Owner & Lead Instructor/Guide
In 2018 Zack launched Such A Nice Day (SAND) Adventures allowing him to live and share his passion for paddling and the outdoors with others. The name came from his early days working in outdoor education and yelling ‘IT’S SUCH A NICE DAY’ to wake up in the morning no matter how good or bad the weather was. This phrase exemplifies Zack’s Enthusiasm and attitude towards the outdoors so every adventure is ‘such a nice day’ and it can be ‘such a nice day’ anywhere allowing the freedom of maximum flexibility to eventually offer international programs anywhere on the globe!
Zack has led/organized many sea kayak expeditions on Lake Superior since 2006. Additionally, he has worked all over the world as a sea kayak guide, outdoor educator and instructor with many seasons at Outward Bound schools and other organizations under his belt. He now spends a good portion of his winters guiding kayaking programs on an expedition cruise ship in Antarctica with Polar Latitudes.
Zack is very passionate about water and its importance in our lives. He feels the more time one spends on, in or near water, the greater the connection becomes to the world around us. Along with being a highly experienced guide and seasoned mariner, Zack is a certified Polar Guide with the Polar Tourism Guides Association (PTGA), is a Level 2 Paddle Canada Sea Kayak Instructor and wilderness first responder. His enthusiasm and zest for life is contagious and he looks forward to sharing some of his knowledge and experiences with you!’
Who We Are & What We Do
Such A Nice Day (S.A.N.D.) Adventures is an outdoor adventure and education company based out of Thunder Bay on the Canadian North shore of Lake Superior. We operate south from Thunder Bay to the United States Border at Pigeon River and eastward in the Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area from Silver Islet to Rossport and the Slate Islands.
We specialize in adventures in the coastal Lake Superior environment and beyond.
- Superior starter courses with Paddle Canada certification for sea kayak skill development of all levels
Day tours and custom expeditions by sea kayak
- Special events, school programs, day tours, and custom expeditions with our 34ft Montreal voyageur canoe
- Our site at Nirivia on St. Ignace Island will also provide families and individuals with rustic lodge based accommodation with access to world class hiking, paddling and fishing.
SAND Adventures is committed to providing enjoyable and meaningful experiences in the outdoors – which in turn will lead to a greater appreciation for the natural environment and a sense of place.
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Personal Experience Blog
Hall of fame of articles about me and my business:
Bayview Magazine June 2019:
Paddler E-Zine Sept 2019:
Superior Country Blog Article March 2020: