Testimonials


Here's what people have to say about our guided hikes:

Sunday, August 16, 2015
Walcott Quarry

We loved the hike! Rob and Kathy were amazing guides, patient with the group in teaching us about the site and in guiding hikers of different abilities and speed. The rain made the path difficult to traverse, but the guides broke up the ascent well with times to rest and to learn. Well worth the effort!
Scheduling was also easy when we phoned on April 1. It's always nice to speak with someone in person when signing up for guided tours.

L.M.
Saturday, August 8, 2015
Mount Stephen Fossil Beds

Thanks for a great day. My kids, my spouse and I had a great time. I was impressed by Hugh's knowledge and willingness to share the knowledge - only out-done by his willingness to listen to my daughter babble on for hours while he coaxed her up the mountain. He was the best guide that I have ever had on any similar outing ...

B.M.
Thursday, August 6, 2015
Walcott Quarry

The hike was excellent, and our guide, Geoff, did a stellar job. He competently explained the basics of geology, plate tectonics, the geological time scale, fossilization, the Cambrian Explosion and the significance of the Burgess Shale. He is also up on recent literature on the topic. We had some great discussions.

B.B.
Tuesday, August 4, 2015
Geo-Walk

Geoff was a very knowledgeable and personable guide. He answered questions in a way that made sense to someone with little geological background, yet provided substantial technical information. He made the walk worthwhile.

M.K.
Monday, August 3, 2015
Mount Stephen Fossil Beds

Thank you for providing such an amazing educational and hiking experience.
I was particularly impressed with the background knowledge and teaching skills of our guide, Geoff, who got us safely up Mt Stephen on Monday and back down again. We had detailed and engaging conversations about convergent evolution, the history of the Walcott quarry and related discoveries, the controversies about Stephen Jay Gould's book, and new findings in the Marble Canyon site. Geoff was definitely the magical ingredient that made the trip memorable. My 13 year old son really learned a lot and will be talking about it for years to come. He particularly liked the activity at the end, where fossilized trilobites from Cranbrook were available to be opened by each hiker, and could be brought home as souvenirs...
I will be recommending this hiking and interpretive activity to my colleagues and friends with kids who are interested in dinosaurs or other topics.

G.D.
Sunday, August 2, 2015
Mount Stephen Fossil Beds

I found the day to be fantastic and would do it again tomorrow... Geoff was great - the pace was just right, he delivered the perfect amount of information, and breaking open the fossilized shale was a nice added touch. I enjoyed being with the family group and I am glad you offer that option - I will bring my kids one day. Thanks for the follow up email and further reading links.

K.L.
Saturday, August 1, 2015
Mount Stephen Fossil Beds

The hike was amazing!! Really mind blowing. Our guide Malcolm was fantastic, informative, patient with everyone and set a good pace. His lessons were great and his geology knowledge really contributed to the experience. The kids also enjoyed the fossil rock breaking experience.
Recommendations from the boys are a zip line from the shale down to Field or a teleportation device directly to the Truffle Pig.

W.K.
Thursday, July 30, 2015
Geo-Walk

Our whole family enjoyed the Geo-Walk. Geoff, the scientist/tour guide was great. He gave a lot of educational information, and conveyed it in an understandable and entertaining way... it was nice to see and touch actual specimens and models of the Burgess Shale fossils in the classroom. We also liked that we could crack open our own fossil trilobite at the end of the tour and have a souvenir to take home.
Thank you, and we will definitely recommend your tour to anyone we know traveling to the Canadian Rockies.

A.D.
Sunday, July 26, 2015
Mount Stephen Fossil Beds

The guide, Cam, was excellent, very knowledgeable. The climb was a difficult one. The breaks were set up very well.
What would have made the experience even better? An elevator.
Everything was great, could not have been done better.

C.M.
Saturday, July 25, 2015
Helen Lake

Helen Lake was an outstanding hike.
What went well: everything! Extremely knowledgeable guide (Rob), very good pace, care taken of everyone, good decisions made re. weather and where to have breaks accordingly, excellent explanations on what we were seeing, very thorough and clear accompanying booklet (that I have read and re-read since…), tons of information on local Native tribes, plants and animals etc...

V.M.
Saturday, July 25, 2015
Helen Lake

The Helen Lake Stromatolites hike was a great experience. Our leader, Rob, was excellent. He made sure everyone was comfortable and explained the geology of the land very well. The pace set was good and breaks were taken to keep the group comfortable and to explain what we were seeing in the forest as well as the rocks around us.

J.M.
Monday, July 20, 2015
Walcott Quarry

... My guide was more than understanding (about my need to go slowly) and made sure I was able to fully experience the entire hike while also ensuring that those faster in the group had lots to talk about and were not held back. I felt she did a fantastic job of balancing everyone's needs. She was exceptionally well informed, humorous, and we had a fabulous time. I would do it again in the future, or maybe try the Mt Stephen hike. ...Annie is a first class guide.

