Welcome!

I’m a professional guide, photographer, presenter and consultant based in Victoria, British Columbia.

Prior to the outbreak of the COVID19 pandemic in March of 2020, I led tours for Canadian and American travel companies.

With the collapse of group travel indefinitely, I’m now putting more energy into giving virtual presentations based on my travels and adventures.

I’m still available to lead very small, private walking tours or to provide assistance with trip planning.

COVID19 Protocols for the Tourism and Hospitality Industry of BC are strictly followed.

Speaker

Throughout my career, I’ve given so many talks, speeches and illustrated presentations to so many different audiences that I couldn’t begin to count them all. Truly.

Over the past 3 years, I’ve had immense pleasure in sharing my travels and adventures with folks at several of Greater Victoria’s retirement residences through monthly in-person presentations. But these as well were cancelled with the outbreak of the COVID19 pandemic six months ago.

Not to be kept from doing something I really enjoy doing, I’m now giving “live” presentations using Zoom.

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Rick at Pacific Rim NP

Private Tour and Travel Experience Guide

Please Note: COVID19 Protocols for the tourism and hospitality industry in BC are strictly followed. At this time, only walking tours with small groups of 6 all from the same social bubble are offered. Face masks are required where social distance of 2ms can not be maintained. Hand sanitizer will be provided for use prior to, during and after the tour.

What are your particular interests and passions? Fur trade? Gold Rush? Railroads? Birds? Parks? National Historic Sites? Photography? Historic Saloons, Hotel Bars and Pubs? Local Food, Beer and Spirits? Some combination of some or all of these?

Whatever they are, I’ll work closely with you to clarify exactly what your needs and goals are and then curate an experience that fulfills them. My goal is to facilitate an experience that is truly transformative leaving a lasting life-time impact.

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Two Hikers on Sandy Beach

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Consultant

I get a big kick out of designing and creating unique tours and travel experiences whether for companies or individuals. This past year, Recently, I led the design of an amazing 9 day roadtrip through Southern Alberta for Mile Zero Tours which will take in all of my favourite places! Previous projects have included: designing a hiking program centered on the Pacific Rim Traverse for Road Scholar; guiding the re-vamping of the Canadian Rockies tour for Obridge; and providing guidance in the development of an 18-day tour of British Columbia for GLP Worldwide.

I’ve also worked with individuals to help clarify what their travel goals and needs are and then to assist with developing an itinerary that has the best chance of satisfying those goals and needs.

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Hoodoos of Writing-On-Stone Provincial Park

Step-On Guide

Over the past four years, I’ve been stepping on to mini-buses operated by retirement residences in the Greater Victoria region to deliver commentary over a one hour tour. Not only are the residents fun work with, but I’m also learning so much about local history and geography.

I’ve also provided step-on guide services for visiting post-secondary students and their professors and for visiting faculty.

All such bus tours from March to September have been cancelled due to COVID19 restrictions. At present, I’m exploring the creation of virtual bus tours.

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Rick as Step-On Guide

Freelance Tour Director

Over the past four years, I provided tour director, expedition leader and naturalist services for Maple Leaf Adventures, Mile Zero Tours, Road Scholar and Orbridge. I’ve led groups of 24 – 40 people to destinations such as the Canadian Rockies, Haida Gwaii, Yukon Territories and the Arctic.

Due to the COVID19 pandemic, all tours were cancelled for the 2020 season.

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Group in the Tombstone Territorial Park
Waddington Alley Victoria BC