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Photo Credit: Bruce Kirkby
Photo Credit: Tyler Garnham
Photo Credit: Tyler Garnham
Photo Credit: Tyler Garnham
Photo Credit: Bruce Kirkby
Photo Credit: Terry Parker
Photo Credit: Tyler Garnham

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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.

Guide Gossip

Fall 2018

I Spent a good deal of time in 2018 travelling. I competed in a Biathlon in Alberta, Finland and then came back for Nationals in New Brunswick. I was able to make a dream come true paddling with friends and family in Gwaii Haanas. I am also excited about an upcoming trip to Honduras with Global Fire to teach some fire fighting skills, but also to promote awareness of mental health for first responders and share some tools for that awareness. Best of all I am stoked for August 2019 when I will head down the majestic Nahanni once again with close friends and family.

Winter 2014 

I am fortunate enough to again be traveling to Haiti on a humanitarian trip in January 2014. The goal of the mission is to assist in providing medical relief and building reconstruction efforts for the Haitians in Cite Soliel/Port Au Prince. Since the earthquake in January 2010, hundreds of thousands of people (approximately 400 000) have been living in desperation in tent cities. We’ll be traveling to Cite Soleil in Haiti from January 23 to February 2 and working to set up a temporary medical clinic and computer lab, and will also continue to build homes for a handful of the many that lost theirs. Local donations have helped us buy soccer balls for the kids that love their football!

Summer 2013

Just returned from a two week humanitarian work trip to Cite Soleil, Haiti. Trying to make the most of my time left on earth. Now that my son, River is in high school, I can focus on me again. . . so, when not fire fighting, I will continue my selfish summers of being on the river in the North.


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