Qualifications and Experience

Dave on Lake Superior - Winter 2014.

Dave on Lake Superior – Winter 2014.

Kielyn and Dave started Lure of the North in 2011, after completing a 40-day, self-supported snowshoe journey in Northern Ontario in the winter of 2010. We realized that there was a much better way to enjoy winter travel on Ontario’s frozen waterways, and we wanted to share this style of winter camping with as many people as possible.

Qualifications, Experience and Safety Considerations

  • We are both graduates of Laurentian University’s Outdoor Adventure Leadership Degree program (BPHE);
  • Wilderness First Responder Trained(80h);
  • Ice Rescue Technician Trained;
  • We have each traveled over 2,000 km by snowshoe and spent over 250 nights out in the winter;
  • We carry extensive first aid, emergency and repair kits and are well versed in how to use them;
  • We carry satellite communication (or cell communication if appropriate) devices on all our expeditions. This includes a SPOT messenger device and/ or a satellite phone;
  • We have a dedicated logistical coordinator at home who has years of experience in this position, and is well versed in our emergency protocols;
  • Because we make much of our own winter equipment, we are well versed in their strengths, weaknesses and how to repair damaged equipment;
  • All guest participants have the power of “Challenge by Choice”. That is, if there is ever an activity that they do not feel comfortable with, they are encouraged to speak up and share this concern with the guides and/ or group;
  • We believe the style in which we travel is inherently much safer than many other outdoor pursuits. We try to travel at a slower pace and more in tune with the natural environment. We carry the tools and knowledge necessary to weather winter storms and remain comfortable in the winter wilderness for days on end. You will find we do not straddle a fine line between safety and catastrophe as many fast/ light winter or alpine expeditions seem to do, instead we are firmly on the side of safety and comfort in the wild.
  • We are a fully insured company.

3 thoughts on “Qualifications and Experience

  1. Hi- I moved up from Florida to the upper peninsula of Michigan where I’ve been hunting with my brothers the last few years. Feel like I’m finally home. Going to buy some timber land, mill my wood, and build my “cave and fire”. It’s all I’ve ever wanted. Found your videos very informative and empowering. Hunting, fishing, woodworking, have been but a dream for a former city slicker like me. But-I just hit me,, it’s the ” lure of the north”!! Going to check out more of your stuff to soak up as much information as possible before I build. I’ll check in with you later- thx for sharing your cool videos- Michael

  2. Good morning!
    I have just seen your site…
    It looks very good.
    You are doing good work, keep it up!!
    I am also, from the Espanola area.

    take care ..gods speed..

    Allan “bow” Beauchamp!

  3. Hello all
    Can you let me know if you have space for 3 people on your 13 day trip next year we were booked in with the Conovers but they have since retired.


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