Andrea fell in love with paddling and Temagami at a young age. She began guiding and running retreats in 1989. Andrea spent many years working in the seasonal paddlesports industry for canoe builders such as Swift Canoe and Kayak and retailers like Algonquin Outfitter and Northern Lights Canoe & Kayak, choosing to spend her winters on the slopes as a Level III Ski Instructor.
Not only eager to explore the trail and waterways of our natural world, Andrea is dedicated to exploring the shores of her own mind. She worked as a part-time academic while perusing post-graduate work in Ethics and sits as vice-chair for Earthroots Environment Group.
Andrea has also had a lifelong interest in interior design. Cabin Falls (and her work alongside Hap in environmental design) continues to feed this passion.
Never afraid of hard work, always interested in how people relate to each other and the natural world around them, Andrea takes great pride in creating for her guests an experience to remember.
Hap is an award-winning artist, author and photographer. He worked several years in the Temagami District as a Park Ranger, later as an outfitter and was co-founder of the environment group Earthroots. Author of 14 books, his writing has appeared in Canadian Geographic, Cottage Life, Explore, Canoe & Kayak, International Wildlife and Outdoor Canada.
His book Voyages: Canada’s Heritage Rivers, won the Natural Resources Council of America Award for best environmental book of 1994. Wilson also received the Bill Mason Award for lifetime achievement in river conservation. Wilson has paddled more than 60,000 km. throughout Canada and taught wilderness skills for Outward Bound, is an International Fellow of the Explorer’s Club and the Royal Canadian Geographical Society.
On the lighter side, Wilson taught actor Pierce Brosnan how to throw an axe and paddle a canoe for the Attenborough movie Grey Owl.