Tell us a bit about who you are and what you do…
I’m a passionate lover of all things nature. Growing up beside a National Park in Nova Scotia and then living within Banff National Park has given me a unique perspective about ones place within an intact, healthy ecosystem. Now I get to share this knowledge/love affair with clients from around the world while hiking, canoeing, snow-shoeing and cross country skiing.
You’re based by the world famous Lake Louise, what do you think it is about the area that draws so many visitors?
Places like this aren’t special for ones country; places like this are special for the planet to see.
How do Alberta’s landscapes inspire you?
You need several life times to fully explore this place intimately. After spending 10 years playing in it, I feel I have only scratched the surface.
How did you end up following this career path?
Again it falls back on my experience living in or within 20km’s of a National Park for 28 years, plus going to college for Outdoor Recreation helps.
When you’re not working, where do you go to unwind?
Backcountry skiing, ice climbing, hiking, mountain biking, climbing and Mountaineering anywhere I can.
Where should we go to witness Alberta’s most spectacular scenery?
Anywhere in the mountains, but of course I am more than a little biased.
If we’ve only got one day in Alberta, what should we do?
In the words of a famous former Park Warden (who as asking this exact question) “go find a quiet place by a mountain lake and cry.”
If we want to challenge ourselves in the mountains, what activities would you recommend?
Start off with a moderate hike, and then build your skill set from there. Remember, we don’t just measure hikes in distance but also in elevation. And often the latter turns out to be more important than the former.
Alberta is a place of wonderful contrasts; do you think it’s important to experience both the urban and the rural sides of the province?
The best thing about our cities is that they are close to the mountains…
Finally – describe Alberta in just three words…
Big boundless beauty.
JEFF’S TOP 5
Go backcountry skiing
Head out on a hike
Reach speeds on a mountain bike
Take to the waters in a canoe