Jan 2014 Winter Survival & Igloo Course


Hosted by: Fisher River Cree Nation

Instructed by: Maple Leaf Survival™

January 10-12, 2014

This course is designed for travelers and persons whose occupations expose them to winter/arctic conditions as well as winter camping and survival enthusiasts.  It is also designed for people wishing to become more aware of northern sociological and environmental issues. Techniques of winter survival will be examined through field work, lectures, group discussions, and slide presentations.

Personal survival kits for northern travelers will be discussed in addition to survival relating to downed aircraft. Participants will build their own Inuit igloo, and time permitting, the Athabaskan Quinzhee and Hybrid survival snow shelters.

Maple Leaf Survival is a locally based survival organization instructing survival courses at various locations in Manitoba and partners with Cabelas, Bushcraft Canada, Fort Whyte Alive and Oak Hammock Marsh.

Maple Leaf Survival practices a combination of old world primitive and contemporary approaches, focusing on what works rather than limiting survival skills to a specific style. A well-rounded approach using various methods and adapting oneself to a survival situation is the philosophical foundation upon which Maple Leaf Survival is based.



Introduction to the Arctic

Slide lecture – “Snow shelter construction”



Igloo construction


Complete igloo construction


Knife Skills

Survival food  discussion


Sleep in snow shelters


Quinzhee construction and Inuit games

Fire Theory, Concepts & Techniques

Rescue Signaling

Primitive Navigation

Survival kits




$65.00/person/day = $162.50/person (based on 2.5 days)

All participants are responsible for bringing their own sleeping gear and proper winter clothing, which is a requirement for the course. Accommodations and washroom facilities are available within the lodge for those who do not wish to sleep outside in their survival shelters. However, you will still need your own bedding/sleeping bags etc.

The course will be held in January and is usually the coldest month of the winter so please be prepared for the weather conditions. The following is a list of suggested materials and gear every participant should bring to have a successful, comfortable, and fun time during the course:

•     Sleeping Bag, blankets and a Pillow (cold weather blankets)

•     Bedding materials (roll mats, no air mattress)

•     Tarp – approximately 10′ x 10′

•     Winter parka

•     Snow pants

•     Winter boots

•     Winter head & neck gear

•     Winter gloves/mitts (two pairs) and Wool Socks (two pairs)

•     Cold weather clothing and baselayers (wool, synthetics. Please AVOID cotton if possible)

•     Flash lights

•     Sunglasses, Lip Balm, Toiletries


Optional – not necessary but would be beneficial


•     Knife (ideally a fixed blade with sheath)

•     Wood hand saw

•     Signal mirrors

•     Signal flairs

•     Survival kits

•     Shovel


To register, please call: 204-782-5205

Thank you



Everyday Winter Survival Food – Instant Noodles

Lots of calories – that’s what you should look for when it comes to survival foods. If they contain some salt and are warming and yummy, even better! One of our favourite winter survival foods which are likely already in your pantry are Nissin instant noodles. They are inexpensive, warm your soul and are ultra lightweight. Just add boiling water and you’re good to go. This particular brand has considerably more calories than others – perfect.

Instant Noodles 1

Instant Noodles 2


Coghlan’s Sight-Grid Signal Mirror

As opposed to the BCB signal mirror (which has a shiny metallic finish) the Coghlan’s model has a glass reflection surface which is far superior when it comes to producing a strong flash of light. Metallic type finishes will soon lose their lustre, which dramatically reduces the brightness of flashes. Glass on the other hand, will provide you with much stronger and more powerful flashes for a very long time.

Although the Coghlan’s model is slightly larger, it’s by no means big and no less portable. It can easily slip into your pocket and is ultra-light. Additionally, the larger size of the Coghlan’s signal mirror is noticeably more ergonomic (making it easier to maneuver and less susceptible to dropping) and catches more light. The larger sighting hole also makes focusing and aiming less strenuous and less tedious.

The plastic sleeve it comes in can be reused and has a tab that can be tucked in, helping to protect the device from scratches. Because this signal mirror is literally a mirror, it can be used as such – something that is not really possible with the BCB model once it loses its reflective qualities. One similarity both models share are instructions on the back – a very handy feature.

  • Glass reflection surface for superior flash distance
  • Waterproof & Break-Resistant acrylic case
  • Instructions for use on back of signal mirror
  • Lanyard hole
  • Floats
Highly recommended

Made in Japan

Cost: Around CDN $12



2012 Survival Courses at Fort Whyte Alive

Join Maple Leaf Survival October 27th and November 17th at Fort Whyte Alive and learn survival concepts and techniques at the Siobhan Richardson Field Station, a private facility located right on the water!

Fall Survival & Bushcraft Course

10 am – 4 pm

Maple Leaf Survival will teach basic survival concepts and techniques for safe and effective enjoyment of the great outdoors. Course topics include: shelter building, finding and treating water, fire by friction using a bow drill, survival food, knife and axe skills, basic navigation and rescue, and what your essential survival kit should look like.

A hot lunch and snacks will be provided by the Buffalo Stone Café. Participants must be 12 years of age and older to participate; registrants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. You will receive a voucher for 20% off Trail Dream purchases and a code for 8% off BushcraftCanada.com purchases.

Register at (204) 989-8355
Fee: $60 each or register with a friend and pay just $100 for both

Note: Course must be paid in full prior to course date.

Siobhan Richardson Field Station

This secluded 2,000 square foot lakeside Field Station is surrounded by mature aspen forest. To lighten our carbon footprint, participants are asked to walk in and out of this location. The 20 minute fresh air hike passing the Bison Prairie and following along the lake is the perfect way to decompress before and after meetings. Ideal for corporate retreats of up to 35 participants, the Field Station is available year-round.  Interested in an overnight option? Three architecturally unique cabins each sleep 10 in a common style space with a personal window onto the natural world at each bed.

See you there!


How to Survive Anywhere

Great content – Easy to Read – Pictures (Black & White)

Covers the following topics:

  1. Water
  2. Fire, Lighting, Energy
  3. Health and Hygiene
  4. Clothing and Shelter
  5. The World Is Tied Together with Fiber
  6. Food
  7. Tools and Weapons
  8. First Aid
  9. Navigation
  10. What Is Survival?

This book has a little bit of everything and is an excellent addition to your survival references.

ISBN 978-0-8117-3304-5

Cost: Around CDN $20



US Navy SEAL Survival Handbook

From www.solidersystems.net :

The latest title to ride the SEAL tsunami is “The US Navy SEAL Survival Handbook.” I haven’t even read the thing yet, but I can reliably say that a Navy SEAL isn’t going to drop any special SERE sauce on you. At least not simply by virtue of being a SEAL. It just isn’t what they do for a living. However, author Don Mann was not only a SEAL but also served as a SERE instructor while in the Navy and that makes what he has to say worth checking out. It’s just too bad that it’s being sold as a SEAL book rather than as a survival guide written by a SERE instructor. Topics include: Making weapons and tools, Finding water, Wildlife for food, Making shelters, Signaling, and Sea survival. I’m a big fan of survival topics so I look forward to checking it out.