We’re A Tight Team

With the majority of our staff returning year after year, everyone at Glacier Raft Company is more like family than a group of colleagues.  

Given the whitewater rafting knowledge, experience and passion, as well as the professionalism and camaraderie, we’re extremely proud of our crew.

RYAN

RYAN JOHANNESEN

Owner/Senior Trip Leader

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A boatload of repeat guests to Glacier Raft Company

RYAN JOHANNESEN

Ryan has performed many different roles at Glacier over the last 14 years.  Starting out as a guide and river manager, Ryan is now the proud owner.  Guiding is still his passion, but on any given day you can see him taking reservations, driving the bus, barbequing at lunch or chatting with guests.  An accomplished snowboarder and videographer, Ryan has happily found his home here in Golden.

“Ryan was so cool and calm at seeing us through.  We had a lot of fun and can’t wait to come back” DarrenEdmoton_ab, Trip Advisor

CARMEN

CARMEN NARANCSIK

Owner/Office Manager

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Rafting in the wilderness.

CARMEN NARANCSIK

Carmen will be the first smiley face you see when you arrive.  As the office manager she’s in charge of many aspects of the Glacier show, and she’s always there to help in any way she can.

Carmen moved to Golden planning to stay for a ski season, but quickly realized she didn’t want to leave.  From skiing and skating, to biking and hiking Carmen loves being outdoors as much as she can.

“Carmen was friendly and so helpful in booking, and any questions or concerns were addressed right away.” Darrick W, Trip Advisor

ISAAC

ISAAC KAMINK

River Manager

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The pyramid formation in the raft.

ISAAC KAMINK

Isaac has 13 years of experience on the Kicking Horse, and he has been our River Manager for the last 6 years.  Isaac is the ultimate outdoorsman and he possesses a wealth of knowledge about the mountains and rivers in this area.   His respect for the natural environment is apparent and his enthusiasm for what he does has our returning guests requesting him year after year.

“Our guide Isaac was just the greatest.  He was engaging and funny and told us exactly what we needed to do.  He had plenty of interesting stories and there was never a dull moment the whole time.” Courtneyyyyy, Trip Advisor

JAIR

JAIR STOLZ

Senior Trip Leader

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Senior guide Jair Stolz.

JAIR STOLZ

It’s hard to find a happier guide!  Jair has been with us for 7 years now, and you can always count on him for a smile.  Jair has an impressive amount of energy and he’s incredibly handy.  From wood working and sewing to automotive repairs, we’re always turning to Jair for something.  He has recently constructed a beautiful yurt where he lives off the grid with his family in the Blaeberry Valley.

“Our guide was Jair who was great.  He was knowledgeable, friendly and you could tell he loved his job.  When you have a guide who truly enjoys what they are doing it is contagious and makes the whole experience that much better.” Darrick W, Trip Advisor

MIKE

MIKE REEDER

Senior Trip Leader

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Cheers and fist pumps for huge white water rapids

MIKE REEDER

Mike is one of the newest member of our team, having worked with us for the past 4 years.  You would think he has been with us for a lot longer given his knowledge of the river and camaraderie with the crew.  He’s an exceptional kayaker and has spent the past two winters working in Argentina and New Zealand as a raft guide.   He recently graduated from U Vic, and we couldn’t be happier to have him back on the river this summer.

“Big thanks to Mike the rafting guide who made our day great and made one more check mark on my bucket list.” CLay05, Trip Advisor

DARREN

DARREN TRAPP

Senior Guide

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Hanging the feet over the front while hitting a wave.

DARREN TRAPP

Darren is a solid member of our crew.  Having worked with us on the Columbia River and Toby Creek in Fairmont Hot Springs, he has now found his way north to Golden for his 2nd year on the Kicking Horse.  His river sense, positive outlook, sense of humour and humble demeanour makes Darren an awesome guy to have around.  You might even recognize his face from a popular Canadian television show… The first season of Amazing Race Canada!

“We knew we were in good hands. The funny but knowledgeable trip guide, Darren, put us at ease with the focus on safety.” Karen T, Trip Advisor

KRIS

KRIS KING

Senior Guide

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High water in June on the Kicking Horse River.

KRIS KING

This will be Kris’ 5th year working on the Kicking Horse, but he has been guiding for many more with experience on the Kootenay River and Toby Creek.  Kris has worked with River Watch which is a program that provides educational river trips for school students, and he is a very positive presence in our community.  From organizing events to planning festivals, Kris brings a lot of life to our town.

“Wonderful experienced staff, especially our guide Kris…Thanks for making  us feel like family.” Vicki T, Trip Advisor

CHAD

CHAD NOGLER

Senior Trip Leader

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Rafting in August on the Kicking Horse River.

