Glacier Raft Company Team

Calling ourselves a family isn't a stretch. And given the guides’ excitement at showing off their wetsuit rashes you could 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 so, SO proud of our rafting crew.

 

A boatload of guests loving their rafting trip with Glacier Raft Company

RYAN

RYAN JOHANNESEN

Owner & Senior Trip Leader

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A boatload of guests loving their rafting trip with 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
Glacier Raft Company Owner Carmen Narancsik

CARMEN

CARMEN NARANCSIK

Owner & Office Crew

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Glacier Raft Company Owner Carmen Narancsik

CARMEN NARANCSIK

Carmen will be one of the smiley faces you see when you arrive. As someone who does a lot behind the scene, 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 downhill and nordic skiing, to hiking and mountain biking, 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
Whitewater Rafting in Golden, BC Canada

Dave

Dave Cavanagh

River Manager

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Whitewater Rafting in Golden, BC Canada

Dave Cavanagh

Dave has guided on multiple different rivers and has years of experience on the water. You'll know he's around if you're laughing all day, and we're so happy he's part of our crew.

In the winter Dave can be found ski guiding at Island Lake Lodge. He has a really cute house in town, an awesome front yard garden, and a little future raft guide named Hank.

“Our guide Dave was just an amazing guy and kept everyone in the raft in very high spirits no matter how cold or wet we were. "Well done Dave, well done" ” ssbuchacher, TripAdvisor
Glacier Raft Company guide Emmanuel Mercier

EMMANUEL

EMMANUEL MERCIER

Senior Trip Leader

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Glacier Raft Company guide Emmanuel Mercier

EMMANUEL MERCIER

Emmanuel is back! Emmanuel has been working with Glacier since 2017, and he is returning for another season on the Kicking Horse River as our Senior Trip Leader.

Emmanuel has as much energy as anyone we know, and his positivity and excitement makes him a lot of fun to be around. You'll no doubt feel his enthusiasm if you spend a day with him on the water and we're so so happy to have him back!

“Phenomenal rafting, good food and a fun guide made for a wonderful trip. Special thanks to Emmanuel and his “grizzly beaver”! ” Cathy D, TripAdvisor
Rafting the Kicking Horse River with Glacier Raft in Golden BC

MIKE

MIKE REEDER

Senior Trip Leader

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Rafting the Kicking Horse River with Glacier Raft in Golden BC

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. Mike has been guiding since 2012 and he's spent all his years with Glacier (lucky us!)

He’s an amazing raft guide and exceptional kayaker and has spent the past few winters working in Chile, Argentina and New Zealand as a raft guide, and paddling in Ecuador and India. We are so 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
Lead guide at Glacier Raft Company Jair Stolz

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 since 2008, 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
Hanging the feet over the front while hitting a wave.

DARREN

DARREN TRAPP

Senior Trip Leader

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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 where he's been guiding since 2013.

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
Raft guide Alex Mahoney on the Kicking Horse River

Alex

Alex Mahoney

Senior Guide

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Raft guide Alex Mahoney on the Kicking Horse River

Alex Mahoney

Alex has been guiding with Glacier since 2017, and he’s been on rivers all his life. He grew up canoeing on prairie rivers before moving to Canmore and taking up kayaking. Since then, he’s kayaked nearly all the whitewater in the Rockies between Waterton and Jasper.

He loves introducing people to the magic of rivers and teaching them to appreciate the beauty of the mountains.

“Our guide Alex was fantastic, knowledgable and fun. He made us feel like a team and was a great leader! ” emmaGolden, TripAdvisor
Whitewater Rafting Kicking Horse River, Golden, B.C.

Luke

Luke Laurin

Senior Guide

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Whitewater Rafting Kicking Horse River, Golden, B.C.

Luke Laurin

Luke is a truly an outdoorsy kind of guy. He has several years of guiding experience, the last few of which have been on the Kicking Horse River.

He has a passion for photography and spends his winters ski guiding at Mike Wiegele Heli Skiing in Blue River. When Luke isn't guiding in the summer you'll find him back out on the river in his kayak, or tearing around one of the mountain biking trails. He takes great care of his guests and is a big asset to our team.

“Luke made us both feel totally at ease despite being nervous and we had the best fun! ” pamrobson, Trip Advisor
Kicking Horse River Guide Haley Wright

Haley

Haley Wright

Senior Guide

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Kicking Horse River Guide Haley Wright

Haley Wright

Haley has been working as a raft guide since 2013, and she's been with Glacier since 2018. Haley works outdoors year round ski guiding, rafting and planting trees.

