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.

Le Stroud

Les Stroud – Bio

 

×

Le Stroud

Les Stroud

Come hear a captivating and entertaining talk with Les Stroud, musician and star of the hit TV series Survivorman. Les anchors his tales on his life experiences and pulls from them lessons of building a career and striving towards success while overcoming obstacles. It is quite simply a message of passion. Passion for life. Passion for success. Passion for adventure.

See him on Sunday 1 pm at the Best Of Canada Adventure Stage!

David Lee

David Lee – Bio

 

×

David Lee

David Lee – SPOT’s guest speaker

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.

David Bain

David Bain – Bio

 

×

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).

Christina Scheuermann

Christina Scheuermann – Bio

 

×

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 2015, with no one to go with, she began solo tripping. Now, with more experience and confidence, she ventures into some remote and challenging locations in the Temagami region, alone, and can’t wait to share them with you!

Sean Rowley

Sean Rowley – Bio

 

×

Sean Rowley

Sean Rowley

Growing up as far north as James Bay and as far west as the Rocky Mountains and the Prairies, Sean has spent most of his life outdoors and has seen a lot of what Canada has to offer people who love to get outside. Combining his love of canoes, camping, and photography, Sean has been canoe tripping for over 25 years and has many more years ahead of him. Testing new gear and learning new skills is part of what Sean enjoys most about getting out on the water and into the back country.

Preston Ciere

Preston Ciere – Bio

 

×

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.

Brad Jennings and Leah Schmidt

Brad Jennings & Leah Schmidt – Bio

 

×

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.

Adam Shoalts

Adam Shoalts – Bio

 

×

Adam Shoalts

Adam Shoalts

Adam Shoalts has been named “one of Canada’s greatest living explorers (CBC, Canadian Geographic) and is the Explorer-in-Residence of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, a national champion of the Trans-Canada Trail, and the author of the three national best-selling books, including his latest Beyond the Trees: A Journey Alone Across Canada’s Arctic and the #1 national best-seller, Alone Against the North. He’s best known for his long solo wilderness journeys, including a four-month epic across Canada’s North, and has a Ph.D. in history from McMaster University.

See him on Sunday 11:15 am at the Adventures in Paddling Schedule !

Hap Wilson

Hap Wilson – Bio

 

×

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

 

×

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 

Joe Bailey

Joe Bailey – Bio

 

×

Joe Bailey

Joe Bailey

Joe is a member of the Yellowknives Dene First Nation of the Akaitcho Territory in the Northwest Territories. The Akaitcho Territory is one of five Indigenous regions of the Dene Nation. Joe is of Chippeywan and Cree descent.

He was raised by his grandparents in the traditional Dene lifestyle on the southern shores of the Great Slave Lake. Joe was checking fishnets in the summers and the snares and traps on the trapline in the winter months with his grandfather before he was in kindergarten. 

Joe has had the good fortune to live, work and play all across the Northwest Territories. This gave him the firsthand perspective of seeing and experiencing the vast, largely untouched lands of northern Canada as well as meeting proud, wonderful and resilient Indigenous peoples from all across the NWT. It is during this time in his life he started to realize just how lucky he was to be from the north, and so after a few years in the pubic sector, with Indigenous community governments and working with NGO’s, Joe ventured out on his own and founded an outdoor adventure tour company in 2007.

Today, Joe is the President and CEO of North Star Adventures, a Yellowknife based, a 100% Indigenous owned and operated tour company that offers a number of summer and winter adventure packages throughout the Northwest Territories including genuine and authentic Indigenous cultural experiences each showcasing the unique Indigenous cultural regions of the Northwest Territories.

Joe is a lifelong proponent of Indigenous issues and with more time on his hands now since North Star Adventures is in good hands with a professional team led by a caring Manager and professional staff he can now commit more time to Indigenous causes that important to him. Joe is the current Director for the Northwest Territories on the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada’s Board of Directors. He will speak to the special relationship the Indigenous peoples of northern Canada have with the land and how importance that special relationship is to sustainable tourism.

Northern Scavenger

Northern Scavenger – Bio

 

×

Northern Scavenger

Northern Scavenger

In July of 2019, Noah and Alex of Northern Scavenger set off on a 35-day canoe expedition across Labrador along with Chris Giard and Dave Greene. The expedition, Boreal to Barrenlands – Traversing Labrador, was supported by the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, MEC and Newfoundland and Labrador Tourism. The team traveled through 3 different eco-systems including sub-arctic tundra, crossed 3 regional Heights-of-Land and made them the first modern-day explorers to connect Menihek to Nain. They are currently working on a documentary and film series from this expedition which will be released in February 2020.

Sonya Richmond & Sean Morton

Sonya Richmond & Sean Morton – Bio

 

×

Sonya Richmond & Sean Morton

Sonya Richmond & Sean Morton

Sean and Sonya both grew up in southern Ontario, and discovered a passion for hiking while at university together.  Ever since, they have spent as much time hiking, kayaking, travelling, and camping across Canada as they can.  After completing a PhD in the Faculty of Forestry at the University of Toronto, Sonya worked as a GIS analyst at Birds Canada.  Sean has been working as a freelance writer and landscape photographer.  Longer hikes they’ve completed include Ontario’s Bruce Trail (680 km done), Spain’s Camino Frances (800 km), France’s Via Podiensis (780 km), Newfoundland’s East Coast Trail (250 km), Portugal’s Camino Portuguese (680 km), and the Camino Finisterre.  They have hiked 3,300 km of Canada’s 24,000 km Great Trail, and plan to finish by 2022.

We invite you to "Come Walk With Us" as we continue to hike across Canada on the Great Trail from 2019 until 2022.  To follow our journey and learn more about our #Hike4Birds, please visit the links below:
Website: www.comewalkwithus.online
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WalkWithUsAcrossCanada/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/TransCanadaWalk
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/comewalkwithusonthegreattrail/