THE ORIGINS OF EXPLORE THE BACKCOUNTRY
This website follows the adventures of Wayne and Brad Jennings, a father and son team who feel more at home slogging across a rainy portage trail then lounging around the pool at a first class hotel. Join us as we discover the beauty of the Canadian wilderness while we explore the scenic wonders of our home province, Ontario. On these web pages you’ll find articles, tips, gear guides, and of course, high definition videos highlighting the many journeys we've embarked upon.
And just what do we mean when we use the term backcountry? To us, a backcountry location is someplace you have to get to under your own power, whether that be on foot or snowshoe, in a kayak, or our preferred method of travel…a canoe. And once you reach your destination, it has to be off-the-grid! No electricity or running water on these adventures! No, you won’t find any articles here describing drive-up RV campsites in The Pinery Provincial Park. Even though that’s one of our favorite parks in Ontario, it just doesn't meet our criteria for backcountry exploration.
We hope these stories, tips, and videos inspire and encourage you to get out there and do some backcountry exploring of your own.
The father-son team created Explore the Backcountry in 2008 as part of a television pilot. Eager to inspire individuals to explore the backcountry, they've since expanded with a website, countless videos and an ongoing book project. Their films have been featured at numerous paddling festivals including both the Reel Paddling and Waterwalker film festivals. Their video documentation of canoe trips can be traced back to a 15 year old Wayne, who in 1973, set off on his first solo canoe trip down the Moon River with an Argus Super 8 movie camera and half a dozen rolls of Super 8 film. Wayne turned his passion for film into a lifelong career as an ENG cameraman for a major Canadian TV Network. Wayne’s son, Brad, has been paddling since the age of 3. An avid paddler and adventure racer, he has translated his passion for the outdoors into a career.