Meet Your 2017 Staff
Taj has made Quadra her home since early 2010 and is passionate about west coast beauty & culture. She considers herself blessed to be living in a hiking and kayaking wonderland.
Tony comes to us from his homeland of Cape Breton Nova Scotia. He has travelled to British Columbia in pursuit of following his dream of being a guide on the west coast. Tony brings a positive, professional, and enthusiastic leadership style to QIK, along with a very unique east coast twist! Tony is a graduate of Capilano University's Advanced Wilderness Leadership Program. His previous work experience was in Nova Scotia with Salty Bear Adventure Travel. Be sure to ask Tony about his expertise at tying luggage onto vans for high speed highway travel! Tony is certified through the Sea Kayak Guides Alliance of British Columbia as an Assistant Overnight Guide and also has his Swift Water Rescue 1 certification. This is a man to know! He love the outdoors, he loves people and he loves working with Quadra Island Kayaks!
Originally an east coaster (often heard saying "Stay where your at and I'll come where you're to"), made her way west three years ago. She began her paddling adventures in New Zealand inspiring her to continue education in Adventure Tourism in Newfoundland.
After receiving her diploma out east the wild west called and she found her way to Quadra Island. Christine routinely has the "love giggles" and thoroughly enjoys the colourful characters that cross her path. Ask Christine about inter-tidal zones and marine biology and you will be surely entertained and delighted.
As an avid camper since childhood, Chris went on to expand his outdoor survival skills through 10 years in the Canadian military. After leaving the military he decided it was time for something new, and enrolled in the North Island Collage Coastal Adventure Tourism program. Since graduating he went on to become a bear viewing guide on the northern coast of BC. Never one to say no to a challenge, Chris is always finding new ways to have adventures. He is a SKGABC certified Assistant Overnight Guide, and is excited to be able to take you out on the water!
Originally from the East Kootenays, Rachel grew up with a passion for the wilderness spending most of her time outside hunting, fishing and camping with her family. She discovered sea kayaking in her travels in New Zealand after highschool which inspired her to take the Coast Adventure Tourism program at North Island College in 2007/2008. Her guiding career has taken her from Salt Spring Island to Haida Gwaii and many places in between, now calling Quadra Island home for the summer. Rachel also works with youth at an outdoor education center every fall and spring. In her spare time she enjoys sailing, cycling and wildcrafting.