Workshop Descriptions:

Survival Psychology and Crisis Situations with Zef Ordman (90 minute Lecture)

Just about every "expert" in "survival " states the most important element of survival is the individual's mental state.  Let's discuss this issue and see what's true and what's not."Will to live"; "panic"; "Why do optimists die?"; "What are the most common behaviours during a survival/crisis situation?"; "What actions can be taken to "unstuck your mind"?; "How to handle the most dangerous animal you might encounter in the outdoors?" Requirements for this discussion are an open mind and humour.

Recommendations for New Winter Campers with Ted Dahr (90 minute Lecture)

Tired of drab humdrum of summer camping?  Don’t like the bugs associated with spring camping?  Timid of predator animals getting ready for winter in the fall camping season?  Try winter camping, it’s GREAT!! 

Ted has been winter camping since his high school days and although this is probably Ted’s most favourite time to camp, it has its share of dangers and risks.  He will share a few hard-won lessons for comfort and fun. If you're the type that can learn from others’ mistakes, then this is just right for you. From clothing and sleeping; selecting appropriate food and cooking it; to transportation and shelter, there are more than a few tips and tricks available to make your trips more exciting and less risky.

Camp Food Worth Eating with Ken Sheffield. Fee $5.00 (90 minutes)

Join professional chef Ken Sheffield in a discussion and sampling session on great camp food.  Home dehydrating, re-hydrating and cooking techniques will be covered.

Tools of the Tanner with Ross Hinter. Fee $10.00 

Display of hand crafted hide working tools & hands on crafting of hide working tools, using: Angle grinder, wood, epoxy, charcoal and steel banding. Materials Provided

Norse Wire Weaving with Tarn White. Optional Fee $15.00 (90 minutes)

Create an intricate woven wire bracelet necklace or trim that is incredibly strong. This product is not only beautiful but strong! As trim it can protect items in high wear areas. 

A craft worthy of the old gods!

No cost for people who want to learn but take home kits with all you need to continue your project at home will be available for $15

Cordless Joints for Bushcraft with Marcel Prefontaine. Fee $10.00 (90 minutes)

Using dovetail, mortise and tenon, and various other joints in the construction of tripods, tables and chairs, shelters, and more.

Traditional Canoe Wannigan with Danny LaLonde. Fee $55.00 (Session 2 & 3)

In this course you will build a traditional canoe Wannigan, or grub box.  Pre-cut kits will be provided, allowing you to assemble and paint/stain during the weekend.  There will be down time throughout the day as you wait on glue to dry, during this time feel free to drink coffee, observe other classes, or drop-in on one of the many lecture/presentations happening throughout the day.  The Wannigan session is best paired with the course, Crafting the Traditional Tumpline, but not required.

Crafting Traditional Tumpline with Robb Brouwer. Fee $50.00 (90 minutes)

oin leather worker Robb to create your own custom tumpline for carrying loads such as a Wannigan. Building your own Wannigan is another class available this weekend.

Herbal Formulations and Preparations: Q & A with Brenda Holder

This will primarily take the form of discussion and demonstrations that will cover various extraction methods, creating lightweight preparations to carry along in a pack, common plants you may find and how to use them. This is mostly discussion and demo but bring any burning questions you have!

It's Fun to be Square! with Kelly Harlton (90 minutes)

Take home some old school skills.  simplicity, and versatility of square and rectangle  items like blankets, ponchos, tarps, shemaghs, and more. In this workshop learn practical ways to  use. Everyone will get to make a simple blanket pins. Bring some square stuff to participate.

Weave Your Own Adventure with Jess Wilde. Fee $3.00 

Using basic weaving techniques with cattails, rushes and grass you can create trivets, coasters, placemats, baskets, waterbottle covers, jar covers for hot items and other items

Secrets of a Super Shelter with Bruce Zawalsky (90 minutes outside)

 From bent sticks to the space age, join Bruce in exploring the Kochanski Super Shelter and its ability to keep you warm and dry on your next planned or unplanned camping trip.

Trapping in Alberta: A Valueable Tool in the Bush with Ross Hinter 

Clearing up misconceptions and understanding the skills useful for any bush travellers.  Traps demos, Furs & Skulls on display

Tracking with Dale and Colleen (90 minute Lecture)

Explore the science, myth and fun of tracking wildlife.  Workshop features stories, plaster casts, skulls, bones, laughter, and even a walk through the winter landscape to find evidence of our woodsy neighbours and their passage.

