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Dave Weir - Professional Arctic Guide

I was born in Switzerland, en route to Zaire (Congo) where my parents were missionaries. Growing up, I also lived in Scotland, Ohio, Ontario and British Columbia. It was a high school outdoor pursuits program in Vancouver that set me loose in the outdoors and introduced me to the passion of my life.

I began my guiding career straight out of high school in 1987 at Strathcona Park Lodge on Vancouver Island by graduating from the Canadian Outdoor Leadership Training Program then guiding school groups. I also graduated from the National Outdoor Leadership School. Since then I have guided and instructed for a number of organizations, including the National Outdoor Leadership School, Ecomarine Coastal Kayaking School, Whitney & Smith Legendary Expeditions, Explorers Corner and Black Feather.

I have been privileged to guide in many locations, including much of the British Columbia and Alaska Coast, the Sea of Cortez and even Patagonia. It was when I first guided in the Arctic in 1999, that I knew I was home.

In the Arctic, I have guided in Northwest Greenland, Baffin and Bylot Islands, Banks Island, on the mainland Arctic Coast and extensively on Ellesmere Island. I have guided on land, sea, river and ice. Outside of work, my adventures have included high altitude mountaineering expeditions, long route rock climbing, bike touring, white water canoeing and kayaking and many, many miles shouldering a backpack. At 16, I rode the Dempster Highway on my mountain bike, and at 18 you could find me on the sharp end of a rope on Denali (Mt. McKinley).

Along the way I have had many adventures. I’ve eaten freshly butchered muktuk on a beach in Greenland after watching the hunters harpoon the narwhal by hand from a skin kayak. I’ve been held at gunpoint by both the army and the rebels in revolutionary Guatemala. I’ve chased polar bears out of camp, and had my rations eaten by wolves half way through a traverse of Ellesmere Island.

Over the years, I have earned a reputation for careful, considered judgement and decision making. I have been extensively involved in training new guides and I am a founding member of the Association of Canadian Sea Kayak Guides.

I live with my wife Cindi, and sons Dawson and Callum in a house we built for ourselves in the small town of Haines Junction, Yukon. When not guiding or planning adventures, I can be found on the local ambulance crew, in my woodworking shop, trying to create the perfect cup of coffee, and hunting bison.