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Check out The  Pointe!

Esprit's basecamp on the Ottawa River. more»

The Ultimate BBQ

Served nightly at 7pm. more»


An "in your face" way to experience the rapids!! more»

Speak For Canadian Rivers

Staff Profiles

At Esprit our mission is to provide the highest quality outdoor adventures by striving for, achieving and maintaining a standard of excellence greater than the expected norm. We enjoy promoting and sharing an awareness of different cultures and the environment, using the wilderness and rivers as a medium of discovery, thereby enriching the lives of our guests, our co-workers and ourselves. Esprit is owned and operated by international adventure travel guide Jim Coffey. Since 1984, he has been leading expeditions, training guides and teaching kayaking, first aid, river rescue and ecological awareness throughout Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, India, Italy, Africa, Asia and Australia.

Jim Coffey

Jim Coffey - “JC”  Jim Coffey's Facebook Profile Twitter

Founder & Director

"I chose this industry for the travel, people and places as well as the message and benefits that quality eco-tourism can provide."

Hometown: Davidson, Pontiac County, QC
Hobbies/Interests: whitewater, rivers, tourism, sustainability
Favourite Food: The Esprit Ultimate BBQ
Favourite rivers: The Ottawa, Kipawa and Magnetawan
Places Traveled: I have worked in 35 different countries… the list goes on and on…
Training/Education: In 1984 I took “a year off” of university seeking fame and fortune as a whitewater/eco-adventure travel guide. As fortune remains elusive I have instead gained a considerable amount of notoriety by founding Esprit.

 "5 Good Minutes" by Canoe & Kayak Magazine

 The Climate Project Canada

 View Jim’s Resume