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Think you’re tough? See how you compare to these legendary Canadian adventurers

The trailblazers

5 legendary Canadian adventurers to inspire every angler and hunter

Need some new role models? These pioneering outdoorsfolk set the bar for backwoods bravado.

Linda Hersey

RICHARD NELSON ADAMS

Known for his readiness to brave rapids, sprint over streamside ledges and otherwise do what it took to save a client’s fish, legendary Atlantic salmon guide Richard Nelson Adams was the decided angling dean of Quebec’s Matapedia River. Born in 1910, he began guiding at age 12 and remained on the river, and committed to conserving its fish, until his death in 2006. Adams ended his guiding career at Cold Spring Camp. “He had the wisdom of 10 guides, the eagerness of a young buck and the knowledge that comes with 93 years of living on the river’s banks,” notes the camp’s website. “He was well known for his love of gin and women, and his endless wealth of stories.”

Bob Sexton

Bob Sexton

Growing up in Gander, Newfoundland, and Peterborough, Ontario, Outdoor Canada's managing editor Bob Sexton jumped at every chance to wet a line and head afield. After spending half of the 1990s working as a tour guide in Latin America, he completed a Bachelor of Journalism from Ryerson University in 2001 and was hired on as Outdoor Canada's assistant editor. Since joining the magazine, he has won two Outdoor Writers of Canada awards, in 2008 and 2011, and contributed to numerous National Magazine Award winning or nominated stories. Sexton is the past president of the Canadian Society of Magazine Editors.

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