About TrailBlazer Tours


To become the most trusted outdoor adventure company in the Northwest Territories by offering unsurpassed hospitality and high-quality, authentic tour options for all our clients.

To build a team of passionate, like-minded employees and encourage each to develop their strengths and empower them to reach their full potential.


To see people reconnect with the environment and create fond memories that last long after the adventure ends.

To build a company that operates from a posture of excellence, valuing honesty and integrity as foundational pillars. 

Our Team

Ian Ellsworth

Ian is the co-owner and founder of Trailblazer Tours. Prior to this, he spent his career as a Conservation Officer in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut. Ian has had the privilege to work and live all across the North and is an avid outdoorsman with a passion for hunting and fishing. He and his family have resided in Yellowknife since 2011.

In addition to Trailblazer Tours, Ian owns and operates a consulting business (Trinity Tactical Consulting Ltd.) Ian is a certified self defence instructor and teaches a variety of safety related courses. He is a graduate of the Renewable Resource Technology Program.

Ian is actively involved in wildlife management and specializes in aerial net gunning. He has captured, sampled and collared numerous species including woodland, barren ground and mountain caribou, as well as moose, elk, mountain goats, bison and wolves.

Nadine Ellsworth

Nadine is co-owner of Trailblazer Tours and has lived in the north for over 30 years. She loves the outdoors and has the gift of hospitality. Nadine has a background in Early Childhood Education and prior to her tourism endeavour, worked for the Government.

Nadine is very outgoing and loves to meet new people and make them feel at home. Nadine thrives in the outdoors and enjoys, camping, fishing, hunting, snowmobiling, boating, nature hikes and cooking for guests. Nadine manages “behind the scenes” and keeps things running smoothly!

Chris Ellsworth

Chris joined the Trailblazer team in 2023 after working as a highways foreman for a

number of years. Chris has a heavy equipment background and can operate

any piece of equipment. He is a great mechanic and keeps our fleet maintained

and in top condition.Chris loves the outdoors and is always up for an adventure.

He is an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoys sharing his knowledge with others.

Chris is very safety conscious and provides the utmost in care to our clients.

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