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We are now well into winter with a few good snowfalls under the belt. The land has transformed into a winter wonderland and is it ever gorgeous. From the wet, muddy, dark dreary days of early November has come a paradise of bright sparkling landscape of lightly snow laden spruce and fir.
The pond is fully frozen over and the lake is not far away. The ice is expanding out the creek nicely and if this weather continues, we will be frozen soon.
There are still a few spots left this winter for our Training Camp and Vast Horizons Expedition that starts on January 2nd! Come play with us, and make friends with winter this year!
The colours are magnificent right now and we can’t help but to feel the shift in seasons. The smell of the forest changes. The sun is getting lower in the sky, gleaming off the spider webs that fill the meadow with a quite, cool stillness. The hummingbirds have long left the feeder and the moose are calling out for a mate. The lily pads are dying back, revealing the cold black waters beneath them.
Before we know it, all the leaves will be gone and the dreary November will settle in. Cold, wet, and shades of grey we will await for freeze up. That first snow is a glimmer of light, bringing new life to the landscape. And that’s when we know that the fun is about to begin! The ice starts to form with its nightly groaning. Thicker and thicker each night, our passage revealed. Soon what once was a liquid barrier, becomes a solid highway for smooth passage for all.
We are working on getting our new Barn up and running for our expedition season which will mean better storage for all of our expedition gear and workshop space for our basecamp experiences! The leaves falling are a warning bell that we are running out of time. I had better get back to work! More updates to come soon!
Don’t forget, there is something here for everyone! We want to help you fall in love with winter as much as we do! Please check out our expedition schedule to find something right for you! EXPEDITIONS HERE
It’s HOT. And we thought we’d try to cool you down, by getting you psyched for this coming winter by releasing our schedule! We are bringing back some ol’ goodies and even have a new one for those of you looking for some lure of the unknown with us!
Take a gander, I think there’s something in there for all of you!
We are already getting excited for the winter season (hold your horses, I know). But seriously, let’s do this! It’s going to be awesome. Call or email us if you have any questions about any of the expeditions! Visit our Expeditions page to see what we’ve got going on!
Although we are heavily focused on winter experiences, we cannot hide the beauty of Golden Pond any longer! We have three courses lined up for this summer that I know you are going to love.
The first course is our Golden Pond Wellness Retreat! Step away from the stresses of at home or work and come spend the week at the pond basking in nature’s beauty. We are focused on wellness of your whole being this week. Emptying your mind, opening your heart and letting your soul soar! Health, connection and fun are the key principles of this week!
Our next course is a double whammy! Two stand alone courses that are fantastic, but paired together makes the full package! Our Forest Skills Intensive followed immediately by our Survival Experience Course is one not to be missed. The Intensive course is designed to be skills focused and elevating your baseline of wilderness survival skills. Followed up by the Survival Experience, which is designed to put your skills to the test and focus on long-term survival/wilderness living.
We are very excited about these courses and are confident that they will be a course to remember! See you this summer!
” It’s difficult to articulate how much I enjoyed it to be honest.”
” Now that the Pontax is over, I can definitely say this experience was hands down my favorite.”
“This is officially the coolest thing I’ve ever done”.
Our 2023 winter season is now behind us, and the incredible feedback is starting to pour in via email and even hand-written letters! The above quotes are just a few examples of what our guests have been telling us. It’s incredible to be a part of such impactful adventures for and with folks, and their excitement has us dreaming about 2024 already! Please stay tuned as we hope to finalize and publish next winter’s schedule sometime this spring.
Dec. 1 UPDATE! The spot has been taken. The course is now full. Please contact us to be put on the waiting list. Thank you so much!
We just had one spot open up for our Brain Tanning and Butchery Course on March 4-11!
This course is packed full of learning. Starting with each participant having their own beaver to learn how to skin, butcher, flesh, scrape and board. Then we packaged the meat for the freezer, render the fat and make soap! We then switch gears into tanning the hides and you’ll walk away with your very own smoked beaver hide.
We only have one spot left so don’t delay! Register today!
Hello friends of the north!
Thank you for keeping us busy these last couple weeks! The pre-orders are rolling in…
Woohoo!! We want you to know we are working on getting them to you asap!
The first step is building up our inventory. Dave and Kielyn have put us into contact with all of their suppliers, and it has been such a pleasure to meet other small business owners from across Canada that create the highest quality goods, from wool, to hides, to lumber. It has really driven home the care and dedication Lure of the North has put into building relationships, and carefully sourcing each component of our kits and finished products with the very best materials. We hope that this makes you feel as good as it does us. Knowing that the gear you are ordering is going to withstand the test of time, and the rigors of your winter expeditions.
While some materials have arrived, others are still on route, so we’re getting our products assembled and shipped as they come. We are happy to receive your emails and to continue to give updates at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also find us on Facebook and Instagram. It has been a joy to see all of the incredible adventures you have been posting on your socials. Please tag us in your Lure of the North gear, we would love to see it in action.
In the meantime please know that we so appreciate your support and most of all patience as we get up and running.
We are happy beyond words to announce that we have officially handed the keys over of our retail store to the new owners Jeff and Laura from Sudbury! We will be working very closely with them to get them on the ground running.
They will be operating from our website for the first season to make sure we can get you your gear faster! We will do a FAQ section in our ABOUT US drop down menu to help clarify things for you. But they are going to be separate from us at Lure of the North and will be operating under Lure of the North Outfitters, or LOTN Outfitters. They will be the exclusive retailer of all of our product line and will be able to grow and expand the line in the future!
This decision we believe will benefit everyone, even you! With us letting go of the retail, we can focus fully on the expeditions, workshops and our homesteading life. But we will also now have time to take a step back and help Jeff and Laura with product refinements, new products and get more instructional videos out for you! Jeff and Laura do NOT live 10km into the bush, so you’ll be sure that your package won’t come to you covered in mud or wet from being dropped in the snow! They live on a rural property just outside of Sudbury, ON (Lively) and only a 10 minute detour off of highway hwy 17. So you’ll even be able to stop in to look at the gear without having to first paddle 6km or hike in 8km.
They will be opening the store back up THIS COMING SUNDAY! They will be taking PRE-ORDERS for scheduled delivery most likely AFTER CHRISTMAS. They need time to order in all of the materials and get their production up and running.
So please get excited and show them your support by making those pre-orders. You can take a a deep sigh of relief and know that you didn’t miss the boat and you can get that anorak, beaver mitts, moccasin kit or toboggan that you had always wanted! Hoorah!!
The expedition came to fruition because we had recently became the trappers on the line that connects to our property and surrounding area. We really love the idea of harvesting from the land to provide sustenance for our family and guests. We thought we had a unique set of skills that marry together to give the general public the chance to see into a life that wouldn’t otherwise be easily available. The skills to take people out winter camping and keep them safe, with the certificate and authority to humanely and sustainably harvest beavers meant that the Life on the Trapline course was born!
This was the next stage on our idea to walk every Missinaibi Mile. It was 240 kilometers of river that progressively got wider and wider. We were able to walk the famed trading route and pass the old trading post at Brunswick lake which was not actually visible under the snow. But knowing we were walking the footsteps of those who came before us felt very special. You could feel the history and magic on this section of river. Battling slush, deep snow and cold weather we came together as a team and reached our destination at the tiny hamlet of Mattice. Looking down the river we knew we had to keep going. But that was for another year…