EKOS Explorations

SERVICES: From Concept to Delivery & Beyond! 

Lecturer ~ Tour Consultant ~ Walking Tour Guide ~ Naturalist ~ Group Tour Leader ~ Step-on-Guide

Providing private customized tours and travel experiences for independent travellers, retirement residences, professional associations, post-secondary continuing studies programs, conferences and more!


In addition to designing and leading trips for tour and travel companies, I also offer my services for conferences, corporate workshops and retreats and academic and professional field trips.



Ekos Explorations Rick Searle

Lecturer –  I create and present 45-60 min presentations largely based on my travels and experiences as a tour guide. These presentations feature my own photos along with lively and engaging commentary. Haida Gwaii, The Great Bear Rainforest, Banff and Jasper National Parks, Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park and the Yukon, as well as many others, have all been exceptionally well received by various audiences.

ekos explorations rick Searle

Tour Consultant –  I’ve assisted tour companies with the development of new experiences and with the rejuvenating of stale ones. For Road Scholar, I developed a new hiking program that featured exploration of the beaches and forests of Pacific Rim National Park. GLP Worldwide retained me to assist with developing an 18-day discover BC tour for one of their corporate clients. Realizing that their Canadian Rockies tour was too similar to that of their competitors, Orbridge sought my assistance with re-designing the program and then asked me to lead the first departure. 

Walking Tour Guide –  For those wanting to explore the history of Victoria’s downtown or some of its quaint neighbourhoods, I lead walking tours tailored to the interests and needs of individuals or small groups. Throughout the city, there are numerous heritage buildings and picket parks with fascinating stories surrounding their creation. Each walking tour’s pace and duration is designed with the interest and capabilities of the guest in mind. 

Naturalist –  As a naturalist working on board small ships for Maple Leaf Adventures, I’ve provided guests with insights into the unique natural and cultural history of the areas listed which have included: Southern Gulf Islands, Great Bear Rainforest and Haida Gwaii. 

Group Tour Leader –  As a tour leader (director), I take care of all the on-the-ground logistics of running a smooth tour that meets or exceeds the expectations of the participants and tour operator. I have provide these services for Road Scholar, Orbridge and Mile Zero Tours. I’ve led their guests on tours up the Inside Passage and through Haida Gwaii; through the Yukon and Northwest Territories to the Arctic Ocean; through Banff, Jasper and Yoho National Parks; and across Canada by rail. 

Step-On-Guide –  Clients provide the transportation. I work closely with them to develop an itinerary and route customized to their unique interests. I then join them in their car, van, mini-bus, coach, vessel or aircraft to provide lively and informed commentary covering a broad range of natural and cultural history topics. 


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