Guide Profile: Alana Martinson


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.