K.T.
Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Geo-Walk

Geoff our guide was extraordinary! He's passionate about the fossils and his work, and he communicates very easily with the youngest and oldest on the tour. Highest marks to him.

MS
Thursday, July 9, 2015
Walcott Quarry

... Annie is very knowledgeable, and of course, Kathy is too. It was not as strenuous as I was afraid it would be - but we took our time getting there. The views of glaciers, waterfalls, lakes, etc were spectacular. I appreciated that Annie pointed out the local geology and explained it to us - a great geoscience experience! Getting to see the Burgess shale up close and personal like that with just our group was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Seeing the mountain goats at the site was a bonus. Annie and Kathy were both great. I would recommend this trip to anyone and will to everyone I can.

BB
Thursday, July 9, 2015
Walcott Quarry

... The stops and talks along the way were very informative and adapted to the interests of the participants - we learned a lot! We really enjoyed Annie's and Kathy's personalities, wealth of knowledge and sense of humor. They definitely added to the experience... It was a fantastic experience all around.

B.H.
Monday, July 6, 2015
Walcott Quarry

The whole hike and experience was awesome. Hugh and Gary looked after our group extremely well and very professionally!
Please give special note and thanks to Hugh. His enthusiasm and sincerity not only at the start, but during the day and especially at the end of a long hike was great!! He also took the time to explain, discuss and visit with every member of the group. Finally, and not least, he explained very professionally, in geological terms and common terms, all our questions (mostly mine), regarding fossils, mountain formations and the many geological periods...

PDM
Monday, July 6, 2015
Walcott Quarry

... Hugh was gracious and good-natured and in fact, made us all feel as though we were in a lively seminar group. I guess that’s really what it was. We all learned a great deal more than we knew at the outset. He is a terrific teacher. Gary was an unassuming, gentle force at the back ...giving me almost wordless moral support as well as the physical support of his poles, which made a great difference. Both these men were like bookends keeping a pace that we could manage with never a hint of frustration...

JS
Sunday, July 5, 2015
Walcott Quarry

The hike was extremely enjoyable! Our guide, Hugh, was absolutely amazing. He was very knowledgeable, easygoing and funny. His passion for the outdoors was very evident and this made the hike even more enjoyable. Just as this hike was highly recommended to me, I will be recommending it to others. I will also be recommending Hugh as a guide. Thanks for a great experience!

LT
Saturday, July 4, 2015
Walcott Quarry

We had an outstanding time on our recent hike. Our guides, Cam and Malcolm, were exceptional. They were warm, engaging and very informative. The weather cooperated fully as well which helped immeasurably I’m sure! We were very impressed with the quality of the experience, and all of our interactions from booking to re-confirming and logistics were fantastic. The preparation materials were very clear and prepared us well for what to expect.

AG
Saturday, July 4, 2015
Geo-Walk

We thoroughly enjoyed the Geo-walk. Kathy was an inspiration. She is so enthusiastic and extremely well versed in the material that the whole experience was excellent... Perhaps a telescope (or binoculars)would be helpful to let people see the actual shale area on the mountain in close up.

J.S.
Friday, July 3, 2015
Mount Stephen Fossil Beds

We had a great hike, thanks in part to really nice weather. It was a lot steeper than anticipated, but everyone made it, even a 5-year old... thanks in part to the good pacing and patience of our guides, Cam and Rob. It was Cam's first tour as a full guide, and he did well. Rob, although he was staying out of the spotlight, was clearly very experienced and knowledgeable. My children and I enjoyed every minute of it.

KJC
Friday, July 3, 2015
Mount Stephen Fossil Beds

The hike was wonderful. It was quite steep as expected and we were very proud and excited that our little 5 year old made it the whole way in and out without being carried. Our guides were simply amazing. We believe this was a contributing factor to our little one’s perseverance. If not for them I doubt he would have made it. Cam and Rob were caring, kind and knowledgeable. They were also fun to talk to...

The Hamiltons
Friday, July 3, 2015
Walcott Quarry

I would like to comment that our tour guide, Hugh, was excellent. His passion, energy and knowledge about the Burgess Shale and related topics was enlightening and entertaining and he proved to be a more than capable guide in safely navigating us to the Burgess Shale and back.

CT
Monday, June 29, 2015
Mount Stephen Fossil Beds

I wanted you to get some immediate feedback on how impressed by the hike and the guide we were. My boys loved Hugh - he was so good at keeping the kids engaged and also bringing a lot of educational content extending across a wide variety of scientific disciplines into the experience.
We will definitely be coming back and we have already made recommendations to friends and family. More to come when I'm not typing with thumbs!!

M, A & M
Saturday, June 27, 2015
Geo-Walk

We thought the Geo-Walk was well organised and advertised ... Kathy was very knowledgeable and tried to explain and put things into perspective. A lot to take in during the afternoon. Catered for all learning styles and we enjoyed breaking up rocks to find our own fossils ... I think that it was good value for money and we enjoyed ourselves.

F & T