Adrian Tanner, Member of the Board of Directors of Hike Canada en Marche, representing Newfoundland and Labrador

Adrian has served on the board of Directors of Hike Canada en Marche since the 1990s

Adrian was born in the UK, and some of his earliest memories are of hiking with his family on the South Downs and on Box Hill, both in the south of England. He moved to Canada as a farm worker at the age of 18. He did his undergraduate training at the University of British Columbia, and obtained a PhD in Anthropology at the University of Toronto in 1978. He taught at Memorial University in St John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador for 41 years, until his retirement. He has published one book, edited another. and has numerous academic articles

Adrian has hiked in a number of countries outside Canada, including parts of the Appalachian Trail in the US, as well as in the UK, Nepal, Tibet, Australia and New Zealand.

His experience hiking several of the long distance trails in New Zealand in 1993 so impressed him that, on returning to Canada he helped to found the East Coast Trail Association. Since its founding, the East Coast Trail Association has developed 336 km of the trail. Adrian severed on that association’s board of directors for 22 years, and was vice president for the association’s Land and Legal committee for several years. Today he continues to engage in volunteer activities with the association.

In 2019 he was a recipient of the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers for his work with the East Coast Trail Association