $26.99 on sale for $18.00.

Rivers of the Upper Ottawa Valley

Plus… Vintage copies of “Rivers of the Upper Ottawa” and “Missinaibi” (artwork on covers) on sale for $35.00, reg. $50.

 

Finding The PITPC Rewards: Cabin Falls EcoLodge Paddle OFFICIAL CLUE

As you are probably aware by now, Hap agreed to be part of the much talked about Paddle In The Park Contest (PITPC) again this year, as did Andrea. Both were named official “paddle-hiders” for 2014, with Hap hiding the Cabin Falls EcoLodge Paddle and Andrea being specifially chosen to hide a special Algonquin Outfitters GIRLS PORTAGE Paddle, to help celebrate women in the outdoors. But what you might not know that that each time a paddle is found and claimed, more prizes are given away to the “paddle-finder” and the paddlers following along from home. There is even a Nova Craft Prospector Canoe up for grabs!

Cabin Falls EcoLodge Paddle by BADGER® for the PITPC

The reason behind the PITPC is an important one. Its aim is to get more people aware of the scientifically proven rewards of spending time in nature. They even listed 9+1 reasons to do so on their website. So get out there and try to find those paddles and you will be sure to receive all the rewards and benefits that spending time in the wilderness can bring. There are only 4 paddles left but still lots more prizes to be won! Not sure where to start? Well here is a clue for Hap’s Cabin Falls EcoLodge Paddle* that was hidden somewhere in Temagami. There are more clues and hints for this paddle and the others archived on the PITPC website, to help you find what you may be seeking “Out There”.

CABIN FALLS EcoLodge PADDLE – OFFICIAL PITPC CLUE

2014 PITPC CLUE CABIN FALLS EcoLodge Paddle

The great trees of Temagami are known to be ancient.
Their true value has no price.
But to find the Cabin Falls paddle you must think much older,
Back to a time of fire and ice.

 For more information on the Paddle In The Park Contest, visit their website paddleintheparkcontest.ca or find them on Facebook and Twitter. Good luck!

*This is the second clue that has been published for the Cabin Falls EcoLodge Canoe Paddle for the PITPC. Find the first hint via the PITPC archives. A special thanks to all the sponsors for helping to make such a great contest available to those who spend time in the back woods. Especially Mike and Fiona of Badger Paddles and Preston and Nancy Ciere of Portageur.ca, who have made it their passion to get you paddling and portaging too.

 

Chris & Alexa’s “Beat The Parents To The Car” Trip

As many of you are aware, Hap has countless talents, skills and accomplishments under his belt, and thus is known to wear many “hats”. However there is one hat he wears rather proudly above the rest – the one of “Poppa”.  And he has a lot to be proud of! Take for instance the recent and very impressive accomplishment of his two children, Chris and Alexa…

Chris, only 14 and 1/2 yrs old, and Alexa, who just turned 13, have been travelling the route to their Temagami home (Cabin Falls) together before they could even crawl – always with the guidance of their father to get them to their backwoods lodging and destination.

However, they undoubtedly impressed their Poppa and Mum just this past week when they spontaneously requested permission to paddle the 30 km route upstream on the Lady Evelyn, and back to the car from the cabin – without guidance.

 

Chris & Alexa - Beat The Parents To The Car Trip!

With a just a 2.5 hr. headstart, they had to portage/line and hump canoe and gear around 15 portages, rapids, chutes and falls… Oh yes….AND stop to pick a litre of blueberries along the way!

Amazingly, Hap and Andrea caught up with them only 5 km short of the end.

As Hap tells it, “the headwind was fierce and they were ‘bone-tired’ but in all – very proud parents and a job well done!”

Yes, a job well done indeed! No wonder “Poppa” is so proud!

Note: Chris is a skilled wilderness canoe tripper and has done independent trips before this, however this is Chris and Alexa’s first “Beat The Parents To The Car” Trip together.

Hap & The Paddle In The Park Contest

Not long before the season started this year, Hap and Andrea were approached by their friends at Badger Paddles and Portageur.ca to help with an intriguing contest idea.

 

There has never been a greater need for society to unplug and reconnect all at the same time. The Paddle In The Park Contest was created to remind people of the many rewards of getting outside, from our health and well being, to supporting our parks and wild places. What better way to do this than with a chance to find a handcrafted Badger® paddle, hidden somewhere in parks across Ontario?

