Explorer / Photographer

Rogier Gruys

I was born and raised in the Netherlands, but emigrated to Canada when I was 17. I came to study wildlife biology, specializing in arctic and winter biology. Along the way I worked on various research projects in western Canada and Sweden and guided trips in northern Alberta and on the Lofoten in north Norway. No sooner had I finished a Masters in the Yukon, or I landed a job teaching tropical wildlife management in Ghana.

I eventually switched careers to Information Technology, first teaching computer maintenance in Manokwari, West Papua (Indonesia) and other parts of eastern Indonesia for three years. Subsequently, I lived in Mongolia for three years, first working as as computer expert and later as a guide for Karakorum Expeditions. After a brief stint in Malaysia, I went to Bhutan for six weeks, but stayed two years, working as an Information Technology consultant. In my spare time I edited a day hiking guide to Thimphu and spent a lot of time trekking in the Bhutanese Himalayas.

I finally returned to Canada in 2001. After a few years managing a university website in Victoria, I finally returned to my passion – tourism and conservation. I spent five years with Destination Canada in Vancouver, and after a decade as a tourism development specialist for Parks Canada in Jasper National Park, I now manage the visitor program for Gwaii Haanas in Haida Gwaii. In my spare time I spend as much time as possible in the outdoors, hiking, backpacking, biking, packrafting, kayaking, snowshoeing and backcountry skiing.

I got my first camera at age 6, and have been taking pictures ever since to document my travels.


MI’10 The Explorers Club
Fellow, Royal Canadian Geographic Society

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