My Self Reliance – Shawn James2018-07-16T01:47:10-04:00


My name is Shawn James and I am a Canadian outdoorsman, photographer, self-reliance educator, blogger and freelance writer for Ontario Tourism and outdoor magazines. In 2017 I began building a log cabin in the Canadian woods without power tools and I documented my journey on Youtube. Below are some of my videos.

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Click on Log Cabins to see my old log cabin and follow me as I build three new ones. 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.

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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.

Gear and Advice

Stories and Destinations

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