My name is Shawn James and I am a Canadian outdoorsman, photographer, wilderness guide, self-reliance coach, blogger and freelance writer for Ontario Tourism and outdoor magazines. Join me and my wife as we explore the wilds of Canada and the USA by air, land and water.


Click on “Stories and Destinations” to see where I have been recently, and to plan your own trips to exciting travel destinations. “Gear and Advice” is where you will learn what gear I use and recommend, and how I do things like camp, hunt, forage and cook wild foods and more. “How to Quit Your Job and Follow Your Dreams” will take you to SelfReliantMillionaire.com, where you will learn how I quit my job, started my own businesses and retired in my forties to a life of passion and self-reliance, and how you can do it too!

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“The Problem is You Think You Have Time. The hours have a way of turning into days, the days into weeks, the weeks into years and the years into a lifetime. How different would your life and your memories be today, ten years later, if you had done that?!”

Shawn James

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

Mark Twain


Read my latest blog posts, ask questions and tell me your stories of self-reliance.

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