The Kingfisher Team


MEET THE TEAM

The Kingfisher Team


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Meet the Kingfisher Team

It is truly our kayak guides and support staff that make the company. They turn a good trip into a fantastic trip. Most of our kayak guides have been with Kingfisher for years and it is because of them that we have many guests returning year after year.

“It actually felt more like being on a trip with friends than with guides. They were of course great guides, cooks, and paddlers, but it was other things that really made the trip special.” K.A. from USA

All of our kayak guides are certified with the Sea Kayak Guides Alliance of British Columbia. As a company we encourage and support our guides in continually improving their kayaking, interpretive and leadership skills to in turn offer you the best kayaking vacation possible.

Considering joining the Kingfisher team? Check out our employment opportunities page.

Andrew Jones

Owner and Level 3 Kayak Guide

With over 30 years of kayaking on both the east and west coasts of Canada, Andrew eagerly shares his passion for kayaking and the wilderness with our guests. As owner of Kingfisher, Andrew’s goal is to ensure all guests have a fantastic time on whichever trip they choose.

Andrew is a past president of the Sea Kayak Guides Alliance of British Columbia, is president of the North Island Marine Mammal Stewardship Association, chairs the Vancouver Island Tourism Advisory Committee, and is a board member of Tourism Vancouver Island.

Andrew is a Certified Level 3 Sea Kayak Guide with the Sea Kayak Guides Alliance of British Columbia and a Level 1 Sea Kayak Instructor and hold Level 4 Sea Kayak Skills with Paddle Canada.

Wendy Walker

Customer Communications

Kayak Guide - Wendy Walker

Wendy has been calling Vancouver Island her home for over 14 yrs. She started as a Level 2 Guide for Kingfisher in 2012. She has guided in a few places and for several different companies, including Belize and some small vessel tour operators here on Vancouver Island. She is a certified wilderness medical training instructor and a graduate of the NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School) program in Alaska.

After a brief hiatus from Kingfisher, Wendy has returned to handle the sales and customer communications, as well as dealing with organizing the ins and outs of making your kayak tour run as smoothly as possible.

Maurita Gibson

Wonder Woman

Kayak Guide - Maurita Gibson

2021 is Maurita’s fourth season working for Kingfisher. She spent her summers growing up paddling among the islands of Georgian Bay, Ontario. Her first trip to Vancouver Island included a canoe trip in the Broken Group Islands with her family, where she fell in love with the rugged west coast beauty. Maurita is a graduate of the COLT program at Strathcona Park Lodge, and also holds a degree in Applied Human Nutrition from the University of Guelph. She loves traveling, cooking, photography, and any activity that involves the outdoors.

Maurita is certified as an Assistant Overnight Kayak Guide with the Sea Kayak Guides Alliance of BC.

Laurel Archer

Level 3 Kayak Guide

Kayak Guide - Laurel Archer

2022 is Laurel’s seventh season guiding with Kingfisher. She’s always super excited to head to the Broughtons, the Great Bear Rainforest and Haida Gwaii to share some of her favourite BC trips! Currently living on Vancouver Island, Laurel’s paddled rivers and coasts from Central America to Asia, and the Arctic and South Pacific over the past three decades. Besides writing a thesis for her Masters degree in Education, she’s penned three guidebooks. She’s a member of the International Explorers Club and Royal Canadian Geographical Society, inducted for her work exploring and documenting historic and lesser-known waterways and promoting their conservation.

A SKGABC Level 3 Sea Kayak Guide (with a Class 4 Waters Endorsement), Guide Trainer and Examiner and Paddle Canada Level 2 Sea Kayak Instructor, Laurel also works as a river guide and teaches canoeing and kayaking for a number of adventure guide programs.

Alyssa Stapleton

Level 3 Kayak Guide

Alyssa Stapleton - Kayak Guide

Alyssa has been with Kingfisher for the past four seasons and has been Kayak Guiding for over 10 years. She was drinking salt water from day one, having been born and raised alongside the Salish Sea in the Quathet Regional District. Alyssa’s passion for paddling began as a teenager and her passion peaked  when she completed the Canadian Outdoor Leadership Training (COLT) program at Strathcona Park Lodge in 2013. She has since spent her time guiding in the remote coastal waters of British Columbia and the South China Sea.

Alyssa is very excited to connect with you and share the many special places that Kingfisher frequents on their kayaking expeditions. Alyssa is a Certified Level 3 kayak Guide with the Sea Kayak Guides Alliance of British Columbia and a Paddle Canada Level 1 Instructor.

