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Meet The Team

Free Spirit Tours has been operating since 1998. Led by Joel and Jennie, we as a company are proud to provide a true outdoors experience 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.

Jennie Elmslie
Partner

Jennie Elmslie

Jennie Elmslie founded FST in 1998 and is a trail blazer in the world of outdoor experiences. Her passion extends beyond business as she actively embraces the thrill of exploration, embodying the name of the company…..Free Spirit Tours.
Joel Dawson
Partner

Joel Dawson

Joel Dawson is an outdoor enthusiast who loves paddling almost as much as he loves skiing.  He blends his love for the outdoors with his entrepreneurial spirit and prides himself on creating a unique and memorable customer experience. Joel embodies the spirit of adventure and the joy of exploring this beautiful area of Southern Georgian Bay.

Click on a team member’s photo to read their bio!

Jim Samis
Guide

Jim Samis

Born in Toronto, moved to the area as a teenager. Always had passion for nature and outdoor pursuits. Drawn to the area for skiing originally but quickly discovered the other natural wonders. Have worked at Free Spirit Tours for a number of years after starting as a customer, now a canoe/kayak instructor. Love introducing people to the many local rivers, lakes and trails. Special interest in birds and animal tracks. Live in Collingwood, with my lovely wife Kim and our many dogs and cats.

Tim Sproll
Guide, SUP Instructor

Tim Sproll

Tim loves anything outdoors. He has spent the last seven years guiding caving, rock climbing, snowshoeing, hiking and paddling. He is the most passionate about spending time on the water and is certified as a Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) instructor.

Tom Fitzpatrick
Guide

Tom Fitzpatrick

Tom grew up in Southern Ontario where he spent all his summers fishing, canoeing and camping. Once he moved to South Georgian Bay he immersed himself in other activities such as rock climbing, snowboarding and skiing. Tom is passionate about water….especially the Nottawasaga River. His knowledge of that river is abundant and each year he learns more. Any chance he gets – he’s on that river!

Brian McLellanTuck
Guide, Wild Edibles Expert

Brian McLellan-Tuck

Brian has always had a passion for sustainability and nature. This has led him to travel the world and learn about permaculture, wild foods, herbalism, health and well being. He has used these skills to create a lifestyle in harmony with nature. When not homesteading he is usually skateboarding, rock-climbing or out in the backcountry.

Michelle Cioci
Guide, Kids Camp Director

Michelle Cioci

Michelle’s favourite animal is a beaver – because she loves how busy they are! She is no different – you can find Michelle climbing, mountain biking, hiking or paddling and just about everything else in between. Even when she isn’t up to some adventure you’ll still find her in the forest looking for flowers and watching birds. Michelle takes great pride in facilitating outdoor experiences to people of all ages, knowing that providing a positive nature experience has indescribable value. You’ll find Michelle working as your friendly local forest school teacher or guiding.

Dave Fleisher
Guide, Web Developer

Dave Fleisher

Dave grew up in Thornhill, ON and has always loved spending time outdoors at camp and cottages. He moved to the Collingwood area in 2016 and spends his time teaching snowboarding in the winter, and in the past, working FST Kids Camp and guiding on the Beaver River in the summer. Now he’s more focused on the digital side of things 🙂 When he’s not working, Dave enjoys riding motorcycles, paddling, camping, playing guitar, and snowboarding.

Krista Martin
Guide

Krista Martin

Krista was born and raised in Collingwood and has a great deal of passion for the outdoors. You can find her exploring the tails surrounding the local area and identifying new plants along the way. She has worked in various setting regarding outdoor education such as high ropes, kids camp and forest school, and has seen the value and importance of connecting to nature.

Will Hunter
Guide

Will Hunter

Will is someone who loves the outdoors, taking wildlife photos and activities like kayaking, rock climbing, and snowboarding. He has been a mentor for many kids as a snowboard coach for 10+ years. Working out in BC as well as all over Ontario, with the flexibility to teach/ connect with national level athletes, and kids with special needs. He is also artist, so much of his free time is dedicated to editing photos, and working on digital art. Instagram: @sir_willerd

Mike Holmes
Guide

Mike Holmes

Mike has spent more than 25 years teaching downhill skiing and for the last several years also in a mentoring role with new instructors. In addition to onhill exploits, Mike is also an avid mountain biker, has paddled extensively, including back country trips and solo whitewater. While enjoying many outdoor pursuits, Mike also plays bass in a local rock band. If you don’t know how to hold a paddle, a bike or a bass, Mike can help.

