About Me

by voyageurtripper

Hello! My name is Mikaela and I’m an outdoor adventure blogger with a passion for getting out into the wild. I like to write about my own adventures and share recommendations and resources to help others get outside more. I also like finding and interviewing the coolest people in the outdoor industry and sharing their stories & recommendations & resources too.

Polar Bears and Paddling: Inside AKOR Expedition’s Incredible 1600 km Journey

Expert Advice: How to Maximize Mountains and Minimize Crowds in the Canadian Rockies

My first experience in the wilderness came from working at camp, leading two week canoe trips in back country Ontario, Canada. My official job title was Voyageur Tripper. It inspired several more summers of working in the wild.

Like one summer in the Canadian Arctic, where I led hiking trips over frozen tundra and kayaked on the arctic ocean. 

5 Reasons to Visit Canada’s Most Underrated Territory (and how to do it affordably)

North of the Arctic Circle: A look inside a remote Arctic Basecamp

Or another river guiding in northern Ontario and western Quebec, teaching high school students to paddle Class III whitewater and sleep in tents for a month at a time.

How to get started in Whitewater Canoeing

Beginner’s Guide to Canoe Tripping

I lived in a small Francophone community in rural Quebec and then a bustling town in the northeast of France. I found homes in both New Zealand and India before finding my way back to Canada.

A Change of Plans Gone Right: Kayaking with Baby Seals in Abel Tasman

Swimming with Dolphins in Kaikoura: the Best Experience (and worst photos) of My Life

experience studying abroad

But now, with degrees in business and chemical engineering in tow, I’m trying my hand at a more traditional city job. There are some skills I want to build before I re-enter the outdoorsy and guiding world.

Why I Willingly Quit Wilderness Guiding to Work in an Office

Yes, my immediate future is sure to be filled with more subway rides than portages; coffee will come from an espresso machine, not a filter press. Temporarily suspending my life in the outdoors is really scary, but writing about adventure and helping others get outside more has become pretty exciting.

I refuse to believe that growing a career in the city means I have to give up my passion for the outdoors. This site is my attempt to help myself and others incorporate outdoor adventure into their everyday lives and be inspired by some incredible people working in the wilderness currently.

Explore my site and feel free to get in touch.

Some of my most popular posts:

How to get started in Whitewater Canoeing

3 Reasons to Accept (and Embrace) Homesickness while Traveling

How to talk about your travel experiences in a job interview

Behind the scenes of a Wilderness First Responder Course

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