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James (Jimmy) MacDonald

About James (Jimmy) MacDonald

Sea Kayak Guide


Jimmy spends all of his waking hours thinking about exploring the Canadian wilderness. His passion is paddling – in any form – from snorkeling or fishing from a sea kayak in the mangroves and coral reefs of the Caribbean to following the footsteps of voyageurs and explorers on multi-week canoe expeditions on the rivers and lakes of the Canadian Shield. He’s competed in the world’s longest paddling race, ranking third. As long as paddling is taking him to new and exciting wilderness locations, he is like a kid in a candy store.

For the last 15 years, Jimmy has worked in the outdoors industry as a paddling guide and instructor. His paddling logbook includes nearly every province and territory in Canada, including the Rocky Mountains and the Arctic tundra; various areas across the United States, from the Appalachian Mountains to paddling the Colorado River self-supported in a solo canoe through the Grand Canyon; and farther abroad, on waterways in Greenland, Mexico, Belize, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Brazil, Chile and Europe.

With a Master of Science in Cold Regions Hydrology, Jimmy has expansive knowledge of the environments he is passionate about. For him, education is a lifelong process and he relishes opportunities to learn everything he can about the people and places he meets during his travels. As a trained wilderness first responder and swiftwater rescue and ice rescue instructor, Jimmy trains the British Armed Forces and Canadian Rangers and can deal with anything that may arise in the wild.

Jimmy is extremely excited to be returning to the Arctic and Antarctic regions for his 4th year. An enthusiastic guide, he hopes to set you up for an experience of a lifetime on land and water.