Green Adventures has recently added three new outdoor recreation specialists to their team. Joe Kurtz, Steve Simpson and Dave Fraser add a whole new dimension to the outdoors experience. The team’s specialties range from outdoor wilderness survival training (summer and winter), ski and snowboard instruction and programming, scuba training, paddleboard and kayak training.
Scott’s passion for outdoor adventure started from his family’s regular boating and fishing trips on Lake of the Woods. He took his own path after high school, traveling solo on a tour of Europe, working in a variety of jobs and learning a lot about himself and the world along the way. Scott came to realize that he is first and foremost an entrepreneur. He started Green Adventures in 1999, which at that time was mainly a guiding service. He then went to Lakehead University and got his degrees in Outdoor Recreation, Geography and Education, while operating his business in the summers.
After graduating and coming back to Kenora, Scott was a teacher for a few years but ultimately felt a drive to return to his entrepreneurial nature. He made the leap and gave up teaching to focus solely on Green Adventures and picked up the contract for operation of Anicinabe Park, which compliments his mission of getting people outdoors perfectly. When the offer to operate Mount Evergreen Ski Hill came available, Scott jumped at the opportunity; the perfect final piece of the puzzle to make Green Adventures a year-round outdoor hub.
“If I were an animal, I would be a moose, because they are somewhat clumsy, I am at home in the water, I’m stubborn and I’m big.” – Scott Green
Leah originated in the town of Renfrew in the beautiful Ottawa Valley. She’s a hick from the sticks who grew up skiing and snowboarding at Calabogie Peaks, sliding on any hill available, skating, swimming and canoeing in the Ottawa and Madawaska Rivers, and taking family camping trips to Algonquin Park. In high school she participated in a variety of sports and followed her cousin/partner in crime into the sport of wrestling which resulted in her heading North to Thunder Bay, to attend Lakehead University.
At University Leah studied Psychology and traveled this great country attending wrestling tournaments on weekends. It was in Thunder Bay where Leah crossed paths with Scott Green, the smooth-talking Outdoor Recreation, who took her on tours of his Northern Ontario world and wooed her with rock climbing, kayaking, fishing and hiking. Scott successfully “set the hook” by inviting her to come live in Kenora, and the rest is history. Leah is now Leah Green, with two Green babies on a lifelong green adventure.
“If I were an animal I would be a unicorn, cuz I like horses and also flying”.
Joe was born and raised in the beautiful city of Kenora. He had the privilege of growing up beside his uncle’s farm, which allowed him to discover nature first hand. He enjoyed hiking, biking and building forts all over the land. However, as he got older, the farm was not all play. It was here, spending beautiful summer days not on the lake but in the field throwing hay, where he learned hard work.
Joe was also lucky to be raised by two wonderful parents. His mother loving and his father always searching for adventure, lead to daily trips to Norway beach in Redditt, and the annual portage trip from Lake Ena to Lake Vermillion in the summer. As for winter, snowmobiling and ice fishing were always tops on the list. Throughout high school, Joe played multiple sports such as hockey and volleyball. This is where he also strived to maintain average grades with minimal efforts. Without knowing what he wanted to do after high school, he followed his friends to Lakehead University to study in the field of Outdoor Recreation, Parks in Tourism.
At Lakehead, Joe gained more knowledge of the outdoors with his already vast experience in them. He also learned more of the business and political side. During his time in the program he had the opportunity to bike from Thunder Bay all the way down to Minneapolis. He made the journey in about a week, learning about tourism in small communities along the way. He also regrets not training for this trip. Today Joe is a proud employee of Green Adventures and looks forward to bringing fun, adventure and opportunity to those who live and visit Kenora.
Favourite Outdoor Activity: Joe does not have one specific favourite outdoor activity. If he is able to do anything outside that can turn into a fun yet somewhat competitive game, he’s in.
If he could be any animal it would be a... “A bird of some sort.. Maybe a hawk or a falcon.. Cause flying would be cool."
One of the most interesting members of the Green Adventures team is Steve Simpson. 90% of the activities Steve likes to partake in involve being outdoors. Whether it be out on the lake paddling, swimming, gliding, fishing or hiking through the bush or even a good old fashioned Frisbee session, it’s all good for Steve.
