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Photo Credit: Tyler Garnham
Photo Credit: Terry Parker
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Photo Credit: Bruce Kirkby
Photo Credit: Tyler Garnham
Photo Credit: Bruce Kirkby
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Travis Finlayson

Will anyone volunteer to write Travis’ bio? He didn’t get the memo.

Guide Gossip

Autumn 2016

Two years ago, my family and I moved from Camrose to Canmore so that I could follow my passion of teaching technical rescue to firefighters and emergency responders. Both my wife Sara and I love our new jobs, and our sons, River, 8, and Blaze, 5, are having a great time growing up in the mountains.

As a family we get out and go skiing and paddling every chance we get. I’m lucky that I get to spend so much time enjoying the outdoors, but I do relish the chance to make the trip up north whenever I can.

I’ve been guiding for NRA/CRE for 14 years, and there’s just something about northern landscapes that never fails to amaze me. Too many people have the perception that the tundra is “barren”, when in fact it’s teeming with wildflowers and all kinds of creatures. It is such a special privilege to help people explore the spectacular north and to share their sense of discovery.

You never know what’s going be around the next corner when you’re out in the wild. One of my most memorable moments on trip was sitting on the banks of the Burnside and watching a grizzly bear hunt and take down a lone caribou. For hours we watched the bear enjoy his supper while we ate our own on the other side of the river.

The experience of a trip is always made richer by the time spent around the campfire at the end of each day, swapping stories and sharing laughs. It’s been far too long since I was up north and I can’t wait to go back.

Fall 2015

I have changed jobs and location. I now work fulltime for Raven Rescue, a technical rescue training company, and I’m loving it so much. I’m still teaching and interacting with students, plus I get to work outdoors on some amazing rivers and mountainsides.

We (Sara, River, Blaze and I) have relocated to Canmore, Alberta. We figured that instead of spending all weekend driving to the mountains to play to only have to drive back home all night each Sunday, we should just make it our backyard. So we did. We are looking forward to spending our first Christmas in our new home in the mountains.

Before 2015

We are still in Vermilion, and I’m still working at the college.

We are awaiting winter so we can turn out paddles in for our skis and hit the mountains.



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