Friends of Empire Wool and Canvas

Support these great small businesses

The Winter Camping Symposium

All of us, in one place, smelling faintly of wood smoke and good cooking. Save the dates, and join us in Minnesota for a pre-winter celebration of all things cold.

Frost River

Reliable softgoods. Duluth, MN. Traditional canvas bags, packs and travel gear.  Outfit your adventures and your life in rugged style.  Visit their retail / factory outlet, and watch your pack come to life before your eyes.  Nice folks.

Skipulk

Just like a cargo rocket for the winter. Snowshoe. Ski. Fatbike. Take your pick, and it will follow. High tech hauling for winter adventure.

Lure Of The North

Offering some of the finest adventures in North America. Dave and Kielyn Marrone embody the very spirit of winter travel.

Snowtrekker tents

Simple, lightweight and durable backcountry shelters and stoves.  Traditional “hot tent” camping with lightweight materials and cutting edge designs.  Classic performance and comfort for the coldest winter adventures

Country Ways Snowshoes

Snowshoes, Kits, Sleds, and Lodge Furniture. Built by hand from wood and lace in Minnesota.

The Kenspeckle Letterpress

Equal measures of style, whimsy and unadulterated skill.  Breathtaking imagery made by hand in the old way.  They make us look good.

C5 Adventure Photography

See the world through the lens of athlete, adventurer and photographer Chris Gibbs.

Black River Sleds

Dogsleds, snowshoe toboggans and packing systems.  Chris Evavold’s designs have crossed continents and won races under the worst winter conditions.

Four Dog Stove

The most enabling piece of winter gear you can own. With a good stove inside a good shelter, your travels are only limited by time and imagination.

Lester River Bushcraft

Knives, Accessories, and Apparel for Work, Play and Preparedness. Home of the Boreal Shirt, now that it grew up and moved out of the house.