Steve graduated from Georgian College in Ski Resort Operations. Along the way he collected a few certificates in Flat Water Canoe Guiding, International Snowboard Instructor, Avalanche Training, various recreational vehicle licenses, and Basic German.
For the last 12 years or so Kenora has been Steve's ‘home base’; the last 3 of those years Kenora has just been home. Before settling in Kenora, his life consisted of moving every 6 months following the seasons across Canada and overseas. One of Steve’s proudest achievements is that he snowboarded in 6 different countries in one calendar year on three continents.
If you ask Steve what kind of animal he would want to be his response will sound something like this, “Hippopotamus because: Fish? Pony? Hip... Hiphop... Hiphopanonymous? Damn you! You gave him the easy ones!"
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If Daniela could be any animal, she would be an albatross because she always has dreams about flying.
Randy was born and raised in Kenora and has spent every summer of his life at their family camp on Coney Island on Lake of the Woods. His mom (Fearless Faithie) used to drive him to town for school by boat in any weather - fair or foul. Swimming, sailing, canoeing and waterskiing have been a part of his daily life on the lake.
After 15 years away managing luxury hotels, tall ship tour operations, concert halls and a symphony orchestra, the draw of the lake pulled him back here permanently in 2015.
He is Green Adventure’s official Boat-rocker….pushing us to raise the bar, then raise it again and again, pushing us to excel at everything we do, to deliver “WOW!” factor customer service, to be boldly proud of our many successes and create awesome memories and experiences for every one of our customers.
If Randy could be any animal, he would be a dolphin so that he could live, breathe, and eat in the water – his favourite place to be!
Maya Boivin was born and raised here in Northwestern Ontario surrounded by the forests, lakes and rivers that became her playground. She has spent her whole life adventuring and traveling many miles; from the boreal forest in her backyard to the faraway places like the Australian outback. The combination of the North and the South battling through her blood from her Metis and Mayan heritage contributes to her love of both winter and summer. There is no bigger smile on her face that when she is outdoors exerting herself mentally and physically in adverse conditions!
When it comes to the outdoors, Maya dabbles in everything from road biking, kayaking, snowshoeing and all forms of camping. The drive to make the outdoors a part of her everyday life has led her to study a double degree in Natural Sciences and Outdoor Recreation at Lakehead University. This extensive program will give Maya an edge to helping make it possible for even the beginningest of beginners a chance to experience the great outdoors.
If Maya could pick any animal to be, it would be a fox; clever and sneaky as well as talkative and playful.
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Green Adventures was founded in 1999 by Scott Green as a summer hobby business. While teaching at Beaver Brae Secondary School, Scott used the outdoors as a classroom to educate area youth to know who they are, where they are from, how to thrive in life and better understand the outdoor environment. Seeing an opportunity to turn his passion into a full time venture, he has since grown Green Adventures Inc. into the Lake of the Woods area’s premier outdoor adventure company.
Building on his love and knowledge of the outdoors, Green has used his award-winning, nationally recognized talent to deliver amazingly fun outdoors experiences time after time.
Green Adventures offers top-of-the-line paddle board, kayak, canoe and boat equipment from the perfect downtown Kenora waterfront location on Laurenson’s Creek. Paddlecraft renters have the opportunity to venture onto the fabulous Lake of the Woods with its 105,000 kilometres of shoreline or stay in the sheltered waters of the winding Laurenson’s Creek.
If you are considering very unique outdoor experiences and your aspirations and expectations are high, please do be in touch! We would be honoured to create something extraordinary ...just for you.
Green Adventures also offers private lake tours aboard a 24 foot Thompson Cruiser, daily shuttle service to Coney Island Beach, rock climbing expeditions, overnight camping, kids camps, week-long wilderness adventures, guided fishing trips, and more.
Green Adventures now operates the City of Kenora’s Anicinabe Park and Campground along with Mount Evergreen Ski and Outdoor Recreation Centre. Sunset Diving, under the ownership of renown dive instructor Dave Fraser has joined forces with Green Adventures at the Laurenson’s Creek site on River Drive to further expand the outdoor recreation products and services.