To support my studies in 1990, I (Trish) took a summer job down the road from our farm at a rafting company on the Rouge River in Quebec. After graduating from University I thought “just one more summer…” Well twenty years later I was still cruising down the rivers. I was extremely fortunate to make a career out of my passion; guiding, trip leading, running guide schools and teaching Swiftwater Rescue. I next discovered beautiful British Columbia and then followed the sun for many years and guided in Asia, Central and South America, Africa, and Australasia.
Meanwhile Royce left the farm in New Zealand to study tourism and started his watersports career guiding riverboarding in Rotorua. He then moved onto raft guiding and did a few off seasons rafting in Japan. Next he came to guide for a summer in BC, Canada and we met. After a season together and an amazing private trip down the Grand Canyon we were inseparable. The rest as they say is history. We began working together teaching guide schools and Swiftwater Rescue and then headed to guide in the North on the Tatshenshini, Alsek and Firth. Some of the most incredible river trips in the world. We now live in Squamish, BC and have two wonderful children with whom we now share our passion for beautiful and wild rivers.
Life is great, but busy. Trish is done school and now has casual work bringing smiles to the local Senior’s Residence as a recreation therapist. Royce is still doing carpentry work, but now with less of a commute as he works in Squamish.
We had a wonderful trip to New Zealand in the spring and this summer we went rafting as a family whenever we had a chance and did many day trips as well as a few overnighters. The children are now both in school and busy with soccer and swimming. Royce felt very fortunate this fall to be guiding the Best of BC trip on the amazing Chilko, Chilcotin and Fraser river system.
We hope that everyone had a wonderful year and will spend this winter organizing their next great river adventure. All the best in 2016!
Greetings Again! Hope you have had a wonderful year! We are doing just swell in Squamish. Both Royce and I were very excited to be up on the Alsek for trips this summer. It was so great to be with our fellow guides and meet some more awesome guests! We saved up our money and bought a raft and expedition kit so we can take the munchkins out as much as possible. They did their first overnight raft trip in August. Cohen is in Grade one and Tessa is in preschool, the time sure does fly. I am in my final year at school for Recreation Therapy, yeah! Royce is working hard as per usual and commutes to Whistler for his carpentry job. We’re looking forward to skiing, tobogganing and making lots of snowmen!
All the best to you cool Nahanni Adventuring, Canadian River Expeditioning folks! Crossing our fingers to seeing you on the water.
Trish & Royce
Greetings all, We’re still loving life and living in Squamish, British Columbia. It rains a bit too much, but it is a great community and has the fastest growing population in all of BC. This past summer I was finally ready to leave the youngsters and was extremely fortunate to return to the north and enjoy the incredible Alsek trip with the Kennedy’s. Royce heroically held down the fort and has been working hard as a now fully licensed journeyman carpenter. In the fall I continued my studies and I am working towards a career as a recreation therapist. The kids are so much fun and as you can imagine birthdays are celebrated by going on a day rafting trip. We can’t wait to take them on an expedition! Cohen started kindergarten in September and Tessa is three and full of beans. They are busy with gymnastics, biking, skiing and soccer. And we just try and keep up! Hopefully we’ll see you on the water as I think we are more than ready to get out there once again!
We hope that 2014 is a wonderful, happy, healthy, adventure-filled year.
All the best,
Trish & Royce
Hope you have all had a fantastic summer and are planning your next great adventures. We still haven’t made it back up North yet, but have a feeling that will change next season. The two rugrats are growing like weeds and life is exciting and new everyday.
We had two big camping adventures and Tessa has rafted three times before the age of two. Poor kids don’t have a chance!
Royce will finish his last stint of school at BCIT this winter and will be a full fledged Red Seal carpenter. Trish has started a program in Recreation Therapy and will be working on that for the next while…..May our paths cross again.
Trish, Royce, Cohen and Tessa