The Family Camping Guide

A Grown-Ups Survival Manual

The Family Camping Guide

For every adult who has ever faced the family camping challenge.  This book shows you how to prepare yourself and your family for a great outdoor getaway. Included are tips for selecting tents, cooking, getting the kids to bed, treating common camp injuries, entertaining the gang, building a fire, securing drinkable water, camp lighting, checklists and much, much more.

Ed Horner has been camping, hiking and paddling through Ontario and Alberta for 45 years and brings his considerable knowledge, skill base and expertise to the pages of The Family Camping Guide.

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Nottawasaga Bluffs Conservation Area

An excerpt from Day Hikes of Ontario, Vol. II, available on Apple iBooks.

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Total distance about 10km.

Time; about 4 hours

Difficulty ⭐️⭐️⭐️☆☆

I rated this “moderate” as on this particular hike we explored the Keyhole crevice caves and the ground was still slippery with ice in the deeper sections.  Walking time varies with weather and trail conditions.

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Day Hikes of Ontario Vol. II

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Two years in the making, Day Hikes of Ontario, Vol. II is finally available for download on Apple’s iBooks.

Twenty trails from Hardy Lake Provincial Park in the north, Warsaw Caves in the east to Dofasco Trail in the south, Day Hikes of Ontario, Vol. II, guides the adventurer with maps, descriptions and photographs through a wide range of topography and trail types as they explore the landscape of south central Ontario. Continue reading

The Value of Nature

IIMG_6871 lifted this Paid Post for the Waldorf School, in the San Francisco Bay Area, that I found in the New Yorker Online the other day. What caught my eye was the simple fact that there is recognition that getting outdoors, into a natural area, is of value to the spirit, mind and body – all the more so if it’s in an area that’s unfamiliar.

“The Waldorf School of the Peninsula, a private school in the Bay Area, is a technology-free zone. There are no tablets, no cell phones, no screens of any kind. Instead, the bookshelves are lined with encyclopedias and the classrooms outfitted with blackboards and chalk. Continue reading

Day Hikes of Ontario Vol. 1

Day Hikes Cover FinalDay Hikes in Ontario Vol. 1 is now available. #hiking #Ontario #Dayhikes.

This book is written to help anyone interested in getting outdoors and enjoying the wonderful hiking trails that Ontario has to offer. The author focuses on day hikes, typically 2 – 4 hours in length, within a two hour drive of Toronto. It offers suggestions of not only where to go, but what to take with you and what other attractions you might find as part of an outing, such as local art galleries, good restaurants, vineyards and wineries, country markets or privately owned or municipal gardens. Getting outside need not be simply a hike, but the hike might be part of a longer day spent in the outdoors at fairs, on farms, picking your own vegetables or just sitting by a well-stocked trout pond,dangling a line in the water. 

The author includes tips on outdoor photography, trail etiquette, trail ratings, how to get to the hikes, site facilities, first aid concerns, how to avoid and treat insect bites and avoiding and managing bears.

Cam Snell Side Trail

An excerpt from the soon to be released Day Hikes of Ontario, Vol. 1.

Freewheeling

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In Freewheeling, Horner takes his readers on a walk down Memory Lane as he provides them with well-told tales of some bicycle-related adventures he had while growing up in Toronto.

He and his friends get into trouble in the Black Creek, get pinched by a motorcycle cop in High Park, rescue a member of their party from Catfish Pond, get a deal at a police auction and more.

We are treated to a bit of history along the way as we learn, for example, that the Black Creek was turned into a flood control channel in the early 60s as a direct response to the devastating Hurricane Hazel that wracked the area a few years earlier.

Slow paced and introspective, Horner provides us with a series of richly textured tales of his early life as a footloose and fancy free cyclist.

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It can be downloaded from Apple iBooks.

ISBN: 978-0-9953161-3-3