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Jamie has been leading trips with Wanapitei Canoe since 2000, over which time he has paddled in every Canadian territory. Amongst many certifications, Jamie has his ORCA Canoe Trip & Moving Water levels, Level I Swift Water Rescue Technician and Advance Wilderness First Aid.
When not on the water, Jamie heads up an organic food company north of Toronto and enjoys alpine/backcountry skiing, mountain biking, ultimate frisbee, craft beer, and raising grass-fed beef on his family farm in Northumberland County, Ontario. He’s a great cook, too.
Doug fell in love with canoe-tripping over 25 years ago, when by chance he attended a film screening hosted by some guy named Bill Mason. “Waterwalker” opened Doug’s eyes and mind to a whole new way to view the beauty and history of our country. Nearly 20 years, and hundreds of canoe trips later, Doug balances a career in the provincial government with summers leading canoe trips.
Doug also enjoys skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, and playing pond hockey.
Dave, a veterinarian by profession, has been paddling many of Canada’s magnificent waterways for the past 25 years, including the Moisie River in Quebec, the Bonnet Plume river in the Yukon and the Kuujjua in the archipelago of the far north. As a guide, he has helped organize and lead several exploratory river trips in the far north including the Rae River, the Quioch River, and the Lauchlan River.
Dave has a passion for preparing fine cuisine and catching lots of fresh fish on canoe expeditions—bon appétit!
Brian took up paddling, fishing and outdoor activities as a youngster in Northern Ontario. He enjoys teaching outdoor skills as a paddling and canoe tripping instructor and has built canoes, paddles, and other camp gadgets.
When not out on adventure, Brian looks after a family farm, keeps bees and has a day job in fire protection and emergency management.
Jen has been canoe tripping since she was a kid, including many summers at Camp Wanapitei. Channeling legend Bill Mason who taught her when she was 12, Jen has shared her love of canoeing — flatwater, whitewater, and canoe tripping — with students from Fleming College, the Banff National Army Cadet Camp, and various Peterborough high schools.
From September to June, she’s a high school teacher.
Lauren has been canoe tripping all of her life and guiding trips for 10 years. Her two longest trips were each 50 days in the Yukon and North-West Territories. She is a certified Wilderness First Responder.
In addition to canoeing, Lauren also enjoys hiking, cross-country and downhill skiing, and almost anything else you can do outdoors. During most of the year, she works as a pilot and flight instructor in Sudbury and North Bay, Ontario.
Emily has been an outdoor enthusiast since she was a young girl, having grown up with camping and canoe trips as a ritual family pastime. She pursed her desire for doing outdoor adventure activities and guiding wilderness trips, by attending Laurentian University and completing her degree in the Outdoor Adventure Leadership Program.
She continues her guiding of wilderness canoe trips during the spring, summer and fall for Wanapitei CANOE and a number of other Outdoor Adventure companies. Emily also does work in the field of Rock Climbing, High and Low Ropes, Teambuilding, and First Aid. As well, she is a Personal Trainer and Yogafit Instructor on the side.
Richard has been an avid outdoor hiker, camper, and canoeist since early boyhood. Now retired after a long career in the Canadian Army, he’s turned his passion for canoeing and tripping into a near full-time hobby.
Richard splits his time between serving as a canoeing instructor and guiding wilderness canoe trips throughout Canada. Whatever he’s doing, Richard enjoys getting to know new friends and sharing spectacular wilderness experiences. He almost feels guilty about being so lucky!
I was hoping that you could thank [Brian and Matt] again for us and let them know what a remarkable experience they facilitated for my wife and I. We will certainly remember it for a lifetime. We had so much fun that we can hardly decide what trip to do next.Jeremy MillerThe meals!! Exceptional, varied, delicious and nutritious come to mind. Meals are never an ‘afterthought’ with highlights including such as sushi on the river bank featuring freshly caught Arctic char, cheese fondue, chocolate fondue ... each meal offers something to look forward to at the end of a hard paddling day.Merrilyn Lindsay business ownerI have known and paddled with Shawn since 1974. He is an amazing guide and canoeist and I have canoed with him from Northern Ontario to the far Arctic, east to west coast. I lead my own local Ontario canoe trips every year, but when I want a guided remote wilderness adventure, there is none better than Shawn and Wanapitei Canoe to take me there.David Wilkie, DVM professor and veterinarianI did my first big canoe trip with Wanapitei in 1980 and had a wonderful experience. I have done many since and always have enjoyed the good leadership, organization, and company on each one, not to mention the great rivers.Peter Milliken, PC lawyer and politicianPaddling the Hess River with Shawn this summer was a thrill and the adventure of a lifetime. The river, country, wildlife, and as important, the people on the trip were all a superb. The whole experience was first rate and an inspiration to do more.Didier Maclaine Pont invester/paddlerAfter not having canoed since my teen years, I was excited but nervous about taking up my paddle again in midlife. Shawn's skill and experience made my trip with him one of the best I could have imagined. I highly recommend his trips.James Gardner vp - marketingI had an incredible time—nothing short of amazing! I'll be back, as they say.Chris Cunningham author