I was born in Peterborough County on a farm and now live on the north side of Algonquin Park. I was lucky enough to spend my summers growing up on Big Island on Cache Lake in the middle of Algonquin Park until I was 16 where our family has had a cottage for over 100 years off the grid. I have many fond memories of camping and Lake Trout and Bass fishing
with my father and two older brothers which we still share and enjoy together today.I attribute my love, understanding and respect for the Natural Environment to my father – a now retired Science teacher who worked for the Dept of Lands and Forest. I also worked as an Ontario Park Ranger clearing/making portages & campsites in Algonquin Park East on the Bonnechere, Barron and Madawaska Rivers based out of Foy Provincial Park, and then as a Gate Attendant and Maintenance at the Selwyn Conservation Area. At 18 I was a Raft Guide for River Run Rafting on the Ottawa River where I enjoyed working with my oldest brother Billy Harris who loves Freestyle Kayaking like no other.I have worked in construction and carpentry, I have earned an Environmental Technician – Protection and Compliance Diploma, I have worked as a small engine and automotive mechanic, and manager in the heavy truck industry all before I decided that a permanent desk job was not for me. I longed to be outdoors again. I was lucky enough to meet John and his family on the West side of Algonquin Park which are the headwaters of the Amable du Fond River.John helped me realize there are great jobs out there that you can enjoy while living in the wilderness off the grid in a relaxing environment. They have kept me very busy over the past 4 years letting me be apart of the Outfitting rentals, retail, and canoe repairs, as well as assisting with the Island Couples Retreat, Algonquin Park must do’s and must see’s, history and wildlife and fisheries knowledge. I thoroughly enjoy being apart of this team and helping other adventurers before and after a trip, and hope to help for many years to come. Of course, if you have any questions about canoes or fishing I will be happy to help. I’m a firm believer in catch and release and no live bait. Hopefully one day I will be able to say I have seen all of Algonquin Park, but being so large I don’t expect that day to come until I’m a very old man!
Voyageur Quest is thrilled to have Malcolm on our team for his fifth season and we look forward to many more. He is VQ’s Customer Service Guru, Canoe Whisperer and Secret Service Fishing Guide. He is an exceptional teacher – always willing to share his knowledge, know-how and passion for Algonquin Park, the canoe – his craft and fishing (though few have managed to ascertain the specific locations for his spectacular catches!) He is, above all, fiercely loyal to exceptional customer service – always providing a wonderful example to us all – professional, polite and patient.