Zoe Kallio

Hailing from the small town of Chelsea, Quebec, I was raised with a great appreciation of the outdoor world. It all began when I learned to cross-country ski from my dad as soon as I could walk. This led me to join the local adventure ski group – a group that offered so much more than skiing. It created a community, a place to connect with old friends and make new friends, explore, learn, and appreciate all that nature has to offer.

Pursuing what I felt most passionate about, I migrated west for University to learn all about the world of adventure. Having had a taste of raft guide life on the Ottawa River before moving, I continued to explore this world as I began my studies. The river community I found reminded me of my cherished ski community from back home. Keen to spend more time on the river, I spent my first summer out west raft guiding in Canmore, Alberta. During that summer, I got the opportunity to head North and guide my first trip down the Nahanni.

What a feeling! I love being on the river and can’t get over the beauty of the North. Spending time immersed in such wilderness continues to endlessly broaden my appreciation for it. I love sharing this appreciation with others and believe that the respect for nature found from time spent in the wild will ultimately encourage us all to better protect it. I am counting down the days until I get to be back on the river and  spending time with fabulous folks who are just as excited as me to be there.