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Bella Waterton

About Bella Waterton

Sea Kayak Guide


Hailing from the Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada, Bella grew up surrounded by the outdoors. Her love of the natural world was instilled at an early age; local adventuring included canoeing, hiking, skiing and camping.

In her youth, Bella began competing in Nordic skiing, both provincially and nationally. She started guiding in high school as an apprentice guide on multi-day, self-supported sea kayak and whitewater canoe trips throughout Canada. Bella continued to guide during the summers while studying law and psychology at Carleton University. After completing her degree, she began working as an outdoor education instructor for the Ottawa school board. Bella has shared her love and curiosity of the outdoors with urban and multicultural students through wilderness exposure. During school holidays, she continued guiding throughout Canada, Svalbard and Antarctica on expedition vessels, in addition to taking multi-day, self-supported trips.

Bella worked as a sales representative for polar expeditions and loved the challenge of helping clients find their dream voyage. When she isn’t guiding or working, she loves whitewater paddling, stand-up paddleboarding, trail running and adventuring with her dog Naili Cho, a Labrador-German shepherd mix who is enthusiastic about most things, although water is his true love.