ABOUT US

  • Chinook Rafting is THE family rafting company!
  • Kids raft for free on their birthday.
  • We have rivers ranging from MILD to WILD.  Something for every level of adventure seeker!
  • No hidden extra costs after you book: all of your personal and safety equipment, an experienced guide, and even photos for your social media are included in the price.
  • We have 40+ years of experience, so we know our rivers and we know how to have fun.
  • We offer exceptional levels of guest interaction and service, and provide adventure, entertainment, interpretation, team building and education.
  • We use top quality modern equipment and have industry-leading risk management strategies and safety standards in place.
  • We want whitewater rafting to be the highlight of your trip to the Canadian Rockies, and will do everything we can to make sure you have a great day.
  • We know you will come back for another visit after rafting with us – just check out our TripAdvisor reviews!
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MEET OUR TEAM - ABOUT OUR GUIDES

  • Guides are essential to the enjoyment of your trip, so we choose our team carefully. Many have been guiding internationally for over 10 years now.
  • We are highly trained professionals committed to showing you a great time on the water.
  • Every guide possesses the Professional Rivers Outfitters Association of Alberta (PROAOA) rafting license, along with First Aid, CPR & River Rescue qualifications as minimum standards.
  • We will share our knowledge, local stories, enthusiasm, skills and passion for rafting with you and leave the most lasting memories for you to tell your friends and family.
Richard the Raft Guide Senior Trip Leader at Chinook Rafting in the Canadian Rockies
Raft Guide (Operations Manager)

Richard - Netherlands

During his time studying mechanical engineering, Richard took every opportunity to sneak off and play in the water. Summers were spent guiding in beautiful Slovenia with rafting on the Soca river and also heaps of canyoning and caving. Expeditions, work and randomness brought him to Canada, La Reunion, Italy, Sri Lanka, Azores, Tropical Belgium, New Zealand, Honduras and other gems. With over 15 years of experience in outdoor tourism, he’s now a full-time guide. When he’s not around the flowing waters outside, it is highly likely you can find him making laps in the swimming pool, discussing which Taylor Swift song is best (Wildest Dreams!), welding some steel together or daydreaming about ice cream, pizza or cookies, in no particular order. 

Raft Guide and Senior Trip Leader Adam for Chinook Rafting in Banff
Raft Guide (Senior Trip Leader)

Adam - Canada

After years working in trades, Adam took a swift water rescue course in 2006, close to his birthplace of Calgary on the Kananaskis River as a fun break from the daily grind. That was the beginning of a 17-year career and love affair with whitewater rafting that has taken him to some of the most beautiful places in the world to paddle and adventure. Working in many countries over the years, Australia, Honduras, Scotland, Switzerland and France were some of his favourite places to share his passion for whitewater and meet and share that passion with people. Now he’s back where it all started sharing his passion and knowledge with anyone who is interested, really taking a special interest in teaching and mentoring new and experienced guides alike.  He can’t wait to see you all on the river soon!

Banff Chinook Rafting River Guide - Rachel
Raft Guide (Trip Leader)

Rachel - Canada

Rachel has been an outdoor educator and adventure tourism guide for over 9 years, leading canoeing, sea kayaking, cycling, and hiking trips, but whitewater has become her mainstay. Since graduating from Lakehead University’s Outdoor Recreation, Parks and Tourism program, she has worked across Canada, New Zealand, and the United States. In her time off, Rachel likes taking glorified pool toys (pack rafts) on outrageous adventures, bikepacking silly distances, and doodling as an illustrator for outdoor companies. As one of Chinook’s token Canadians, she always carries a small bottle of maple syrup in her PFD for emergencies.

Vikram the Senior Raft Guide at Chinook Rafting in the Canadian Rockies
Raft Guide - (Senior Raft Guide)

Vikram - India

I am Vikram Hirani from India. I live in the lap of the Indian Himalayas in the holy town of Rishikesh.  I have been raft guiding and safety kayaking on many different rivers off and on for the last 10 years. I feel very lucky to live in the Himalayas and I was trained on the Himalayan Rivers also. My favourite river is my home river called Ganga. When I am not rafting I go hiking, kayaking & cycling. I am practicing yoga for the last 8 years and I can now teach students up to an intermediate level. I am very excited to be the part of the Chinook Rafting team again this summer.

Raft Guide Olowo for Chinook Rafting in Banff
Raft Guide (Senior Raft Guide)

Olowo - Uganda

I’m Olowo. I am Ugandan from Jinja, which is in East Africa. I´m aged 39, and I’ve been rafting for 19 years on rivers in Uganda, Kenya, South Africa, India and Canada. I love doing community work, farming and listening to country music like ” The Best of John Cash”. My favourite foods are sandwiches, burgers, stews and local African meals, like posho, beans, and bananas.

