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Whistler couple makes it to Top 10 for dream adventure job

Woods Canada competition paves way for five-month camping odyssey across the country



A young Whistler couple will find out this week if they are to begin an outdoor adventure trip/job of a lifetime.

Magee Walker and Cedric Schell, who met two years ago after being set up on a snowboarding blind-date, are in the Top 10 finalists in the Woods Canada competition to Instagram, Tweet, Snapchat and blog along the Trans Canada Trail for five months.

Woods Canada, an outdoor gear company, will pay $20,000 per person plus all travel costs, accommodations, food and provide a full Woods wardrobe to the winners.

There are three couples and four individuals left now out of a field of 3,800. And this week it's down the wire as the competition narrows in Toronto to the final round of interviews.

"It's just such an unbelievable opportunity," said Schell, a local adventure guide, speaking from Toronto after an early morning flight Tuesday.

The couple didn't hesitate when asked what they would most like to see along the 17,000-km journey if they are lucky enough to be chosen.

"The McKenzie River Trail is the one that stands out to me, I think it would be just a beautiful place," said Schell.

Walker, a freelance writer, was excited to be in the Rockies and get back to the east coast of Canada.

"I haven't been out there since I was really little," she said.

When asked what they think has got them this far, Walker added: "We really represent average typical Canadians. We love being outdoors, but we're not professional base jumpers, and we haven't travelled to every country in the world! We have a sense of adventure that I think a lot of people will be able to relate to."

The other factor is the fact that they're from Whistler - they're already living the outdoor dream to some extent.

"When I lived in Vancouver I always thought people in Whistler were mythical creatures who had figured life out, so maybe they think that," she joked of the judges.

The pair will learn their fate by the end of the week.

Stay tuned to for an update.


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