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Mark Thomson

My first year guiding with NRA/CRE was 2012 and I spent my time on the Nahanni River. Prior to my first visit to the Nahanni, I worked as a whitewater rafting guide on the Ottawa River, ski patroller at Blue Mountain and a canoe trip guide in Ontario.

My outdoor passion is whitewater kayaking, as I’ve always loved being in the water. I first got into kayaking because I wanted to try play boating, and that is still my favourite thing about kayaking. Later on I got into rafting as well.

My favourite things about guiding would have to be getting to know the guests by sharing stories, experiences and laughter, and definitely the food. My favourite part of the river is The Gate (if you’ve been there, you’ll know what I mean).

While I am originally from Toronto, I currently reside in Chicago and am a Philosophy PhD student at Northwestern University.

Guide Gossip

Autumn 2017

I’m back in Chicago doing the same! By day, I’m in my final year of my PhD in Philosophy. I’m developing a course on the ethics of climate change that I’ll teach in the spring at Northwestern and that I’m hoping to bring to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago next year. By night, I’m doing lots of comedy.

Autumn 2016

This summer had me city bound as I became a house ensemble member at several comedy clubs in Chicago, and got an exciting opportunity to be involved in dramatic theater. It was a great summer, but I really missed guiding. This year I’ll be staying in Chicago, where I’ll keep performing and hopefully get toward the end of my dissertation! I have been and will continue to day dream of summer 2017 when I plan to be back spending my time on northern rivers!

Fall 2015

This summer I was back on the Nahanni and also guided on the Coppermine for the first time! It was an incredible summer that I’ll never forget. For the off-season, I’m back in Chicago working on my dissertation and doing comedy throughout the city!

Winter 2015

I’ll be spending Christmas and New Years in Tanzania this year (second time there in 4 months!). This time I’m going to hike Mount Meru with family and friends. In 2015 I’ll be working on my dissertation and doing improv comedy in Chicago until the summer rolls around again and I get to go back up north!

Fall 2014

After another incredible summer on the Nahanni, I went to Tanzania for my sister’s traditional Tanzanian wedding! I’m now back in Chicago working on my PhD, and doing improv comedy. Thanks for so many great memories!

Winter 2014 

Another great summer on the Nahanni! Back at school now for the winter and seeking inspiration from those memories. I’m back in Chicago after a great winter break skiing, hunting, and fishing in Montana! This winter I’ll be finishing up my last term of course work before starting on my dissertation, and performing in a couple of weekly improv comedy shows around the city. I’m really looking forward to getting back up north!

Fall 2013

Another great summer on the Nahanni! Back at school now for the winter and seeking inspiration from those memories.

 

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