CHAD NOGLER

Chad has been with us for the past 12 years.  His experience and river sense make him an invaluable member of the Glacier team, and he’s always watching out for his guests to make sure they have the best day possible.  Chad spends his winters on Vancouver Island where he just finished his degree in Social Work.  An avid reader and hockey enthusiast, Chad’s presence is irreplaceable.

“Our guide, Chad, was awesome, he showed us all the tricks to enjoy the rapids to the fullest.  I was a little nervous starting out, but Chad was attentive and always looking out for the safety of his rafters.” Vacation_Maven7, Trip Advisor

EVAN

EVAN PITMAN

Senior Trip Leader

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A team of rafters coming through Roller Coaster rapids.

EVAN PITMAN

This is Evan’s 6th season with Glacier.  His calm personality, positive outlook and solid work ethic make Evan a key member of our team.  An Aussie by birth, Evan recently received his residency and is on his way to becoming a proud Canadian citizen.  A photographer, home brew master and gardener extraordinaire, everyone loves having Evan around.

“Evan was our guide and he was great!  Obviously very experienced and made our day that much more fun.” KLMRi, Trip Advisor

LIZ

LIZ ANSTISS

Senior Guide

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Family Adventure in Golden.

LIZ ANSTISS

Liz is known as the Godmother because of her 17 years of experience guiding on the Kicking Horse River.  She grew up on the water, as her family used to own Glacier.  Liz is now the proud mom of two handsome boys, and she’s our guest star on busy weekends when we need a few more guides to help out.  We always look forward to the days when she’s around!

“Our guide was Liz. She was fantastic. She was very personable, knew her stuff and did a wonderful job of steering the raft.” YYC_traveler_10, Trip Advisor

MIKE

MIKE ST. DENNIS

Guide

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Class 3 rapids in Golden, BC.

MIKE ST. DENNIS

Mike is the newest addition to the guide roster at Glacier.  Mike spent many years in Alberta in the oil patch but has decided to move to the mountains and chase after his passions.  An extremely happy and friendly guy, Mike is always having fun with his guests on the river!

Eric

Eric Prosloski

Lead Driver

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Our lead driver, Eric, at Glacier Raft Company

Eric Prosloski

Eric keeps everyone at Glacier in line.  Our primary driver and master chef for the past 4 years, Eric makes sure things are running smoothly.  From logistics and scheduling, to organizing and cooking, Eric is thorough and efficient and we love having him around.

“The food – yummm!!  Eric, our chef, made an excellent steak and some terrific salads and dessert.  One heck of a meal.” AlyssaHegel, Trip Advisor

Einar

Einar Hansen

Driver

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Glacier's Driver, Einar, Rock Climbing

Einar Hansen

Einar is returning for his 3rd season with us.  He spent the past two seasons as a member of our office staff, but this year you will see him driving one of our buses.

Originally from Terrace, B.C., Einar completed the Adventure Tourism Business Operations program at the College of the Rockies here in Golden.  During his time off he is always on an adventure somewhere in the mountains.

 

Erin

Erin Narancsik

Driver

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Erin our Driver!

Erin Narancsik

This is Erin’s first season at Glacier Raft Company.  She has spent two winters here working at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, and like so many others she’s decided to stay in Golden a little longer than originally planned.

You will see Erin driving the truck and bus this summer and we are very happy to have her on board!

Laura

Laura Kluz

Office Staff

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Office staff, Laura, surfing in Costa Rica

Laura Kluz

Laura is a ball of positive energy.  Always cheery and enthusiastic, being around Laura makes everyone feel happy.  Guests often comment how pleasant it is dealing with her, and we couldn’t agree more.  Her smile and laugh are infectious and when you meet her we think you’ll know why.

James

James Bergen

Office Staff

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Office staff, James Bergen.

James Bergen

This is James’ first summer with Glacier Raft Company and we’re really happy to have him as part of the team.  Originally from Winnipeg, Manitoba, and an IT technician by trade, he ultimately decided life is too short to not go on an adventure.

After hearing about the backyard Golden, British Columbia holds 2 years ago, he decided to pack pack his bags and check it out.  He’s been here ever since.

James is an adrenaline junky at heart; snowboarding, rafting, biking, cliff jumping and skydiving are some of his interests among many.

Kahli

Kahli Ivey

Office Staff

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Kahli, Dog sledding in Banff.

Kahli Ivey

This is Kahli’s first summer with Glacier.   She’s from the beautiful west coast of Australia and her passion is travelling.

She came to Golden, BC for an authentic Canadian experience, the small town charm, the mind-blowing natural surroundings and the endless outdoor activities right on our doorstep.  She loves exploring our amazing planet, and we’re happy her travels brought her to Golden!

The real stars of the day are the staff at Glacier. There is clearly a great synergy among the staff and they gave off a great vibe that sets the stage for a great experience.

Rusty1964, Trip Advisor