I first developed an appreciation for the outdoors while growing up in Ontario on a small hundred-acre hobby farm. I would guide my friends around our property on a wide array of adventures through our hardwoods, swamps and hay fields. This passion for guiding eventually led me to Lakehead Univeristy’s Outdoor Recreation, Parks and Tourism and Experiential Education programs. While attending Lakehead University, I was able to hone my hard and soft skills in the outdoor field. It was here where I became obsessed with river travel, rock and ice climbing, mountain biking, and camping. Throughout university I worked in Jasper, Alberta during the summers, raft guiding day trips down the Sunwapta and Athabasca Rivers. Jasper is where I gained a greater appreciation for the mountain lifestyle. After finishing teacher’s college, my partner and I loaded up her car and made the move to Yukon in midwinter. People thought we were crazy! My first summer in the Yukon, I was grateful to have the opportunity to work with Nahanni River Adventures and Canadian River Expeditions to continue pursuing my zealousness for exploring and rafting amazing rivers. The “Spell of the Yukon” has definitely been cast on me! Every single day I spend here I become more in love and rooted. I am looking forward to the future adventures that this place has to offer.
After another great season at Nahanni River Adventures, I have been keeping busy in Whitehorse working as an assistant outdoor education guide with Yukon Education. So far this year, I have been on backpacking, climbing, fishing, and trapping trips. Students here get to do some pretty radical activities. On top of this, I had the opportunity to assist and row a support raft for a film crew and friends down the McNeil River in Yukon. The film was based around the idea of two friends sharing their passions for whitewater and moose hunting together. It was an experience of a lifetime and I am really looking forward to seeing the final product. This winter I am planning on traveling to South America and exploring Patagonia for a month, then returning to the Yukon for its incredible winter. It may be dark here, but there is still a lot to do (we just have more lights). I look forward to trying the new sport of biathlon and going on more outdoor education trips. Should be an amazing winter!