Boreal Forest Guides

   Safety in the wilderness!

Boreal Forest Guides have highly qualified Instructors to lead your activities!

Welcome to Boreal Forest Guides, we look forward to meeting you and can`t wait to share our passion for the outdoors. Last spring Shawn and Nancy started an exciting new company in Cold Lake called Boreal Forest Guides. They would like to  share some of their experiences in the wilderness and hopefully encourage you to enjoy the back country. The goal of this company is to help people feel safe in this beautiful wilderness.  We love knowing that there are all of those people out there with the skills to help each other in an emergency situation!  We look forward to sharing our knowledge and hopefully picking up a few new tricks, the more you learn, the more there is to learn!

Shawn Perry:


Shawn grew up on the shores of the Saint John river and has long had a passion for spending time in nature. Shawn is very passionate about the backwoods and loves to share his knowledge and expertise. He was given the opportunity to be in charge of the Ground Search and Rescue Team and has ran many survival courses. Every Fall Shawn dedicates his time to hunting and has guided a variety of interesting clients in his off time and is no stranger to hard work in the wilderness in all conditions.

Nancy Perry:


Nancy is highly qualified as a National Trainer for the Lifesaving Society Teaching Lifeguards and Instructors for over 30 years. She started seriously paddling in 2003 as a back country canoe guide for Churchill River Canoe Outfitters, this was her first taste of proper paddling skills and she has been passionate about paddling ever since! In the early 90's she was drawn to the north and spent the majority of the 90's in the Yukon doing fascinating job like fighting forest fires, commercial fishing, old fashioned photography, and even an off grid freeze up babysitting 2 Emus!!! You will have to ask her about her Yukon adventures and if your interested she can take you!

 As a heritage interpreter she has conducted over 1000 hours of educational programming. Nancy is passionate about reconnecting people with Nature and she is always learning more. Currently she is adding to her education and almost complete her Practical Herbalist Diploma. Next up 200 hour Yoga Teacher certification!

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Feel Free to contact the Boreal Forest Guides with any questions!

Shawn and Nancy Perry