Banff Chinook Rafting River Guide - Georgia
Raft Guide (Senior Raft Guide)

Georgia - New Zealand

Kia ora! I’m Georgia M, and I’m from New Zealand. I’m thrilled to join the Chinook Rafting crew. I have rafted on many beautiful rivers in Aotearoa, including the Kawarau, Shotover, and Buller rivers. I am excited to experience and share more amazing whitewater adventures with everyone in Canada! I love water in all forms; fresh, salty, and frozen! If I’m not out playing in the whitewater, you can find me sea kayaking, surfing, or skiing. I´m also a fan of hiking and rock climbing … anything outside really!

Banff Chinook Rafting - Jerry
Driver & Trip Assistant

Jerry - Canada

I’m Jerry, originally from New Brunswick, who fell in love with a western girl and the Rocky Mountains. I love to travel, as well as playing sports, especially hockey and pickleball. I enjoy hiking and cross-country skiing in Kananaskis. While I enjoy the thrill of rafting, I will be your driver extraordinaire taking you safely around to enjoy your day on Alberta’s beautiful waters.

Driver Bastiaan with Chinook Rafting in Banff
Driver & Trip Assistant

Bastiaan - Canada

Born in the Netherlands I came to Canada for a new adventure. I worked the last 20 winters as a Snowmobile guide and the summers as a Hiking guide and later as a tour guide across Canada & Alaska. This is my second season with Chinook Rafting. On my days off you can find me hiking or biking the local trails.

Driver Hiro for Chinook Rafting in Banff
Driver & Trip Assistant

Hiro - Japan/Canada

Hi, I am Hiro, a long time Bow Valley Resident. I have been involved with a lot of TV filming and guiding within Canada and around the world. You won’t see me on the river, but you will see me behind the handle. I will be your captain while you are on the bus.

Banff Chinook Rafting Dog Ralph
Dog

Ralph - Canada

In the summer of ’22, Ralph literally walked into our rafting base and decided this was his home now. The team has welcomed him warmly and has been kindly accommodating his requests. He is surprisingly good at sleeping on guides lifejackets and chasing wetsuit boots that lay completely still. In his spare time he likes to take long walks on the beach and he thoroughly enjoys watching the Formula 1 races from the couch.

Heather-01
Off-River Assistant

Heather - UK/Canada

Heather is an import to Canada, hailing originally from England.  She fell in love with all that Canada’s vastness has to offer at the age of 18, and has since spent years living and working in the Canadian Rockies.

In between being off-river assistant for Chinook Rafting, Heather loves to get out in these beautiful mountains both on her own and with guests as part of her work as a qualified hiking and wildlife guide.

A keen ski-tourer and advocate of cool weather, Heather spends some of the off-season guiding polar bear and northern lights trips in Northern Canada.  Her passion is show-casing the natural world, making nature’s beauty available to everyone who visits it.

James McKinlay
Raft Guide (Senior Raft Guide)

James - Australia

From Australia, I started working in the outdoors in 2013 as a bushwalking, rock climbing, & rafting guide! Leading 10 day expeditions all around Australia, I discovered that my passion for the wild rivers surpassed my other hobbies and I have since raft guided on the Snowy, Murrumbidgee and Barron Rivers. If I’m not out paddling I’ll be out surfing, climbing, or doing pretty much anything to stay outside.

Chris
Raft Guide (Senior Trip Leader)

Chris - UK/Canada

Originally from the UK, Chris is at home on rivers worldwide having kayaked and rafted for over 25 years in places like the UK, France, Italy, Norway, Argentina, USA, Canada, Chile, New Zealand, Nepal, India & Zambia. He is a rafting examiner for the BC and AB River Outfitters Association, a certified kayaking instructor, a Swiftwater & Ice Rescue Technical Instructor for Rescue 3 International, and is an Emergency Medical and Advanced Wilderness First Responder. In his spare time, he is also a Volunteer Firefighter with the Banff Fire Department.

Chris also has a strong background in rope rescue and has worked for the Industrial Rope Access Trade Association. Chris brings a wealth of experience, skill and charisma to our team. Asked how his rafting career began, “I suppose it all started when I was 10 years old. My local Scout Group had just bought six new kayaks, so I started testing them out on a nearby river. After a year of weekly kayaking lessons, my dad bought me my first kayak, and before I knew it I was becoming hooked. My desire to combine both my passion for kayaking with my love for travelling eventually led me to train as a Whitewater Raft Guide.”