My first year with NRA/CRE was 2012, and I had the pleasure of guiding on the Nahanni River. I enjoy solo whitewater canoeing and tripping of any kind, and I am finishing a BA in Physical Education and Outdoor Education at Augustana University College in Camrose, AB. Right now I am spending my last term studying Global and Development Studies in Cuba. Home is the family farm near New Norway, AB.
I went to school with intentions of becoming a physiotherapist, but once I took my first outdoor education course, I realized that I wanted to work in the outdoors far more. I started taking volunteer opportunities so that I could spend more time tripping, and more time with people that were
pursuing the same passion I was. After gaining some experience, I was lucky enough to start getting a few paid positions first in Alberta and now in the North working the greatest job in the world.
Some of my favourite things about guiding are meeting and getting to know a lot of new and interesting people that I wouldn’t get to know otherwise, as well as cooking, eating, sleeping, and traveling in the outdoors.
Once I returned from Ontario this fall, I enjoyed a few weeks of down time. Visiting friends and family, working on the farm and guiding a couple short trips gave me the time to rest up and reflect on a busy summer season. I’m spending most of November and December traveling in South Africa and Lesotho before returning home for Christmas. In the new year I’ll head back to school to study psychology, and I’m sure I’ll be more than ready to get back out on the river when the summer comes!
After a great season on the Nahanni I enjoyed a short turn around in Alberta before heading out to Ontario for the fall season. I’m spending the next couple weeks working for Alive Outdoors, teaching outdoor education to school kids from the Toronto area. My first trip in Temagami treated me very well and I look forward to exploring some different camps in and around Algonquin Park. When I finish here I’ll be back in Alberta enjoying some down time and planning some adventures for the winter!
In early January I traveled to Utah for a week of training with WinGate Wilderness Therapy where I met a lot of great people and had a phenomenal learning experience. The ability to obtain a work visa will determine whether my next adventure is working in Utah or another trip abroad before returning to the North this summer.
After an amazing summer on the Nahanni River with both phenomenal guests and guides to share in the experience, I returned to Alberta for the fall. I’ll be spending some time on the farm to help out where I can during harvest time and doing a few trips with friends. Having just returned from a canoe trip in Northern Saskatchewan with fellow guides Emily Carty, Jodi Miller, and Mitch McCambly, I’m ready to get back to work on the farm while taking some time to plan my next trip, Nepal in November! I’ll be back home for Christmas and am planning to move up to Whitehorse in the new year to see what adventures I can find there. Enjoy the winter everyone, I hope to see you all out on the river again soon!