2016 Courses

Dates being finalized for more courses on:

Wilderness Survival, Wilderness First Aid, Land Navigation and more!

Check out our course section for new courses. More to come – Stay Tuned!


January 2016 Winter Survival Course SOLD OUT

When:  Sunday January 31, 2016

Location:  Fort Whyte Alive – Field Station

Time:  8:45am – 5:00pm

Cost:  $75 per person. Hot lunch included.

Receive a Discount from our Partners at Wilderness Supply!

Here is your opportunity to learn basic cold weather survival concepts and techniques, which are essential to being prepared while enjoying the great outdoors during winter months.

The course will cover the following topics:

Winter shelter building & theory (Quinzhee & Hybrid snow shelters), water, fire, food, knife skills, primitive navigation, signaling, search & rescue fundamentals, and what your essential survival kit should look like.

This full-day event is a hands-on indoor/outdoor course and will leave you feeling confident to tackle your winter adventures.

Course includes a hot lunch. Food provided by the Buffalo Stone Café.

Participants must be at least 12 years of age. Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Register now at Fort Whyte Alive 204-989-8355


Canadian Sniper Jody Mitic wearing a Survival Bracelet made by Maple Leaf Survival on CTV News

We made a paracord Survival bracelet for Jody Mitic which we gave him at his recent book signing in Calgary, Alberta. We were honoured to see him wearing it the next day on CTV News.



Thank You for your service Jody. We are humbled.

A 20 year Canadian Armed Forces veteran and Sniper Team Leader, Jody Mitic lost both his legs when he stepped on a landmine in Afghanistan on his third tour of duty overseas. After only a few short months of rehabilitation, Jody was up and walking again. A year after his injury, Jody made national media headlines here at home when he completed the Achilles 5km run on two prosthetic legs, following that, he completed the Canada Army Run half marathon. Not only was Jody’s accomplishment a personal milestone on his road to recovery but it also became a major event that helped inspire change in how the military views and handles injured veterans and their ability to be of service.

In 2013, Jody continued to push himself harder, competing in the Amazing Race Canada’s first season with his younger brother, Cory. Jody and his brother finished in second place, and people from across the country took the time to tell him he had become a model of perseverance, strength and hope for Canadians.



November 2015 Courses at Fort Whyte Alive


WHEN: November 1, 2015 @ 9:30 am – 5:00 pm
Maple Leaf Survival’s comprehensive course provides a solid base of fundamental skills and knowledge that you can use to keep yourself alive in all environments. Topics include shelter and fire-building, primitive navigation, rescue signalling, securing food and clean water. All equipment is provided and lunch is included.

Participants will also receive a Discount on their next purchase from Wilderness Supply!

Sunday, November 1, 2015
9:30 am – 5:00 pm
To register, please call (204) 989-8355.


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WHEN: November 29, 2015 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Extend your camping season with the tips you’ll learn at this timely workshop led by the experts at Maple Leaf Survival.

Sunday, November 29, 2015
12-2 pm
Free with regular admission



Nalgene Survival Kit

Nalgene Survival Kit

Nalgene Survival Kit List:

1.  1L Wide-mouth Nalgene bottle (watertight, floats, crushproof).

2.  Snow Peak Mini Solo Titanium Cookset (fits perfectly with 1L Nalgene bottle).

3.  Small Metal Tin w/ fishing supplies (hooks, jigs, lures, line, weights etc.).

4.  Lanyard (attach a whistle, neck knife, compass, signal mirror etc.).

5.  Space Blanket (can be used as a fire reflector, signalling device).

6.  Sea to Summit Small Bag w/ small carabiner (holds the entire kit and store survival items if the Nalgene bottle needs to be used for water. Bright orange.).

7.  Iodine (treat cuts & scrapes, use to purify water).

8.  Mil-spec Tourniquet (keep separately – ideally on your person – so it can be accessed at an instant).

9.  Mil-spec 550 Paracord.

10.  Headlamp (pack spare batteries. Allows your hands to be free vs. flashlight).

11.  High-lumen flashlight which can be used for signalling (min. 600 lumens).

12.  Condom (placed in a sock to store water, wrap bloody hand etc.).

13.  Signal Mirror.

14.  Magnesium Tinder Block.

15.  Tampon (great tinder).

16.  FireSteel.

17.  Whistle (bright orange, floats).

18.  Compass.

19.  Sewing Kit.

20.  Band Aids.

21.  Aqua-Tabs.

22.  Candy.

23.  Tweezers.

24.  Dental Floss (makes great expedient cordage).

25.  Buff Headwear (Protection against the elements, strain/filter water, bandage, wash cloth, etc.).

26.  Rubber Bands (use to hold a Buff in place as a bandage, use as Tinder in wet conditions, etc.).

27.  Bug Spray.

28.  Tick Key (wood tick remover).

29.  Space Pen (usable in extreme conditions, use to write impromptu maps for reference, messages etc.).

30.  Red Sharpie (use to leave messages on vehicle windows etc.).

31.  Bic lighter (brightly coloured).

32.  Small folding knives x 2.

33.  Small fixed neck knives x 2.

Not shown: multi-vitamins, small salt packages.

Why we like our version of the Nalgene Survival Kit:

There is a lot of talk these days about packing light… the problem with packing light is that some people take this concept a little bit too far, sacrificing essential items, and potentially compromising their safety and survivability as a result. Instead of trying to “pack light” try to “pack right.” Packing right includes packing light.

The problem with a lot of survival kits, is that they can be so “comprehensive” that they are too big and cumbersome to take with you – they simply get left behind because they are a pain in the butt. The Nalgene Survival Kit is small and light weight so it can easily be transferred to and from a backpack, car, kayak, etc…

Nalgene Kit

In addition to storing water, many “off the shelf” survival kits lack a simple, robust, and reliable means of making water safe to drink. This is why we’ve added the Snow Peak Mini Solo Titanium Cookset. The Nalgene bottle fits perfectly into this set. It’s super light and extremely durable. Now you have a very robust bottle with a screw top to store and transport your water, and a simple and reliable way to treat water – no filters to change, no pumps to malfunction. Between the metal pot, AquaTabs and Iodine, we have 3 systems to treat water, all of which are very simple – nothing to break down.

A small sturdy bag is essential to this system. Why? Once you need to use your bottle to store water, where are you going to put all those nifty survival items? In the brightly coloured bag of course.

There are a few items which we do not contain in the bottle, either because they don’t quite fit, or for quick access. For example, we leave the headlamp out so that if the survival kit needs to be accessed at night, the headlamp is readily accessible so that we have light as we start removing the contents.

We consider many of the items in this kit to be “essential items”. We define “essential items” as those which you cannot effectively replicate in nature.

Nobody is as smart as everyone… and everyone you meet knows something you don’t. Do we believe this kit is an excellent base/foundation that is very versatile? Absolutely. Can our version of the Nalgene Survival Kit be improved? Of course! Feel free to make it your own.

Stay safe.