Guide Profile: John Colton


I started working for CRE/NRA in 1989 on the Chicotin-Fraser Rivers and what were then called the Queen Charlotte Islands (now Haida Gwaii). I headed to the Tat and other northern rivers in 1991. I consider the Tatshenshini River my home away from home. I’ve travelled the river 44 times experiencing its many moods and also its ability to serve as the perfect backdrop for community building among guides and guests.

Wolfville, Nova Scotia is my home which I share with my partner and two boys. I’m a Professor at Acadia University teaching in the Community Development and Environment and Sustainability Studies programs. I’m particularly interested in research involving renewable energy development and how this can support community development of our coastal and rural communities.