Chris Green
Guide

Chris Green

A longtime outdoor enthusiast, who retired from the corporate world, Chris began pursuing his passions in life full time. He received his kayak instructor’s certification in 2019 and turned his long time volunteer position with the Canadian Ski Patrol into a professional winter occupation. Longtime husband and the father of 2 adult children, both of whom have better combat kayak rolls than he has, he’s currently working on developing that single dreadlock that whitewater kayakers tend to get from too much time spent wearing helmets and wetsuit hoods. He is often found on a river or lake at dawn or dusk, when the animals are most active, enjoying the interaction between the water and the shoreline.

James Stewart
Guide

James Stewart

Travis Schreyer
Guide

Travis Schreyer

Travis Schreyer is very fortunate to have grown up in Wasaga Beach and the surrounding area, with it’s bounty of outdoor activities. With so much to experience, he quickly fell in love with nature and exploring the world. Rock climbing is his passion and it has taken him all around the globe from Colorado to Thailand.

He is a natural with kids, a strong leader and role model, and values above all instilling a sense of wonder, self-discovery, and curiosity. In his free time you can find him at the local crag!

Stephanie Snider
Guide

Stephanie Snider

Jesse Neary
Guide

Jesse Neary

Jesse is an avid outdoor enthusiast who lives for the adventure! Jesse has most recently worked as a Chef/Kitchen Manager and has extensive customer service experience. But his true passion has led him to Free Spirit. He is a proud father of three young children. Jesse and his family have a really strong bond with nature. You can usually find them paddling, hiking, fishing and exploring the backcountry all year long. If he looks familiar, you may have seen him portaging his canoe on the sidewalks of Wasaga Beach or paddling the Nottawasaga River!

Jason George
Guide

Jason George

Jason George is a dyslexic BIPOC wildlife photographer, presenter and writer that recently relocated to rural settings of Wasaga Beach to get closer to nature when he retired from teaching full time to chase his passion of wildlife. He loves to see wild animals in their natural habitat and state, so he travels around Canada (missing only Newfoundland and Nunavut) and the world (missing only Antarctica). Getting to see an animal in its habitat is special, being able to photograph it is awesome. Luckily, he has seen more than 70% of the animals you could see in the zoo, in the wild. He now explores ways to share his love and passion with those not able to have these experiences. Check out his work www.jasongeorgephotography.com we are sure you’ll find a photo or story there that will make you smile or join him on an adventure on his YouTube Channel https://www.youtube.com/c/JasonGeorgePhotography

Raven Murphy
Guide

Raven Murphy

Raven is an accomplished public speaker, storyteller, outdoor educator, musician, and author. She skillfully combines her diverse talents and passion for the environment to create a one-of-a-kind experiential learning experience. Raven’s approach fosters peace and potential, enriching the knowledge and appreciation of the natural world. Her invitations to return, reflect, release, and reclaim connections to the land have resonated with countless individuals on their own journeys of self-discovery and empowerment. For more on Raven, please visit ravenspeaks.ca.

Olivia Hildebrandt
Guide

Olivia Hildebrandt

Olivia has recently graduated from Brock University with her Bachelor’s of Kinesiology. She spent most of her summers as a kid going away to summer camp, learning how to canoe, kayak, swimming and sailing. When she became a camp counselor, she took campers to Kawartha Lakes and Algonquin Park for camping trips, and taught campers how to swim. When she isn’t on the water, she loves to snowboard, read and go on adventures!

Guide

Sorcha Harrison

Sorcha was born and raised in Collingwood. She loves hiking and camping and anything water related. She has always had a keen interest in nature and that influenced her to get her bachelors degree in biology at the university of Guelph. She has a passion for education and loves incorporating inquiry based learning and nature into her day to day. She enjoys working with kids and letting their natural curiosities lead their learning which is why she is currently in Teachers College at Lakehead University.

Quinn Lederer
Guide

Quinn Lederer

Quinn is from Thunder Bay, ON but is now living in Collingwood. Growing up on Lake Superior, she loved doing anything related to the outdoors.  Quinn has always been fond of working with youth and has worked for many recreational programs and has coached many youth sports teams, including coaching within Special Olympics for the past 7 years.  She also has a Honours Bachelor Degree in Kinesiology from Lakehead University and is now in Teachers College. When not working or in school, she enjoys travelling, skiing, cooking and hiking with her dog Aspen.

person surrounded by rocks
Forest Therapy Guide

Katrina Shand

Kat is originally from Hamilton, but the draw of a more outdoor lifestyle pulled her to Collingwood. She is a mother of two wildlings who join her on many adventures in nature. Kat can be found hiking or paddling, but her true passion is rock climbing. She is the youth coach at Climbers Corner and also a Certified Forest Therapy Guide.