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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!