Although she grew up land-locked in Southern Ontario, Ellie was bitten by the travel bug at a young age. After studying Linguistics at Queen’s University and completing a Masters in Child Study and Education at the University of Toronto, Ellie taught an environmentally focused curriculum to elementary students for six years before she ran away to sea. Since then, she’s found herself aboard sailboats in the Caribbean, mega yachts in the Mediterranean, and on expedition ships in both polar regions.
Her love for being on the water often finds her snorkelling, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, canoeing, or driving a Zodiac. But her passion for being under the water is what led her to pursue a PADI Divemaster qualification. From the warm, clear waters of the Red Sea to the cold, rough swells in New Zealand, Ellie loves learning about the life and history of the places she dives and sharing these with others.
Above the waves, you can often find Ellie hiking, trail running, skiing, snowshoeing, or stretching out on her yoga mat. Whether boarding down volcanos in Nicaragua, climbing sand dunes in Morocco, white-water canoeing down the French River, or riding the Tokyo subway during rush hour, she loves to seek out adventures that expand her world view. Her travel and memoir writing has been featured in the Globe & Mail, Atlas Obscura, and Explore Magazine online, as well as Adventure Canada's own Mindful Explorer platform.