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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David Hibbard:

David 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 him in the bow of her canoe for a 28 day canoe trip when he was 15.

David graduated from Phys-Ed and Geography from Queen's University.  After over 70 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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Dana Hibbard:

Dana grew up in the Alberta foothills and now lives in Hazelton, BC.
With a degree in Environmental and Developmental Studies from Queen's University, she works with a Conservation organization striving to protect the Skeena Watershed.
In the spectacular landscape where she lives, she spends all her spare time paddling, hiking, back country touring and gardening. One of her favourite spots on the Nahanni River is Initiation Rapids in the Rock Gardens.

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Jeremy Wishart:

I grew up in Tasmania, Australia before immigrating to New Zealand, but now call Fernie, BC in the East Kootenays home. Canada is unmatched in my opinion in the beauty and variety of wilderness available to explore and recreate in . I have a passion for exploring the back country.

The seasons provide a fresh new landscape and I enjoy ski touring in the winter and whitewater paddling in the summers. I've worked in several different fields including mining and geo technics, and more recently work in the mechanized ski industry. I love bluegrass music, epic surf and am really excited to be working on the Nahanni River this summer.

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Julia Trutiak:

Julia grew up in Toronto, ON but in the last year moved to Abbotsford, BC. She works with troubled and marginalized youth. Julia has a BA in Outdoor Recreation from Lakehead University. She loves hiking, paddling and climbing. Highlights for Julia were her completion of the Appalachian hiking Trail in the Eastern US, and paddling on the Nahanni River. Her favourite spots that she enjoys sharing with guests are the Gate, the Falls, and Lafferty Creek.


Joel Hibbard:

After a youth spent in the woods, hills and rivers in Western Alberta Joel has made his home outside of Victoria, BC. An advocate for wild spaces and holding a BCOMM from the University of Calgary he is always looking for ways to increase the positive impact of the organizations he works with. When not exploring remote corners of BC you can find Joel surfing, reading or gardening with his wife. His favourite paddling trip is the upper stretches of the Nahanni River which saves him from having to choose which part of the park he enjoys most! With 8 seasons with Nahanni Wilderness Adventures Joel continues to look forward to sharing the beauty, history and adventure of the North with you.

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James McCutcheon:

James grew up in the High Park area of West Toronto, and began his paddling career at eight years of age after his father returned from a guided trip on the Nahanni River. Inspired by his experience, James' father sent him to canoe tripping camp in Temagami, ON where he went on to lead multiday canoe trips including some in the Yukon, and NWT.
James attended Dalhousie University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Management.He now lives in Banff where he runs his own outdoor education business in winter.
James is an avid paddler, hiker and skier, and looks forward to sharing his expertise with Nahanni river guests.


Michael Morse:

I grew up a stones throw from the Mississipi River in Eastern Iowa. Being a river rat, I have been canoeing tripping since a young boy. I broke the outdoor mold to pursue mechanical engineering, but always found time for paddling, biking, backpacking, canyoneering and photography. Over the past few years, my wife and I have been aligning our lifestyle with our passions. I love that my office is outside with nature on the Nahanni River.

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Luke Hibbard:

Luke has been guiding several seasons on the Nahanni River, and brings his culinary expertise to all his trips. He lives in Halifax , Nova Scotia and enjoys surfing, fishing and reading in his spare time.

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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."
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Damien Kailik and Jake Basil:

From the Great Slave Lake community of Lutsel K'e, both of these young men excel at their work and delight our guests with their stories of life in the North. They both completed the same professional training our other guides receive such as Wilderness First Aid, Swift Water Rescue at our in house spring guide school.



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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.

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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.


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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.

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