Leading Youth Expeditions in Winter with Scott Oeth (90 minutes Lecture)

Scott will share a lifetime of experience leading scout groups at their northern Activities base in Minnesota.  Concerns, prevention, mistakes and great ideas all in one place.

Wool Mittens with Applique Felt and Embroidery with Lori Breeuwsma. Fee $20.00 

Create felt appliques and then add to the wool mittens along with embroidery. Once all the appliques have been added and the embroidery stitching is complete, we will sew the mittens together with the sewing machine. Knowledge of sewing an asset but not required. If you have extra scissors for cutting material, please bring them.

Bushcraft Journal with Brenda Holder, $20.00

Learn the simple art of bookbinding. Make a bushcraft journal with a soft hide covering. If we have time we can also make a bushcraft pencil!

Willow Baskets with Maryann Borch. Fee $20.00 (Session 2 & 3)

Round Willow basket:

Using home grown English Basketry Willows, we will make a basic round basket including the 3 x 3  slath bottom, pairing the bottom, waling the uprights, English or French Randing, topped with another row of waling and a 4 by 2 border. This will be a complete basket with all necessary weaves to create a multitude of functional containers. We will show two kinds of handle options but likely will not have time to complete the larger version.   Please arrive on time for both session, so the group can stay relatively at the same point in starting and continuing each section

N.B.  Please bring pruning shears, a sharp knife. and  a heavy weight such as a dumbbell smaller than 6 inches in diameter, or an old stovetop metal iron, would be a great aid to keep your basket steady while you weave.

Making the UHMW Toboggan with David Delafield, Fee: $250.00

When the ice comes and the canoes are stored, we northerners need a way to move camp and carry our belongings.  The traditional toboggan has been updated with space age plastics, but it still remains the traditional and efficient means of moving camp in the winter bush.  

Survival Bowmaking with Rob Edwards. Fee $30.00 (Session 2 & 3)

This will be a quick primitive style survival bow build, capable of taking small to midsized game. We will be using Saskatoon and willow to build the bows. As a side build we will be using willow, red osier, and/or hazelnut to fashion a primitive style arrow.   We may be able to build some hunting weight bows, dependent on time. Do expect to use simple knife skills, and a basic knowledge of knots is recommended.


N.B.   Participants MUST bring along a SHARP knife, preferably one with a stout 4” blade and thin gloves.

Crafting a leather pouch with antler button with Robb Brouwer: $10.00

Join Robb to create the simple drawstring leather pouch with antler or wooden button toggle closure.  You will learn some basic leather working skills, and leave with a handmade piece of functional art.

Building the 17th Century Sailors Pipe Lighter with Dave Holder. (90 minutes)

Using antler, bones, wick and some ingenuity you will recreate this historic piece of fire-lighting technology.

Kid Friendly Mittens with Crystal. Optional Fee $10.00 (90 minutes)

This workshop is suitable for kids and kids at heart.  Join Keynote Crystal to create a custom fitted pair of woolen mittens.  For those needing a little extra flair, rabbit fur will be available for the mitten backs for an optional $10.00 fee.

Two Minute Tarp with Ted Dahr Optional Fee $35.00 (90 minutes outside)

Ever been caught by unexpected weather?  Of course you have! When that happens, you need a shelter NOW, not after you’re soaked to the skin.  Ted will show you how to make and then rig your very own “Two-minute Tarp”. Then we’ll practice it a few times. You will leave with a dependable emergency shelter system that you can deploy in just two minutes.

Class Requirements: 

 1 tarp (8x10 is preferred, but no bigger than 10x12), 25-50’ of cordage, 3 tent stakes.

Kits will be available for sale for your convenience at a cost of $35.

Armchair Survivor: What the Science is telling us with Trevor Page (90 minute Lecture)

Or possibly, just the random musings of a curious individual.  Come with questions, leave with deeper thoughts.

The Survival Pattern with Dave MacDonald (90 minute Lecture)

“Knowledge and experience are lite in the pack and easy to carry”

Who, What, Where, When, Why and How

One of the most useful tools available in an emergency situation 

KISS...Keep It Simple Survivor.

Save yourself time, money and suffering!!!!!

Winter Clothing with Colleen Kiselyk

Winter and cold weather are inevitable! Get the most out of your outdoor adventures by being warm without heading to a beach in Hawaii!

Shelters for the Winter Camper with Dale Kiselyk

Low budget hot tents to deluxe glamping.  See and experience a range of winter shelters from the low budget to the luxury.  What are their advantages, disadvantages, where to find, build or buy.

