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cofounders of Algonquin Park's Northern EdgeStaff at Northern Edge Algonquin provide a tremendous amount of energy and share their lives with all who visit, making visitors to this part of Algonquin Park understand the special place that it is.  Thank you for sharing the dream.  ~ Martha and Todd

Take a peak below at some of the friendly faces you may encounter when you come discover what we've hidden in the forest in the northwest corner of Algonquin Park.

Todd Lucier, BHK, BEd. has been an Ontario teacher since 1987,  and has taught outdoor recreation and lectured about eco-tourism at  the University of Windsor and York University.  For the UN's International Year of Ecotourism 2002, he had two papers published by the World Tourism Organization and made a presentation in Cuiaba, Brasil.  Todd presents workshops and keynote addresses and designs memorable Corporate Quest programs at Algonquin Park and across Canada.     

Todd - Algonquin Park's Northern Edge Facilitator

Todd Talks about Algonquin Park Canoe Trips and Adventure Retreats (3 minute movie -mov)

Martha Lucier Co-founder of Northern Edge Algonquin Retreat Centre, Martha shares over a decade of Shamanic counseling experience with groups and individuals.  Martha has woven her love of teaching, nature, self empowerment and Shamanic Journeying into the various programs that she has created and shares with others at the Edge as well as abroad.  Martha is a practitioner of core shamanism having completed the Foundation for Shamanic Studies 3 year program.   She is presently participating in a 2 year teacher training with Shamanic teacher and author Sandra Ingerman and is one of a small group of Canadian teachers of Medicine for the Earth. 

Martha Lucier - head of the Algonquin Retreat staff

Martha on her role with retreats at the Edge of Algonquin Park (mp3)

Greg Waters: Greg sculpts NEA's footprint at the Edge of Algonquin Park in hopes of encouraging creativity and peace in all who walk in it.  

All who visit the Edge come to recognize Greg's incredible contributions here at the edge of Algonquin Park.  From stone-crafting and building projects to incredible edibles, Greg's touches are everywhere.  Those lucky enough to paddle with him enjoy some of the best out-trip food on the planet as he's lovingly become known as the Algonquin Park Tripping Gourmet.

Algonquin Parks most amazing cook and stone mason.

Turning Solar Panels and Greg Talks about Stoves (mp3) and another brief chat
Midwinter Cooking - Paella

Vicki Arsenault lifts the energy around the Edge with her enthusiastic manner and attention to detail.  You might see Vicki on your visit serving up dinner and breakfast before your Algonquin Park canoe trip with a flair, or you'll see the special touches of her work in many areas especially at the Kilnhouse garden.  Vicki also hosts a wide variety of Algonquin Retreats.


Vicki - the kitchen diva of Northern Edge Algonquin

See what's cooking for Breakfast with Vicki (mp3)


Wendy MacCrimmon, another Sir Sanford Fleming Grad is our Guest Relations Specialist.  You'll reach Wendy most days when you call our toll-free number.  Wendy has also shared her passion for the outdoors as a canoe guide on occasional trips in Algonquin Park.  Congrats Wendy and Chris.... Wendy is going on Maternity leave from June 07' to June 08'




Wendy, answers the phone and registration for Algonquin Park canoe trips and retreats

Meet Mark & Wendy at Blue Canoe (mp3)


New Algonquin Park Canoe Trip adventure retreat facilitator profiles and videos coming soon.

Meet an Algonquin Park Canoe Trip Guide
Quicktime & iPod Video)


Chris preps for the Dumoine River


Jen talks about Algonquin Park Waterfalls, Watercolours and .... Portaging (for iPod- best quality)


Rory talks about the nature of Algonquin Park (for iPod- best quality)


Rebecca tells about her first time canoeing and large mammals in Algonquin Park (for iPod- best quality)


Alix talks about what guiding in Algonquin Park is all about . . . (for iPod- best quality)


Chris Sheridan and Tracy Robinson have shared their gifts in many ways,  as adventurers in Algonquin Park and out-trippers specializing in sea kayaking and Algonquin Park area winter adventure, and Chris as a therapist practicing his own unique combination of polarity therapy and energy work.  His tin flute, harmonica and fiddle will keep your toes tapping.  Tracy is teaching sea kayaking at Quest for Balance retreats in summer 07' once again.

Chris Sheridan - old hand Algonquin Park guidetracy - wintery day at Algonquin Park

Meet Tracy and Stephanie, Quest for Balance facilitators (Quicktime Streaming Video)

Listen in . . .winter conversation with
Tracy (mp3)


Meagan Balantyne has been an important part of many EDGE programs for the past couple of years.  Meagan's special touches can be found in your accommodations, meals, and many other areas.  If your lucky, Meagan may even join you on the occasional Algonquin Park canoe trip.

Meagan at the Edge of Algonquin Park

Stephanie Akroyd has a background in dance and a love for movement and the outdoors, Stephanie is a certified Nia Instructor and also teaches Hatha yoga in the style of Vanda Scaravelli.  She is also a mother, artist, and has guided wilderness canoe trips and retreats with author and guide Hap Wilson for the past ten years. 


Stephanie, yoga facilitator at the edge of Algonquin Park

Meet Tracy and Stephanie, Quest for Balance:  facilitators
(Quicktime Streaming Video)


Monica McCommiskey manages Blue Canoe, our retail store in South River.  Come in and soak up the warm, inspiring indoor place she has created.  Not to mention, the gifts, books, natural products and Edgy items she has in store for you.

Monika talks about her experience at the Women's Only Quest for Balance Yoga Retreat at the Edge of Algonquin Park (Quicktime Streaming Video)


Emily (24) with son Aiden (already two and a half!)and daddy Matt Hertel with Aiden at the Y.  Matt is the Steward's assistant and plays a vital role in keeping the Edge operations sharp, while Em helps out in the kitchen.  

Natalie (24) is Em's twin sister.  Nat lives at the Edge and is a radio broadcasting student at Canadore College.  

Tim (15) is in grade 9 at Widdifield secondary.  Tim loves the stage and dance.  

All love snowboarding, exploring the forest of Algonquin Park and getting their picture taken with Aiden!  

em and aiden at algonquin park

matt, northern edge algonquin steward

nat, algonquin park canoe trip operations manager