I knew of Peter long before we actually met - he modelled for Roots Canada campaigns as a brand ambassador back when I was a cashier at one of their flagships. Our paths eventually crossed in Algonquin Park (surprise, surprise) and some time after that we became friends. He pretty much adventures for a living, so I've since chosen to live vicariously through his travels and learn as much as I can along the way. You never know when you might need to know how to protect yourself from a bear or lightning.
Describe what brought you to what you're doing now.
I took my first canoe trip when I was six years old. In a way, I haven't stopped since. I started working at summer camps when I was 17, and that was my true introduction to the outdoor industry. I stayed long enough to become a director at two different camps. Through my work at summer camps, I became connected with the wider world of Outdoor Educators, trippers, and guides - all sharing a passion for a philosophy of Wilderness Travel. I took degrees in PHE, History, and Education, which I find perfectly fit my role as a canoe guide and outdoor educator. I currently work with two Outdoor Education companies, as well as guide canoe trips independently when I have the time.
Where do you look for inspiration?
I look to the past to inspire my future. Mackenzie, Thompson, and all those who came before and after...I have a bucket list of expeditions retracing old explorer routes from 400 years ago. I consider myself a link in the chain of enthusiastic adventurers. Those of us affected with "itchy feet". I think that canoe travel is unique, in that it defies time and space. When you paddle, you are participating in something much older than yourself. A tradition of travel. I would like to think that I can help carry that tradition to the next generation and am certainly not alone. I am connected to a network of people who share my passion for wilderness travel. We share stories and easily trade trip jealousy. I am inspired by those who have passed and those who surround me.