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Gabriel Rivest

Whitehorse, Yukon

Gabriel Rivest is a true adventurer and nature lover. Born and raised on the shores of the Harricana River in Amos, Quebec, he spent most of his childhood by the water, and paddling in canoes and kayaks to reach nearby fishing and hunting areas. His love for water and wilderness has never faltered. After a yearlong trip to New Zealand, where he both learned English and how to surf, he returned to Quebec with a passion for white water. This led to his exploration of many of the largest rivers in Abitibi and James Bay, before he decided to move to the Yukon and trade his kayak for a canoe. After three summers working on the Klondike River, outside of Dawson City, Gabriel settled in Whitehorse in 2011, where he started guiding. It was around this time he decided to organize his own expedition, “Paddle for the North,” with the goal of creating a feature-length documentary about the Peel and Yukon Watersheds located in the northern Yukon, NWT and Alaska. The journey took him through six different rivers over 1500km for 63 days with five friends in three canoes. Gabriel’s passion for the environment also extends to his studies. He graduated from the Yukon College in Renewable Resources Management in 2013 and is now finishing a degree in Environmental and Conservation Sciences through the University of Alberta. @gabe_rivest

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France Lemire

Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec

France Lemire fell in love with outdoor adventure when she first participated in the Crossing of Lake Abitibi, an event that traverses 100km across this inland sea on nordic skis. She cites her first five days and nights, crossing the lake and sleeping in tents in temperatures as cold as -45 ° C, as among the greatest achievement of her life. Since then, she has participated eight times and has also worked with the event. Among her many other achievements are developing a data management system for outdoor events, writing a practical guide for promoting and developing outdoor adventures, and creating the accespleinair.org directory for Tourisme Abitibi-Témiscamingue, which had her exploring the region by canoe and kayak, walking, snowshoeing and skiing. She is particularly passionate about canoeing and kayaking, and has explored many of the lakes and rivers in Quebec. Though she has travelled far and wide, she is especially passionate about her home in Northern Quebec and believes that you can’t truly know your country unless you travel it with your hands and feet.

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Alex Strohl

Whitefish, Montana

Alex Strohl is Madrid born, French photographer whose work is characterized by his extraordinary existence. Instead of creating contrived scenes, Strohl creates authentic moments and captures them as they unfold before him—continually blurring the lines between work and life. Strohl's photography has been featured in prestigious publications such as Forbes, Vanity Fair, and Gentleman's Journal; his client lists includes dozens of household names. He is based in Whitefish, Montana—but spends the vas majority of his time on the road with his life partner Andrea Dabene; they often journey to the most remote reaches of the world. @alexstrohl

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Jeff Spackman

Calgary, Alberta

Jeff Spackman is a talented freelance adventure and travel photographer and avid outdoorsman from Calgary, Alberta. His passion for nature embodies our motto, “Live beyond the bend” and he has an inspiring ability to capture natural beauty and adventure. Rather than a camera, Jeff grew up with a pack over his shoulder as he spent his summers in the Canadian Rockies with his family. Before photography, Jeff loves the outdoors. His many years as a boy scout taught him that sun or snow, there is no bad time to be outside. In recent years his photography has come to be known around the world through his instagram account @NAMKCAPS. Even with the incredible places he has been, however, from exploring the jungles of Uganda to trekking the Andes in Peru to living in Nunavut in the Canadian arctic, Jeff’s favorite place to explore and photograph is where he feels most at home in the Canadian Rockies.

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Sabrina Barnes

Montreal, Quebec

Sabrina's career began at 13 years old when she joined a Fly fishing group at the Point de mire youth center in Verdun. Her dream? She wanted to fish Atlantic salmon with her grandfather. Since then, fly fishing has become her greatest passion. Now, she is certified casting instructor by the prestigious International Federation of Fly Fishers (IFFF) and ProStaff for companies like Sages, Redington and RIO. She caught different kind of fish, in soft water and salt water. Over the past two summers, she worked at the Iron Bow Fly Shop in Calgary, Alberta, where she specialized in trout fishing. Now she is a contributor for specialized magazines, you can follow her posts in Sentier Chasse et Pêche and Pêche à la mouche Destinations. With great enthusiasm, she jumped in a fly fishing career as she wants to share the delights of this beautiful sport with as many people as possible. Follow her on Facebook and her website sabrinabarnes.com.

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Pierre-Olivier Hivon

Montreal, Quebec

Born in the boreal village of Lanaudière, Pierre-Olivier Hivon’s life has been driven by his relationship with nature. With a childhood spent climbing pine trees and learning respect for the land and its bounty from his parents, he is now ruled by the seasons, travelling and discovering the languages ​​and cultures of the world. His great passion is communication through images. He studied graphic design at UQAM, where he developed an interest in politics and printed art, focusing on poster and photographic book design. He is also a passionate sailor, which has led him through stormy and calm seas, nearby and in exotic tropical locales. His offshore adventures have kindled the desire to lead his own expeditions, and now the owner of a boat, he expects that he will soon discover what’s beyond the horizon. @fuirmontreal

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Sylvain Baribeau

Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec

Sylvain Baribeau accidentally discovered the thrill of kayaking at thirty-six. Never a great athlete, it was his love of the water that hooked him after his first try: the ease of movement, the stillness and silence, the lack of engine noise and and petrol smells. After spending time exploring the lakes and rivers of Abitibi, he felt the need to advance and began his training. He soon noted the lack of instructors in the region, and continued on to receive his instructor training, which he continually refreshes and develops. His primary motivation is security. He feels that too many people drown because of poor knowledge of the aquatic environment and speed at which hypothermia can set in. He also loves the technical side of kayaking, and trains his students in good posture and movement — keys to avoiding injury and premature fatigue. For Sylvain, kayaking is pure pleasure, and he invites everyone to join him on the lakes.

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