OUR RIVER AND TRAIL GUIDES
Each of Nahanni Wild's guides is a trained wilderness professional and we support and celebrate their adventures, passions and achievements.
All are accredited in Wilderness First Aid and Swift Water Rescue as well as being Moving Water Canoe Instructors, British Columbia Rafting Outfitter's Association Guides and Wilderness Interpreters. These industry leading organizations provide exceptional third party accreditation and ensure our guides are amongst the best in the world.
Each spring we bring our team together for our Guide Training School, an intensive week where we delve into the details that make our adventures exceptional. Joined by industry leaders in first aid, rescue and paddling skills we work through challenging real world scenarios, develop our skills and create a bond between our guides that is required to successfully be a wilderness leader. Coming from all walks of life and chosen for their skills and passion for wilderness experiences we know the friendships that you develop on the river might just be the best souvenir.
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.
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.
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.
Dana grew up in the Alberta foothills and studied Environmental and Developmental Studies at Queen's University. She currently calls Hazelton, BC home. In the spectacular landscape where she lives, she spends 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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Michael grew up a stones throw from the Mississipi River in Eastern Iowa. Being a river rat, he has 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.
Luke grew up in the Alberta foothills and currently calls Halifax home. Working in several of the city's renowned restaurants combines with his lifetime of experience on the Nahanni River. While he has a passion for food he also enjoys surfing, fishing and reading in his spare time. Some of his favourite trips include a ski ascent of Mount St. Nikolas, 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.