 

So, with the hope to encourage more people to get “Out There”, Hap and Andrea decided to join the Paddle In The Park Contest crew to help promote spending time in the wilderness (parks and conservation areas as well as remote locations) by way of hiding a paddle in the Temagami area and also by providing prizes for the contest winners.

 

Hap Wilson & Andrea Turner-Wilson

 

You see, Hap and his beautiful Andrea have not only contributed their time to finding a good place to hide a paddle, but have also provided prints of The Skier and signed copies of Hap’s book “Grey Owl and Me” to the Paddle In The Park Contest prize packages (which also include gear and SWAG from Swift Canoe, Algonquin Outfitters, Portageur.ca, and more).

 

The Skier :: Temagami

So to explain it all in more detail, Hap Wilson is joining two other paddle hiders by individually hiding 6 canoe paddles at different dates in undisclosed locations (along the portage trails) around 3 different canoeing areas in Ontario (Algonquin, Temagami, and Killarney) and who ever finds them while on trip – gets to keep them!

As an incentive for recording the found paddles with the Paddle In The Park Contest organizers,  they have also compiled a number of backend prizes that the paddle finders will receive once they have contacted contest officials to let them know they have, indeed, found a paddle. Hopefully with pictures and a good story to share with the rest of us too.

 

Grey Owl and Me

Plus, to help make more people aware of the rewards of getting “Out There”, they have also gathered a bunch of prizes to give away to those who are following along back at home or who are too far away to find a paddle themselves. You can enter the home version of the Paddle In The Park Contest here: Enter Draw.

The contest runs until September 15th or until all the paddles are found – which ever comes first.

PaddleintheparkcontestPaddle In The Park Contest:

There are 6 (six) Badger® Canoe Paddles hidden along the portage trails in Algonquin, Temagami and Killarney areas
• Clues to their specific location will be offered throughout the summer, becoming increasingly specific
• The contest will also include draws to take place each time a paddle is found
• Once you find a paddle, contact us and we’ll send you the rest of the prize package
• Prizes, besides the hidden paddles, include signed books by authors Hap Wilson, and others along with prizes provided by Portageur.ca, Jeff’s Map, North Water, Swift Canoe, Algonquin Outfitters, Keyak, Hooligan Gear and more!

Visit the Paddle In The Park Contest website for prizes and other information:

www.paddleintheparkcontest.ca

But this is not just about finding paddles. In fact, the folks at the Paddle In The Park Contest put together 9+1 Rewards and Reasons to spend time in nature every day this summer by composing a list that includes benefits for your heath, relationships, sleep and brain function.

Badger PaddlesNow start thinking about where you think Hap and Andrea may have hidden that paddle. Enter your best guess here: Enter Paddle In The Park Contest Home Version for your chance to win at home.

Plus don’t forget to visit the Paddle In The Park Contest website for clues (even a map!) if you have a trip planned in Temagami, Algonquin or Killarney this summer.

Two paddles have already been found but the rewards are still “Out There”.

Footbridge on the Centre Falls Trail

Centre Falls - 1978

Centre Falls – 1978

Since at least 1947, there was a footbridge on site along a challenging section on the Centre Falls trail in Temagami (now part of Lady Evelyn-Smoothwater Wilderness Park). That changed in 2003 when the MNR removed the footbridge for liability and budgetary reasons. The path that must now be used predates the bridge but includes a very difficult and steep climb up and down the small ravine.

A direct message from Hap Wilson on the removal of the Centre Falls Footbridge in Temagami:

When I was a park ranger in Temagami back in 1978, one of my first jobs was to rebuild the footbridge at Centre Falls (then Lady Evelyn Waterway Park – pre Lady Evelyn Smoothwater Wilderness Park).

The old bridge, built in the early 1960’s by a dozen Junior Rangers and two foremen over a 2-week period, spanned the sixty-foot ravine beside the falls. I had a crew of four and we rebuilt the bridge in five-days in early May. Tar and rolled asphalt helped preserve the joints.

The bridge was still in good shape well into the new century; however, the MNR removed the bridge for liability reasons a few years ago, even though the couple of planks that had deteriorated could easily have been replaced.

It is a very difficult lift or drop through the ravine without the bridge. When the MNR took down the bridge they left all the spike-laced debris in clear site instead of dragging it back into the bush; when we built the bridge we made sure the old take-down material was cleared away.

If you think this iconic footbridge should be rebuilt again, let me know…I’ve seen a lot of trippers struggle through this dangerous cut in the rocks.”

