Even more than the stunning landscapes, exciting rivers, and majestic wildlife, it was people and relationships that brought me into guiding! It has been nearly a decade now, that I have had the pleasure of working for Nahanni Neil. In that time I have been extremely privileged to share northern rivers (and a lot of laughs) with individuals and families from all over the globe. I am constantly inspired by the amazing people that are drawn to these expeditions; it must be something about the North… (or something in the water!)
When I’m not living my summer dreams in the Arctic, I’m living my winter dreams down south in Canmore, Alberta. In between days on the ski hill I try to fit in some “real life” as a teacher with the Calgary Board of Education. I work out in the woods with some very courageous and self-aware young adults at a Wilderness Therapy Facility for youth with addictions. It is a challenging, yet rewarding, environment and I feel pretty honored to be apart of it. We focus on a wide array of life skills, often in a wilderness context. My role focuses on linking the client’s therapy and wilderness skill development into Alberta Curriculum and more formalized education. My co-teacher and I have developed a blog that highlights the program, special projects, wilderness excursions and footage from our 3 trail cameras. It has been a lot of fun and we are very proud of it! If you’re interested check it out at envirosschool.blog.ca , and let us know what you think!
I’m always looking forward to the next season, and can’t wait to migrate north once again to share some adventures, laughs, and memories with all of you! Until then, I hope you are all surrounded by friends, family, health and happiness and I look forward to our paths crossing soon!
Maybe it’s my increasing age, but the summers just keep getting better. It was great to be back up north on the Nahanni this year. What a privilege – I lead a charmed life. I keep reminding myself how lucky I am to have had this totally amazing career working for the best company. So cool!
Hello all you Adventure Seekers and River Wanderers!
Here’s a little gossip from the world of Jeff Siddle to wet your whistle! In the past year I have had 3 kids, bought a camper Van then ran away with Less and Neil to join the Alaskan Circus as a Choreographer for the dancing Polar Bears!!!….Ok, you got me, I didn’t buy a van!
Besides all that, It has been an amazing year full of challenge and change down in the Bow Valley. In the fall of 2010 I moved to Canmore to start work at a wilderness therapy company for youth with addictions. In my role as a Youth and Family Support Worker I support clients and their families in their difficult and heroic journey through treatment. In addition I have the privilege of taking the clients on therapeutically intentional wilderness experiences throughout Alberta. It is a powerful program full of struggle and reward that I feel honored to be a part of.
Shortly after moving to Canmore I was joined by Mr. & Mrs. Rob and Chloe Vance!!! It has been such a treat exploring the Rockies with them and sharing many delicious meals together (often inspired by the Nahanni cook book!) We can often be found bouncing down the ski hills, marching up the mountains, or sharing a laugh by a camp fire, so if you are going to be around Canmore keep your eyes and ears open we might not be far away!
I hope the year has been good to all of you and your families, and I look forward to seeing you all again up in in the beautiful Canadian North!
All the best and happy travels!