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Cabin Falls Ecolodge is owned and managed by well-known Canadian adventurers, Hap and Andrea Wilson. With decades of wilderness tripping experience, these two expert guides have shared a love and passion for Temagami since their first meeting many, many years ago. Having graced the covers and pages of many popular outdoor magazines, and other publications (not including the numerous wilderness guide-books and novels penned and illustrated by Hap), these two modern-day voyageurs continue to impress and inspire us all.

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Hap Wilson

Aside from short stints with Hollywood (teaching Pierce Brosnan how to throw a knife and paddle a canoe), Hap has been researching and writing canoeing guidebooks since 1977. With twelve published books under his belt (The Cabin, Trails & Tribulations, Grey Owl and Me the latest additions – short stories) you’ll also find his work in major magazines like Canadian Geographic, Explore or Cottage Life.

Recipient of the prestigious Bill Mason Award for lifetime achievement in River Conservation, and recognized as one of Canada’s leading environmentalists, Hap was also recently indoctrinated into the Century-old New York based Explorer’s Club as an International Fellow. His current project is knitting together the Trans Canada Trail from Thunder Bay to Manitoba (900km) researching old canoe routes for yet another guidebook. The Path of the Paddle project is continuing this summer with more routes recently added to this iconic coming publication. With more charting and paddling to do this summer, Hap has already paddled more than 60,000km. covering many parts of Canada and embarked on over 300 expeditions as wilderness guide and pathfinder.

As a naturally instinctive pathfinder, Hap first constructed trails, bridges and boardwalks as a park ranger in Temagami from 1977 to 1984, which included Ontario’s first old-growth hiking trail on Temagami Island. Since then he has charted, mapped, and designed thousands of kilometres of cultural canoe routes and hundreds of kilometres of land-based hiking, ski and bike trails.

Hap has been passionately creating trails with endless energy for private land-owners, world-class resorts, nature reserves and provincial governments across Canada for decades. With his love and profound respect for our natural world as a motivator, and his knowledge of the front lines between the wilderness and industry, Hap began to chart canoe routes and hiking trails to encourage awareness and public protections for our sacred forests and rivers.

Besides building many renowned trails as an expert eco trail-builder, Hap is a self taught artist and author. Having documented his many journeys and adventures with his veracious pen, Hap is also an award-winning nature writer/illustrator of 13 guidebooks and an award-winning photographer as well as co-founder of the Toronto-based environment group Earthroots. See more about Hap’s work at his website: hapwilson.com.

Currently, Hap is working on a new guide book linking the waterways from Thunder Bay to the Manitoba border.

Andrea Wilson

Born to paddle a canoe, Andrea used to spend hours as a young girl, steering her cedar canvas boat to her will. Back country canoe trips came next. No stranger to the trail, Andrea first became a Wilderness Guide when she was a mere teen. Having helped to build the successful SmoothWater Outfitting in the early 90′s along side Hap, Andrea has also spent many years working in the seasonal paddle sports industry for canoe builders such as Swift Canoe and retailers like Algonquin Outfitters and Northern Lights Canoe & Kayak, choosing to spend her winters on the slopes and trails as a talented Level 3 Ski Instructor.

Not only eager to explore the trail and waterways of our natural world, Andrea has been dedicated to exploring the shores of her own mind as well having completed an honours degree in Gerontology (with a specialization in Religious Studies), a degree in Ethics, a Master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Humanities; and is even now working her way through her doctorate with the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, where she is researching “spirituality in the conversations of older women”. Never afraid of hard work, always interested in how people relate to each other and the natural world around them, and with a strong background in ethics, Andrea took to the respectful concept of eco trail building and Cabin Falls EcoLodge life immediately.

EXPLORE Magazine Cover - Andrea & Hap

A young(er) Hap and Andrea on the cover of Explore Magazine.