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:
Northern Lights & Arctic Cultures
Northern Lights Photography Tour
Beluga Whales & Arctic Wildlife of Churchill
Polar Bears of Churchill
Praise from Natural Habitat travelers:
"Eddy was amazing- he was extremely attentive, made sure to spend time with all the guests, and knew the answer to almost every question. He was always professional and cheerful. He accommodated spontaneous requests and readjusted our schedule quickly in the face of obstacles. Would definitely take another trip with him and recommend to anyone!"
"You probably know that the Expedition Leader will make or break how the tour goes, and EDDY SAVAGE has got to be one of the BEST that you have! He is way above a 10. Safety first, especially in such a cold climate that got to -60 degrees, with the possibility of polar bears in the area, then his knowledge of the area, animals, photography, and caring attitude really makes him a great leader. Would we go with him on another expedition? In a heartbeat."
"Eddy has a wonderful manner that enables him to simultaneously attend to all the minutiae of the trip while also interacting in a genuine way with all the trip members. He was always cheerful and fun, never tired or stressed, always instantly at work on any detail that needed attending to, and just a delightful presence in the group. He had also clearly done his homework on background material and knew his stuff."
"Eddy was simply wonderful. He made the journey a fabulous experience for both of us. He was knowledgeable and went the extra mile to make sure that our Northern lights experience was exceptional. Even if we had not seen one of the best Aurora displays in years, Eddy would have made the trip a total success in our eyes. He is an amazing asset to your organization."
"Eddy was exceptional in every way. We specifically loved the way he listened to individuals and responded thoughtfully and thoroughly. We would highly recommend him as a guide. We also appreciate that he shared his marvelous pictures with the group."
"Eddie was everything we could want. He delivered in every way. When conditions (weather, etc) upset the schedule, he rescheduled the events - I don't think anything was left undone at the end of the week. He was able to work in a trip to a specific shop so I could buy a specific book. My recommendation: Don't let him get away."
"Knowledgeable, fun-loving, kind-hearted, flexible,caring, adaptable, attention to details, problem-solver, inquisitive, environmentalist are just a few of the adjectives that best describe our expedition leader. Eddy enthusiasticly shared his love for the Arctic. Everyday was filled with wonderful experiences and incredible surprises! Eddy is so well-liked and respected by the Churchill Community. Thank you so much Eddy!! Hope to see you on October!"
"Eddy was the best leader I have had in 24 years of travel. He had everything planned for the whole trip without any problems. He was on 24/7. Even giving me his warm jacket to wear the whole time. He was kind and every request was taken care of with no problem for him. He is very professional yet kind and caring. I hope to have him again in the future!"
"Eddie exceeded my expectations of a leader! His range of knowledge was expansive. He was patient with this group of seniors. He appreciated the experience we each brought to the trip. I would go on another trip with this leader."
"I read all of the praise for Eddy before taking the trip and reread the praise when I got home. How can I possibly say better what has already been said about Eddy. I will say that when our plans had to be changed due to weather or train delays, Eddy was on top of things with excellent alternate plans. You are lucky to have Eddy and we were so fortunate to have Eddy leading our group on a wonderful adventure. He will be long remembered for making our beluga dreams come true."