About Uplift Adventures

"Climb Mountains, and get their good tidings." - John Muir

Our Story
Our Team

Uplift Adventures in the Canadian Rockies

We include destinations in Waterton, Castle Parks, and Crowsnest Pass, Alberta.

Our Story

Uplift Adventures is a small business homegrown in Crowsnest Pass. We have won provincial tourism awards and continue to inspire sustainable outdoor recreation throughout the Canadian Rockies. We mainly operate in the South Canadian Rockies, more specifically Waterton, Castle Parks, and Crowsnest Pass.

While we offer several year-round outdoor services and gear rental that are bookable online, Uplift Adventures also works closely with schools to provide curriculum-based programs and mentorship experiences. In addition, we provide private trips for corporations and have even worked with trauma and recovering addiction groups to help them get outside. We offer consulting services, including trail planning and mapping, interpretive programs, and environmental work.

Uplift Adventures is guided by our four main principles to create these outdoor experiences and knowledge for all types of people:

  1. To inspire people to CONNECT to the outdoors.
  2. To build CONFIDENCE in people to explore the outdoors safely and responsibly.
  3. To encourage an outdoor COMMUNITY to include all types of people.
  4. To CONSERVE the outdoors for people now and into the future to enjoy.

Our ultimate goal at Uplift Adventures is to create something we call: Conservation Tourism. We want to create either reclamation or sustainable development projects where people can give back to the places they are visiting. We have members of our team who are environmental scientists with a lot of experience in development and reclamation, and have worked on recovery programs. We want to take this experience to rebuild some of the damaged landscapes from historical mining, exploration, and neglected trail use in the Canadian Rockies and encourage people to explore with purpose.

Our Team

Dedicated, adventurous people.

Heather Davis

Heather Davis | Lead Guide & Owner

Adventure designer

Singer

Heather is the oil for our operation, she keeps things moving and people smiling. She grew up with a team of brothers that taught her that there are no limits. She has spent a lifetime learning and continues to expand her knowledge.

Julie Allison

Julie Allison | Interpreter Guide

Playing random ukulele songs

Fun facts

Julie has been exploring Southern Alberta's Rockies since she could walk. She grew up chasing her brothers and cousins through the mountains, developing a deep love for the forests, wildlife and history. 

Bronwyn Schulz

Bronwyn Cassley-Schulz | Hiking & Backpacking Guide

Storytelling with a funny ending

Impromptu handstands

Bronwyn grew up hiking and exploring with her family and she never stopped! After moving to the Crowsnest Pass in 2018, Bronwyn led youth on backpacking trips and completely fell in love with guiding people into the backcountry and sharing her love of the outdoors! You can find her hiking, mountain biking, and attempting handstands all over the Crowsnest Pass! 

Nathan Dahl

Nathan Dahl | Hiking & Backpacking Guide

Nature knowledge

Can make a good cup of coffee

Nathan grew up in Alberta, and so he has had the pleasure of being near and in the Rocky Mountains his whole life. He enjoys all aspects of walking through the mountains - whether taking the path less traveled on remote overnight trips, or taking in the familiar sites visited by tourists time and again. Nathan has been guiding for over a decade, so you're sure to hear some interesting stories and learn a thing or two about the spectacular mountain environment that we call home. 

Lisa Larson

Lisa Larson | Hiking & Backpacking Guide

Breaking down stereotypes

Perfecting the bear hang

Lisa is a true flatlander whose parents loved to ski and filled the suburban with all seven of siblings every weekend to stay in a winterized 5th wheel in Fernie. Those winter weekends grew into an all-year love affair with the mountains. She later moved to Fernie and made a profession out of being a ski bum and spent the summers mountain biking and hiking. She has called the Crowsnest Pass home for the last 20 years, where she has raised two children. You will often find her in the mountains with her Golden Doodle, Gracie or teaching Avalanche Safety Training courses with her business, My Terrain.

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Kristine O'Rielly | Hiking & Backpacking Guide

Bringing an east coast charm to the mountains

Loving every momemnt

Born and raised in the small fishing village of St. Brendan’s, an island off the east coast of Newfoundland, Kristine grew up with the Atlantic Ocean, humpback whales, and icebergs in her backyard. She attributes her rural upbringing for her love of nature. After seeing a photo of the Alpine Club of Canada’s historic Abbot Pass Hut in a 2011 issue of Canadian Geographic, Kristine felt drawn to the Canadian Rocky Mountains. A visit to that very same hut in 2015 and a little luck (or perhaps it was fate?) landed Kristine a full-time job in Calgary, Alberta and she’s been busy exploring western Canada ever since. Kristine is a certified apprentice hiking guide with the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG). As a guide, Kristine loves to help others push outside their comfort zone. She also loves to teach others how to minimize their impact while recreating. A type 1 diabetic for 27 years, Kristine believes that everyone – regardless of background and ability – belongs in the great outdoors.

Joanne Pinches

Joanne Pinches | Interpreter Guide

Fun nature facts

Making people feel comfortable

Joanne is an avid hiker and loves to stop and smell the roses! She can be found taking pictures of flowers and fungi. Joanne loves to share her enthusiasm about the flora and fauna of Southwest Alberta with anyone within hearing distance. Joanne is also an advocate that all bodies can enjoy the outdoors, regardless of their shape, size, or speed.

Sabrina Ryans

Sabrina Ryans | Hiking & Backpacking Guide

Making gourmet backcountry meals

Finding private locations

Sabrina has worked throughout central and southern Alberta with various organizations before discovering SW Alberta and falling in love with the colourful rocks and lifestyle. She is passionate about delicious food, baked goods, swimming in whitewater, ridgetops, and helping youth and adults get outside to connect with their local landscape and each other. 

Rachel Jamieson

Rachel Jamieson | Wilderness First Aid Instructor

Maple syrup connoisseur

Loves to rope swing over water

Rachel is an Advanced Care Paramedic working full-time in the Crowsnest Pass. She is devoted to practicing paramedicine in remote and austere environments.

Troi Crombie

Troi Crombie | Photographer

Positive go-getter attitude

Master time juggler

Creativity has always ran through her veins - when she was young she would spend every second of her days reading, painting, drawing, dancing, and anything she could to 'create'.

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Darren Davis | Lead Duty Officer

Zombie expert

Cheering on adventurers

Every business has a behind the scenes person. Darren has a technical-working brain, which helps when gear breaks or when we need to purchase new gear. By day, he works as a Civil Engineer Technologist. You will find Darren helping our guests stay safe while we explore.

Outdoor Ambassadors

Growing the next generation of adventurers.
Reese Pagnucco

Reese Pagnucco | 2021 Outdoor Ambassador

Mushroom finder

Inspiring others to feel connected

Reese is an Adventure Tourism Business Operations student, working her way towards a degree. Growing up in the Crowsnest Pass, she had the grandeur of the Rocky Mountains right at her finger tips which sparked a love for the outdoors right from the beginning. 

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Hillary Erickson | 2021 Outdoor Student Ambassador

Gear organizer

Encouraging a positive attitude

Hillary is the outdoor student ambassador for Uplift Adventures this summer. She was born with a heart for adventure and a love for the outdoors. Hillary loves telling bad jokes, country music, singing and eating Costco trail mix (mostly the M&Ms). 

We are accredited and recognized through:

Association of Canadian Mountain Guides
National Geographic Mapguide Destination
Wilderness Medical Associates