Our Team

MATT & JENNIE

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Free Spirit Tours has been operating since 1998. We are proud to provide a true outdoors expereince in one of Ontario's most beautiful areas, Southern Georgian Bay.

Our expert guides outfit you and teach you the skills you need to take on any of our activities with confidence. Whether your interest be on the water or on land we have something for you.

All our programs take place in the picturesque Georgian Bay area surrounding Collingwood, Ontario.

We offer hiking, canoeing, kayaking, rock climbing, caving and sea kayaking tours to all age groups. We also offer team building programs for corporate groups and clubs.


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Where are you from originally? From the area - Elmvale/Midland, ON What activities do you guide? Rock climbing Most memorable outdoor adventure? My most memorable outdoor adventure is my very first canoe trip with my high school group. We did the French River and I have loved the Northern Ontario wilderness ever since. Favourite animal? My favourite animal is a dog but after watching the Preakness yesterday I gotta say that horses are a very close second. What kind of vehicle do you drive? I drive a Ford Ranger pick up truck and a Volkswagen Golf Station Wagon Favourite food? My favourite food would be fish.

SAMANTHA ALLEN

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Where are you from originally? North York, ON. What activities do you guide? Trailblazers. Most memorable outdoor adventure? My most memorable outdoor adventure was caving in New Zealand. There is a place called Waitomo Caves. It was here when my passion for caving began. What kind of vehicle do you drive?  Bicycle, but saving up for an eBike. Favourite food?  Steak with potatoes and vegetables, followed by a chocolate fudge brownie sundae with whipped cream and a cherry on top. 

DENISE BARANSKI

Where are you from originally? Wasaga Beach, ON, but I live in Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia. What activities do you guide? Kid's Camp Most memorable outdoor adventure? Surfing the Atlantic Ocean in Essaouira, Morocco. Favourite animal? Pugs. What kind of vehicle do you drive? A Jeep in Canada, in Saudi Arabia, women don't drive. Favourite food? BBQ and Ontario corn.

 

JAMES BRAMWELL

Where am I originally from? I was born in Oakville, but moved to Collingwood when I was 5 and have lived here ever since. What activities do you guide? Kid’s Camp Most memorable outdoor adventure? Went on a 40km hike through Bruce Peninsula National Park in grade 11.  The two-day trip ended with a refreshing early May dip in an underwater cave called the Grotto. Favourite animal? Elephant (although there’s something about pugs that makes me laugh) What kind of vehicle do you drive? My mom’s Honda HRV Favourite food? Oatmeal, most people think it’s a boring food, but I think they’re making it wrong.

LINDSAY COOK

Where are you originally from? I was born in Toronto and moved to Collingwood when I was 6 years old. What activities do you guide? Caving and Rock climbing Most memorable outdoor adventure? A two-day white water rafting trip along the Ottawa River. Favourite animal? Sea Turtles What kind of vehicle do you drive?  Toyota Camry Favourite Food? Popcorn

DAVE CUNNINGHAM

Where are you from originally? Toronto, ON What activities do you guide? Certified to guide rock climbing, , caving, and canoeing. Most memorable outdoor adventure? 5 day  Ski touring trip at Brian Waddington Hut British Columbia with Prior Ski/Snowboard staff trip.  Endless powder on very steep and exposed terrain. Favourite animal? Ursula Bear family What kind of vehicle do you drive? Chevy 4x4 pickup Favourite food? Mediterranean food

joel dawson

Where are you from originally? Born in Cambridge, moved to Flesherton, ON when I was 10 yrs old What activities do you guide? Paddling Most memorable outdoor adventure? Canoe tripping in Temagami Favourite animal? Mountain Goat What kind of vehicle do you drive? Toyota Tacoma Favourite food? Phō (Vietnamese soup)

SAM FEATHERSTONE

Where are you from originally? I was born in Milton and I moved to Collingwood when I was six. What activities do you guide? Paddling at Beaver River. Most memorable outdoor adventure? 10 day back-country camping trip along the French River. Favourite animal? Cats. And birds. Any birds. What kind of vehicle do you drive? My bicycle. Favourite food? Spanakopita, croissants, and mangos :)

 

SHAWN FISHER

Where are you from originally? I'm originally from Peterborough, but moved to Wasaga Beach with my parents before high school started. What activities do you guide? Paddling in Nottawasaga River. Most memorable outdoor adventure? My outdoor ed class "Geoventure" in Grade 11. Working together in Killarney and Algonquin Provincial Park incited a new dimension of respect among us as peers and I hope to never forget what it felt like. Favourite animal? Wolf  Favourite food? My favourite food is quinoa salad. It never makes me feel gross and it never makes me feel unsatisfied.

