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Company Overview


Welcome to Ridge Wilderness Adventures, your premier destination for comprehensive wilderness-based programming tailored to all levels of learning. Whether you seek a thrilling adventure, a customized trip, an award-worthy journey, skill development, or top-notch instructor and guide training, we have the perfect program for you.

Embarking on a journey in 2005, Ridge Wilderness Adventures has been a pioneer in delivering diverse programs that span from one-hour sessions to month-long expeditions and everything in between.

Explore the great outdoors with confidence, as we boast an impressive array of canoe models, including Clipper, Mad River, and Old Town, ensuring the ideal vessel for every adventure. With over 60,000 participants having experienced the thrill of our canoes, we are the trusted choice for unforgettable moments in nature.

Equipped with a remarkable fleet, we feature 2 34ft Montreal canoes, 1 29ft Langley, and 16 historic Voyageur Canoes. This allows us to accommodate up to 210 participants on the water simultaneously, ensuring a seamless and enjoyable experience for all.

Committed to excellence in paddling and instruction, Ridge Wilderness Adventures is not only a leader in its field but is also regularly engaged to train guides and instructors for other operators. Our team stands out as the best-trained and most qualified in the industry. Discover below just how extensively qualified we are to make your adventure safe, enjoyable, and unforgettable.


Who We Are

At Ridge Wilderness Adventures, we specialize in creating unforgettable experiences through our Canoe Adventures, Canoe Lessons, and First Aid Training programs. Founded and led by David Wooldridge, a recognized master instructor in the canoe industry and a lead developer of canoeing programs for Canada, we take pride in being the foremost provider of canoeing experiences in BC.


Dive into the heart of nature with our expertise in Lake, River, Tripping, and Big Canoeing. Our comprehensive range of Adventures and Lessons is available across BC and Alberta, and we extend special training opportunities nationwide. Whether you prefer the camaraderie of a Voyageur canoe, the teamwork of a Tandem, or the solitude of a Solo canoe, we cater to your preferences to ensure a personalized and enriching experience.


Ridge Wilderness Adventures is more than just an adventure provider — we are committed to environmental stewardship. Founder David Wooldridge and our team actively support groups dedicated to preserving our environment, with a special focus on Wild Salmon and the protection of our Waterways. We allocate funds and resources to organizations championing these causes, aligning our passion for the outdoors with a dedication to its conservation.


We invite you to explore our site and discover the array of services we offer. Let Ridge Wilderness Adventures be your gateway to discovering, experiencing, and enjoying the beauty of our outdoors. Whether you’re a novice or an experienced adventurer, we have the perfect program for you.

Kayla Hoogenraad

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Jackie Hamm

Jackie Hamm, Operations Manager, First Aid Instructor and Guide. She is responsible for the daily operations of Ridge as well as instructing programs and paddling. Jackie has attended Columbia Bible College where she has received her diploma in Outdoor Leadership which has given her experience in multiple outdoor activities. This program has also equipped her with certificates in the outdoor industry and extended professional development. In the past year, she has expanded her love for the outdoors and brings this into her instruction in Wilderness First Aid, and also upgrading multiple canoe certificates. In her free time, Jackie loves to stay busy either by getting outside on water or land and broadening her horizons by learning new skills. Jackie’s driven by helping people get outside and feel confident in the wilderness, either by teaching them how to paddling or gaining new skills in first aid.

Jamie Tempel

Jamie Tempel, Customer Relations, assistant to all. She started her journey with Ridge Wilderness in 2021 to align her professional life with her passion for adventure and the outdoors. Jamie was born and raised in the West Chilcotin community of Nimpo Lake, BC where nature was ingrained into her foundation and roots. Growing up in the tourism industry and always having customer service at the forefront of her endeavors, she prides herself on every client interaction being one of value, intention and connection. In her spare time she will be found with her family, hiking any mountain she possibly can, wandering through the woods aimlessly or by an open fire cooking up new tasty creations. As a self proclaimed nature geek, Jamie believes in inspiring others, especially youth, to form their connection with the outdoors and is grateful to be a part of a team that allows her the platform to do so! “Going to the mountains, is going home” – John Muir

Courtland Kerr

Guide on the Side? Teaching Troubadour? Director of Eastern Operations? Who is Courtland Kerr? Courtland is a part-time guide and Wilderness First Aid instructor and has worked with Ridge Wilderness Adventures since 2016. Originally from Maple Ridge, Courtland started his outdoor career with Ridge Wilderness. He attended the University of the Fraser Valley and leverages his history and anthropology knowledge to deliver unique historical and cultural experiences when sharing the outdoors with people. Courtland is a recent graduate of Cape Breton University, where he completed a Bachelor of Education which allows him to further leverage his learning to create effective learning spaces during courses. Nowadays, you can find Courtland paddling on the beautiful waters of Muskoka in Ontario, where he works as an history and outdoor education teacher and helps share the Ridge Wilderness experience in Ontario. He loves all outdoor activities, from canoeing all the way to rock climbing, and he is an avid rugby player. Courtland is a lifelong learner and enjoys challenging himself; he has taught himself how to make canoe paddles and crochet. His current endeavor is learning to speak Gaelic, which he picked up while living in the Maritimes. Courtland believes the outdoors is a magical place of wonder and amazement that can transform us and shape our worldview, and this is what inspires him to take others outside.

Frank Grosspietsch

Frank Grosspietsch, Instructor Remote & Wilderness First Aid and sometimes School Canoe Guide.

Frank has been with Ridge Wilderness for a little over a year. He also works with the United Nations and the Safer Schools Together Program. Prior to that, he spent 18yrs with the Canadian Armed Forces and another 17yrs with the RCMP.
Frank has had a various unique and dynamic career that involved serving on missions around the globe/domestically and being trained in support of those tasks. Some of those skill sets are:
– Winter Operations & Survival
– Mountain Operations including rope work
– Desert Operations & Survival
– Jungle Operations & Survival
– Canadian Airborne Regiment
– Combat Operations
– Military First Aid applicable to all environments 
– Red Cross Remote / Wilderness First Aid Instructor Certification
Frank is an avid outdoorsman that will spend a significant time pursuing his outdoor passions and has a particular love for the alpine. Frank is a strong believer in public safety and that is expressed in his work with the United Nations & Safer Schools. 
Frank has a very strong belief in that all humans must be treated equally and that there is no place for bias, misogyny and racism. He is of the belief that everything that we learn is not to be kept for ourselves but to share with others and that is what drives him to learn and to seek out new experiences.

Walker Tottman

Walker (like the noun or the verb) is a first aid instructor here with Ridge, who grew up on Salt Spring Island, and now calls Victoria home. In what’s a case of nominative determinism (oh yeah) Walker’s favorite thing to do is move around outside – ambulate! He loves everyday plogging (look it up!) from point a to b foremost, second to hiking and endurance long-distance jogging. He’s also got a soft spot (and deep appreciation) for cold water exposure – let’s everyone go jump in an ocean, 365 days a year! Walker’s a graduate student in the University of Victoria, researching into some of the social, psychological, and institutional aspects of environmentalism. In his personal time, Walker volunteers with a local Search and Rescue team, and does a little bit of archaeology research here and there. In the future, Walker sees himself busy with research, writing, and time spent exploring (wherever this may be!). He’s passionate about learning (within himself and others), and helping to give back to the world that’s given him so much. That and chickpeas – Walker loves legumes (good for the body, good for the planet. Seriously!). Walker’s excited to see you in a course or a trip, where we can learn together, building our skills and knowledge on how to help others! Thanks for reading, and all the very best to you – Walker (N/V)

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