Canoe Arctic Inc. is owned and operated by Alex Hall, and Alex guides all canoe trips operated by Canoe Arctic Inc. Since 1971, Alex has spent three to four months every summer canoeing northern rivers, some many dozens of times and some that have never been paddled before. He has paddled more miles in the Barren Lands than anyone else.
Alex was born and raised in southern Ontario where he began canoeing as a boy. Educated as a wildlife biologist, he has a Master of Science degree in animal ecology from the University of Toronto. The subject of his field research and Master's thesis was wolf predation. In 1974, Alex established Canoe Arctic Inc., the first adventure travel/ecotourism business to operate in what is now the Northwest Territories and Nunavut. He has been a permanent resident of Fort Smith, Northwest Territories since 1980.
In addition to his award-winning book "Discovering Eden: a Lifetime of Paddling Arctic Rivers", Alex has published a number of magazine articles and book chapters over the years on arctic canoeing and on tundra wolves. In 1999, he co-authored a scientific paper on breeding range expansions of a number of birds and mammals in the Barren Lands. More recently, he has co-authored scientific papers with other Northwest Territories biologists on tundra wolves, and on the population dynamics of the Beverly Caribou Herd. His data on recent range expansions by muskoxen have also been used extensively in Territorial Government wildlife reports and papers.
Alex has two sons in their twenties and lives in good health with his wife Robyn and daughter Esmee in Fort Smith. He believes he has the best job in the best place in the world and he intends to stay at it as long as he's physically able.
1. In 2002, Alex was the runner-up for the "Arctic Award", an international award administered by World Wildlife Fund for linking tourism and conservation in the world's arctic regions.
2. The Globe & Mail, Canada's national newspaper, included Alex's book "Discovering Eden" on its year end list of the "Top 100 Books" published in Canada in 2003.
3. In 2004, Northwest Territories Tourism presented Alex with its "Lifetime Achievement Award" for his impact on the development of the Northwest Territories tourism industry and for his conservation work in connection with the Thelon Wildlife Sanctuary.
4. In 2007, National Geographic Adventure chose Canoe Arctic's canoe trips in the Canadian Arctic as one of its "Top Destinations for 2007 and Beyond".