Our guides set the standard for river experience and knowledge.

We employ 50 guides who typically head one to five trips for us per year and are considered leaders in the field of wilderness guiding. Most of our guides have been with us for years (some more than 20). Hard working, well-trained, mature, knowledgeable, and most importantly, fun to be with, our guides put their heart and soul into every trip.

All our guides are licensed and certified.

Our whitewater rafting and canoe guides are certified in wilderness first aid and swiftwater rescue, and we employ a demanding in-house training and mentorship program. We consider ourselves extremely fortunate to be able to handpick our team.  There’s a large demand for guides to work on our northern rivers and our company attracts the very best.

What do our guides do when not guiding on northern rivers? 

Their list of occupations is as long as our list of guides. Some will guide in the southern hemisphere, some are alpine and ski guides, others are professors, teachers, carpenters, dentists, paramedics, researchers, dog mushers, log home builders, school principles or ski patrollers. They bring a lifetime of diverse wilderness experience to your expedition.

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Our Guides

Ian Odell

IAN ODELL Guidus Horribillis Borealis 5’11” (178cm). Compactly built with scruffy plumage. Laboured paddling interspersed with short glides. Starts well…

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Kirstin Trudeau

I was introduced by my family to the world of adventure and canoe expeditions at an early age while exploring…

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Graham Bos

Guiding for Nahanni River Adventures & Canadian River Expeditions since 2017.

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Jacob Erickson

Guiding for Nahanni River Adventures & Canadian River Expeditions since 2017.

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Ryan Lindsay

“Base Camp” for me has always been in east central Alberta, where I grew up. I have many fond memories…

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Andria Lamirande

I studied Adventure Tourism and Outdoor Recreation in College many moons ago. Here I discovered my life’s passion and have…

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Dave Prothero

Growing up on Vancouver Island, I knew nothing of whitewater and rafting, however we spent many weekends in a canoe…

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Brad Goodwin

After growing up in Calgary, I spent my twenties on Vancouver Island, earning a bachelor of tourism management at Vancouver…

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Jamie Pope

I have been Working for CRE since 2014, and have been lucky enough to guide with them on the Nahanni…

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Heather Smith

I was lucky enough to have parents who introduced me to whitewater canoeing at a young age.  I fell in…

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Terry Milne

I first developed an appreciation for the outdoors while growing up in Ontario on a small hundred-acre hobby farm. I…

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Ursula Kilbridge

My love for rivers began canoe tripping in northern Ontario and eventually led me out to British Columbia (B.C.) to…

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John Colton

I started working for CRE/NRA in 1989 on the Chicotin-Fraser Rivers and what were then called the Queen Charlotte Islands…

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Dave Laird

I started guiding for CRE in 1992. My first trip was the Tat – I have been down 34 times since. Too…

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David Finch – Resident Historian

Okay, so I am not on the Nahanni all the time, or even every summer. But I have been on…

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Murray Stevenson

I have guided with Nahanni River Adventures since 1998, and have been privileged to be able to guide people down…

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Mitchel McCambly

My first season for CRE/NRA was in the summer of 2012 where I spent a full season on the Nahanni….

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Rich Swanson

I have been guiding for CRE/NRA for 23 years now, 28 years total, having worked also for White-water Adventures and…

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Mark Thomson

My first year guiding with NRA/CRE was 2012 and I spent my time on the Nahanni River. Prior to my…

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Emily Carty

Raft and canoe guiding for me began on the rivers in Ontario. Recently I found myself in the right place at…

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Emily Cole

My first year with NRA/CRE was 2012, and I had the pleasure of guiding on the Nahanni River. I enjoy…

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Corey Moulton

I cut my teeth as a guide on the steep rivers of British Columbia. Travelling north to guide for CRE…

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Henry and Lana Madsen

Our first trip with NRA was in 1987.  (Yikes).  Moose Ponds trip on the Nahanni with the famous Neil Harling…

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Geoff Holmes

My name is Geoff and I am an Engineer with a paddling addiction. Guiding has taken me from South America to the…

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Dylan Bajer

I began raft guiding in the Rockies four years ago and after studying Adventure Leadership I made my way to…

