Our River and Trail Guides

Your Nahanni Wilderness Adventures Guides/Interpreters are well qualified with certifications that far exceed the requirements set by Nahanni National Park.

Each of our guides has an extensive outdoor background, formal training and leadership experience. Most hold diplomas or degrees in outdoor recreation and related fields. Certifications include Wilderness First Aid, Swift Water Rescue, Commercial River Guiding, and an Instructor Level in Moving Water Canoeing . To qualify as Nahanni National Park River and Trail Guides, the NWA staff are the most thoroughly trained and examined for their on water skills and interpretive knowledge.

This level is achieved through our longstanding and mandatory spring "Guide School" on the Kootenay and White Rivers in Southern British columbia. In addition, our 2012 rookie guides paddled the challenging LIttle Nahanni River with David Hibbard prior to the start of their season.

You will find that our guides have a real enthusiasm for their work and sharing the Nahanni and our other rivers with you. A ratio of 1 guide per 4 guests is common on our trips.

 

dave hibbard

Dave Hibbard:

Dave got into the outfitting business when he bought his first canoe at age 12 with the money he made by finding and selling golf balls. Dave has been canoe tripping since his older sister put her in the bow of her canoe for a 28 day canoe trip when he was 15.

Dave graduated from Phys-Ed and Geography from Queen's University.  After over 60 descents of the Nahanni, he still loves to share it with others.

His favourite spot on the Nahanni is drifting First Canyon.

byron remple

Byron Remple:

Byron was raised and educated in Western Canda and now lives in Calgary, Alberta. After completing degrees in theology, cultural anthropology, and education, Byron's began a 17 year career as a secondary teacher in social sciences and outdoor education. He and his wife completed Master's degrees (Education) and taught post secondary in Indonesia before returning to Alberta and teaching. Recently Byron completed a Fine Arts degree in ceramics, printmaking and photography at the Alberta College of Art & Design.

His love of the outdoors is satisfied through skiing, snowshoeing, hiking and biking in the Rockies. He has been river guiding since the early 90's. This is Byron's 6th year with NWA.

"Flying into the Nahanni watershed is always a privilege and thrill, and I savor every feature on each downriver trip I make. It is a joy to share this pristine and spectacular wilderness with others, especially the glorious canyons."
 jake and damien

 

Damien Kailik and Jake Basil:

We are fortunate this summer that two young men from the Great Slave Lake community of Lutsel K'e are returning to guide on the Nahanni. Both of these young men excel at their work and delight our guests with their stories of life in the North. This spring they both completed the same professional training our other guides receive such as Wilderness First Aid, Swift Water Rescue and our in house spring guide school.

 

 

justine wilmot

Justine Wilmot:

Justine grew up in Ontario, but moved to Canmore after completing her degree in Education specializing in Outdoor and Experiential Education.Justine is fun loving, and caring and has excellent paddling skills.In the winter she works in an outdoor program with troubled youth outside of Calgary.

rick jozwiak

Rick Jozwiak:

Rick is from Calgary, Alberta and is known for his meticulous attention to detail. He loves paddling and keeps coming back to the Nahanni year after year because of its unsurpassed beauty. When not in a canoe, Rick works with the City of Calgary.

 

jason kuruc

Jason Kuruc:

Jason has been guiding with Nahann WIlderness Adventures for several seasons. In the winters he is an avalanche specialist at Nakiska Mountain Resort.