We’re A Tight Team

Calling ourselves a family isn't a stretch. And given the guides’ excitement 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 7th year with Glacier and 3rd year as our river manager.

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

ISAAC

ISAAC KAMINK

Senior Trip Leader

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Lead guide at Glacier Raft Isaac Kamink

ISAAC KAMINK

Isaac has 16 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 10 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 5th 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

SAXON

SAXON KUHLE

Senior Guide

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Whitewater rafting the Kicking Horse River in Golden BC

SAXON KUHLE

Saxon pretty much grew up on the Kicking Horse River! He comes from a family of raft guides and learned to row at a very young age.

Saxon is a local Golden boy so he has a wealth of knowledge about the area. He's skilled and professional and we are so lucky to have him as part of our Glacier Crew!

Alex

Alex Mahoney

Guide

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Raft guide Alex Mahoney on the Kicking Horse River

Alex Mahoney

Alex is returning for his second season at Glacier, 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.

Nick

Nick Ball

Guide

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White water rafting in Golden BC

Nick Ball

This is Nick's second season with Glacier and he has spent the last few years guiding and exploring the rivers of Uganda, Norway, Scotland and Wales. Originally from the UK, he is very excited to spend another summer on the Kicking Horse.

He loves to cook, kayak, climb, ski, and explore the mountains. Nick is also a qualified mountain and climbing guide in the UK and can’t wait to try his skills out in B.C.

NATALIE

NATALIE SANDS

Guide

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Raft Guiding the Kicking Horse in Golden BC

Natalie Sands

Natalie has been on the Kicking Horse River for 2 years, and has been raft guiding for the past 8 years. Growing up in the Yukon, Natalie learned to raft while fighting off moose and grizzlies with her bare hands (her claim, we have yet to verify) and has led 10 day rafting expeditions on the Tatshenshini and Alsek rivers. She has raft guided in New Zealand and is a River Instructor for the NOLS outdoor leadership school.

In her spare time, she enjoys kayaking, snowboarding, strumming her ukulele and picking wild flowers. She is most excited about sharing her love of whitewater with you!

EMMANUEL

EMMANUEL MERCIER

Guide

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Glacier Raft Company guide Emmanuel Mercier

EMMANUEL MERCIER

Emmanuel is back! Emmanuel spent last summer guiding with Glacier, and he is returning for another season on the Kicking Horse.

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 stoked to have him back!

LIZ

LIZ ANSTISS

Senior Guide

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Family Adventure in Golden.

LIZ ANSTISS

Liz is known as the Godmother because of her 20 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

Mat

Mat Kasunich

Guide

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Whitewater rafting in Golden BC on the Kicking Horse River

Mat Kasunich

Mat has been guiding for many years and has worked throughout Canada and internationally.

He loves sharing his passion for being on the water with guests and is excited for another season on the Kicking Horse River. We're excited to have him back!

Dave

Dave Cavanagh

Guide

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Glacier Raft Company in Golden BC guide

Dave Cavanagh

This is Dave's first season guiding with Glacier, but he has guided on multiple different rivers and has years of experience on the water.

In the winter Dave can be found ski guiding at Island Lake Lodge. He's recently relocated to Golden and purchased a really cute house in town. We're super happy to have him on board!

Josh

Josh Dube

Guide

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Glacier Raft Company guide Josh Dube

Josh Dube

Josh has spent the past 5 years guiding on multiple rivers around Fernie, B.C. He loves being on the river and when he's not raft guiding you'll likely find him kayaking, SUPing, or river surfing.

He's a cat skiing guide in the winter, and is passionate about photography and videography. We're happy he decided to make the move to Golden.

Lucinda

Lucinda Noronha

Office Crew

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Lucinda Noronha

This will be Lucinda's second summer with Glacier and we're so happy she's on the team.

She is a great fit for Glacier and Golden given her love of the outdoors, and her extensive experience in the tourism and hospitality industries makes her a valuable member of our crew. She'll be spending as much time as possible this summer exploring with her four legged friend.

Ali

Ali Starchuk

Office Crew

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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.

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.

HARVEY

Harvey Bodashefsky

Driver

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Hiking near Golden, B.C.

Harvey Bodashefsky

Harvey and his family did a road trip through B.C. two summers ago. They stopped in Golden for white water rafting and loved the area so much he immediately put his house up for sale and retired from driving a transit bus which he had done for 37 years. He has no regrets!

He loves skiing, hiking, dogs, motocross and chilling around a campfire with his family.

Jena

Jena LaRoy

Photographer

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Kicking Horse River Golden, BC

Jena LaRoy

Jena completed her Professional Photography Diploma in 2017 and returned back to her beautiful hometown of Golden BC to begin her own full-time photography business. This is her fourth summer being part of the Glacier team and she always looks forward to spending afternoons by the river photographing happy rafters.

When she is not being a photographer, Jena can be found raising her pigs, growing tomatoes, biking, skiing, and just enjoying life... always with her assistant Murphy the wiener dog close by.

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