Paris in Southern Ontario - Primitive Fire Starting Bow Drill

Primitive Fire Starting Workshop – Southern Ontario

Have you ever tried to make fire with primitive tools? Using a flint & steel, or a firebow, or hand drill is not as hard as you think. This primitive fire starting workshop will give you an introductory understanding of the principles involved. We’ll teach you everything you need to know to master this extremely useful backcountry skill.

Primitive Fire Starting Workshop – Grand River Valley & Brant County, Southern Ontario

What you will learn

  • We start off by covering the basic principles that apply to all friction fire methods and break them down so they are easy to understand.
  • Success or failure in primitive fire making often hinges on your ability to identify and select the best materials for each method you are using. We will walk you through this very important step along with the different components you will need and how to make them.
  • Turning muscle motion and friction into heat is what produces a coal or ember. This is where the practice part comes in. We’ll teach you the different techniques but the rest is hard work and practice.
  • Congratulations…You have produced a coal! Once you get to this point, you don’t want all that hard work to be lost. We’ll show you what you need to do next to turn that little glowing ember into a flame.

Additional Topics Covered

  • suitable tinder
  • proper fuel selections
  • using coal extenders
  • selecting natural materials used for “flint”
  • making and using a tinder box & charred cloth


$25 per person


Custom Dates available for 4 or more people – please contact us at

*prices include HST

Southern Ontario - Primitive Fire Starting Workshop

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Treks In The Wild
51 William Street
Paris, Ontario, Canada

Phone: 1 (888) 292-1288
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Outdoor Adventures

We are located only 1 hour from Toronto. Come and enjoy the beautiful Grand River and paddle through the towns of Paris, Brantford and Cambridge. We offer Grand River canoe rentals, kayak rentals, as well as a number of local services and workshops. For the more adventurous we also do backcountry canoe trips to Northern Ontario.