Aside from short stints with Hollywood (teaching Pierce Brosnan how to throw a knife and paddle a canoe), Wilson 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, Wilson 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, Wilson has already paddled more than 60,000 km. covering many parts of Canada and embarked on over 300 expeditions as wilderness guide and pathfinder. Currently, Wilson sits on the national committee for Trails in Canada, sponsored by Canada Parks and the Trans Canada Trail. Eco Trailbuilders is presently researching and designing the Trans Canada Trail link water trail from Thunder Bay to Manitoba. Wilson lives in Rosseau, Ontario with his longtime love and cherished wife, Andrea, along with their two adorable children. You can learn more about Hap and Eco Trailbuilders by visiting www.hapwilson.com. Hap and Andrea will be hiding a paddle together.