Our Story & Meet the Team

The team behind Hello Nature Adventure Tours are passionate about the outdoors and the land we operate on. We look forward to meeting you and hosting you on an unforgettable kayaking experience.

Our Story

 

Hello Nature Adventure Tours is a family-run business that was created to make a change in the industry and how tour companies operate. With an appreciation for this stunning part of the world that we inhabit and as passionate kayakers, there was a calling to share the magic of the West Coast with visitors who come here from all corners of the world. We’ve spent the last 20 years learning, listening, and connecting with the culture and people who have called these islands home and respectfully operate on Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations territory.

We believe in local partnerships and environmental stewardship to protect the land and waters we call home. Hello Nature is not just a tour company – we’re an education company whose mission is to help protect our home and environment by providing knowledgeable and respectful tours that honor the land we live on.

Each trip can be customized according to different needs, including length, food, and location. Our priority has been our guests and the comfort of our guests. We want folks to take away that kayaking the West Coast is more than just check marking another destination off your bucket list. It’s forming a deep connection to culture, history, and nature, and is a remarkable way to detach from our fast-paced lives, and reconnect with the quietness of nature.

The team behind Hello Nature would love to have you join us on a kayaking trip, and discover the jaw-dropping beauty of the West Coast and it’s incredible biodiversity.

 

Hello Nature Adventure Tours ~ Meet Your Guides & Team

 

Hello Nature Team Overview

 

Hello Nature’s team is filled with passionate and knowledgeable individuals who are connected to the outdoors and coastal history of the region in which our tour operates. Each of our guides looks forward to welcoming you on a trip unlike anything you’ve ever experienced before.

Kevin Bradshaw

Kevin Bradshaw

Head Guide & Operations Manager

Kevin has lived in Ucluelet for nearly twenty years, where he’s been honing his craft as a professional sea kayaking guide ever since. A Level 3 Guide and Guide Trainer with Sea Kayak Guides Alliance of BC (SKGABC) and a Sea Kayaking Instructor with Sea Kayaking Instruction & Leadership Systems (SKILS), he’s paddled in destinations across British Columbia as well as internationally. Overseeing training and safety, he also provides marketing and business knowledge to ensure operational excellence for Hello Nature’s guests.

 

Eric Boros

Eric Boros

Level 3 Kayak Guide

Eric grew up on Vancouver Island, paddling and sailing with his family. After years of travelling and working in Europe, he returned to Canada to pursue his kayaking career on the west coast.

This is his 9th year guiding on the west coast of Vancouver Island. He is a Level 3 Guide and the President of the Sea Kayak Guides Alliance of BC. In addition, Eric is certified with Paddle Canada Level 4 Skills and is a Level 1 Instructor, as well as a Level 1 CBVA Bear Viewing Guide.

Eric is a natural teacher and an amazing resource for all our staff. He lives year-round in Ucluelet with his wife and daughter.

 

Jeff Burdison

Jeff Burdison

Level 3 Kayak Guide

Jeff lives on the east side of Vancouver Island but loves to spend his summer in the Broken Group, guiding guests from all over the world.

When not paddling he volunteers as a member of Arrowsmith Search and Rescue as a member of the rope rescue, swiftwater rescue and helicopter hoist rescue teams. He also loves to travel , hike and garden.

To keep his skills sharp, Jeff is also a level 2 sea kayak instructor with Paddle Canada.

 

Aaron Slack

Aaron Slack

Level 3 Kayak Guide

Arron is thrilled to be returning for his 4th season with Hello Nature and is prepped and ready for all it has to offer. Make no mistake, Arron is no newcomer, working on his 11th season as a sea kayak guide. Arron has had the opportunity to guide all over Vancouver island, New Zealand and some of the most remote areas of Tasmania. A passionate paddler and nerd for whales, he won’t be short of interesting facts and infinite jibber jabber.

Arron Will be starting a biology/geography degree in September and plans to continue in his pursuit of knowledge of the beautiful places he has the opportunity to see. When not seated in a kayak you can find him surfing, fishing, hiking and napping.

Aaron holds a Sea Kayak Guides Alliance of BC – SKGABC Level 3 certificate.

 

Lisa Marie Stafford

Lisa Marie Stafford

Level 3 Kayak Guide

Born and raised on Salt Spring Island, Lisa Marie Stafford naturally fell in love with the ocean. When not kayaking, Lisa spends her quality time with her family, and supports children in the public school system through her work as an Education Assistant. She’s been guiding for over 20 years in the Gulf Islands and across Vancouver Island.

Lisa is a Level 3 Guide with the Sea Kayak Guides Alliance and a Paddle Canada level 2 kayaking instructor.

 

Jonathan Lee

Jonathan Lee

Level 3 Kayak Guide

Born and raised on mainland British Columbia, he ran away to live the island life out on the West Coast. With a BA in Anthropology from UVIC and a diploma in Outdoor Recreation Management from Capilano University, Jonathan is your go-to guide for educational knowledge. He loves engaging in conversation with our guests on the biodiversity of our ecosystem, and spends his time living an endless summer between BC and New Zealand.

