Guide Profile: Maya March


I have been guiding for NRA since 2004.  I’ve spent most of my time on my favorite river the Nahanni, and have run over 30 trips down the river by raft and canoe.  A highlight from my time in Nahanni National Park is an amazing heli-hiking trip up on the Ram Plateau in 2010.  It was truly the most spectacular, pristine wilderness I have ever experienced. Periodically, I been able to experience other northern rivers including the Tatshenshini, the Alsek, and the Yukon.

I grew up camping and exploring by canoe as much of Ontario as I could manage with my family and through summer camp.  Some of my favorite areas to explore by canoe include Georgian Bay, Algonquin, Temagami, the French, Spanish, Madawaka Petawawa and Dumoine Rivers.  When I was 15, my father and I paddled 5 weeks down the Teslin and Yukon Rivers from Johnston’s Crossing to Dawson City.  It was a journey of 822 km that changed my life towards river guiding professionally.  During university, I was a canoe guide and an ORCKA instructor in Algonquin Park for 5 years in the summer months.

As an Outdoor Leadership Development Trainer for McMaster University’s Outdoor Recreation Program, I worked for 8 years leading trips for McMaster and organizing training courses.   With McMaster, I have had the opportunity to extensively explore the American Southwest, the Rockies, Sierra Nevadas, the Adirondacks, and Baffin Island.  Some of the trips I lead included canoe, hiking, backpacking, dog sledding, rock climbing, caving, and Niagara winery tours.

I am an instructor trainer for the Ontario Recreational Canoe Association.  I instruct workshops in Risk Management and Group Leadership.  I am a waterfront lifeguard with the Canadian National Lifeguard Association.  I am a Wilderness First Responder with Wilderness Medical Associates.  I am a certified instructor for High Ropes Courses and Team Building Facilitator through Adventureworks.