Outdoor sport and recreational guides (NOC 6532)

About this job

Outdoor sport and recreational guides:

  • organize and conduct trips or expeditions for sports enthusiasts, adventurers, tourists and resort guests
  • work for private companies and resorts
  • may be self-employed
Common job titles
  • assistant, guide outfitter
  • guide outfitter


Outdoor sport and recreational guides perform some or all of the following duties:

  • pan itinerary for trip or expedition and arrange transportation or transport individuals or group to site
  • gather necessary equipment and supplies, such as camping gear, rafts, life jackets, fishing tackle and food
  • lead or guide individuals or groups
  • advise on safety and emergency measures, techniques and the use of equipment
  • give instruction for activities such as canoeing, rafting and mountain climbing
  • offer information about specific regulations such as hunting and fishing laws and boating regulations, following environmental guidelines and preventing violations
  • give first aid in emergency situations
  • may prepare meals for group and set up camp

Work environment

Key aspects of the work in this occupation:

  • Work takes place outdoors in various weather conditions.
  • Work locations may be rugged and dangerous, with the potential for injury.

Career paths and resources

Career paths

Outdoor sport and recreational guides usually work on a seasonal basis.

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