Her passion is helping to get other people slightly out of their comfort zone in the outdoors, while still having a super fun and safe adventure.

“Haley was so cool, we loved her. It was a memorable experience and everyone should give it a go! You won't regret it” tinytofu, TripAdvisor
Summer rafting Kicking Horse River in Golden BC

Cailen

Cailen Mulligan

Senior Guide

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Summer rafting Kicking Horse River in Golden BC

Cailen Mulligan

Cailen has spent many years on the river. He was the River Manager during his time on the Kananaskis, where we worked before moving to Golden.

Cailen brings a calming and practical presence to the team, and you can always count on him for great insight and ideas. He loves being on the river and we love having him as part of our team.

“Cailen was totally professional, knowledgeable and kept us safe, with a wicked sense of humour. He gave us the confidence to enjoy our trip. Even afterwards back at base he took time to chat to us. At no point did we feel rushed. Definitely an asset to the company. ” David C, Trip Advisor
Family rafting trip in Golden B.C. Canada

Jose

Jose Luis Valdivia Manchego Diaz

Senior Guide

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Family rafting trip in Golden B.C. Canada

Jose Luis Valdivia Manchego Diaz

Jose is the real deal. With 30+ years of rafting experience all around the world, Jose has worked on multiple continents, rafted many different rivers and completed thousands of river descents (many of which were firsts).

He is a professional through and through and brings a high level of experience and enthusiasm. Originally from Peru, Jose now lives in Montreal with his family. He still guides expedition trips in Chile and Peru when he's not spending time with us on the Kicking Horse.

“Shout out for our outstanding guide Jose. He did an amazing job of including our special needs children. We so appreciated that he kept things fun and wild, while all the time showing the utmost care and concern for the kids welfare. On a scale of 1-10, with a birthday party being a 10, the kids said that rafting with Jose was an 11!!! ” Tinglesw, Trip Advisor
Scenic family rafting on Kicking Horse River in Golden BC

RUPERT

RUPERT YEO

Guide

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Scenic family rafting on Kicking Horse River in Golden BC

RUPERT YEO

Rupert is a funny guy. Rupert made his way across the pond several years ago, from England, and his guests always tell us he had them laughing all day long.

Rupert attended the Adventure Tourism and Business Operations program here in Golden, B.C. and he has a real passion for the outdoors. He previously guided on the Toby Creek and Kootenay River south of Golden, and in the winter he works for Golden Alpine Holidays at their backcountry ski lodges.

We're happy to have Rupert back for another summer!

“Our guide Rupert was funny and very capable at managing the raft. He made everyone feel comfortable. ” icsmithyvr, TripAdvisor
White Water Rafting Canadian Rockies in Golden, BC

Ben

Ben Smart

Guide

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White Water Rafting Canadian Rockies in Golden, BC

Ben Smart

Ben is happiest when he's outside. Raft guiding, mountain biking, kayaking, mountain climbing - it's hard to make this guy slow down. He loves travelling around the world in search of the next big climb and often spends his winters as a climbing guide.

Before coming to the Kicking Horse he was a raft guide in Norway on the River Otra. Originally from the UK, we're happy to have Ben here with us in Golden.

“Thanks to the very knowledgeable guides, especially Ben, who was our guide. Super friendly and lots of fun! This experience is worth every dime! I will definitely be back!” ChrissyLou57, TripAdvisor
Scenic family rafting on the Kicking Horse River in Golden BC

Drew

Drew Bryan

Guide

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Scenic family rafting on the Kicking Horse River in Golden BC

Drew Bryan

Drew graduated from the Adventure Tourism Business Operations program at the College of the Rockies here in Golden. From that he developed his passion for river guiding, and spent his first few summers guiding up in Jasper. His most recent summers have been with us on the Kicking Horse River and we're happy he made his way back down to Golden.

Drew is very laid back and easy going, and he's just a really nice person to have around.

“Our guide, Drew, was well qualified, informative and so fun! ” Retiredforgood123, Trip Advisor
Family Adventure in Golden.

LIZ

LIZ ANSTISS

Senior Guide

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Family Adventure in Golden.

LIZ ANSTISS

Liz is known as the Godmother because of her 25+ 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
Backcountry skiing in Golden, British Columbia

Ali

Ali Starchuk

Office Manager

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Backcountry skiing in Golden, British Columbia

ALI STARCHUK

Ali is new to the Glacier team this summer and we're so happy to have her!

She left Vancouver 6 years ago to escape city life, and now biking, skiing, snowboarding and hiking fill her spare time. We know her positive energy and sense of humour will make her a great addition to our team.

