I have been guiding with NRA/CRE since 2005. In that time I have guided on the Nahanni, Tatshenshini and Stikine Rivers. Apart from that I have also travelled the Mara/Burnside Rivers, been on a dogsledding expedition on the north shore of the East Arm Great Slave Lake, solo backpacked around India, NZ, Australia, Fiji, England and Wales and taken many a trip on rivers in both Alberta and the Yukon.
When not guiding, a few of the job titles I have spent my time as include: Sessional Instructor at U of A Augustana Campus for Fall Outdoor Pursuits and U of A Outdoor Ed Assistant, though I can currently be found working as an RN at Whitehorse General Hospital here in Whitehorse, Yukon.
I’d always wanted a job that didn’t feel like a job, where I could forget that I was making money and just be joyful in the task. That is what I feel with guiding. Also, seeing some of the most pristine, untouched areas of the planet and getting to share that experience with interesting, special people is priceless. Having a hand in enhancing appreciation for these areas in the hopes of further conservation, and being able to live and thrive in a wilderness/outdoor environment is fulfilling and soul-rejuvenating.
Some of my favourite things about guiding are living in the outdoors 24-7, meeting guests from all over the world and hearing their stories and learning tidbits from them, and going to sleep to the sound of the river, wind and trees.
This winter marks the start of my 4th year living in the gorgeous city of Whitehorse. This year I spent some time traveling in Europe in the winter and this summer I went on a personal canoe trip on the Snake River. What a blast!! That river is worth all the hype and some more. In between we had the pleasure of hosting some family and friends who came to check out the north. I also started working in the hospital’s Emergency Room where there’s rarely a dull moment:) I’m already scheming and dreaming about next years’ paddling season but for the time being I’ll remain content with playing music, hockey, skiing, hunting and ice fishing. Hope to see you on the river soon!
This summer I had the privilege to work on the Wind River in the Peel River watershed, which I’d been looking forward to doing a trip in for quite some time. The Wind didn’t disappoint, with fantastic weather, amazing wildlife sightings, and wonderful people to share the river with. This fall I am resuming work on a casual basis at the Whitehorse hospital. I will also pick up playing music with several different bands with many gigs throughout the fall/winter. In December I will make a month-long trip to visit my partner’s family in Switzerland. I’m not sure what the rest of the fall/winter will bring but I’m sure there won’t be a dull moment!
I am living in Whitehorse after moving here last November. Finally living in the north! It’s as great as I thought it would be. I am working as a Registered Nurse on a casual basis, as it fits into my social/outdoor/music/travel schedule:) It was great to get back to guiding this year after taking last summer to finish school and spending some time for myself and my family.
After guiding I did a few personal trips: a packraft trip on the upper Alsek, a wedding/visiting in the Okanagan, visiting my new and first nephew in Alberta, and Italy/Switzerland to visit my partner. This winter, I hope, will hold lots of skiing, music, shinny, and other general northern shenanigans.