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Natalie Burkhart

Ice Rescue Instructor, Expedition Guide

Natalie has enjoyed over 15 years of guiding diverse groups down rivers in both Canada and the United States in roles that include professional Wilderness and River Guide; Certified Outdoor, Experiential Educator; and Therapeutic Recreational Wilderness Guide. She started working with Boreal River in 2019, after having taken several Whitewater Rescue and Wilderness Medicine courses through Boreal River Rescue. Her paddling experience spans river and ocean canoeing, whitewater and sea kayaking and rafting. She feels most at home and inspired on the river, and she enjoys learning from the river just as much as she enjoys teaching others about it. Natalie also likes to explore what wild edibles are in the areas she travels to and has a ritual of painting each river/body of water she paddles using water from the source.

Natalie’s certifications include:

  • Whitewater & Swiftwater Rescue
  • Ice Rescue Instructor
  • Wilderness First Responder
  • Paddle Canada Moving Water Safety and Skills Rescue
  • Ontario Certified Teacher
  • Yoga Instructor