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.

Alana Martinson