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. 

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 experience on the Nahanni is drifting First Canyon.

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Robert Marshall:

Robert grew up on a dairy farm in Saskatchewan but now calls Canmore, AB home. A graduate of Thompson Rivers University, Robert loves hiking, climbing, scrambling and cycling. One of his earliest camping memories is in Qu'appelle Valley when he was four.
His favourite book is The Kingkiller Chronicle.
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Daniel Robb:

Dan grew up in Edmonton but currently resides in Vancouver. He loves cooking, foraging and climbing. In the winter he works as an avalanche forecaster and is a wealth of knowledge on mountain science. His favourite spot on the Nahanni is Island Lake, a common starting point for trips into the Cirque of the Unclimbables. 
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Dana Hibbard:

Dana grew up in the Alberta foothills and studied Environmental and Developmental Studies at Queen's University. She currently calles Hazelton, BC home. 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:

Jeremy grew up in Tasmania, Australia before immigrating to New Zealand. Now calling Canada home he has a passion for exploring the backcountry with skis, boats and bikes. Jeremy has worked in several different fields including resource development and project management but always finds himself looking forwards to connecting with people in the outdoors. When not guiding on the Nahanni you might find him working at a backcountry ski lodge in the Columbia Mountains. Jeremy loves to play a tune or two around the campfire, so make sure to bring your harmonica or waterproof guitar! 

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Justine Wilmot:

Justine grew up in Brampton, Ontario and moved to Canmore after completing her degree in Outdoor and Experiential Education. Justine is fun loving, caring and has exceptional paddling skills. Her favourite spot on the Nahanni is Prairie Creek where she appreciates the intense beauty and the historical significance of Dead Man's Valley. Her favourite book is The Lonely Land and her earliest camping memory is seeing light reflecting off of the eyes of an animal at night.

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Joel Hibbard:

After a youth spent in the woods, hills and rivers of 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 a lifetime of experience in the Nahanni 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 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.

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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 I was 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 grew up in the Alberta foothills but currently lives in Halifax working in several of the cities reknowned restaurants. With many seasons experience on the Nahanni River and Luke emjoys brings his culinary expertise to all his trips. While we has a passion for food he also enjoys surfing, fishing and reading in his spare time. Some of his favoutrite trips include a ski ascent of Mount St. Nikolas, and the Mountain River and Niger river. His favourite book is Ham on Rye. One of his earliest camping memories is crawling into his Mom's sleeping bag with a Nalgene hot water bottle. His favourite spot on the Nahnni is the Rock Gardens.

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Byron Remple:

Byron was raised and educated in Western Canda and now lives in Calgary, Alberta. 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.

"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.

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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 Nahanni WIlderness Adventures for several seasons. In the winters he is an avalanche specialist at Nakiska Mountain Resort.

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