Each year, the list of Naturally Superior Adventures guides, staff and friends grows longer. Our staff has kayak surfed off the south island of New Zealand, bird-watched in the Arctic, hiked the Andes and paddled with the great baleen whales of the North Atlantic, yet many have chosen to make the north shore of Lake Superior their year-round home. Still, all our staff know that a little fun and silliness goes a long way.
David was a forester before a sea kayak trip on the Pukaskwa coast inspired him to start Naturally Superior Adventures in 1994. He’s now a Paddle Canada sea kayak & SUP instructor-trainer, ACA level 4 Coach and a BCU 4-star paddler. He’s most happy on the water teaching sea kayaking or kayak surfing.
Renee is David’s partner in life. Although the gardens and the environmental side of things on Rock Island are her particular areas of interest, she’s happiest dancing, hiking, canoeing, on a SUP or teaching Yoga. She edits newsletters for FLAP Canada, and the North American Native Plant Society.
Judy, a.k.a. our kitchen goddess, makes sure we are well fed (maybe a little too well). Staff and guests alike appreciate her wonderful chow, graciously prepared. Her multi-tasking abilities and good humour keep our lodge in ship shape. A resident of Wawa, Judy and her famous jams can be found at the local market year-round.
Jake came up to Northern Ontario for Lakehead University’s Outdoor Recreation, Parks and Tourism program and fell in love with Superior. Now a graduate, he is one of our lead guides, handling trip logistics and risk management when not on the Lake. He is happiest when paddling the coast, surfing, or taste-testing butter tarts.
Johanna Rowe is a life time Wawa resident and local historian. Her family ties to Michipicoten River and Wawa run deep. Johanna’s favourite past-time is sharing her knowledge on our natural and cultural history and ensuring you experience at least one “Wow! I-never-knew” moment before you leave.
Anna works in the lodge with Judy. A local Wawa-ite and social activist. Anna is happy to be back at NSA this season.
First, Jen was a math wiz from the University of Waterloo, then a graduate of the Outdoor Ed program at Lakehead University and then a fully qualified teacher. She’s a highly capable and experienced guide/instructor who especially loves leading our most challenging trips. In her spare time she knits!
Joel’s a retired Ministry of Natural Resources land planner and long-time resident of Sandy Beach, Michipicoten Bay. He’s our #1 source for weather history and has been instrumental in establishing and maintaining pit toilets on Superior from Pukaskwa to Lake Superior Park. Joel helps us with key vehicle shuttles.
Conor’s a highly experienced sea kayak and canoe guide and advanced Paddle Canada sea kayak instructor. Off the water, he’s an outdoor and environmental magazine journalist. His book The Greatest Lake, Stories from Lake Superior’s North Shore, was published by Dundurn in 2012.
After instantly falling in love with the people and place, Emaa is returning to NSA for another season. Originally from Hawkesville, Ontario with family roots from up north. Emma has a passion for herbalism, creating healthy recipes and holistic health and wellness. She is excited for another season next to Lake Superior.
Andrea is a year round guide and outdoor enthusiast. Since graduating from Sault College’s Adventure Recreation and Business Mgmt programs she has been guiding and taking outdoor education contracts all over Ontario. She’s excited to be back for another season on the shores of Superior.
A graduate from Sault College’s Adventure Recreation & Parks Technician program, Evan is completely hooked to Lake Superior, the culture, people, and opportunities to explore. His favourite parts of guiding are teaching plant ID, rock formations, cultural history, and after-dinner story telling.
Devin lives in Toronto, but fell in love with the north while in the Adventure Recreation and Parks program at Sault College. When he’s not on the water (and sometimes when he is) you can usually find him behind a camera.
Brychan is a student of outdoor recreation and geography at Lakehead University. Growing up he spend summers on the beautiful Atlantic coast and fell in love with kayaking and camping. Brychan is excited to get on the most stunning lake in the world and share his passion for the outdoors with everyone.
Ginny’s been sea kayak guiding and instructing on Superior with us since 2005. She’s also paddled Newfoundland, Maine, Vancouver Island, Haida Gwaii, Thailand and New Zealand. Her best trip so far was a solo on Lake Superior so she knows our area well.
Darrell’s an accomplished paddler and instructor with Outdoor Recreation, Parks and Tourism at Lakehead University. He co-authored A Paddlers Guide to the Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area, the definitive paddler’s guide to the Sibley Peninsula. He’s passionate about guiding the Voyageur Canoe.
After guiding and coordinating trips for us for 12 seasons, Megan has followed her family to Peterborough. Fortunately she’s still around in spirit and via internet, rocking our newsletters, social media and website updates. She says we can blame the speeling mistakes on her!
Otto has a scientific background and now works for the federal government on regional river water management. Just ask him why the waves formed by a boat are at the same angle no matter the speed of the boat and you’ll get a highly detailed explanation! He’s also an awesome wilderness chef and leader and Jen’s sweetheart.
Bonnie is a minister with the Episcopal Church and one of our best friends. As a top ACA instructor, BCU 5-star paddler and coach as well as a Paddle Canada instructor she’s crucial to our advanced training and especially our combination Paddle Canada Level 2/BCU 3-star sea kayak instruction program.
Sam is an ACA Level 5 Advanced Open Water Instructor-Trainer Educator, an ACA Adaptive Paddling Equipment Instructor and Wilderness First Responder. He’s been paddling since 1991. He has paddled Lake Superior, around the Haida Gwaii in British Columbia, and in Finland/Sweden. He also did a circumnavigation of Ireland.
David has been introducing people to the sport of sea kayaking for the past 17 years and considers Lake Superior his second home. He is a senior instructor trainer with Paddle Canada and teaches for several paddling schools in Ontario. David aspires to become a professional wrestler referee or a certified waterslide tester.
Born in South Africa but raised in Ontario, Marnel is happy anywhere as long as it’s outside. Marnel first discovered NSA when doing Wilderness First Aid training. The beauty of the place and people has brought her back this year as a volunteer and she’s excited to help share the great experience this place has to offer with everyone.
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1. weak-minded or lacking good sense; stupid or foolish: a silly writer.
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We try not to take ourselves too seriously here at Naturally Superior Adventures!