Our ambassadors seek to instill in you the desire to explore lakes, rivers and oceans and to reconnect with nature on water so that you can live your own adventures.They build on the strength of a community that shares a love for the great outdoors and that collectively contributes to making our rivers accessible so that we can, in turn, understand the emergency and feel the urge to protect them. At abitibi&co, the boat embodies exploration, whether it is peaceful or intrepid.
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Canoe ambassador | Biologist, Teacher and Photographer
What is your vision of the outdoors? To me, that encompasses the familiar paths just behind my house in Whitehorse as much as the more remote places. I like to enjoy the outdoors without being surrounded by people and, above all, without having to keep my dog on a leash. For the bigger adventures, I always try to think outside the box - although in the Yukon it's not too hard!
Your favorite place to hang out? There is nothing like the edge of a beautiful pit filled with trout.
A cause that is close to your heart? Subsistence fishing and hunting. Although the resources appear to be abundant in the north, they are actually much more limited than in some places in the south. It is therefore important to take care of it. The example I often give is the lake trout: a very common fish in the Yukon, but whose populations are declining due to overfishing.
Your dream trip? The Horton River is at the top of my list right now. But there are too many for me to choose from. A friend just put the Leaf River in my head, and just like that, I have a new dream!!
Canoe ambassador | Owner and guide of Exode, Builder of Adventures, Journalist specializing in the outdoors and the environment content.
What is your vision of the outdoors? For me, adventure is an opportunity to face yourself. It's a moment that is as sporty as it is introspective. In an expedition, we completely take away from our daily life and reconnect with ourselves. It’s also a great way to really get to know each other.
Your favorite place to hang out? Any place where you can't hear an engine. In general, the whitewater sections on rapids that feature a surf wave do the job very well.
A cause that is close to your heart? The preservation of biodiversity and natural spaces.
Your dream trip? Cross the Northwest Passage in a kayak (and / or a fairly impressive number of rivers that titillates me).
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Canoe ambassadors | Fly fishing collective specializing in the creation of outdoor content, fishing and adventure - Maxime Bélanger, Dylan Larrivée, Félix Laurin, Olivier Bacon, Philippe Deroy, Jean-François Perron.
A word that describes your vision of the outdoors, or your attitude towards adventure?Fullness
Is it a cause close to your heart? The protection of Atlantic salmon and its rivers.
Your best outdoor or expedition story? When we first went fishing the Godbout River. We arrived at the ZEC around 7:30 p.m., in the pouring rain, and we were going fishing the next morning. We rode side-by-side in the dark and walked up the path along the river to our campsite. There we pitched our tents under the spruce trees that looked the thickest. After setting up our rods and planning for the next day. We got up just before dawn to head to the pit that had been suggested to us for the first drop. The day on the Godbout was not easy, the conditions were not the best. After our last drop, at the Etienne pit, we went to dismantle our camp to head towards the ZEC of the Trinité river, where we were going to sleep to be the first on the river the next day. At dawn, at the 9-mile pit, Félix had some action at the end of his rod, but without success. We fished all day moving from pit to pit and around 4 p.m. Jean-François broke the ice on the shore, catching his first big salmon.
Your dream trip? Go on an expedition on a river in the Far North where you can have the chance to catch arctic char as well as Atlantic salmon.
Your favourite place to pick it up? On the edge of a river, both feet in the water, with the gang.
Something every good adventurer should know (or have)? Every time you go on an adventure, you should have the means to start a fire and know how to do it using the means at hand.>@nrt_shrflyfishing
Canoe ambassador | Adventure guide
Your best outdoor story? The Passage of Travelers (old Voyager's channel on the French River).
Your favorite place to hang out? Somewhere in nature where I can unhook and realize how small we are in this nature that surrounds us.
A cause that is close to your heart? Everything that affects our planet earth.
Your dream trip? I have a lot of interest in the Yukon and Northwest Territories canoeing, but otherwise a beautiful wild river embedded with trout.
Kayak ambassador | Director of strategic support at BESIDE and partner
Your favorite place to hang out? When I was in Saguenay, my thing was to go to sleep on the banks of the river in Grandes-Bergeronnes, to go kayaking in the evening and very early in the morning, just before starting the day again at the office. Since I have been in Magog, I have taken a daily getaway to the peak of Ruisseau Des-Chênes in Orford, before breakfast, in summer as in winter. The view is magnificent.
Your vision of the outdoors? Mountains, rivers and seas have always been my playgrounds, I feel at home, at home bigger than me. I need the great outdoors, its people, nature and the song of animals to keep my balance. Whales and their migratory routes are my favorites, and I've had fun following them for over 30 years.
A cause that is close to your heart? Children's health with the Charles-Bruneau Foundation and the health of the planet with the David Suzuki Foundation
Your dream trip? Swimming with humpback whales at Silver Bank, Dominican Republic.
