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Stef McArdle

Whitewater Rescue Instructor & Expedition Guide

Stef is passionate about sports and the outdoors and it comes through in her guiding and instruction. Currently based in Golden, B.C., Stef’s newest endeavor is creating her own guiding company, S and K Expeditions.

Stef has an Environmental Sciences degree from the University of Guelph. She played ringette for Team Canada and played professionally in Finland. Then she caught the river bug and has since worked internationally as raft, kayak, and canoe guide—across Canada, the U.S., Costa Rica, and Nepal. For the last few years, Stef has been:

  • ski patrolling in the winter
  • instructing and coordinating whitewater paddling courses at Madawaska Kanu Centre in the spring
  • guiding in the far north with Black Feather in the summer

Stef has guided on Magpie expeditions since 2012 when she joined us to lead trips with young women from the nearby Innu communities. She has been an essential part of these programs, spreading her enthusiasm and being a great role model for a new generation of wilderness lovers. Stef has been teaching whitewater rescue for the last six years. She brings a ton of whitewater, expedition, and educational skills to our team.