Who we are
Canadian Bushcraft is a proudly Native-owned school, focusing on subjects range from wilderness survival, traditional Indigenous skills, and land stewardship. We have been running courses in the central Ontario region since 2008, teaching skills in all seasons and all weather.
Located on the scenic north shore of Rice Lake, our primary location is the infamous “Camp Mud”- a mixed hardwood forests of Hiawatha First Nation. Wildlife runs rampant here, with sightings of sandhill cranes, bald eagles, common bitterns, white-tailed deer, fisher, otters, muskrats and many more. Birdwatchers flock to this region every spring to try to catch sight of rare or endangered migratory birds.
Canadian Bushcraft has successfully run programs for the University of Guelph, Trent University’s Indigenous Environmental Studies Program, Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board, several Outdoor Education Centres, and countless First Nations Communities. Our eclectic roster of instructors makes us capable of teaching a large variety of subjects, and we have been hailed as being one of the most informative wilderness schools in the country.
Owner and head instructor, Caleb founded Canadian Bushcraft to spread the knowledge and love of the wilderness to as many people as possible. His experience with ancestral knowledge and native culture earned him the duty of Archeology Liaison for his native reserve.
Emily has worked in the woods of north-central Ontario for much of her adult life. Her background includes working for summer camps, working in Algonquin Provincial Park and teaching outdoor education at Haliburton Forest & Wildlife.
A traditional woodworker for much of his life, Radek is extremely knowledgeable in tree identification and woodcraft. He is a lover of all things wild and lives as a true naturalist; bird watching, tracking, identifying wild plants and more.
Christina loves bacon and the outdoors. She is the first graduate of the Earth Tracks Tracking Apprenticeship and holds a Level III Cybertracker certification (snow). Fueled by curiosity and a sense of adventure, she is a gifted educator to people of all ages.
A historical re-enactor and an avid woodsman, Casey has spent much of his time learning about his traditional ancestors, the Abenaki Nation. Scraping deerskins, tanning pelts, and producing exquisite cared wooden flutes, he is an all-around handyman, who know how to make things work.
Elyse has been with Canadian Bushcraft since 2016 and has quickly become an integral part of our team. A Hike Ontario Certified Hike Leader with a passion for the outdoors and traditional knowledge, she has assisted in blacksmithing, canoe making and countless other projects, with a current passion for sheltercraft and woodcarving