Jill’s passion for the water, nature and the wild began at a young age growing up experiencing three seasons each year at her family’s cabin on an island in Northwestern Ontario. Each day spent exploring on and in the water, from rowboats to canoes to kayaks to speedboats to paddleboards, wakeboards and other nautical activities. At age 12, she found another love, photography, and began combining her new love with her outdoor activities. She quickly built a passion to show the incredible creatures and beautiful wilderness she was discovering while in the marshes and woods nearby.
After studying Fine Arts at University and receiving her diploma in Photography from Prairieview School of Photography, the west beckoned. So, she loaded up her Jeep, two kayaks and her gear to head for the mountains. After settling in Squamish, she began working as a photographer for a reputable snowmobile and dogsledding outfit discovering the mountain backwoods. She soon grew passionate for new sports and activities suited to her new mountain lifestyle.
A few years later, she teamed up to start a new dogsledding business in Golden. Rescuing 16 sled dogs from across Canada to create a new team, exposing others to her passion for the outdoors. After reflecting on her life, she left Golden and returned to Squamish to reconnect with her passion for photography, adventure and the wilderness.
In the two years since returning to Squamish, she has experienced and accomplished more than in her entire previous life. Living in a tent for 7 months; traveling from coast to coast on her own, kayaking in every province both oceans, all five great lakes, and numerous rivers, camping in lonely campsites and meeting amazing strangers; Paddling the Johnstone Strait with Killer whales, sea lions, and numerous other marine wildlife; partnering up to be the first to take a tandem sea kayak down the Grand Canyon; Paddling the Noatak river in Alaska; Summiting mountains in the Yukon; hiking notorious routes with pack rafts for alpine lake and river crossings; pack rafting class 3-5 rivers; publications for her images and her writing including magazines such as Canadian Geographic, Paddling Magazine, Canadian Women’s Foundation, Explore Magazine; interviews with The Squamish Chief, CBC Radio, and Mountain FM (to name a few).
With her passion and determination only growing with each wild step she takes, the journey and goals for Jill are no-doubt going to push all boundaries to connect the outside world to hers.