Guides are handpicked to ensure they have local knowledge, experience, enthusiasm for guiding and a useful skill set such as gourmet cooking, language skills or car maintenance. All guides also have an 80 hour wilderness first responder certification.
Sean is the owner of West Coast Wonders. Born in Vancouver, he was raised in the UK. In his twenties he travelled the world then returned to Canada to live the life of a ski bum in Whistler. Back in England in the 1990s he completed his formal education with master's degrees in both political philosophy and United States studies. This lead to a successful career as a politics and history teacher but eventually the lure of this magnificent province called him back.
Sean has a passion for showing people around the places he knows and loves and for introducing people to new places and experiences. After three years working for Whistler Discovery Tours it was time to go it alone and truly fulfill this passion and love for the outdoors and so West Coast Wonders was born.
Sean sees BC through the eyes of both a tourist and a native. In this way he knows what visitors are looking for when they tour the province but has insights and knowledge that only the local can have. Sean is an ACMG Assistant Hiking Guide and a wilderness first responder. He looks forward to welcoming you to British Columbia.
Bree hails from Alberta, where she grew up hiking, skiing, canoe-tripping and climbing in the Rockies. These early experiences forged the path into becoming the environmental educator and guide she is today. Since 2008, Bree has guided wilderness pursuits in western Canada, Nicaragua, and Peru.
For the past two years, Bree has been living full time in the Rockies working for Alberta Parks, where she helped launch a backcountry skills program and organized multiday patrols through remote wilderness areas. These opportunities have deepened Bree’s belief that people will love that which they know, and protect that which they love.
This summer, Bree is excited to trade in her uniform for the opportunity to guide you along the coastlines and mountain ridges of B.C. She spent many childhood summers with her grandfather exploring the Sunshine Coast — it is an honour for her to be guiding in this special landscape. Bree will be the lead guide on our women only programme of hikes.
Bree holds a degree in Environmental Studies and International Development, is an ACMG Assistant Hiking Guide, a Wilderness First Responder and a member of the Search and Rescue Association of Alberta. She speaks fluent English and Spanish, and is a folk musician should you care to be serenaded!
Peter's career has taken him down several paths, from a stint in the military, to a degree in Engineering, to life in a Tanzanian National Park working for a well known wildlife conservation trust. But the lure of endless white-capped mountains and the pristine pacific ocean enticed Peter to BC where he can live his passions everyday and share his love of wild untouched places with others. He spends every possible moment exploring and adventuring in the backcountry on skis, in a kayak, trail running, climbing or surfing.
Having spent part or all of the last 4 summers in Scotland and Norway, guiding hiking or sea-kayaking trips for companies including National Geographic Adventures, Peter is very excited to be back guiding on the West Coast of BC and living in Squamish. An accomplished hiker, kayaker, ski mountaineer, and guide, Peter is always up for a new adventure, the more remote the better. His down to earth, relaxed demeanour and wealth of experience make him a great companion in the mountains or on the sea. In the winters he works as a ski guide for several heli-ski operators and backcountry ski-touring lodges. Peter speaks fluent Spanish and conversational French alongside English.
Ro, originally from the East coast, has settled in British Columbia and made Whistler her home as she believes it is where she can best fulfill her passion for an outdoor lifestyle. Equally at home on the water or on land Ro has an Outdoor Recreation degree from Brock University in Ontario. As an outdoor guide and educator, she is passionate about sharing her love for the wilderness and how to live a simple life.
Leading through example, Ro enjoys sharing her knowledge through stories and connecting with the clients on a personal level, creating a strong community. She has experience in canoe trips and backpacking-including a section of the Appalachian trip. During her free time she paddle boards, snowboards and bikes. Ro holds a Wilderness First Responder certification and also speaks fluent German and conversational French.
Michael is a dual national American/Canadian who grew up paddling on the Mississippi. He's used these years of canoe tripping experience to help make a career out of guiding where he has done numerous trips on the famous Nahanni River. He is also an ACMG Assistant Hiking Guide and wants to continue on this path with expertise in two areas. Living in Alberta but soon to be a native of Squamish, Michael is looking forward to getting to know the coast as well as he does the Rockies.
Bev is Sean's wife and runs the office and admin when Sean and the other guides are on trail. You may get to hear from her during the busy months of July and August when all the guides are out on trips. She also sometimes acts as shuttle driver when needed.