We're from Here

At Frontiers North Adventures we're invested in the places we travel because we live here.

Merv and Lynda Gunter founded Frontiers North Adventures in 1987 after living in Churchill from 1982-1986. Their passion for the area is what convinced them that more people in the world need to experience it for themselves.

We're proud to to be a family-owned and operated company that employs full time and seasonal staff from across Canada, with the majority of those right here in Manitoba. This great country is what we know and what we love; let us share it with you.

 

Adventure Leaders and Tundra Buggy® Lodge

Chosen for their expertise and passion for Canada's North, our frontline staff offer a wealth of knowledge that makes the difference between a good vacation and an authentic adventure. Click on each photo to meet our team. 

Jim Baldwin

Tundra Buggy Driver since 2006

A seasoned raft guide in Jasper, Alberta, Jim has led enthusiastic white-water rafting tour groups for over 20 years. When not behind the wheel of a Tundra Buggy or braving the wild waters, he takes great interest in wildlife photography, filmmaking, fly-fishing, canoeing, dog walking, hiking and music.

Kevin Burke

Tundra Buggy Driver since 1991

Kevin moved to Churchill as a child and all these years later is still in awe of the polar bears and the beauty of the North. He is a Canadian Ranger and has been driving Tundra Buggy for over 30 years. 

Ward Cameron

Interpretive Guide since 2018

Ward Cameron is a naturalist, photographer and educator based in the Canadian Rockies. For the past 35 years, he has shown visitors the magic of the mountains, it’s wildlife and landscapes. In October, he migrates to the shores of Hudson Bay to share his passion for polar bears and photography.

Duane Collins

Interpretive Guide since 2018

Born and raised in northeastern Newfoundland Duane has spent most of his life on the water or in the wild. For 12 years Duane lived in Churchill working for Parks Canada. Although the history of the north is one of Duane's great passions he has extensive experience living and working in polar bear country. In addition to working for Frontiers North Duane is the co-owner of Hare Bay Adventures specializing in custom outdoor experiences in Newfoundland.

Bob Debets

Tundra Buggy Driver since 2003

Born in the Netherlands, "Buggy Bob" immigrated to Canada at a young age and settled in Winnipeg, Manitoba. During his 31-year career as a Zoo Keeper at the Assiniboine Park Zoo and San Francisco Zoo, Bob had the opportunity to work with many wildlife species, including the giant panda’s at the Giant Panda Research Base in Chengdu, China.

Jared Fossen

Tundra Buggy Lodge Head Chef

In his 15 years in the culinary trade, Jared’s career has taken him to all three Canadian coasts. He is not only the head chef at the Tundra Buggy Lodge during polar bear season, but also mans the helm at the Dan’s Diner Remote Culinary Experience during Northern Lights season.

Jennifer Diment

Interpretive Guide since 2019

With over ten years of aquatic biology experience in the environmental industry and a Master’s degree in Environmental Toxicology, Jennifer works with aquatic species at risk specializing in species found in Canada's central and Arctic region. In her spare time, Jenn enjoys spending most of her time outside with her dogs, bird watching, bow hunting, fishing, snowboarding, and travelling. Jenn grew up in southern Saskatchewan and now resides in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Dave Garrow

Interpretive Guide Since 2017

An adventurer, landscape ecologist and guide, Dave has a visceral draw to Canada’s remote, cold regions and has spent the last two decades exploring these wild places and learning about the wildlife that call the north home.  When not guiding for Frontiers North Adventures, he works for Parks Canada in Banff National Park as a carnivore biologist.  

Mike Gere

Photography Guide since 2015

Mike joined Frontiers North as a photography guide in 2015 and has been teaching our guests how to capture incredible images of polar bears and northern lights ever since. When he's not in Churchill you can find him behind the lens of a camera in Jasper, Alberta.

Marc Hebert

Tundra Buggy Driver since 2000

For over a decade, Marc has led interpretive trips all over the world, including expeditions to Antarctica, river guiding in the Yukon, and dogsledding excursions throughout the Canadian Rockies. His personal passions in life include solo canoe trips throughout Canada, wildlife photography, and dogsled and kayak racing to name but a few.

Luke Johnson

Interpretive Driver since 2014

After studying adventure tourism in New Brunswick, Luke made his way west and has spent most of his time in Alberta as a seasoned raft guide. He’s been helping our guests experience Churchill since 2014. In his free time, you can find Luke behind his camera, crafting beautiful things out of wood or out for a paddle in his canoe.