TOM FITZPATRICK

Where are you from originally? Tillsonburg, ON What activities do you guide? Paddling in Wasaga Most memorable outdoor adventure? Doing a via ferrata in Southern France.  Breath taking views and super fun. Favourite animal? Whales What kind of vehicle do you drive? Mazda Truck named Arlo Favourite food? Lasagna

 

DAVE FLEISHER

Where are you from originally? Thornhill, ON What activities do you guide? Kids Camp Most memorable outdoor adventure? That’s a hard choice. Probably a month long solo trip I did around Eastern Canada in August 2015. Me, my dog, my canoe, and my car. I visited a lot of provincial and national parks for the first time and did a mix of hiking, paddling, portaging, and camping in both front country and backcountry. Who needs a hotel when you’ve got a tent? Favourite animal?   German Shepherd and other similar dogs. I also love listening to loon calls at night on a lake. What kind of vehicle do you drive? 2005 Nissan Xterra S and a 2005 Suzuki GS500F motorcycle Favourite food? A cheeseburger with fries

TAMARA FOURNIER

Where are you from originally? Québec, but also Germany. Now I call Collingwood my home. What activities do you guide? Kid's Camp, Paddling, Caving Most memorable outdoor adventure? Oh so many, but the one adventure that gave me tears of joy was whale watching in Victoria. A friendly humpback whale spent over 15 min right in front of me, popping its head up and down, literally checking me out and spinning around, seemingly enjoying itself. Favourite animal? Snake What kind of vehicle do you drive? Ford Fusion Favourite food? Vegetables, seafood and don't forget chocolate! (but not all at once)

PETER FRASER

Where are you from originally? Peterborough, ON. What activities do you guide? Summer Camp. Most memorable outdoor adventure? Living out of a bag for a month in California, hard to beat sleeping on a beach. Favourite animal? Racoons, their ability to adapt is amazing. What kind of vehicle do you drive? Two feet and a bike. Favourite food? Steak and Eggs.

ROSA FURNESS

Where are you from originally? Prince Edward Island What activities do you guide? Kid's Camp, Paddling, Caving and winter activities Most memorable outdoor adventure?Winter camping in Thunder Bay.  Sleeping in a quinzee for 3 nights in -28C Favourite animal? Hawk What kind of vehicle do you drive? Volvo Station Wagon Favourite food? Pizza

 

KRISTA MARTIN

Where are you from originally? Collingwood, ON What activities do you guide? Kids Camp Most memorable outdoor adventure? 11 day sea kayaking trip around Gabriola Island and Dionisio Point, BC Favourite animal?  Sloth What kind of vehicle do you drive? Ford Escape Favourite food? Apple Crumble

 

TROY MILSAP

Where are you from originally? Stayner/Collingwood, ON. What activities do you guide? Rock climbing Most memorable outdoor adventure? On my fourth day of climbing I got to do a multi-pitch near Canmore, Alberta and fell in love with the sport (and Canmore). Favourite animal? My dog Chance, he's a man's best friend. What kind of vehicle do you drive? Kia Forte hatchback. Favourite food? Baked goods.

 

JONATHAN NUNES

Where are you originally from? Vaughan, Ontario What activities do you guide? Rock climbing Most memorable outdoor adventure? Climbing a first ascent on the Earth’s mantle in Gros Morne National Park and rappelling through a storm in complete darkness. Favourite animal? Snow leopard What kind of vehicle do you drive? 1992 Dodge Ram B350 van named Snufkin. Favourite food? Pizza!

