Born and raised on Vancouver Island in Sidney, British Columbia and now living in Victoria, Eddy’s passion for exploring the wild and sharing nature with others drove him to become a naturalist specializing in Canada’s fauna, flora and ecology. Eddy’s enthusiasm, experience and knowledge shine through as he interprets the wonders of Churchill with Nat Hab guests on our polar bear adventures.
As a high school student who had never been camping before, Eddy signed up for an outdoor education program where he learned no-trace camping ethics, backpacking and canoeing skills. During this experience, Eddy realized he wanted to spend the majority of his time in the wilderness and amid wildlife. While trying to decide what to pursue for his university studies, he stumbled across a pamphlet for an adventure tourism program at a local college. He ended up completing the two-year program in Adventure Tourism at North Island College, specializing in coastal British Columbia.
After completing his degree, Eddy guided multi-day sea kayak expeditions, teaching guests about marine wildlife including the plentiful orcas swimming in the waters off the east coast of Vancouver Island. He spent four years as a naturalist guide in the Great Bear Rainforest, sharing his love of wild places and nature, especially grizzly bears and whales, with visitors from around the globe. Eddy has since received a full guide certification from the Commercial Bear Viewing Association of BC and works as a board member and field assistant for the Brown Bear Research Network.
Eddy credits the outdoor education program at his high school for leading him toward his career as a naturalist guide and educator. To give back, he volunteers as a trip leader for the same school trips that helped set his course. And when he isn’t leading trips, this sea kayaking, canoeing and backpacking enthusiast spends his free time immersed in the outdoors. Passionate about nature and wildlife photography, Eddy admits that he lugs his big camera and a range of lenses on 40- to 50-mile hikes just to make sure he doesn’t miss anything.
Upcoming Adventures with Eddy:
Polar Bears of Churchill