Su Lowery

Interpretive Guide since 2013

From an early age Su was drawn to nature and has always found it to be her happy place. She has guided tours in the Canadian Rockies, Alaska and Churchill for most of her career and she never tires of it. Su has been drawn to bears, particularly Grizzly and Polar Bears, all of her life and she believes it is truly a gift to share a glimpse of our Western Hudson Bay Polar Bears with our guests.

Cole Moszynski

Photography Guide since 2015

Cole is a photographer and wildlife biologist in Winnipeg, MB and when he is not gallivanting across Canada protecting species-at-risk he enjoys showing guests the unique natural beauty of Churchill and the sub-arctic ecosystem. You can catch Cole in Churchill during any season, guiding summer “Beluga, Bears, and Blooms” tours, fall “Churchill Town and Tundra” or “Tundra Buggy Lodge” tours, and winter “Northern Lights and Winter Nights” tours.

Samantha McMahon

Tundra Buggy Lodge Guest Relations

Alex Mowat

Interpretive Guide since 2016

A hiking and snowshoeing guide, as well as an environmental educator, Alex has shared his passion for nature for 15 years in Canmore, Alberta. When not guiding on the landscape or working with all three species of bears in Canada, he is most inspired to hike, scramble, trail run, birdwatch, read or meditate. 

Alex Mueller

Tundra Buggy Driver since 2013

Alex came to Churchill for the same reason most of our guests do: to see polar bears. However he decided that rather than join Frontiers North as a guest, he’d join the team as a Tundra Buggy driver. Alex has spent the last 15 years helping people connect with nature through guided hikes and ski trips, leading tours in the Rockies, and building and maintaining hiking and biking trails and structures with Alberta Parks.

Neil Mumby

Tundra Buggy Driver since 2008

Neil spends his summers guiding white-water rafting tours in Jasper and his winters driving a snow plow through the mountain passes of British Columbia. In between these seasons he regales guests with stories and jokes while navigating the tundra in search of polar bears. He enjoys cuddling with his dog, wildlife photography and anything that gets him out in nature. 

Markus Petak

Tundra Buggy Driver since 2010

Born and raised in Southern Manitoba, Markus has lived over 20 years as a passionate interpretive tour guide and ski guide-instructor. Markus' career has included guiding visitors onto glacial ice, trekking mountain ranges, helicopter skiing and interpreting places of natural and cultural significance for visitors from around the world.

David Reid

Interpretive Guide since 2006

Born and raised in Glasgow, Scotland, David moved to the Canadian arctic in 1989. For over a decade, he has been involved in the adventure travel business and has led and participated in over 250 arctic and Antarctic expeditions and projects. 

Angele Watrin Prodaehl

Interpretive Guide since 2003

Raised in the wilds of northern Canada, Angèle has worked as a nature interpreter in parks, zoos, museums and in forestry to promote appreciation and conservation of wildlife and natural areas. She received an honours degree in Biology from the University of Saskatchewan and conducts environmental impact assessments and wildlife research throughout the North.  Angèle's blog

Churchill Operations

Our Churchill team is integral to making sure your time in Churchill goes as smoothly as possible. Keep your eyes peeled for them on your Churchill adventure! Click on each photo to meet our team. 

Nikki Clace

Garage and Logistics Coordinator

A born and raised 4th Generation "Churchillian", Nikki has been around tourism for most of her life. Nikki brings her quick thinking, positive attitude and passion for sharing stories and all things Churchill to the Frontiers North Team. Nikki's video

Erin Greene

Fifty Eight North Manager

Erin's love affair with Churchill began in 2012, when she worked her first bear season. Now a Churchill resident, you'll most likely find her on the river paddleboarding with the whales, teaching yoga, or managing our very own gift shop "Fifty Eight North".

Brendan McEwan

Operations Manager

Born and raised "Churchillian" Brendan started in the tourism industry leading beluga boat tours and driving a Tundra Buggy. Now a Logistics team member, Brendan used a Tundra Buggy as his "Just Married" vehicle!

Tye Noble

Garage Team Lead/Mechanic

Joe Stover

Churchill Operations

Joe moved to Churchill in 1987 at the age of 5. One of his absolute thrills is seeing polar bears, belugas and northern lights through the eyes of our guests; when they see them for the first time, it's like he's seeing them for the first time too. Having been a guest of others in his travelling life, being able to pay it forward to our guests in his hometown is a true joy.

Randy Wasylkoski

Bear Guard

Winnipeg Operations

Our Winnipeg team works hard behind the scenes, creating and curating our amazing adventures, as well as guiding and supporting you through every stage of your adventure. Click on each photo to meet our team. 

