TV's 'Survivorman' Comes Home to Muskoka for Adventure Weekend

    Les Stroud and the Pikes to Launch Album at Deerhurst Resort

    HUNTSVILLE, Ontario, April 12 /CNW/ -- Hot off filming in Kalahari Desert
and an appearance on The View, "Survivorman" Les Stroud has returned to
Deerhurst Resort to share his expeditions and introduce his recording "Les
Stroud and the Pikes."  From May 4-6, the OLN and Discovery channel star will
host his second annual Survivorman Rocks getaway at this lakeside retreat two
hours from Toronto.
    What spurs an expert outdoorsman who travels with only video gear,
harmonica and multi-tool in tow to join forces with an upscale golf and spa
resort -- even one that packs paintball, hiking trails and a climbing course
into its 800 acres?  Stroud, who lives off the grid near Huntsville, has his
production office tucked away in Deerhurst's Lodge, also home to the resort's
long-running stage shows.
    "Doing this at Deerhurst means I can give survival advice and behind-the-
scenes secrets," says Stroud.  "Everyone can get outdoors.  Then at the end of
the day, we all enjoy great food, music and a good night's sleep."

    In this spin-off from Deerhurst's 2006 Survivorman weekend, Stroud will
host a Friday night gathering and a Saturday presentation covering everything
from urban disaster preparedness to innovations in green living and what it's
really like to shoot those one-man videos.
    On of Stroud's mentors, David Arama, of the WSC Wilderness Survival
School, will take guests on a hands-on hike that includes shelter
construction, signaling and other practical summer outdoors know-how.
Attendees can also watch the Sault College and Frontier Adventure Challenge
races taking place on-site.
    But the weekend's high note promises to be the debut of Stroud's latest
venture, an album of "rockin' blues" recorded with Saskatoon-born band the
Northern Pikes.

    Before a canoe trip on the Tamagami River sparked a career change, Stroud
was a producer for Much Music, helped direct videos for Rush and Corey Hart
and signed with BMG Records.  In 2005, the harmonica player, whose lonely
notes underscore Survivorman episodes, took his music beyond festival
appearances, embarking on a collaboration with the creators Top 40 hits like
"Girl With A Problem."
    "Les Stroud and the Pikes" represents an exciting departure for both
sides, electrifying Stroud's folk-tinged roots while simplifying the "bigger
is better" Pikes' sound.  Having opened for Duran Duran and David Bowie, the
band's Deerhurst album release will be a far more intimate affair.  To draw
"cottage country" residents, a limited number of event-only tickets to both
their May 5 concert and a pre-show Savour Muskoka dinner are available through
Deerhurst's activities desk from $20 to $59 per person.

    For those who haven't seen Stroud in action yet, Survivorman is a genuine
reality show stripped to the essentials.  Each episode he gets dropped off
alone for a week in a different wilderness environment with only clothes,
camera cases and a couple of supplies like a credit card or chewing gum.
Seeing how Stroud starts a fire, comes up with food and tries to find his way
back to civilization makes for real "must see TV."  Even armchair travelers
can learn from the "Five Ws" of survival.
    For the uninitiated, Stroud confirms that's, "Weather, wood, wigglies,
widow makers and water - join me at Deerhurst in May to see why they matter."

    READY TO GO: Deerhurst's Survivorman Rocks' package including 2-nights
shared accommodation, welcome reception, 2 breakfasts, lunch, dinner, hike and
concert admission is $399 per person.  For reservations or a la carte concert
and dinner tickets call 1-800-461-4393 or 705-789-6411

For further information:

For further information: Anne White for Deerhurst Resort,
+1-416-566-9297,  or Web Site:        

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