“You miss 100% of the cheese you don’t eat” - Wayne Gretzky - Michael Scott” - Ali Starchuk.

Abigail Amendt

ABIGAIL

ABIGAIL AMENDT

Office Crew

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Abigail Amendt

Abigail Amendt

Abigail moved to Golden from Saskatchewan 4 years ago for the ATBO program at the College of the Rockies. As much as she loves Saskatchewan she feels like B.C. is home.

She love to be outdoors and working in places where she gets to help people enjoy the beauty of our giant playground.

She’s not sure what she wants to do for the rest of her life, but she knows it will be in B.C, and hopes she can stay in Golden. At the moment she’s happy welcoming people to our little town and trying to explore all the things the mountains have to offer.

Glacier Raft Company Staff Georgia Phillips

Georgia

Georgia Phillips

Office Crew

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Glacier Raft Company Staff Georgia Phillips

Georgia Phillips

Georgia has lived in Golden since moving here from the UK with her family at age 6. While young in years, she's gained many experiences through her love the of the mountains, and she can't imagine living anywhere else. Georgia divides her time between summer and winter activities - ski coaching for the last 4 years, and working in the rafting industry for the last 5 seasons before joining Glacier this year.

Georgia graduated high school last year, and has shared her time between working and backpacking through SE Asia and Colombia while working out what’s next for her in life.

Andrea Sherriff Golden BC

Andrea

Andrea Sherriff

Office Crew

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Andrea Sherriff Golden BC

Andrea Sherriff

Andrea is awesome! She's been around Golden for a long time so she's a go to person for things to do, places to see and experiences to have. She's worked in the rafting industry for many years and knows the ins and outs of the Kicking Horse River.

She's a proud wife and mama to two great kids. They like escaping in the summer for camping and time at the lake, and in the winter she spends lots of time at the arena.

Always a positive presence, we're so happy Andrea's part of our team!

Glacier Raft Company staff going for a hike

Evelyne

Evelyne Garon

Driver

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Glacier Raft Company staff going for a hike

Evelyne Garon

Originally from Quebec, Evelyne now calls Golden home. As a graduate of the Outdoor Intervention and Adventure Tourism program from the University of Quebec she is a keen adventurer.
Evelyne has organized rafting logistics and transportation for the past 3 summers, and is a dogsledding guide in winter. She is an avid climber, hiker, river runner and traveller. Evelyne is enthused to share her passions and is focused on making the outdoors her home and office.

Glacier Raft Company Staff Matt Zroback

Matt Zroback

Matt Zroback

Driver

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Glacier Raft Company Staff Matt Zroback

Matt Zroback

Matt grew up on a fur tapping line in beautiful northwestern Ontario. He learned at a young age how important nature is to the spirit. Living a lifestyle of fun and adventure, Matt has travelled as much of our beautiful globe as possible. He's living up to the promise he once made to himself to never to leave a stone unturned and to live every day to its fullest.

Matt's first whitewater experience was on the Ottawa River. Having rafted in Ontario, Revelstoke, Mexico, Costa Rica, Peru, France, Switzerland and Indonesia, Matt is super excited to experience our
Kicking Horse River.

Thankful to wake up every morning in Golden, BC, Matt is super excited meet you out there this summer.

Staff at Glacier Raft Company in Golden BC Zoe Schutz

ZOE

Zoe Schultz

Driver

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Staff at Glacier Raft Company in Golden BC Zoe Schutz

ZOE SCHULTZ

Zoe was born in northern Saskatchewan and being from a family of canoe guides, she spent her childhood whitewater paddling. She left the flatlands for the mountains and spent two and a half years living in Banff before moving to Golden last summer. This will be her third season with Glacier as a driver.

During the winter you’ll find Zoe spending as much time as possible on her snowboard; either at Kicking Horse, Lake Louise or out in the backcountry!

glacier raft company driver staff noemie roy

NOEMIE

Noemie Roy

Driver

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glacier raft company driver staff noemie roy

Noemie Roy

As an adventure seeker, Noemie recently completed her first bike-tour, a 7,000 km journey across Canada. During this trip she discovered the magic of Golden, BC and made it her home. Here she began one of her biggest adventures, creating an outdoor gear repair business. She is now helping like-minded adventurers extend the life of their gear and enjoy their favourite activities.

When she is not sewing, you can find her on the local mountain bike trails, practicing her knots at the crag or shredding the slopes of Kicking Horse Mountain Resort. And of course, helping get you to your whitewater rafting adventure.

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