Jack Link's Ambassador
Tori Baird

Magnetawan, ON.

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Where in canada do you hail from?

I grew up in Newmarket, Ontario and I currently live in the small town of Magnetawan, Ontario.

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What do you do?

I’ve been canoeing for the past 10 years and have paddled some pretty intense remote white water rivers with my husband Jim. The biggest and most remote ones we’ve done are the East Natashquan in Northern Quebec, the Porcupine in Northern Saskatchewan and the Mountain River in the Northwest Territories, each of which were two weeks in length and accessible only by float plane. I have been so inspired by my experiences on canoe trips that I decided to start a business teaching women how to paddle their own canoes and to empower them to get out into the backcountry.

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Now for the important questions, what’s your favourite jack link’s meat snack?

Teriyaki Beef Jerky is always my first pick, but I also really like Original Beef Jerky and Sweet & Hot Beef Jerky.

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How do you feed your wild side?

I love being outside and I also love to challenge myself, so a combination of both is ideal. Running rapids or going for a long solo paddle, hiking with my toddler on my back or baby on my front (or both?), splitting wood, or simply going for a run. I like to test my own limits and push past them whenever I have the opportunity.

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If you could hang with the sasquatch for a day, what would you guys do?

I’d stealth-paddle Sasquatch around in the night so he can sneak up and scare the crap out of other campers.

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What are you trying to get done in 2022?

This year I have a lot of Paddle Like a Girl workshops on the schedule but aside from that we plan to paddle the French River from start to finish with our 1 and 4 year olds. I have three solo canoe trips planned throughout the summer and into the fall and in November we plan to drive the Trans-Labrador highway in a modified 4x4 campervan with the kids as well. Around the house we have maple syrup to make, vegetable gardens to plant, and tons of wood to cut and split as we heat our home with wood all winter.

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My perfect day is...

I can think of many perfect days but one that comes to mind would be waking up with the sun on a beautiful fall day, somewhere in the backcountry, the trees painted orange and red, and silently paddling through the mist that’s hovering over the water and watching it slowly dissipate as the sun rises higher in the sky. It would also probably include a portage because yes, I love the challenge of a good portage. The day would end on a perfect campsite with a beautiful view of the lake and a nice warm pot of mac and cheese sprinkled with Jack Link’s original beef jerky.

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What’s one surprising thing people may not know about you?

I was REALLY good at Guitar Hero. I crushed Free Bird on expert.

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Give us one interesting fact that our fans can bust out at a party!

The word ‘canoe’ originated in the Caribbean. It’s derived from the Indigenous Arawak word “kana:wa” which is what they called their boats. They fashioned dugout canoes out of large silk cotton trees and used them to travel between the Caribbean Islands.