We’re A Tight Team

Calling ourselves a family isn't a stretch. And given the guides’ enthusiasm at showing off their wetsuit chafe you could probably argue we know each other better than most families do.

Jokes aside, we’ve spent lots of time together as most of us have worked at Glacier for many years.

We care about each other a lot, and given the knowledge, experience, passion, professionalism and camaraderie we share, we’re extremely proud of our rafting 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 15 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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CARMEN NARANCSIK

Carmen will be the first smiley face you see when you arrive. As owner and 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

MIKE

MIKE REEDER

River Manager

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River Manager for Glacier Raft Company

MIKE REEDER

Mike is one of those people you always want to have around. He's dependable, hard working and has the best sense of humour. This is his 6th year with Glacier and 2nd year as our river manager.

He’s an amazing raft guide and exceptional kayaker and has spent the past few winters working in Argentina and New Zealand as a raft guide, and paddling in Ecuador and India. We are truly fortunate to have him as part of our team, and you'll understand why as soon as you meet him.

“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

ISAAC

ISAAC KAMINK

Lead Senior Guide

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Lead guide at Glacier Raft Isaac Kamink

ISAAC KAMINK

Isaac has 15 years of experience on the Kicking Horse, and has rightly earned the nickname 'River Master'.

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 obvious 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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Lead guide at Glacier Raft Company Jair Stolz

JAIR STOLZ

It’s hard to find a happier guide! Jair has been with us for 9 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 recently constructed a beautiful yurt where he lives off the grid with his family, and is currently in the process of building an earthship. Ask him about it - it's pretty amazing!

“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

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 4th 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’ 7th year working on the Kicking Horse River, 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

Mike

Mike McCreary

Guide

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Mike McCreary

This will be Mike's second year working with Glacier, making him the newest member of our team. He spent the 3 summers prior to being in Golden guiding on the Chilliwack and Thompson Rivers.

Mike loves snowboarding, mountain biking, cycling, kayaking, climbing, travelling and yoga. He has brought a lot of positive energy to our team and we're happy to have him as a member of our crew!

LAWRENCE

LAWRENCE BRENNAN

Guide

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LAWRENCE BRENNAN

Although Lawrence is a rookie to Glacier this summer, he has years of experience raft guiding in the Yukon Territory.

He has spent the last four winters in Victoria, splitting his time between completing a Biology B.Sc and exploring the rivers of Vancouver Island in a whitewater kayak.

New to town, Lawrence is excited to become a Golden local, and we're excited to have him join the Glacier Crew!

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 13 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

GORD

GORD BUNSTON

Senior Guide

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GORD BUNSTON

Gord is back! Gord spent time guiding with Glacier back in 2008, and he is returning for this summer.

A seasoned raft guide, swift water rescue instructor, paramedic and all round safety conscious guy, we're stoked to have him back on our roster.

LIZ

LIZ ANSTISS

Senior Guide

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Family Adventure in Golden.

LIZ ANSTISS

Liz is known as the Godmother because of her 19 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 three beautiful kids, and she’s our guest star on busy days when we need a few more guides to help out. We always look forward to the times 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

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 5 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

NATHANIEL

Nathaniel Friesen

Driver

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NATHANIEL FRIESEN

Nathaniel has been driving with Glacier for 2 seasons. He has a positive personality and always sees the best in people.

He has a beautiful wife Brittany and 7 month old son Judah. Nate grew up in Clear Hills County Alberta on a cattle ranch, but has lived in Golden since 2010. He loves spending time with friends and family, snowboarding, bmx and calisthenics.

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. This is Laura's third summer with Glacier.

Angela

Angela Lanno

Office Staff

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ANGELA LANNO

Angela loves Golden! This is her first season with Glacier but she's recently purchased a house here in town. She works at Mountain Sports Distribution in the winter months and really enjoys the outdoors. She'll be one of the friendly folks you meet when you call, email or arrive for your rafting trip!

Mareike

Mareike Michele

Office Staff

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Mareike Michele

This is Mareike's first summer with Glacier and we're happy to have her onboard.

She will be starting her final year of Anthropology with a Double Minor in Art History and Education next fall, and she enjoys spending time weaving, learning languages and hiking.

Originally from Germany, Mareike loves spending time in the outdoors and she's excited to be in Golden for its fun atmosphere and beautiful scenery.

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