The Nahanni was my first northern river and over my career I have guided throughout the north. Each river has left me with incredible memories.
During the winter I teach school in Kinston, Ontario and teach at an Outdoor Education camp in the summer.
My favourite thing about guiding is having the opportunities to explore the most beautiful places in the north and sharing this with people from all over the world.
Favourite guiding memories are when we spot wildlife. My most memorable experiences have been in the Arctic, particularly when watching the caribou migrations, and the other predators that follow. One particularly memorable experience was on the Firth River when we were forced to layover for several days due to high water. As a result of the delay, our group witnessed the Porcupine Caribou herd migrate across the river and into to our camp. Throughout the days that followed we witnessed a grizzly bear and several wolves preying on the caribou across the river.
Life is still exciting and busy as ever with two little ones. This summer my kids enjoyed their first canoe trip in Frontenac Park. This summer I also paddled the Braodback River with some old NRA guides – Trent Abbott and Sean Collins. Always a good time reconnecting!
On January 6, 2015 we welcomed our second daughter, Annie McKenzie Kyte. With two little ones around, life continues to be full of adventure!
Life for me and the family hasn’t changed too much since the last update. I am continuing to teach elementary school in Kingston in a grade 6/7 French Immersion class. Our daughter continues to surprise us daily and is a fun little kid! She is learning new tricks daily. We tried to teach her how to “camp” this summer in Algonquin Park. She thought it was better to stay up ALL night crying in the tent. Needless to say her first camping trip was cut short! Despite the challenges of camping this past summer, we decided to take a surf trip to Costa Rica for the Christmas holidays. We rented a house on the beach and surfed everyday. It was a relaxing holiday and a nice break from the busy-ness and cold of winter back home. Lucy also slept every night, all night! Last summer I took a trip on the Pontax River in the James Bay lowlands in Quebec with my brother and Trent Abbott and Sean Collins (both former NRA guides). It was a great trip except for the lack of water. When looking upstream at the bottom of rapids we were perplexed when we saw no channels of water. it has been a few years since guiding up north, and I hope to get back on an Arctic river again soon!
My wife Katie and I welcomed our new baby girl, Lucy Miriam Kyte, to the world on June 15th, 2012. The adventures of parenting have kept us busy this summer and we are enjoying life as new parents. We bought a house in Kingston, ON a year ago where I am working as a teacher. Looking forward to some outdoor adventures next summer with the little one.