Guide Profile: Jacqueline Hutchison

I have been guiding for almost 20 years now, having started in 1994. Within that time I have guided on the Nahanni, Coppermine, Horton, Snake, Wind and Yukon Rivers. Outside of guiding I have also paddled from the headwaters of the Columbia Icefields – Alberta to Thunder Bay, ON – in 92 days, as well as having travelled down the Nile, Amazon and Mekong with my family.

When I’m not up north I can be found working as a Firefighter/EMT-A with Canmore Fire/Rescue, EMT-A with Alberta Health Services, backcountry chef with Shadow Lake Lodge in Banff National Park, and Biathlon Coach with Foothills Nordic Ski Club.

I have a passion for anything snow or ice related, but my favourite things about guiding are the amazing guests and the silence through 4th canyon (on the Nahanni). I was first drawn to guiding by the opportunity to see places I might not be able to see otherwise, and that certainly has been well worth it.