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Ian Shanahan

Second generation Quest leader Ian Shanahan was exposed to the natural world from the very beginning alongside his father Don. The moment that truly hooked him, however, came at age 12 when a Peregrine Falcon whizzed by him and his dad at top speed on the beach at Presqu’ile Provincial Park in Ontario.

A trained actor, singer, visual artist, writer and teacher, Ian completed his degree in Drama at Queen’s and B. Ed at the University of Toronto. This was interspersed with working as an interpretive naturalist at Presqu’ile and Algonquin Provincial Parks in Ontario where his interest in birds spread to other winged creatures and all aspects of the natural world. He also served as Senior Park Naturalist at Algonquin where he penned a wonderful article that was featured in Algonquin Park's long-standing newsletter, The Raven.

Ian has travelled to every Canadian province and territory as well as 15 countries, with his favourite trips including Yukon, Canada's Northwest Passage, the Canadian Maritimes, Iceland, the Galapagos Islands, Costa Rica, Panama and the Yucatán peninsula.

Ian's infectious enthusiasm, extensive natural history knowledge and love for story-telling are combined with a quick wit to help make your next adventure both memorable and unique.

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Ian is a volunteer guide for the Ontario Field Ornithologists (Presqu'ile and Cobourg trips). He is also bringing Canadian history to life in Algonquin Park as playwright, director and actor with the Algonquin Arts Initiative.

Memorable Moment

Fulfilling a childhood pipe dream of seeing Northern Bottlenose Whales along the ice edge in the Davis Strait during a Northwest Passage expedition in 2015.