Gordon Bunston

Discipline: Mountain Adventure Skills Training

Having completed a diploma from the Outdoor Adventure Naturalist Ontario College program in 2002, I have been on the water for over two decades guiding, instructing, mentoring, and developing safety programs.

My guiding career started as a canoe guide as a kids’ camp counsellor. The following summer, I found myself at the back of a raft, and the rest is history. Over the past 20 years, I have worked internationally but remain in awe of Canada. My guiding career started on the Ottawa River and now is primarily on the Kicking Horse River. I’m willing to try my hand at any vessel – power or not – but prefer my single blade any day.

Somewhere along the way, I was asked to teach Swiftwater Rescue Programming. It’s been a privilege to assist paddlers in their on-water development. My teaching philosophy is: Learn a skill, share it, and you have learned it twice.

I recently took up finding first descents in my raft, paddling my C-1, and learning how to stay on my whitewater SUP. I have also started a business, River City Repair, which focuses on keeping paddling gear out of the landfill.

Away from work, I dabble in ski guiding and writing with my main focus on sewing and quality time with my dog, Sully.