STRATTON OUTDOORS LTD.
Your wilderness adventure starts here
The People Behind Stratton Outdoors Ltd.
Owner Michael Stratton on the
Shubenacadie River heading out to
meet the in-coming tidal bore.
Michael taking his 82 year old
grandmother for a dog sled ride.
Owner Michael Stratton on the
Shubenacadie River heading out to
meet the in-coming tidal bore.
Owner Michael Stratton on the
Shubenacadie River heading out to
meet the in-coming tidal bore.
Cover girls Amanda (left) and Star
(right) - ready for winter sledding.
Michael Stratton:   Michael is the owner and operator of Stratton Outdoors Ltd.  He was born in Ontario, but was raised in Nova Scotia and has become an avid outdoors enthusiast. From kayaking to mountain pack horse trips, he has done it all. When younger, he was involved in scouting and spent weekends with friends fly fishing, rock climbing, hiking, and canoeing. As a volunteer fire fighter he increased his experience in areas such as wilderness rescue and medical first response, upon which he has continued to build a solid foundation of expertise to include certifications as a Wilderness First Responder, National Life Guard, and Canadian Ski Patroller.  After graduating with honors from the Nova Scotia Community College's Recreational Leadership program, he worked as a Recreation Director, and then moved on to Sport Nova Scotia. This experience was expanded upon when he began working in Adventure Therapy for youth at risk. Over the next number of years, in various provinces and in various positions, Michael worked as a Wilderness Expedition Guide. After much experience, he started his own company, Stratton Outdoors Ltd.  This company initially provided expedition guiding, wilderness interpretation, and wilderness survival training, and managed various adventure companies. Finally, Michael discovered his true passion - dog sledding - and has guided numerous multi-day dog sledding adventures in Ontario's Algonquin Park. Michael now owns Snowpak Kennels, a kennel of working sled dogs, which provides dog sledding tours from the kennel and throughout Nova Scotia.  Michael also owns Whitewater Adventures, which provides Tidal Bore Rafting trips on the Shubenacadie River.  He is also the Head of Mountain Safety at Ski Wentworth.

Amanda Stratton:  Amanda is Michael's "better half" and is a graduate of the Nova Scotia Agriculture College's program in Enterprise Management: Companion Animals (this College is now part of Dalhousie University and is known as the Faculty of Agriculture, Truro Campus).  Amanda has extensive experience in handling and caring for animals.  Following graduation she ran her own pet service's business for several years and became well versed in dealing with both animals and the pet-owning public. After that Amanda spent some time working as a vet assistant, where she gained valuable skills in caring for animals and identifying their health needs.  All of these skills are great assets for helping Mike with Snowpak Kennels and handling the sled dogs.  Amanda also keeps the company's Facebook sites up-to-date.  Amanda presently works as an Administrative Support Clerk at Colchester County's balefill operation where, among many things, she runs the Solid Waste Helpline.

Shelby Cole:  Shelby is Mike's key Adventure Guide.  She was raised on a dairy farm in Middle Musquodoboit, Nova Scotia and has worked on a variety of farms.  This has allowed her to develop skills in handling a number of breeds of animals, as well as various pieces of heavy farm equipment - skills that have proven very useful working with Stratton Outdoors Ltd. Shelby is a sports enthusiast who enjoys baseball, basketball, soccer, snowboarding, show-shoeing, hiking, and camping.  She has worked as a canoe counsellor for 4-H kids at Camp Rankin in St. Peters and is a graduate from a para-medicine course in Charlottetown, PEI.  She is presently a pro ski patroller at Ski Wentworth and has worked for both Whitewater Adventures and Snowpak Kennels for the past several seasons. Shelby has developed exceptional tidal bore rafting and dog sledding skills and is equally at home motoring her boat full of clients up the Shubenacadie River and running her dog sled team and passengers through the Nova Scotia woods.  She looks forward to meeting new river rafters and dog sledders.
Shelby getting ready for Tidal Bore
Rafting on the Shubenacadie River
(above) and testing her dog sled
before hooking up the team (below).