~Hap Wilson, June 2013

To let Hap know YOUR VIEW, leave a comment below, email him at info@ecotrailbuilders.com or find other ways to contact Hap Wilson here: Contact Hap Wilson – Eco Trailbuilders

Rebuilding Centre Falls Bridge - 1978

Rebuilding Centre Falls Bridge – 1978

Hap and his crew working on Centre Falls Bridge - 1978

Hap and his crew working on Centre Falls Bridge – 1978

Rebuilding Centre Falls Bridge - 1978

Rebuilding Centre Falls Bridge – 1978

Cabin Falls :: Rebuilding Paradise

“We stood at a long, sloping bedrock terrace; before us, riverside, was a neatly trimmed, brown log cabin, and set below the cabin, overlooking the falls, was a quaint canopied gazebo. And elderly man was waving us over. Excited to know more about this haven in the midst of rock and pine, miles from anywhere, we complied and met the man on the deck with a barrage of questions. He welcomed us by pouring freshly brewed cofe in real ceramic mugs.” ~ Hap Wilson, The Cabin, (upon viewing this wilderness cabin paradise for the very first time as a young lad)

Located on the first falls south of Katherine (Divide) Lake on the Lady Evelyn River (now the Lady Evelyn-Smoothwater Wilderness Park), the Cabin Falls is Canada’s most unique wilderness eco-lodge retreat.

Original 1931 picture from the Cabin Journal.

Original 1931 picture from the Cabin Journal.

Original 1931 picture from the Cabin Journal.

Original 1931 picture from the Cabin Journal.

Built in the early ’30’s, with this cabin (as one can imagine) the building and reparations of, are no easy task as all materials and supplies have to be flown in from Temagami, paddled down river (through two rapids with canoes lashed together) and portaged twice, sometimes three times.

Lumber and all other supplies have to be flown and paddled in.

Lumber and all other supplies have to be flown and paddled in.

 

Canoes lashed together with Andrea helping to steer the load.

Canoes lashed together with Andrea helping to steer the load.

Over 100 Beaver aircraft flights have been made to bring in lumber – almost all it milled in Muskoka from local timber mills cutting on private land (not Temagami!). In fact, much of the material was salvaged from construction sites or old buildings being torn down. Almost all work is done by hand tools only – from skinning logs with a draw-knife to paddling in propane fridge. Solar powered since 2000 and soon to have its own hydro-power by way of non-intrusive pelton turbine, this eco-retreat is a paradise of mind as well.

Propane fridge being brought in by canoe with Hap in the stern.

Propane fridge being brought in by canoe with Hap in the stern.

Andrea skins the logs with a draw knife in the summer heat of 2012.

Andrea skins the logs with a draw knife in the summer heat of 2012.

The old deck (circa 1931) being torn apart and replaced (2012).

The old deck (circa 1931) being torn apart and replaced (2012).

 

“… I felt that I would, someday, become conjoined with this wonderful place at the falls; call it premonition or gut feeling, the seed was planted for a new adventure that was sure to unfold sometime in the future.” ~ Hap Wilson, The Cabin, (upon visiting Cabin Falls for the very first time as a young lad)

Originally built by two American brothers as their own personal wilderness nirvana, Hap now has been taking client trips up to Cabin Falls EcoLodge for over twenty years; welcoming mostly executive and family groups, as well as photographers, writers and artists to a memorable wilderness eco-retreat. All fly-in by floatplane from Temagami but other visitors may include canoeists who are passing through and in need of shelter on trip as Hap always leaves a little cabin (away from the main structure) open for trippers in need.

Hap at work making things comfortable around the cabin.

Hap at work making things comfortable around the cabin.

 

But the history of the cabin’s custodians have not always been peaceful perfection. Besides the fact that one of the original owners, Newcolm, chopped his wife up with an axe and slit his own throat with a razor at their home in 1934; at one time there were many who saw Cabin Falls and it’s occupants as a threat to their destructive economic ideals and single-minded industry.

 

“We woke up the next morning to a smoke-filled cabin. It was so thick outside that we couldn’t see across the river, less than fifty yards away. …”They’re trying to burn you out!” he announced. … “Elk Lakers — two of them — they were boasting about it in the local bar last night and someone overheard them,” Dawson expained, saying nothing more and returning to the post office. Shit. So, they actually did it, the bastards. They burned out the park, just like they said they would.” ~ Hap Wilson, The Cabin

 

To learn more about Cabin Falls, it’s history and it’s soul; read the book The Cabin – A Search For Personal Sanctuary, written and illustrated by Hap Wilson or visit for yourself!