An adventurer and passionate outdoor enthusiast, Cedar believes in the importance of connections to nature in one’s daily life. The CEO of Adventure Canada—as well as an expedition planner, leader, and guide—Cedar’s work engages, entertains, and educates by connecting people to each other and the land through innovative travel experiences. By focusing on travel to Arctic and sub-Arctic environments, Cedar is actively involved in exploring new northern routes, documenting new discoveries, and monitoring existing sites of historic and cultural importance.
A family outing at Ilulissat Icefjord
Cedar is driven by the challenges of forging a new path forward for our planet. She is guided by the desire to learn and share, to experience the thrills of collective energy, and the power of collective action. Cedar believes that healthy relationships with the earth and each other are the critical first steps to building regenerative ecosystems and economies. She is excited by new perspectives and is eager to grow her compassion and empathy. Cedar is committed to the regions and communities to which Adventure Canada travels, and seeks to amplify the truths of these places.
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Polar dipping with expedition team members Brittany Manley and Laura Baer
At the helm of Adventure Canada’s operation, Cedar delights in sinking her teeth into the challenges and opportunities presented by running a fast-growing business. She’s always on the lookout for likeminded organizations and strategic partnerships to help enhance and advance the Adventure Canada ethos.
Cedar has grown up surrounded by the world’s foremost adventurers and explorers, and now proudly carries on the work her father started while leading Adventure Canada. She is a founding member of Canadian Women for Nature, a fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, a member of the Explorers Club and the International Women's Forum, and sits on the board of directors for both ArcticNet and Project North. In 2018, Cedar was named one of Canadian Traveller’s Top 40 Under 40 travel professionals. In 2020 Cedar was awarded the Citation Of Merit from The Explorers Club Canadian Chapter.
Adventure Canada accepts an award as Inspirational Partner from the Students on Ice Foundation. From left to right: Shaun Majumder, Cedar Swan, Jason Edmunds, and Geoff Green.
Cedar lives in Port Credit, ON with her two young daughters and her husband, Jason. Like their mother, Charlotte and Islay are growing up on expedition ships and singing at the onboard talent show. Their spirit and passion for the world’s wild places never ceases to be a source of inspiration to Cedar.