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Andy Preto

Guiding with CRE brought me to the north in ’97 and I made it my home. I have guided every…

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Roger and Linda Estey

Neil says I am living the charmed life of a retired firefighter. I guess it’s true. but I haven’t retired…

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Jamie VanDrunen

I started my rafting career while going to school at the College of the Rockies in Fernie; enjoying rivers such…

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Brett Pawlyk

Neil called me up 10 years ago when a last minute spot opened up for a guide. I was owed…

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Jim Muir

I began guiding with CRE back in “the old days”, and I have guided most of the big rivers in…

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Jamie and Nadine Burdon

We have been guiding with Neil for more than a decade. Jan Studios is our professional photography business that keeps…

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Andrea Mikus

Neil says I am benefiting from more than my share of good Karma! I migrate between the depths of the…

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Christopher Rhodes

I joined Canadian River Expeditions in 2008 and have guided expeditions on the Firth, Alsek, Tatshenshini, Horton, Hart and Nahanni…

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Keri Rutherford

River guiding has been my passion for more than a decade. Canoeing and rafting these northern rivers is the “top…

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Chad Gennings

After whitewater raft guiding for eight years on the Kicking Horse River, I made a shift to the northern rivers…

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Dave “Whitey” Evans

I think I started river guiding in ’84 and the addiction was instant. Over the years I have guided most…

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Lars Hartling

My mom and dad first bundled me up and took me down the Nahanni on a family trip when I…

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Rob Warburton

After completing a Bachelors degree in Outdoor Pursuits I began building my outdoor resume through various volunteer opportunities as well as…

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Tyler Garnham

My raft guiding career has taken me around the world to Australia and Africa. In my ten years with CRE…

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Jeff Siddle

Even more than the stunning landscapes, exciting rivers, and majestic wildlife, it was people and relationships that brought me into…

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Trish Duncan and Royce Casford

To support my studies in 1990, I (Trish) took a summer job down the road from our farm at a…

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Chloe Steepe and Rob Vance

Rob: I started guiding for NRA in the spring of 2006. Taking a year off a few years ago to guide…

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Selena Cordeau

My raft and canoe guiding began in British Columbia on the Kicking Horse River and the Bowron Lakes. BC is beautiful…

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Maya Chang

I’ve always loved being in the outdoors.  When I became a certified raft guide in 2002, I managed to avoid…

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Maya March

I have been guiding for NRA since 2004.  I’ve spent most of my time on my favorite river the Nahanni,…

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Liz Demers

I have been with NRA/CRE since 2003. I am drawn to adventures and wild places and guiding up north certainly…

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Mike Neville

I am coming up on my 9th season with NRA, and within that time I have guided on the Nahanni,…

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Lara Fenton

I have been with CRE/NRA since 2001 and have guided the Burnside, Coppermine, and Nahanni Rivers. In the off season…

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Alan Christie

Somehow my career as an engineer took a turn down a new path in 2000 after I completed a personal…

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Joel Luet

I came to canoeing almost by accident when some lifeguard staff training in Yellowknife included a canoe instructor course. And…

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Kaj Johnson

My first arctic guiding was on the Nahanni when Neil assigned me to a trip with The Minister of the…

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Alana Martinson

I have been guiding with NRA/CRE since 2005. In that time I have guided on the Nahanni, Tatshenshini and Stikine…

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Tyler Dinsdale

I first began working as a River Guide in 1999, but started working with Canadian River Expeditions in 2005. I can…

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Les Parsons

I have been guiding since 1984, when I took a trip down the Nahanni for the first time with my…

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Mark Kyte

The Nahanni was my first northern river and over my career I have guided throughout the north. Each river has…

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Melanie Siebert

I grew up paddling Canadian Shield rivers and my dad taught me to light a fire, read a map, and…

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Bruce Kirby

Twenty years ago I managed to escape my life as an electrical engineer and I have been guiding ever since….

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Alaina Robertson

My love of rivers came from my camp experiences as a youth in Ontario. My guiding and Outdoor Education career…

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Jacqueline Hutchison

I have been guiding for almost 20 years now, having started in 1994. Within that time I have guided on…

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Adam Binder

I have always had a love for the outdoors and eventually my activities drove me to start getting certified and…

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