 

Nolan MacNeill

Nolan MacNeill

Level 3 Kayak Guide

Nolan is a seasonal resident of Vancouver Island, each spring migrating across B.C. from the Kootenay’s, where he spends the winter working at Baldface Lodge. Nolan has been guiding kayak tours for several seasons, and is stoked to explore the special places along Ucluelet’s coastline. He is most excited for, morning coffee on the beach, wildlife viewing, stargazing, and seeing a bunch of happy kayakers. Nolan is a Level 3 Sea Kayak Guide, a Level 1 Sea Kayak Instructor, and holds a SVOP boat licence.

 

Audrey Brassel

Audrey Brassel

Level 3 Kayak Guide

Born and raised in the Southwest of France,

where from an early age she escaped into the woods and spent hours looking at books about nature and animals. She spent years working and travelling all over the world before the call of nature was too strong and brought her to the West coast of Canada. She now lives on the East coast of Vancouver Island and spends winters organizing her explorations of BC by kayak.

Always eager to learn more, she loves sharing her passion and curiosity for all the small and colourful creatures of the intertidal, camping on the coast, living simply and, above all, good food! 

Audrey is a Level 2 guide with the Sea Kayak Guides’ Alliance of BC, and 2017 graduate from the Canadian Outdoor Leadership Program. 

 

 

Morgan Brady

Morgan Brady

Level 2 Kayak Guide

Morgan attended the Canadian Outdoor Leadership Training at Strathcona Park lodge, where she developed her skills and passion for sea kayaking. All the amazing things to learn outside sparked the desire to go back to school to study them.

Now she spends her winters in the West Kootenays, learning and snowboarding, before making the annual trip back to the coast to explore this incredible ecosystem.

When not guiding, you can catch her on the trails, in the surf, or looking up facts about that cool thing she just saw.

 

Lukas Booy

Lukas Booy

Level 2 Kayak Guide

Lukas is a passionate paddler with a particular interest in traditional greenland style kayaking, minke whales, and wilderness cooking!

He’s excited to spend the summer paddling around Ukee, but when he’s not IN a kayak you’ll find him building one, surfing, rock climbing, playing music, or working on a degree in atmospheric physics at UVic.

 

Fraser McGee

Fraser McGee

Assistant Overnight Kayak Guide

Moving to Victoria from Toronto when he was 11, Fraser fell in love with the rugged beauty of the west coast from an early age. Fraser spends his winter months in Vancouver working as an elementary school teacher, and has spent the past 3 summers exploring the beautiful Johnstone Strait and Broughton Archipelago as a kayak guide based out of Telegraph Cove. He loves sharing and facilitating moments of natural beauty with others, be it paddling out to a quiet sunrise or spotting a rainbow of intertidal fauna.

 

Katharina (Kat) Brenn

Katharina (Kat) Brenn

Assistant Overnight Kayak Guide

Kat is originally from Vienna, Austria and fell deeply in love with the Pacific Ocean and the rugged coast of Vancouver Island about seven years ago.

She is passionate about sharing her love for the waters and surrounding nature and get people stoked on connecting with their bodies and the outdoors as a surf instructor and new kayak guide.

Her dedicated mindfulness practice supports her in staying present and focused on the tasks at hand and in enjoying the beauty of life from one moment to the next.

 

Sam Brunt

Sam Brunt

Assistant Overnight Kayak Guide

Samantha Brunt grew up surrounded by the pacific ocean on Salt Spring Island, but didn’t discover her passion for sea kayaking until moving out to the West Coast of Vancouver Island some 10 years ago. Sam loves to get out and explore in all weather and especially loves low-tide paddles in the intertidal zone. She lives in Ucluelet with her family and spends her free time enjoying the endless adventures and bounty the West Coast has to offer.

Sam has earned her Assistant Overnight Guide certification through the Sea Kayak Guides Alliance of BC and strives to continue to be ever growing and evolving as a paddler.

 

Kristina Disney

Kristina Disney

Assistant Overnight Kayak Guide

Kristina was raised on her family’s farm in southern Saskatchewan and the liberty of that lifestyle founded her wanderlust at a young age. She has followed her love of wild places across Canada working either as a biologist or guide. However, no matter how far she goes you’ll always find her near the water and these days when she’s not on the ocean you’ll find her in the Xwulqw’selu watershed mapping groundwater for her Ph.D.

 

Tal Williams-Wood

Tal Williams-Wood

Assistant Overnight Kayak Guide

Born and raised in North Vancouver, Tal grew up playing in the coastal waters of Howe Sound and on Gambier Island.

When he is not on the water surfing or fishing, you can find him exploring the backcountry on skis, mountain biking or practicing guitar. He is studying in Golden, BC where he attends College of the Rockies in the Adventure Tourism Business Operations Program.

Tal is excited to share his curiosity and love for the ocean life with guests to provide fun and positive experiences.

 

Contact Hello Nature

200 Hemlock Street,
Small Craft Harbour Finger "F",
Ucluelet, British Columbia, Canada, V0R 3A0

Tel: 250-726-2035
Toll Free: 1-844-706-2751
Email: adventures@hellonature.ca

Hello Nature Adventure Tours recognises and supports the indigenous rights and title of the Hesquiaht, Ahousaht, and Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations, Ucluelet, Toquaht and Tseshaht - the first peoples of the lands and waters now called Clayoquot Sound and Barkley Sound.

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