I have been Working for CRE since 2014, and have been lucky enough to guide with them on the Nahanni River and the Mountain River. I first discovered my love of wilderness travel as a boy at summer camp in Ontario and I don’t remember a summer when I didn’t travel down a river in Canada. I love spending time on the water and in the wilderness with people, sharing experiences and connecting with the natural world. When not working as a river guide in the north I am an outdoor education teacher in Victoria. Living on Vancouver Island is great for a whitewater fanatic such as myself. We get to paddle here all winter long. As a teacher, guiding in the north has been a great way to spend the summers, in land of the midnight sun. What I love most about guiding is the time spent with people away from all of our everyday distractions. In my opinion guides have the best office in the world and it sure makes getting up early to go to work a whole lot easier.
After a full summer of trips on the Nahanni, I returned to Victoria to teach Geography and do some guiding for the school I work for. I was able to guide on a couple of whitewater kayaking trips and a surfing trip to Tofino. We have had a beautiful fall here on Vancouver Island and the rains have just started in the last couple of weeks which means water in the creeks for kayaking and snow in the mountains for skiing!!
After the summer guiding I hit the ground running teaching whitewater kayaking, leadership and survival skills to high school students for much of September and October. Whitewater paddling season has just started up here on Vancouver Island. Sometimes I feel like one of the only people here who hopes it rains. This fall my wife Emily also completed her masters project on permafrost and the Prairie Creek Mine Road into Nahanni National Park. Hopefully she will now have the time to join another CRE trip next summer!
It’s been a busy start to the school year teaching in Victoria. We’ve had an amazing fall full of warm weather and lots of mountain biking. Crossing our fingers for heaps of snow and good skiing this winter. Can’t wait till next summer for more river adventures.