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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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Craig

Outdoor Adventure Guide

Craig was born and raised in Nova Scotia but has traveled Canada from coast to coast residing in 5 other Canadian provinces. He spent a year living abroad in Australia and has explored many other countries since, like many of our guides he’s been bitten by the travel bug. 

He received his diploma in Adventure Tourism at the College of the North Atlantic in Newfoundland and enjoys implementing all of the skills and knowledge that he has acquired by guiding international clients visiting both Nova Scotia and throughout Gros Morne in Newfoundland. Craig enjoys many outdoor pursuits including kayaking, hiking and sailing and loves to share the natural beauty and interesting history that Atlantic Canada has to offer with our clients. 

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Experience:
13 Years
From:
Truro, Nova Scotia 
Certifications:
Paddle Canada Level 2 Skills, Canoeing Tripping, Wilderness First Aid/CPR, Adventure Tourism Diploma
Affiliations:
Destination Halifax, NS Tourism Assc, 20+ Years in Tourism & Hospitality Industry
Favorite Tour:
Newfoundland & Bay of Fundy 
Dean

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Dean

Videographer & Digital Strategist 

Dean was born and raised in Johannesburg South Africa. He moved to the West Coast of Canada where he grew a true appreciation for the great outdoors. After spending 5 years on the West Coast he met some Bluenoser's (Nova Scotian's) and decided to move to the East Coast to experience their culture and explore the province and to this day he has not looked back since. 

Dean is passionate about exploring his new home and meeting people from all over the world. Dean has traveled extensively throughout the world and never without a camera in hand to document his travels. He is now living out his ultimate dream of traveling, creating inspirational content and exposing the world to a place that offers adventure for just about every demographic. He is our in-house videographer and digital strategist.  

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Experience:
3 Years
From:
Johannesburg, South Africa
Certifications:
First Aid/CPR
Affiliations:
Destination Halifax, NS Tourism Assc 
Favorite Tour:
Lunenburg & Bay of Fundy 

About Great Earth Expeditions

Great E.A.R.T.H. Expeditions is all about experiencing the great outdoors and enjoying what Mother Nature has left for us in this beautiful province of Nova Scotia. Our eco-tourism adventures of Nova Scotia are exciting, educational and informative. Our experienced guides will tell stories of this majestic land and explain the history and folklore that has surrounded this part of Canada for centuries.

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 that our outdoor travel adventures are among the best outdoor adventure experiences you will find in Canada. We are convinced that you will not only leave satisfied, but also be touched in a deep way, as our motto suggests: "Eco Adventures Reach The Heart"

Whether you want to explore a cave, feel the spray off a hidden waterfall or climb the rolling highlands of Cape Breton's Cabot Trail, we can safely guide you through all of your desired expeditions. Great E.A.R.T.H Expeditions invites you to join them, to explore Nova Scotia like never before, and return home with great photos and long lasting memories.

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