Born and raised in Trail, BC, Russell grew up with a love for the outdoors. The idea for Backroad Mapbooks came into existence when Russell and his brother, Wesley, were exploring the Lower Mainland of BC in 1993. Frustrated with the mess of outdated and incomplete maps available, one thing led to another until the map book idea was spawned.
When he isn’t busy sifting through the newest information in outdoor recreation for Backroad Mapbooks, Russell is involved in helping establish new recreational opportunities like the Okanagan Rail Trail. He is also co-owner of Algonquin Bound, a leading canoe and camping outfitter servicing Algonquin Park, and he loves to get outside and test the latest BRMB products and mapbooks, whether it is camping, hiking, fishing, hunting or otherwise exploring.
What is your most memorable outdoor experience?
Fishing with my childhood buddies in Trail Creek.
If you hadn’t founded BRMB, what would you be doing?
Running an adventure tourism tour company.
Coffee or tea?
Name a movie that gave you nightmares as a kid.
What country would you like to live in other than Canada?
If physical possibility weren’t an issue, would you rather live in outer space or under the sea?
Under the sea.
If your kids could describe you in one word, what would it be?
What would you choose as your theme song?
Home for a Rest.
Fishing or hunting?
Best BRMB memory?
Being known as one of the brothers who opened up the backcountry for the average outdoor enthusiast.
What BRMB product are you most looking forward to using and why?
BRMB/Backcountry Canada Web Map and App. We have simplified and vastly improved upon the original BRMB Navigator and are very excited to let outdoor enthusiasts see all the improvements, data and amazing features this product has to offer.