For Sabrina, her fishing journey began at the age of 13, when she joined a fly fishing group at the Point de Mire youth center in Verdun. His dream? It was to fish Atlantic salmon with his grandfather. Since that time, fly fishing has become his greatest passion. She is now certified as a throwing instructor by the prestigious International Federation of Fly Fishers (IFFF) and prostaff for the companies Sage, RIO and Redington. Over the past two summers, she has caught a variety of fish, both freshwater and saltwater, and has worked at the Iron Bow Fly Shop located in Calgary, Alta. permit to specialize in trout fishing. Now a columnist, you can follow her through her articles in Sentier Chasse et Pêche as well as in Fly fishing Destinations. It is with great enthusiasm that she is now embarking on a career in fly fishing where she wishes to share the pleasures of this magnificent sport with as many people as possible.
Follow her on her Facebook page as well as on sabrinabarnes.com.
Canoe ambassador |
Your vision of the outdoors? Discovery.
Your favorite place to hang out? Zec Kipawa. The grandeur, beauty and seclusion make this an experience like no other.
A cause that is close to your heart? L’Action boréale.
Your dream trip? My most beautiful outdoor expeditions are those which lead me to explore the bewitching natural universe of my native region, my homeland, my Abitibi-Témiscamingue. Continuing this quest, my dream "trip" will take me paddling the magnetic Harricana River in its wilderness from Amos to Waskaganish. My most beautiful outdoor expeditions are those which lead me to explore the bewitching natural universe of my native region, my homeland, my Abitibi-Témiscamingue. Continuing this quest, my dream "trip" will take me paddling the magnetic Harricana River in its wilderness from Amos to Waskaganish.
Kayak ambassador |
Sylvain Baribeau accidentally discovered kayaking at the age of 36. It was his love for water that gave him the prick from his first experience. Far from being a great athlete, he was won over by the ease of movement, the peace and quiet, the absence of engine noise and the smell of petroleum. After exploring the lakes and rivers of Abitibi, he felt he had to evolve and started to want to train. He soon noticed that there was a shortage of coaches in the area, so he took training, which he constantly refreshes and develops. Safety is its primary motivation. Too many people, he said, drown because they ignore the basics of safe boating and how quickly hypothermia can assault them. He also enjoys the technical side of kayaking, and teaches his students to have good posture and good movements, which he believes are essential to avoid injury as well as premature fatigue. For Sylvain, kayaking is fun, and he invites everyone to join him on the water.
Ambassadeur Kayak / Président et fondateur a Kayak Sylvain Bédard
Formateur en kayak de mer, Sylvain cumule plus de 25 ans d’expérience sur l’eau. Premier québécois certifié BCU 5 Star Leader Sea Kayak de British Canoeing et membre du comité de formation du programme canot-kayak.qc.ca.
Ta vision du plein air, ou ton attitude face à l’aventure? Le plein air est pour moi essentiel à mon bien être autant physique que mental, il contribue grandement à mon bonheur.
Une cause qui te tient à cœur? Je suis impliqué avec 2 causes qui me tiennent à cœur et qui me font vivre de très beaux moments: la fondation Charles Bruneau et le Défi kayak Desgagnés ( jeunes musiciens du monde ).
Ta meilleure histoire de plein air ou d’expédition? J’en choisi une parmi les 52000,00 autres. C’est plutôt un moment. Johanne une amie et une élève de long terme en kayak et moi étions dans le Maine en formation initiation au surf et soudainement elle passe à côté de moi en surfant sa première vague avec une telle aisance qu’elle s’est retournée en ma direction et m'a fait un peace and love , jamais je n'oublierai son expression faciale. Depuis ce moment Johanne fut surnommé Paddle Jo.
Ton ‘’trip’’ de rêve? J’en ai un. Ça serait de pagayer avec un groupe de chouchounes des mers. Elles sont si joueuses et mystérieuses. Pour ceux qui n’en ont pas entendu parlé, elles ont la forme d’un écureuil et sont généralement plus grosses qu’un ours. L’endroit où j'aimerais me joindre à elles est sur un plan d’eau près du lac Loch Ness en Écosse.
Ton endroit préféré pour décrocher? Je n’ai pas d’endroit préféré en particulier. Que ce soit en ski de fond, randonnée pédestre ou bien en kayak au Québec, Californie, Mexique ou au Royaume-Unis chaque endroit est magique et permet de vivre intensément le moment présent.
C’est sur que surfer une petite vague en kayak c’est… assez décrocheur !
Un truc que tout bon aventurier devrait savoir ou avoir? Avoir un bon jugement. Un bon jugement vient avec l’expérience et souvent cette expérience est acquise avec de mauvais jugements.