Ryan is a graduate of Sault College's Adventure Recreation program. He's a certified canoe instructor, operates his own outfitting company ForestTheCanoe and is a fun-loving knowledge CFC interpretive guide who moved from southern Ontario to Lake Superior to satisfy his love for the outdoors, camping, canoeing, hiking and snowshoeing.
Ryan is the eagle eye of the crew often spotting and identifying the wildlife on the water, along the shores, or in the sky!
Joanie remembers her family’s only coffee table book, Lake Superior: The Haunted Shore as an inspiration for her and her husband Gary’s cross-Canada canoe journey more than 3 decades ago. Part of their journey followed the St. Marys River, through the locks and along the eastern shore of Superior.
Joanie is a skilled and knowledgeable paddler and guide who loves to share her passion for the culture, ecology and conservation of this special place at the heart of Turtle Island.
Peter grew up Sault Ste Marie, and spending all his summers on Lake Superior. He loves nothing better than to be on the water sharing his passion for rocks, water and Ojibwe culture as a Canoes for Conservation guide. (And in November you will find him surfing the Lake's big waves.)
As a former lifeguard, competitive swimmer, emergency medical responder and, currently, a nursing student, he is always focussed on the safety and comfort of the group. Peter's warm welcoming personality always puts everyone at ease.
Courtney is a Métis woman from Bawating, the Sault Ste Marie area. She is an avid canoeist who has traveled the old trade routes of her ancestors from Ottawa to Kenora in the big canoe. She is also a Métis researcher and writer, focusing on telling the stories of her community, ancestors, and the lands and waters.
Courtney is the lead interpretive guide for the special Métis Walking & Paddling tour at Bawating.