Co-owner Johannes Zwart, or Yo as he’s usually known, has nearly 30 years of experience as a guide: canoeing, dog-sledding, rafting and many other skills, make him a well-rounded Team Leader. Yo also has a Kinesiology degree from Western, and a diploma from the prestigious adventure tourism program at University College of the Caribou (now Thompson Rivers University). He trains and certifies most of our guides.
Gina has almost 30 years as an entrepreneur. The resulting strong business skills complement her professional career as a graphic designer, content developer and marketing wizard. More than that, when Gina is not on the phone helping you with your trip, or managing the office, she may be taking a group down the river as an intermediate level guide.
Cory has been river guide with Wild Blue Yonder since 2003. One day a young guy in a toque, fresh from the College of the Rockies, walked up to us at a trade show and asked for a job. Cory has long been a member of the Wild Blue Yonder family, and has also guided canoe trips, rock climbing, caving and canyoneering. As lovable as he is talented, Cory truly has a passion for running rivers and showing people a great time!
Freeman started rafting when he was 5... because his mom started a rafting company! He's been working for Wild Blue Yonder ever since (well, maybe since he was 10). A river guide since 2010, Freeman has trained and worked on the Ottawa River, the Colorado River (yes, in the Grand Canyon!), the Rio Pacure in Costa Rica, the Tully River in Australia, and on rivers in Patagonia and Morocco! During the winter months, Freeman can often be found trotting around the globe.
Annie is from Preston in the UK. In 2013, she decided to take a break from work and learn something new. An experienced climber, becoming a rafting guide was a natural fit. She successfully completed our Guide Training Program and is now in her fourth summer with Wild Blue Yonder. When she's not in a boat, you'll find Annie managing our Revelstoke office!
A long time pal of Freeman's, Dean caught the paddling bug in his late teens. He has been guiding for Wild Blue Yonder for the past 5 summers, and he brings a trademark sense of silliness to the job. When not on the river, Deal can be found trotting around the globe... his recent adventure was in Chile!
Fletcher has been a river guide with Wild Blue Yonder since 2001. We were a young company in our 3rd year when Fletcher gave us a call. We also happen to be opening our 3rd boat, and Fletcher would be a 3rd guide! We figured it must be destiny. Although he retired from full-time guiding a few years ago, Fletcher still makes an occasional appearance on the oars. He brings a charismatic laid-back style and a sharp wit, along with dazzling ability. And there's that beard, too!
Scott has been a river guide with Wild Blue Yonder since 2003. You won't find a much more experienced river guide than Scott. He has guided around the world over a 20-year career, including 8 years managing a Jasper rafting company. In fact, the first time we met Scott, we 'borrowed' him from Jasper - along with a boat - for a big Kakwa River trip. Once we got Scott on Sheep Creek, he was hooked! Known for his no-nonsense attitude and tremendous ability, he may seem a bit gruff but he's all sweetness inside, and he's a seriously talented raft guide!
Quinn is from Edmonton, and this is her 3rd year with Wild Blue Yonder. An avid rock climber, Quinn just graduated from the prestigious Victoria School of Performing Arts, making her our resident Theatre Expert Quinn first went rafting when she was only 8 but had to wait to turn 18 to train as a guide! Her rookie year has been a long time in coming!
Fabian is from Chile! Last winter, one of our seasoned guide, Dean, met Fabian while travelling in Chile. Fabian was working as a sherpa in Torres del Paine, a national park in the southern Chilean Patagonia. The two became friends, and after finding out that Fabian also had done some river guiding, Dean suggested Fabian travel to Canada to take our Raft Guide Training Course.
Kylie, a Kiwi from down under has spent the last five years travelling the globe but luckily for us has made a pit stop in Grande Cache this summer. Having learnt to snowboard in Banff she has swapped the slopes for a chance to grab her paddle and join us on the river! A graphic design and photography graduate, Kylie will be joining the Wild Blue Yonder team in the office as an all-around marketing buff. When not in the office, you’ll find Kylie working on her travel blog, Kylie and the World, offering tips and advice to other solo travellers.
Rio, which means River in Spanish, is the daughter of owners Gina and Yo, and is our youngest river rat. Although she’s only 8, Rio has already accumulated a few years of helping with the business - washing wetsuits and floors by the time she was 4! She is a cheerful and energetic presence - often chatting with and charming the guests! An avid swimmer, runner, rock climber and biker, Rio is likely to follow in her mom and dad’s footsteps and become a guide!