Rachel McAdams hails from Fredericton, and is enjoying her third season with Kayak Fundy | FreshAir Adventure. A 2017 graduate of New Brunswick Community College’s Environmental Technology programme, Rachel has abandoned her inspection of benthic macro-invertebrates and counting whales and shorebirds to guide guests along the Bay of Fundy and classify species for the rest of us (whew!). She is unnaturally sweet and friendly, but we are doing our best to make her bossy. Be warned: your children will love her.
Brent Walker is new to the team this year, but he is no stranger to the waters in and around the Bay of Fundy. Though he comes to us all the way from across the bay in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, Brent has called southeastern New Brunswick home since 2015. This is Brent’s second season on our shores; he spent the summer of 2019 working at Mary’s Point Bird Sanctuary / Shepody National Wildlife area. With a Bachelor of Science double majoring in biology and environmental science from Mount Allison University, Brent spent a lot of time with some pretty neat fish – so feel free to ask him about it as he’s our resident fish-dude and wildlife biologist. This bilingual, giant-sandwich eating, paddling machine is usually found hanging out with Niko on the deck between tours, reading books and slurping power-shakes.
Julie Bourgoin comes to us from Sudbury Ontario, is a student of Industrial Design at Carleton University in Ottawa, a Korean-food fanatic and an all-around kayak nerd. With plenty of experience paddling the Northern lakes and the Ottawa River, Julie arrived at Kayak Fundy with her own Greenland paddle, a grocery bag filled with kimchi ingredients, and the wry sense of humour required of anyone escaping the COVID-phobia in Ontario and Quebec. After we’d locked her in the attic for the required 14 days, Julie emerged as our own kayak-rolling, TikTok dancing, dumpling-making butterfly. We’re planning to keep her forever.
Gina Miller: Owner and operator of Kayak Fundy | FreshAir Adventure, Gina grew up in Atlantic Canada, then headed off to taste-test universities, collecting degrees she rarely uses, before moving to Hong Kong, China, in 2000. For two decades, Gina lived in Hong Kong, (where she worked as a business journalist, a sport-events coordinator, and a paddle coach). In 2011 she joined Kayak Fundy | FreshAir Adventure and returned to the Bay of Fundy each summer. In 2018 she returned to Canada full time and reacquainted herself with Canadian winter (brrrrr – that water is cold!). After many years of racing in Asia, Gina still loves to paddle fast on waves. She operates the surfski and wave-riding tours and training with Kayak Fundy | FreshAir Adventure. If you are interested in a new boat and a new adventure, she is the woman to call.
Paul Davis: Co-operator of Kayak Fundy | FreshAir Adventure, Paul is originally from the UK. Amazingly prescient, Paul foresaw Brexit as early as 1997, and to avoid the gloom, he moved to Hong Kong to earn first-hand experience of the dismantling of Britain’s global footprint. Paul took up Dragon Boat and Outrigger Canoe race paddling in Hong Kong and has brought his love for the technical side of paddling with him to Canada. Paul is married to Gina, and is a loving father to Niko and Sula, their two adoptive mutts.
Niko & Sula flew in from Hong Kong in 2018 and are Kayak Fundy | FreshAir Adventure’s official “greeters.” Niko (the black fluffy one) loves attention; Sula has become a grouch though she warms to adults. We keep her away from children since she thinks she boss them around, which can be scary to little ones! She has become a mean grandma, so we try to stuff her in her rocking chair when kids are about.
Guides emeritus (sometimes they pop back in!)
Amanda Harrington grew up in Saint John, New Brunswick, a stones throw away from the Bay of Fundy. Amanda has a degree in Recreation Sports from the University of New Brunswick and is also a graduate of the Saint Andrew’s Adventure Leadership program.
Besides being an avid white water and sea kayaker, Amanda finds time for wild hiking expeditions, long wilderness-seeking road trips, and rock climbing. Amanda has spent two winters leading expeditions on and off the water in Australia and New Zealand. She has an infectious laugh and tells terrible jokes – really terrible jokes. As a result, we only let her lead tours when our pun tolerance is high.
Vince Di Lena is one of our super-duper lead guides and a graduate of the Adventure Tourism program at the CEGEP of Gaspé, Quebec. Paddling since his early teens, Vince also enjoys climbing, camping, and fishing whenever he gets the chance. His love of the water is only matched by his passion for anything related to science, and while he is usually an introvert it can be difficult to get him to stop talking if it’s about biology, astronomy or physics. Vince is unmatched in spotting wildlife on the Bay, and if there is a porpoise to be seen, a seal to be spotted, or an eagle or peregrine falcon anywhere nearby – he will see it first and share the sights with you.
Isaac Miller returns to help guide at Kayak Fundy | FreshAir Adventure from time to time because life without sea kayaking is no life at all. (He is also obligated to appear because he’s family and we insist on seeing his handsome face a few times each summer.) Isaac has worked with Kayak Fundy since he was 15, and has paddled since he was old enough to be plunked into a boat and have his teeny fingers wrapped around a paddle. A keen white-water enthusiast and annoyingly fit, Isaac drops by often enough to make the rest of us feel wimpy. We like him anyway.