Through their company Boreal Forest Guides, she and Shawn share their knowledge and love of the natural world with others, including water safety, backcountry survival skills and bushcraft, but it all begins with their own personal affinity for nature and the forest. The boreal beauty surrounding Cold Lake is their palette.
“I lived in the Yukon for a long time and up there I found just a different world,” Nancy explains. “When I moved back to the city I had to work really hard to hear the birds again, hear the trees. It took me almost six months to not hear the buzzing of the powerlines. Once I figured that out I could feel myself getting grounded again.”
Helping others rediscover that same grounding is what motivates the couple. “We forget what’s right in our own backyard,” Nancy says. “That connection is something we really want people to find again.
“I think a lot of people are lost, they don’t know what they’re missing, it’s just that little bit of themselves,” she adds. “That busy lifestyle, go go go all the time, sometimes all you have to do is come out here.”