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.

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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.

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Byron Remple:

Byron was raised in Saskatchewan, and went on to live in Alberta, British Columbia and Manitoba, completing degrees in theology, cultural anthropology, education, and an MA (education) in Indiana. Byron's 17 year career as a teacher included five years in Asia. He resides now in Calgary with his wife. He is currently entering his third year at the Alberta College of Art & Design, expressing his creativity through ceramics, print making and photography.

His love of the outdoors is satisfied through skiing, snowshoeing, hiking and biking in the Rockies. He taught outdoor education for nine years and has been river guiding since the early 80's. This is Byron's 5th 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."
 jake and damien

Damien Kailik and Jake Basil:

We were fortunate this summer when two young men from the Great Slave Lake community of Lutsel K'e demonstrated considerable potential when acting as escorts for our June school trip. Accepting my invitation, Damien Kailik and Jake Basil, both in their 20's, joined me for a personalized guide training program in late July and then proceeded to the Nahanni River for on the job training with senior NWA guide Byron Remple from Calgary. Both of these young men excelled at their work and proudly took over their own raft on their 3rd Nahanni trip.  This spring we hope to be able to help both Damien and Jake with 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 Jowziak:

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 Moutain Resort.