Owner and operator of FreshAir Adventure, Gina Miller grew up in Atlantic Canada, then headed off to taste-test several universities, collecting degrees she rarely uses, before moving to Hong Kong, China, in 2000. Today, Gina splits her year: wintering in Hong Kong, where she works as a business journalist, a sport-events coordinator, and a paddling coach and competitor, and summering on the Bay of Fundy coastline. As much as she loves the mellow tours of FreshAir Adventure, Gina also love to paddle fast on big seas. If you are interested in learning how to wave-ride, or paddle a surfski (which for the uninitiated, looks like an open-cockpit high-speed kayak), she is the woman to call.
Vince Di Lena is our super-duper lead guide 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 joins us for his third season with FreshAir Adventure. Plunked out of the cradle and into the cockpit, Isaac is fan of all things float-related, and has recently become a surfski addict, adding these race boats to his list fun boats to paddle (which includes white water, sea-kayaking, and inner-tube river racing). If he were not so good at his job, Isaac would be proof that nepotism is alive and well in NB. Fortunately, he is wicked-good at his job, so we don’t need to make any excuses.
Gerald Keyzer joins us again this year from five minutes up the hill (and he still has the longest commute!). Originally from North Carolina, and following years in NYC, Jerry met Anne-Marie (co-owner of Fundy Highlands Motel & Chalets), got married, had a gorgeous little girl, and now spends his time between Montreal and Alma. A former surfer, a dedicated skater, and a wicked-fine actor, Jerry is wild, and wild to get back into the sea-kayaks and tear up the Bay of Fundy with guests.
Rachel McAdams hails from Fredericton, and is enjoying her first season with FreshAir Adventure. A 2017 graduate of New Brunswick Community College’s Environmental Technology programme, Rachel has abandoned her inspection of benthic macroinvertebrates and counting whales and shorebirds to guide guests along the Bay of Fundy and classify species for the rest of us (whew!). She is super sweet and friendly, but we are doing our best to make her as villainous as the rest of us. Be warned: your children will love her.
Niko & Sula flew in from Hong Kong this year and are FreshAir’s official “greeters.” Niko (the black fluffy one) loves attention; Sula is very friendly but a little more cautious, especially around (fast moving) children – so please do not let children rush at her.
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. Currently Amanda is our “guide at large” (look for her “Wanted” posters at the post office), but we expect her back full time in 2019.
Besides being an avid white water and sea kayaker, Amanda finds time for wild hiking expeditions, long wilderness-seeking roadtrips, 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 truly terrible jokes. Truly Terribly jokes.