Carter Arlette

Level 3 Kayak Guide

Carter Arlette- Kayak Guide

2022 is Carter’s third season working with Kingfisher, and he is excited to be out on the water in the traditional territories of the Kwakwaka’wakw and Haida First Nations. A lifelong paddler, he migrated from the lakes and rivers of the Rockies to pursue his love of the ocean and coastal exploration. Since landing, he has explored much of the west side of Vancouver Island and the Central Coast.

With a focus on personal connections to wildlife, natural environments and historical spaces, Carter looks to promote our respectful and informed interaction with the peoples, lands and animals we visit on our trips.

A certified Level 3 Kayak Guide and Guide Trainer with the Sea Kayak Guides Alliance of BC, Carter also holds a degree in Eco-Tourism and Outdoor Leadership from Mount Royal University, has had a thriving career as an outdoor educator, and is a pre-service teacher at Vancouver Island University.

Sarah Hauser

Level 3 Kayak Guide

Kayak Guide - Sarah Hauser

Sarah has worked on and off for Kingfisher for the last 11 years or so, but who’s counting. Sarah started kayak guiding after completing the Canadian Outdoor Leadership Training, COLT, program based on Vancouver Island. In fact this is what brought Sarah to Vancouver Island. Sarah grew up in Ontario and summers were spend on canoe trips with her family. This is where her love for the outdoors began. During the COLT program Sarah discovered the West Coast of Canada and fell in love with it. Sarah has been kayak guiding and instructing on the west coast from Bella Bella south to Victoria. She has also spend a few winters in the Baja and last austral summer guiding off a ship in Antarctica.

Sarah is a Certified Level 3 kayak Guide and Guide trainer with the Sea Kayak Guides of British Columbia and a Paddle Canada Level 2 Instructor.

Julien Cassells

Level 2 Kayak Guide

Guide - Julien Cassels

2022 is Julien’s fifth season guiding with Kingfisher. Originally from Vancouver, he has spent most of his free time hiking/exploring/paddling/hunting/camping in the Coastal Mountains and its inlets. In his eyes, British Columbia is an absolute paradise with its beautiful scenery, abundant wildlife, and rich history. Julien enjoys sharing his passion for the outdoors with anyone willing to join him on adventures, and is always keen on planning trips to discover more of BC.

Julien is certified as a Level 2 Kayak Guide with the Sea Kayak Guides Alliance of BC. He speaks French fluently, is a graduate of the Canadian Outdoor Leadership Training program at Strathcona Park Lodge, and also holds a degree in International Relations from the University of British Columbia.

Audrey Brassel

Level 2 Kayak Guide

Guide - Audrey Brassel

Audrey was born and raised in the Southwest of France, where from an early age she loved escaping into the woods and spending hours looking at books about animals. Life has its detours, so it found her working in an office in Paris for many years, for the UN in Haiti, travelling all over the world, learning to speak Japanese, and finally one day landing in gorgeous BC. “Wow those trees are big!”, was her first thought when she made her way to Vancouver Island. Since then, she has explored some of this magnificent place on foot, and some on boat… but to her, nothing equals the beauty of the sound of a whale spout on a foggy morning in Johnstone Straight. Audrey loves sharing her passion for nature, the outdoors, living simply and, above all, good food!

Audrey is certified as a Level 2 guide Guide in BC, and recent graduate from the Canadian Outdoor Leadership Program. 2021 will be her third season working with Kingfisher.

Jen Ray

Level 2 Kayak Guide

Jen Ray - Kayak Guide

2022 is Jen’s fouth season guiding with Kingfisher! Jen spent her childhood traveling the BC coast in a boat with her family, and has been inseparable from the ocean since.  As a salt-water and animal aficionado, her favourite part of guiding is sharing her knowledge about the natural environment and wildlife with her guests.

Jen has her diploma in Adventure Studies from Thompson River’s University and her Level 2 with the Sea Kayak Guides Alliance of BC. 

Allie Carroll

Level 2 Kayak Guide

Kayak Guide - Allie Carroll

Allie has spent seven seasons guiding with Kingfisher. Though born and raised on the coast, she has travelled extensively around the world for the last 15 years and still insists BC is her favourite place in the world, for all its rugged and remote beauty. She readily shares her enthusiasm for paddling and the natural world with a resounding confidence that inspires. Her most recent travels have included the Philippines, Zimbabwe, New Zealand, Hawaii, and latin America, while finding a new passion guiding kayak trips in the Arctic and Antarctic. Allie is excited to welcome all returning and new Kingfisher clients and introduce them to the amazing wilderness BC has to offer!

Allie is certified as a Level 2 Kayak Guide with the Sea Kayak Guides Alliance of BC and welcomes newcomers to kayaking as a trained Paddle Canada Level One Instructor.

Zachary Taylor

Assistant Overnight Kayak Guide

2022 is Zac’s fourth season guiding with Kingfisher. 

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