David Hibbard

David Hibbard is the most active outfitter on the Nahanni River, personally guiding over 80 descents. After graduating from Queen's University with a Bachelor of Physical Education and a BA in Geography, the lure of the mountains drew David and his family to Alberta where he has resided since 1984. When not expounding the wonders of the Nahanni River to people around the globe, Dave loves back-country skiing in the Rockies, and sailing in the Caribbean. Beautiful Canmore, AB has been his home, and the site of the Nahanni Wilderness Adventures office since 2002.


Wendy Hibbard manages the Nahanni office and heads up food services. Wendy also graduated from Queen's and recently retired from teaching secondary school in Canmore. Her favourite activities are keeping up with her 3 wonderful children, and following David to incredible remote wilderness places.

Joel Hibbard

Joel Hibbard Nahanni River Guide Fishing

After a youth spent exploring the woods, mountain 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 in a remote corners of Canada you can find Joel surfing, running, 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.


Dana Hibbard 


Dana Hibbard grew up exploring the outdoors with her family.  After summers spent on the Nahanni as a youth her adventurous upbringing  took her down many paths including tree planting and wildfire fighting.  Eventually her love for rivers triumphed and she has returned to guiding in the summers.  Call or e-mail Nahanni Wild  and you will connect with Dana and her passion for rivers and supporting people experience wild places.  She loves knowing that twenty five years later she is sharing her family's connection to the Nahanni in the same way she grew up hearing her father David do.  Her favorite spots on the Nahanni include Hell Roaring creek and standing at the edge of Virginia Falls- it still takes her breath away just like when she was four years old. 

Dana lives with her partner on Gitxsan territory near Hazelton BC.  When she is not guiding you will find her there exploring the mountains and rivers near her home and occasionally weeding her garden.  



Luke Hibbard

Luke currently calls Halifax home where he pursues his love of writing and surfing. 

Luke staffs the Nahanni Wild booth at the Outdoor Adventure travel shows, and is creatively involved in menu planning and new recipe research.  In addition to guiding for Nahanni Wild in the summer,  he works closely with our guide team to refine their culinary skills.

The second generation of Nahanni Wild



This is a commonly asked question. Below you will find some links and stories that will answer this question for you. From back-country skiing in the Rockies, to sailing in the Carribean, and always exploring the amazing Nahanni backcountry..



In 2008, David attempted to follow the footsteps of "Dangerous River" author, Raymond Patterson, and bring his canoe upriver on the Nahanni to Virginia Falls. Read more...



David spent a few summers exploring the Nahanni tributaries, which led to the development of our Flat River and Little Nahanni trips. Read more...



In 2003, David and son Joel,  discovered first-hand the mystique of Prairie Creek. Read more...