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Our Team

A vision of travel done right!

Do you have a slight addiction for travel? Well your'e not alone! The Great Earth Expeditions team is made up of globetrotters who not only enjoy travel, but passionately enjoy sharing the experience of travel with others.

We believe that travel can bridge gaps, eliminate stereotypes and help us understand and appreciate different cultures; besides isn't "variety" the spice of life? Travel done right can truly change a person's perspective of the world, broadening horizons and providing lasting learning and developing experiences - a brother/sisterhood if you would that brings us as people closer together! We believe in providing (YOU) our treasured travelers with an authentic and unforgettable experience which will ultimately enrich your life; this is the very core of our values.

Over the past decade, we have remained true to our vision: to provide small groups of travelers with active-based tour packages which showcase a countries diversity in terms of both culture and the landscapes which shape the people who call them home. We use local-owned accommodations, eateries and operators to enhance the experience for our clients, giving you a chance to embrace a place from the eyes of a local. This is travel done right, and travel done right is feeling free...

- The Great Earth Expeditions Team

Ryan Barry

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Ryan Barry

President/Director of Operations

Ryan Barry is the owner of the award winning Great Earth Expeditions in Halifax Nova Scotia, Canada. As a young man he had a dream of one day starting an adventure tour company and began this journey when only 26 years old. He has acquired his Tourism and Hospitality Management Degree and years experience teaching 1st year tourism students at NSCC Akerley outdoor guiding and interpretation.

In the summer of 2016, he published a local top-seller travel guide titled “25 outdoor adventures in Halifax” and is now a member of the Travel Media Association of Canada. Ryan lives and breathes the great outdoors and now shares his travels through storytelling and writing on outdoor pursuits, active living and nature photography/video from around the globe.

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Experience:
15 Years
From:
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Certifications:
BA, Tourism MBA, Wilderness First Aid/CPR, Paddle Canada Level 1 Skills
Affiliations:
NS Tourism Assc., Tour Writers Canada, Destination Halifax
Favorite Tour:
Cape Breton
Line

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Line

Outdoor Adventure Guide

Line (pronounced Lynn) hails from upper Quebec but now calls Nova Scotia her home. Fluent in both English and French are just one of her many assets as an outdoor guide. She has worked for Parks Canada as a guide for canoeing/camping training provided to staff at Canot La Verendrye. As a patrol supervisor in Gatineau Park she lead first-aid training for professional and volunteer patrol staff and also lead hikes in the park to educate volunteers on trail building and sustainable development. 

Since relocating to Nova Scotia she has spent countless hours exploring the forests, coastline and hidden gems found in the province. When asked what brought Line to Nova Scotia she simply replies "I was born to live here!"

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Experience:
7 Years
From:
Northern Ontario
Certifications:
Wilderness First Aid or First Aid/CPR, Canoe Level 2 with FQCK, Snowmobile Operators Course
Affiliations:
Destination Halifax, NS Tourism Assc
Favorite Tour:
Taylor's Head
Mark

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Mark

Outdoor Adventure Guide

Mark brings a wealth of local knowledge that can only be garnered through life experience. He has spent most of his career in the Canadian Military and teaching physical education in the Halifax Regional School District. An appreciation for both active living and the great outdoors has contributed greatly to his success in transitioning into the world of guiding; having spent years doing city tours and now outdoor adventures.  

Mark is a passionate storyteller and always ready to share a tale or two about Halifax's fascinating history as well as information on the flora and fauna in the areas we explore together. As our head guide for Cape Breton in the 2016 season, Mark had the opportunity to guide 20+ Canadian Forces members into the wilds of Cape Breton for 5 adventurous days, serving as the group leader for those who serve for us. 

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Experience:
25 Years
From:
Hubley Cove, Nova Scotia
Certifications:
B.A. History / English, AEd. Technology, Emergency First Aid/CPR, Wood Badges I & II (Scouts Canada), Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award
Affiliations:
RPSC Life Member, Kin Canada, CBS Donor for Life
Favorite Tour:
Cape Breton
Craig

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Chelsea

Outdoor Adventure Guide

An enthusiast for spontaneous adventures, Chelsea lives life through experiences. With a passion for low impact and minimalist living she relishes in the simple joys of nature. No matter the weather, or road bumps that come her way, she believes that “it’s all a part of the adventure!”

Originally hailing from the Greater Toronto Area of Ontario, Chelsea moved out east to attend Dalhousie University. Quickly falling in love with Halifax she knew this was a place to stay and call home. Chelsea has combined her love for travel, working experience in recreation, and her Bachelor of Arts double major in Environment, Sustainability & Society and International Development to land herself in the active outdoor tourism industry. Chelsea is excited to show you all the east coast has to offer!

