Born in England, Heather fell in love with Canada when she first visited the vast country at age 18. Since then, Canada’s wilderness, wildlife and endless exploration possibilities have regularly drawn her back.
Raised to appreciate nature, Heather and her family spent long weekends sailing the Devonshire coast and camping in Wales and France on extended summer holidays. Early on, mountain climbing became an important aspect of her life, so she began making choices that enabled her to live in the mountains. In Canada, mountains mean bears and it wasn’t long before Heather became enamored with these majestic creatures. Heather devoured every text about bears that she could find and started guiding nature tours in grizzly bear country.
Though she’s always been fascinated by the natural world, Heather’s degree in Physical Geography (aka Earth Sciences) solidified her understanding of natural processes and habitats. A believer in the idea that we are never finished accumulating knowledge, Heather has been lucky enough to learn from many skilled, passionate naturalists and experts all over the world, and she considers every day as a chance to discover something new.
While working as a full-time guide during the summer, Heather divides her time between the Canadian Rockies and Churchill. Utilizing her skills as a certified hiking guide and qualified interpretive guide, she leads groups on a variety of adventure trips, educational eco-tours and wildlife viewing excursions.
Heather brings her years of experience and wealth of knowledge to her work guiding polar bear tours for Nat Hab. She seeks to foster positivity in everyone who travels with her and aims to send guests home feeling awed, inspired and with a greater understanding of the intricacies of the natural world.
In her spare time, Heather enjoys discovering new foods, skiing and exploring new mountains. An intrepid traveler, Heather embraces opportunities for adventure, including skiing in places as far afield as Kashmir (the Indian Himalaya), Georgia (the country) and Svalbard.
Praise from Natural Habitat travelers:
"I have been on many expeditions in my life and Aicha and I can say that Heather was the most attentive to all travelers, courteous, helpful, and traveler safety then all of the expedition leaders we have ever had with any company."
Upcoming Adventures with Heather:
Polar Bears of Churchill