Sarah & Dwane

January 14, 2016

Dwane Roberge (aka dad) was a wilderness guide in northern Canada for 10 years.  He has canoed and rafted many rivers in the North.  His career started with four summers as a guide leading canoe expeditions on the Thelon River and guiding wilderness and photographic travellers including photographers such as Galen Rowell.  He worked for Great Canadian Eco Ventures at their basecamp on Whitefish Lake at the headwaters of the Thelon River in the western barrenlands. Subsequently he spent his summers guiding and trip leading on the Nahanni, Coppermine, Burnside, Tatshenshini, Alsek, Firth and Coal rivers for Nahanni River Expeditions. Winters were spent guiding expeditions to the wild rivers and barrier reef of Belize, Central America for Island Expeditions.

Dwane’s first love was always the wilderness and he thrives spending time exploring the beautiful landscapes he loves and searching for the wildlife that inhabits that landscape.  His enthusiasm for exploring easily rubs off on anyone who has the pleasure of camping, hiking or travelling with him.  Dwane is a family documentary photographer on Cortes Island, BC while being a stay-at-home dad raising his two amazing kids.  He can be reached at dwane@dwanerobergephoto.ca.  His photography website is here.

Sarah Carty (aka mum) grew up in Toronto but developed her love of the wilderness and beautiful places when she was a teenager going on canoe trips in Ontario.  She has a Masters of Science from University of British Columbia focusing on Marine Ecology.  This degree lead her to merge her love of camping & marine biology by becoming an interpretive guide on Glovers Reef in Belize and taking teenagers on educational trips in the British Virgin Islands and Australia.  She can be reached at sarah@sarahcarty.ca.

Sarah and Dwane met in Belize.  Their first date was when Dwane took her up the Sibun River gorge in southern Belize.  It was an amazing trip where they didn’t see another person for five days, drank water right out of the river and swam with crocodiles (small ones).    Subsequent trips together have included rafting the Tatshenshini/Alsek River, paddling on Atlin Lake and circumnavigating Vancouver Island in their 36’ sailboat named “Some Beach Somewhere”.

The kids are Molly 7 years old and Chuck 5.5 years old.  They are physically active kids who are happiest when they are outside exploring.   The kids thrive when they are outside in nature.  We believe exploring, paddling and hiking will give them a lasting sense of accomplishment that will enrich their lives.

This blog focuses on the ups and downs of getting out kids out into nature.  We posting regularly on any day trips that inspire us.  We started the blog in January 2016 while living on Salt Spring Island.  Summer 2016 when the kids were 3 and 2.5 we took them on a 32 day, 900 km canoe trip from Bennett Lake (at the top of the Chilcoot Trail) to Dawson City.  In June 2017 we bought an abandoned homestead on Cortes Island.  That summer was busy with the move, cleaning up the new place and exploring our new home.  In summer 2018 we did two canoe trips, 15 days on the Arctic Ocean out of Tuktoyaktuk, NWT and 15 days on the Churchill River, Saskatchewan from Pinehouse Lake to Missinipi.

This summer (2019) we have planned our most ambitious trip to date.  We are paddling out of Yellowknife on Great Slave Lake to Pikes Portage and into the barrenlands.  We plan to be out on the land for 80 days, canoeing, hiking, fishing and exploring.  We will be offline all summer!

We hope you enjoy our blog.  Writing by Sarah & photography by Dwane.

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