Dave is certified as an instructor for Leave
No Trace and he is a Wilderness First
Responder. In addition, he is certified in
Ontario Recreational Canoeing and
Kayaking Association Level 1 Moving
Water, Level 1 Lakewater, Instructor 2
Canoe Tripping, Instructor Health and
Safety and Fire Behaviour Analysis.

Clearly, this guide has a lot to share about
the wilderness and the ways in which it
works! And as a bonus, he speaks
Canadian, too, eh!  
Dave Maynard
Quetico Wilderness Guide
This guy has such a love for the
Canadian wilderness that he even
named his beloved dog Tico after the

Dave just recently retired from Quetico
Park, and we are pleased to welcome
him to our team. He has a true
admiration and love for the Canadian
side of this beloved wilderness.
Guided and fully outfitted canoe trips in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCA) near Ely, Minnesota
Fully Outfitted Guided Boundary Waters Canoe Trips for Friends and Families
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Dave started canoeing with his dad in
southern Ontario when he was 4 years old.
Through his younger years, he paddled on
many small lakes fishing with his dad. His
dad taught him the basics about canoeing
but the biggest thing Dave came away with
was the majesty of the canoe, and how he
felt like the canoe and water came together
as part of him as he paddled.
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There is magic in the feel of a paddle and the movement of a canoe, a magic compounded of distance,
adventure, solitude and peace. The way of a canoe is the way of the wilderness and of a freedom almost
forgotten, the open door to waterways of ages past and a way of life with profound and abiding satisfaction.
– Sigurd Olson
He ventured up to Northwestern Ontario
to go to Lakehead University in Thunder
Bay, Ontario, studying Forest
Technology with an emphasis on Fish
and Wildlife. In the summer of 1973 he
obtained a seasonal Portage Crew job in
Quetico Provincial Park. There was no
turning back. It was clear from that
moment on that Quetico was to be his
home for good. He served as a Portage
Crew member, a Park Warden, a
Conservation Officer, and ultimately
became the Assistant Superintendent for
Quetico Provincial Park. Throughout the
years, he has paddled into every lake
within Quetico that has a portage to it
and even to some that don't.