Special Guest Appearances

Get Inspired! See breathtaking presentations and hear from seasoned adventure travelers as they share incredible stories of the thrill of their adventures. Industry experts, celebrity guests and world-class film screenings, add to the enjoyable elements of entertainment and education of the show.

Hap Wilson

Hap Wilson – Bio

 

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Hap Wilson

Hap Wilson

Author, artist, explorer, recipient of the Bill Mason Award for Lifetime Achievements in River Conservation and International Fellow of the Prestigious Explorer’s Club, Hap Wilson has canoed 60,000 KM through much of Canada’s Wilderness. He is one of North America’s best-known wilderness guides and canoeists, the author of over a dozen books, an expert sustainable trail builder, and co-founder of the environmental group Earthroots.

Kevin Callan

Kevin Callan – Bio

 

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Kevin Callan

Kevin Callan

Kevin Callan is the author of fifteen books, including bestselling “The Happy Camper” and the incredibly popular series of paddling guides. On a regular basis, he presents across North America and the U.K. and has been a key speaker at all the major outdoor events for over 25 years. Callan is also a regular contributor and columnist for Explore and CanoeRoots Magazine and was just listed one of the top 100 modern day explorers by the Canadian Geographical Society. He was also made Patron Paddler for Paddle Canada. http://www.kevincallan.com 

John Van Barriger

John Van Barriger – Bio

 

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John Van Barriger

John Van Barriger

John Van Barriger is an award-winning writer/photographer and president of The Outdoor Kind, LLC. This family-owned business works to support first responders and educate outdoor enthusiasts about the prevention of wildfires and other emergencies. A lifelong outdoors enthusiast, John considers himself outrageously lucky to have hiked, camped, backpacked, biked, motorcycled, paddled or gone scuba diving on five continents. He recently became a correspondent for the Paddling Adventures Radio podcast.

David Lee

David Lee – Bio

 

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David Lee

David Lee

David Lee, aka The Passionate Paddler, is a writer, speaker, and a photographer, but most of all, an avid canoeist. He is more likely to be found plying a waterway, or sweating along a portage, than be concerned with the latest fashion, or home decor. Away almost 3 months a year on canoe trips, he inevitably comes back with lots of stories – some just incredulous. It’s simply his passion that gets him out there with a canoe, and it’s the same passion, that he hopes to share with all of you.

Luke Rovner

Luke Rovner – Bio

 

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Luke Rovner

Luke Rovner ~ Kayak Hipster

Luke is a sea kayak instructor and filmmaker. Combining his experience as a photo and video professional with a love for kayaking, he started Kayak Hipster with the goal of capturing outdoor adventures and sharing kayaking tips.
http://www.kayakhipster.com/

Christina Scheuermann

Christina Scheuermann – Bio

 

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Christina Scheuermann

Camper Christina (Christina Scheuermann)

Christina is a blogger, youtuber and outdoor enthusiast who has been sharing her adventures and inspiring others since 2015. She started backcountry camping in 2002 and fell in love and currently camps year round. In 2016, with no one to go with, she began solo tripping. Now, with more experience and confidence, she ventures into some remote and challenging locations alone, pushing the boundaries of solo camping!

Justin Barbour

Justin Barbour – Bio

 

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Justin Barbour

Justin Barbour

Justin Barbour is an adventurer, K-12 Physical Education and Biology teacher. Along with his Cape Shore water dog, Saku, they have travelled over 2,000 kilometres within the wilderness of Newfoundland and the Labrador Peninsula over the last 21 months.

Justin has an insatiable love of challenging remote expeditions and genuine fascination with the natural world. His trips have been documented by video, photography and journaling. Some of his large personal feats include a canoeing expedition 1000 km’s across the desolate Labrador Peninsula (2018) and snowshoeing/ packrafting /hiking 700 km’s across the most remote and rugged wilderness of Newfoundland(2017), both trips were solo with Saku. A memoir on the Newfoundland expedition is currently in the publication process.

“I want to spread my passion and appreciation for the outdoors and life, to the rest of the world”.

Becky Mason

Becky Mason – Bio

 

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Becky Mason

Becky Mason

An expert paddler, paddling filmmaker and an accomplished visual artist Becky Mason has been canoeing her whole life and is a fully accredited Paddle Canada flatwater instructor/trainer. She runs her company Classic Canoeing from her hometown of Chelsea QC where she teaches classes, and she also travels widely sharing her enthusiasm for the sport. Learn more at: www.redcanoes.ca.

Preston Ciere

Preston Ciere – Bio

 

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Preston Ciere

Preston Ciere

Preston Ciere is a popular writer, speaker and outdoor advocate, known for his unique style and humourous stories of backcountry adventures that he uses to share camping ideas and resources with the hope of inspiring others to embark on their own connection to nature.

Reid McLachlan

Reid McLachlan – Bio

 

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Reid McLachlan

Reid McLachlan

An avid canoeist since childhood, Reid grew up paddling with his family. These early excursions whetted his appetite for future canoeing adventures and instilled in him a love and respect for what he considers to be the perfect vehicle…the canoe. He has spent the last 35 years with his wife and partner Becky Mason paddling waterways around the world. Reid is a fully accredited Paddle Canada flatwater instructor/trainer and when he’s not in a canoe you can usually find him in his studio following his other passion as an accomplished professional artist.

David Bain

David Bain – Bio

 

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David Bain

David Bain

David Bain is an avid outdoor enthusiast who fell in love with the Georgian Bay coast during his first visit to the French River in the year 2000. Ever since he and his paddling partners have spent numerous (but never enough) spectacular days exploring this unique region of Ontario, paddling the rugged shoreline in search of islands and hidden inlets to fish, explore and pitch their tents in. When not paddling, David is busy organizing the Ontario Backcountry Canoe Symposium (www.ontariobackcountrycanoe.ca) and the Ontario Winter Camping Symposium (www.ontariowintercamping.ca).

Susan R. Eaton

Susan R. Eaton – Bio

 

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Susan R. Eaton

Susan R. Eaton

A geoscientist, journalist and explorer, Susan R. Eaton studies the interplay of plate tectonics, oceans, glaciers, climate and life in polar regions. Susan explores the world’s oceans—from Antarctica to the Arctic—in the snorkel zone, a unique land-sea-ice-air interface where charismatic animals and snorkelers comingle.

Named one of Canada’s top 100 modern-day explorers and trailblazers by the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, Susan has snorkeled with thousands of chatty belugas Hudson Bay and with docile manatees at Crystal River, Florida. She’s snorkeled in the Galapagos Archipelago where sea turtles, sea lions and nurse sharks outnumber snorkelers. In Haida Gwaii, she’s assisted the Haida Nation, snorkeling northern rivers to count salmon migrating to their ancestral spawning grounds. Susan has come face-to-mask with charging 1,400-pound leopard seals in the Southern Ocean—so close, in fact, that she could count the freckles on their upper palates and inspect their tri-serrated teeth which dispatch 30-pound penguins in mere minutes.

Brad Jennings and Leah Schmidt

Brad Jennings & Leah Schmidt – Bio

 

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Brad Jennings and Leah Schmidt

Brad Jennings & Leah Schmidt

Adventure seekers at heart, Brad and Leah of Explore the Backcountry embark on countless adventurous and exploratory canoe trips, rediscovering long forgotten ‘lost’ routes, and journeying through some of the most breathtaking wilderness in the process. Brad has helmed ExploreTheBackountry.com for more than a decade, mapping and maintaining routes, producing videos, photos, reports and more, all while encouraging others to get out an explore for themselves.