CARLY O'NEILL

Where are you from originally? Born in Oakville, moved to Collingwood when I was eight.  What activities do you guide? Kids Camp Ages 5-6. Most memorable outdoor adventure? 10 day family camping trip through the Maritimes. Favourite animal?  Dogs and my spirit animal are Deer :) What kind of vehicle do you drive? Black Jeep Wrangler Favourite food? Fish tacos and guacamole.

 

JIM SAMIS

Where are you from originally? Toronto, moved in early teens What activities do you guide? Sea kayaking, both rivers, caving, snowshoeing Your most memorable outdoor adventure? Beaver river rat races Favourite animal? Birds, any birds What kind of vehicle do you drive? Pickup truck Favourite food? Chicken

 

MACKENZIE SENIOR

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Where are you from originally? Born in North Bay Ontario, grew up in Collingwood What activities do you guide? Drive the Canoes, Kayaks, and SUP around Your most memorable adventure? Canoe Trips in Temagami, Ontario  Favourite animal? Most definitely the monkey  What kind of vehicle do you drive? Mazda 6 "Silver Bullet" Favourite food? Sushi, definitely sushi 

 

KIM SIMPSON

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Where are you from originally?  I was born and raised in Collingwood.  What activities do you guide? Forest School Your most memorable outdoor adventure?  Definitely completing the Annapurna Circuit and Sanctuary Trek in Nepal.  Favourite animal?  Probably a dog, especially a puppy. What kind of vehicle do you drive?  Currently in the market to buy, you selling?  Favourite food? Anything from my garden.
 

MATT SIMPSON

Where are you from originally? Hamilton, ON What activities do you guide? Forest School Most memorable outdoor adventure? Getting engaged in the Himalayas of Nepal. Thankfully she said yes or it would have been a long 2 week hike out. Favourite animal? Tough call, but I love monkeys What kind of vehicle do you drive? A bicycle Favourite food? Vegetarian pizza with lots of cheese

 

ron sky

Where are you from originally? Wasaga Beach What activities do you guide? Rock Climbing, Caving, Paddling, Snowshoeing, and anything else you want a guide for! Your most memorable outdoor adventure? Backcountry camping and canoeing down the Thelon river into Baker Lake Nunavut with an average current speed of 8km/hr. Favourite animal? I love all of nature's creatures. I take care of a dog, two cats, and 26 chickens What kind of vehicle do you drive? Ford Focus Electric Favourite food? Garden fresh jumbo salad with avocado and lime juice.

MAGGIE SMYTH

Where are you from originally? Born and raised in Aurora, Ontario (moved here in 2012) What activities do you guide? Guide Rock Climbing mostly (back up caving, Snow shoeing) Your most memorable adventure? Hiking in the Grand Canyon Favourite animal? My favourite animal is the Moose (I don't know why) What kind of vehicle do you drive? Honda CRV -"Shaggy" Favourite food? Quinoa salad or NACHOS!!!

TIM SPROLL

Where are you from originally? Pietermaritzburg, South Africa What activities do you guide? Snowshoeing, caving, SUP boarding and anything else that's thrown my way Your most memorable outdoor adventure? Hiking the Tsitsikamma and Otter trails back to back, which meant ten days in the South African wilderness Your  favourite animal? I'd have to say the dolphin is my favourite animal, they are intelligent, friendly and catch waves ;) What kind of vehicle do you drive? Nissan Xterra Favourite food? Consciously raised, organic and locally sourced.

MEGAN WELCH

Where are you from originally? Mississauga, Ontario. What activities do you guide? Mainly Caving and climbing Your most memorable outdoor adventure? When I was in high school and I went on my first portage trip. It was below 15 and poured rain all 4 days. I had no rain jacket. Our tent leaked. We flipped our canoe and dunked all of our gear. Although everything went wrong, we still had so much fun! I would love to go back and do the same trip again. Your favourite animal? My dog Indy. Keep your eyes out for him and you may spot him at Metcalfe, or along the beaver river in Heathcote. What kind of car do you drive? A 1990 jeep Cherokee Laredo Favourite food? Sushi