Stephanie Burke

Director of Operations

Stephanie knew from a young age that she wanted to work in the travel industry. After graduating with a Travel Counsellor diploma, she worked in several tourism related positions before starting with Frontiers North Adventures in 2003 as an Adventure Planner. The growth of the company contributed to her role evolving in many ways over the years, now to the position of Director of Operations.

Jessica Burtnick

Manager, Marketing and Communications

A biophiliac by nature, Jessica has always felt most at peace in the great outdoors. Born and raised in Winnipeg, she’s road-tripped, hiked and hitchhiked extensively throughout Canada, and guided bear-based adventures in Churchill and the Great Bear Rainforest. She holds a BSc in Biochemistry and Biology, is a classically-trained photojournalist and the former Photo Editor of Canadian Geographic.

Grant Chem

Manager, Sales and Guest Relations

In 2006 Grant was looking for a new and interesting challenge and found exactly what he was looking for with Frontiers North's sales team. Growing up he wanted to be a lumberjack but settled on having a small tree farm outside Winnipeg.

Heidi Den Haan

Logistics and Guest Experience

Heidi has always had a love for nature and the outdoors. Educated in ornithology, she worked in the bird related science field which eventually morphed into a fulltime management career within science based organizations. This led her to Churchill where she lived and worked for 6.5 years prior to joining the Frontiers North family, a natural succession combining logistical skills with her love of the north.

Madeline Grant

Communications and Marketing Coordinator

Going into her last year of a Creative Communications program Maddy knew she wanted to work in local tourism. She started as an intern with Frontiers North and she's been here ever since! Madeline has lived in Manitoba her whole life and has always been proud to be from here. She wants to help put Manitoba on the map and show the world why it's such a fantastic place.

John Gunter

President and CEO

Growing up and having shared a lot of time in the out-of-doors with friends and family, it's fitting that John's career has been all about sharing this passion for his home with guests from all over the world. At the same time it is also important for John to be a good steward of the communities and environments that the company visits.

Darcy Hastings

Director of Information Systems

Darcy is passionate about mastering new skills, whether a new programming language or sautéing perfect shrimp. Working at Frontiers North allows him to be a part of sharing the incredible experiences Manitoba has to offer.

Brandi Hayberg

Communications and Marketing Coordinator

Brandi joined Frontiers North's marketing team in 2012 and fell in love with adventure tourism. She appreciates Frontiers North's conservation focus, having spent time in the Netherland Antilles Islands building self-sustainable homes.

Ricki Kupfer

Controller

With personal interests of travel, adventure, and environmental sustainability, Ricki found that she fit right in at Frontiers North Adventures. Once upon a time, Ricki attended the Canada Summer Games as a competitive rower!

Haley Magwood

Adventure Planner

A Tourism Management graduate, Haley is passionate about bringing tourism to Canada and Manitoba; she has travelled around the world and thinks there is something special about the place we live in that others need to experience!

Abby Matheson

Digital Marketing Coordinator

Abby's love of travel, photography and experiencing different cultures has always been a driving force in her life. After finding herself in the luxury travel sector for many years she decided to explore her "own backyard" and joined the Frontiers North family where her love of Canada's North blossomed.

Melanie Ozubko

Sales and Guest Relations

Melanie first fell in love with Churchill in 2005 while working as a flight attendant for a northern Manitoban & Nunavut airline. A position with Frontiers North once again gave her access to the beauty of the north. Melanie loves the flora found in various regions of Manitoba, she is an amateur naturalist with a particular interest in plant identification and herbalism.

Julie Perrett

Adventure Planner

Julie grew up in Southeast Manitoba, spending time exploring the outdoors and developing an appreciation for conservation and wildlife. She has spent many years working in the Tourism Industry and has been sharing her passion for Manitoba by helping guests coordinate their bucket-list tours to Churchill.

Laura Sampson

Group Adventure Planner

Laura has enjoyed being part of the hospitality and tourism industry for over 20 years. Having grown up outdoors, she has always had a love for nature and wildlife. Laura’s free time is spent playing with her two children, sewing or searching for the perfect treasure at yard sales.

Marissa Zurba

Director of Finance

Marissa has always enjoyed travel and exploring. She spent seven years volunteering to connect and promote The Great Trail in Manitoba. When she saw that there was an accounting position that merged her love of travel and her financial background she immediately applied and was welcomed to the Frontiers North family.

 

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