Silver Fox Expeditions provides an annual series of guided trips into the most exhilarating natural locations in British Columbia and Ontario. Our goal is to cultivate a sense of place through exploration and connection with the natural environment and self; to promote community, social wellness, and ecological change through wilderness experiences; and consider what it means to be alive and human.

Richard Louv’s book Last Child in the Woods describes a generation so plugged into electronic diversions that it has lost its connection to the natural world. He points to the direct exposure with nature as essential for a child’s healthy physical and emotional development.

More recently, Dylan Tomine’s book Closer to the Ground, with it’s focus on family time spent wild harvesting in the water, on the beach and in the woods, and cooking in the outdoor kitchen, has influenced the focus of our trips in the wilderness.


Silver Fox Expeditions Staff

Guide: Justin Metz

Anyone who knows Justin knows his heart and soul lie within wild Temagami. It has positively shaped every aspect of his adventurous life and inspired him to fully appreciate and respect Canada’s canoeing heritage.

His childhood summers at the cabin were shaped by fishing, canoeing and part time carpentry apprentice to his Grandpa. As he grew up his passion for the outdoors allowed him to land many exciting professional guiding positions with reputable companies. Justin has spent hundreds of nights under the northern stars over the last 10 years with groups of all ages from all walks of life. Each of these trips has taught him unique wilderness skills, life lessons and the importance of soft skills in becoming a successful wilderness guide. What Justin loves most about tripping is the overwhelming joy of simplicity that canoeing offers as well as the richness of memories that even the shortest of trips can offer.

Justin received his Environmental Science Degree and his Environmental Conservation and Citizenship Diplomas from the University of Guelph. He has obtained his Canoe Tripping Level 2, Wilderness First Responder and Moving Water Level 2 courses to ensure our trippers are in good hands. Justin is also on the Board of Directors for the Temagami Lakes Association as head of the Fish and Wildlife Division. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Temagami Environment Research and Stewardship.

Wilderness guiding has led Justin into the paths of DVMS and Strata Montessori Schools. He has been a full time adolescent guide at Strata for 4 years and is one of those fortunate people that love going into “work” every day . He lives in Guelph with his wife Bianca, his son ( and future canoe tripper) Bodhi and their beloved spaniel Sadie.

Guide: Colin Fox

I have a passion for recreation in the outdoors. I appreciate the majesty of a grand landscape, it’s ability to bring us connection, perspective, and a grateful, humble place in our world.

For as long as I can recall I’ve participated in outdoor adventures. My parents were part of a canoe club, and growing up we often ventured on multi-day trips through the abundant lakes found in the Provincial and National Parks of Ontario.

In university I spent my summers paddling lakes and wild rivers in Ontario, BC, the Yukon, Alaska and in the Grand Canyon of Arizona. I’ve hiked, mountain biked and ski toured backcountry trails in the Kootenays, Coastal Mountains, and Rockies of British Columbia, as well as the mountains of western Norway where my brother lives.

I relish the opportunity to plan for the next expedition.

  • B.H.K. University of British Columbia
  • B.Ed. University of British Columbia West Kootenay Teacher Education Program
  • M.A. SelfDesign Graduate Institute
  • Learning Consultant, SupportEd Consultant, Self Design Learning Community
  • Teacher, Dundas Valley Montessori School
  • Founder/Owner/Operator/Guide Silver Fox Expeditions
  • Advanced Wilderness First Aid Certificate
  • Swiftwater 1 Certificate

Please respond to colinfox@selfdesign.org if you are interested to participate in a Silver Fox Expedition.