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Experience:
3 Years
From:
Newmarket, Ontario 
Certifications:
B.A Sustainability & International Development, Wilderness & Remote First Aid with CPR C + AED, NCCP Coaching Cycling Skills, Pleasure Craft Operator, PADI Open Water Diver, HIGH FIVE QUEST 2, and HIGH FIVE Principles of Healthy Child Development
Affiliations:
Trips By Transit
Favorite Tour:
Taylor’s Head
Kevin

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Kevin

Outdoor Adventure Guide

Kevin is an authentic Maritimer, growing up in rural New Brunswick on a family dairy farm. The weather, the seasons and the natural environment played a big part of our 7 day a week operation, and so early on, how well you read the signs, played a big part of our daily operation. Early years were full of bobolinks, bee stings and climbing trees. Hiking and exploring at an early age enabled Kevin to develop an appreciation and understanding of the Maritime environment. After careers in Aviation, Telecom and Technical Sales, Kevin went on to study his passion, Adventure Tourism at the College of the North Atlantic in Corner Brook, NL.

Kevin has guided extensively, has ran kayaking operation and has acted in crucial logistical roles for the World Championships of Adventure Racing and FIS World Cup Alpine Ski Races. He now resided in Halifax, is a year round camper and spends his recreational time hiking the wilderness of Nova Scotia and Newfoundland.

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Experience:
14 Years
From:
Salisbury, New Brunswick
Certifications:
AT diploma, valedictorian, Canoe and Kayak Level 1, Telemark, Back country, Cross country and Downhill Ski, First Aid/CPR. WHMIS, Screeched In & Kissed the Cod.
Favorite Tour:
Cape Breton
George

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George

Outdoor Adventure Guide

Growing up in Ontario, George's appreciation for the outdoors began on family canoe trips in Algonquin Park. George has spent a great deal of time leading canoe and sea kayaking trips and Environmental Education programming children and youth at summer camps in Ontario. As a canoe trip guide, he led white water canoe trips up to 3 weeks in length throughout Northern Ontario, Quebec, and Labrador.

His passion for the environment and traveling within Canada motivated him to pursue a degree in Environmental Studies at Acadia University in Wolfville, NS (you will pass by this beautiful campus on the "Down by the Bay" trip)! Upon graduation George has made Nova Scotia his home and is passionate about showing visitors and guests the natural beauty of the province.

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Experience:
6 Years
From:
Barrie, Ontario
Certifications:
BA (Honours) Environmental and Sustainability Studies, Standard First Aid & CPR, Emergency First Aid Instructor, Wilderness First Aid, National Lifeguard Service, Paddle Canada Moving Water Canoe, Ontario Recreational Canoe and Kayak Association Canoeing Level 4 and Canoe Tripping Level 1.
Favorite Tour:
Cape Split
Joshua

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Joshua

Assistant Director of Operations

Joshua is our summer student working with our organization this season in partnership with Clean Leadership. Originally from Ontario, he calls Nova Scotia home, close to Peggy's Cove and is very passionate about the people, landscapes, and overall lifestyle our beautiful province. Joshua loves the outdoors and takes any opportunity to be out exploring. His favorite spot is McNab's Island within the Halifax Harbour.

Joshua is a proud recipient of the Duke of Edinburgh Award, showcasing his commitment to the environment and his community. Joshua has also spent time with the Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Program developing his skills in leadership, community, and fitness. He studies business in Ottawa and is very excited to apply his knowledge and experience in customer service while working with our team.

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Experience:
3 Years
From:
Southern Ontario 
Certifications:
Duke of Edinburgh Award, Undergrad Bachelors of Commerce
Favorite Tour:
Taylor’s Head

About Great Earth Expeditions

Great Earth Expeditions is all about experiencing the great outdoors and embracing the various landscapes and cultures that make up this unique planet we all call home. Our active-based adventures of Nova Scotia and abroad are exciting, educational and informative.Your guides are there to share their knowledge of these spectacular places and ensure that each tour is a safe experience for all. 

We truly believe we provide among the very best outdoor experiences you will find in Canada. Over the years we have been honored to receive numerous international awards from highly recognized and respected travel organizations. We strive to provide our clients with an amazing travel experience so you can return home with great photos, a deeper appreciation for a place and long lasting memories.

"We must take adventures in order to know where we truly belong" 

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