Birch Bark Knife Sheaths with Randy Breeuwsma 

Join Randy at the Karamat station to learn the techniques to make beautiful and durable knife sheaths from birch bark.  Please bring a fixed blade knife, with 3-4” blade, and you will leave with a custom fitted sheath.

Loading and Hauling the Winter Toboggan with Keenan Hosking

Learn simple techniques for lashing loads and master mechanical advantage skills for safely ascending and descending hills with a loaded freight toboggan.  Loads of fun, and just a little learning.

Spoon Carving in less then 3 hours!   Fee: $10.00

Come carve a spoon, I'll make a blank and let you figure out how big or small you want. Adults only please.

Traditional Puuko Sheath with Jay Seely, Fee: $30.00

Jay is a remarkable craftsman and teacher in wood and leather.  During this course will learn to make a traditional leather sheath for the Mora 510.  At the end of the course, you will have a new knife and sheath to remember Frostbite! 2019.

Weave Your Own Adventure with Jess Wilde, Fee: $3.00

Using basic weaving techniques with cattails, rushes and grass you can create trivets, coasters, placemats, baskets, waterbottle covers, jar covers for hot items and other items.


What's the Next Step with Ted Dahr (90 minute Lecture)

Where do we go from here?  What happens if? Forward thinking can reduce a great number of difficulties in all aspects of our lives.  Learning to think ahead can certainly shorten the path to gaining knowledge with less risk.

Signalling for Survival with Trevor Page (90 minute Lecture)

The what-ifs of life encourage us to think about sharing our predicament with others, and maybe even getting rescued.  Learn the ins-n-outs of emergency signalling technique from low-tech to space age, and possibly event make some noise!

Winter Sleep Systems with Bruce Zawalsky

Lecture/facilitated discussions with outdoor hands on experience.

Topics to include: Man-made and Natural fibers, Layering Systems, Hazards, The Survival Pattern, Primitive Sleep Systems, Care and Maintenance, Vapor Barriers, Gore-tex Bivy Bags, Underlays and associated sleep system equipment.

Are You Crisis Ready! with Zef Ordman (90 minute Lecture)

Crisis management, how to survive when an emergency happens anywhere: home,  work, traveling, holiday's... hostage taking....

Learn about how the mind reacts to Crisis and what you can do to survive.  Some of the topics covered: Crisis/Emergency Psychology, Myths of Survival,  Global survival priorities. What actions you can take to survive. The aim of this discussion is how to survive anywhere (work home, holiday, wilderness...)

The Mighty Tripod with Dave Holder

Using engineering and practical knowledge, Dave will guide us through building a tripod that can accommodate anything from a cooking pot to slinging a cart across a river.

Pemmican, the Original Survival Food with Shane Maurice: Fee: $20.00

Join Shane of Equinox Wilderness Adventure as he shares his personal and cultural experiences with creating Pemmican from dried meat, fat and perhaps a few other ingredients.

Camp Furniture with Tarn White. optional Fee: $15.00

Build a collapsible, packable, comfortable chair. Tools will be provided but bringing your own pack tools is still recommended as it is a great time to familiarize yourself to proper use. Lumber available for purchase, or bring your own wood. You will need 2 pieces about 1 1\2 inches by 9 inches by 5 feet long.

Navigation Skills and Equipment with Dave MacDonald. Fee $10.00

“Navigation skills as survival prevention” 

If there is one sure way to end up in a survival situation, it's getting lost in the wilderness. Navigation training will provide you with the freedom and confidence to travel the wilderness whether on or off trail. All practical and mostly outdoors, so dress appropriately for the weather.

Compass issues

Measuring distance on the ground 

Sighting and setting bearings, back bearings

Use of a GPS receiver to aid traditional navigational skills

Combining the compass and GPS 

Practical navigation exercise

4 Course Camp Meal with 4 Dog Kitchen with Crystal and Dragan

Join Crystal and Dragan in creating a 4 course meal for the trail. Demonstrations may include 4 Dog Bushcookers, Airtight stoves, reflector ovens, dutch ovens and open flames. Your taste buds will dance, and you will be amazed by the variety and quaility of food to emerge from the combined wizardry of NIKO Wilderness Education and 4 Dog Stove Company. 

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Frostbite! Symposium on Traditional Winter Skills 

Edited: 3 March 2020

Frostbite! 2021
8 - 10 January 2021
Out with the Old & In with the Cold
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