An Active Travel and Activity Company with a Strong Commitment to learning about nature in the outdoors!

White Mountain Adventures is in the business of: providing experiential, fun, creative adventures and activities with a learning component to groups and individuals. We focus on the natural environment in the Rockies and western Canada and emphasize the local components of history, culture and heritage as much as possible.

Since 1987 we have been leading trips and running events which focus on nature and ecology and on gaining a better understanding of the world around us. All of our programs, including corporate team building events, embody this ethic and wherever possible we incorporate this into our programs. Our primary goal is to stimulate not only your body but also your mind... and to leave you with lifetime memories of your experiences.

White Mountain Adventures is accredited by the Interpretive Guides Association (formerly known as the Mountain Parks Heritage Interpretation Association). The association recognizes those businesses that encourage excellence in the interpretation of nature, history and culture in Canada's Rocky Mountain national parks and surrounding areas.

About Our Company and Guides

Our base is the mountain town of Banff, Alberta inside Banff National Park. It is centrally located in the midst of some of North America's most majestic mountain ranges.

Our hiking, walking, sightseeing and touring programs are available in Banff, Jasper, Kootenay, Yoho and Waterton National Parks, as well as numerous provincial parks in Alberta and British Columbia.

Most of our corporate events and programs take place in Bow Valley corridor which includes Banff, Lake Louise, Canmore, Kananaskisand Calgary, but any of the programs we offer here are also available in other locations.

* Most national and provincial parks now require companies to be licensed and insured. White Mountain Adventures has permits for all of the areas we operate in.

Our trip leaders are the heart of White Mountain Adventures and each guide is selected based on their skills, knowledge and unique personal characteristics. All of our guides are local residents and when you join one of their trips you'll be on the inside track to all of the local flavor and culture. You'll benefit from their expert safety training, guiding and interpretation qualifications. White Mountain Adventures is also the area's leader in interpretive training. Our guides spend considerable amounts of their free time training with us and taking extra courses ranging from natural history to native culture. Our guides love to learn … and they love to share this with you.

Our Employees

Gordon Stermann
President and General Manager

Owner and founder of White Mountain Adventures. In addition to being the chief bottle washer, Gord is most active in the planning and promotion of our multi-day adventures and teambuilding events. When time allows he still leads some of the active adventures and teambulding programs .

email: gordon@whitemountainadventures.com

Rob Brennan
Operations Manager

Rob lives in the Bow Valley with his partner Liz and their dog Charlie. Rob spends most of the week in the office managing operations, and during his time off he can be found running up mountains, ski touring, and white water canoeing. Rob's competitive streak has led him to win a few races in Western Canada and he is always training for his next big challenge!

email: rob@whitemountainadventures.com

Janet Elizabeth Doyle
Adventure Specialist

Janet joined the WMA team in January 2015 as our Trip Coordinator. A former competitive bobsleigh athlete, Janet is always in search of adventure in the Rocky Mountains. In the winter you can find her volunteering for ski races or chasing snow throughout Western Canada, and in the summer she is often exploring the area on a bike or hike. As a part time foodie, she is our resident expert on the best local dining in the Bow Valley.

Email: janet@whitemountainadventures.com

Magda Izasz - Lead Guide

Mags has been guiding since 2011, and loves that she gets to birdwatch on the job! Her favourite hike is Tunnel Mountain, and she has had the pleasure of watching Bear 148 grow up! From her time as a year old cub, Mags has seen her follow her mum around with her 2 siblings, to tearing up larch roots, looking for corms and bulbs in the alpine  They have had some great days together; Mags has watched her turn the jets on while chasing a few of the elk herd in the valley, graze on dandelions by the roadside, and fish for suckers at the Vermillion Lakes.      

Adrienne Halmos - Guide

Adrienne is a German speaking guide that has been on the trail since summer 2010. She loves being outside in nature, meeting new people from around the world, and the views that you can only get after a successful hike! She says there are too many trails to pick a favourite, but if she had to pick 3 she would choose Sunshine Meadows, the Iceline Trail, and Helen Lake. Arienne loves wildlife and they love her too! S he has had a squirrel jump in her lap at Lake Agnes, given a hitchhiking butterfly a ride on her thumb, and been followed by WhiskyJacks.

Tamara Dykshoorn - Guide

Tamara has called Alberta her home since 1994. After completing a diploma in Outdoor Pursuits at Mt. Royal University, she has introduced teens, adults, and seniors to a broad variety of outdoor adventures and is a certified ACMG hiking guide. She leads hiking and backpacking trips in the summer and teaches ski and avalanche programs in the winter. Tamara spends her free time with her husband and their dog in Canmore mountain biking, rock climbing, and fly fishing.

Alex Mowat - Guide

Alex has lived in the Bow Valley since 2004 and began guiding in 2007. He loves being outside every day, exploring the Bow Valley and sharing the value of the wilderness within. Alex has a few favourite hikes including Mt. Assiniboine, Mt. Robson, and Pocaterra Ridge to name a select few. When he is not trail-running or headed into the backcountry, he can be found sitting in what he calls a “nature sweet spot” - observing and listening - to an orchestra, for which there is no need of a ticket!

 

Rod Plasman - Guide

Rod has been guiding for 24 years, and loves meeting guests and showing them the amazing views of the Canadian Rockies as a guide with WMA and volunteer with the Alpine Club of Canada. His favourite hike is Akamina Ridge in Waterton. One of his more memorable trips involved a sleepover with a Pine Martin, who decided to visit him in the night and woke up Rod by standing on his chest in the morning!

Sam Campeau - Guide

Sam moved from Quebec to Banff in 2009 to pursue his passion for mountain climbing. After spending time living, working and climbing in Ecuador (where he met his wife)  he took a climbing trip to Banff and has now been to over 50 peaks in the Rockies! Sam is fluent in English, French and Spanish and spends his time off adding to his list of mountain peaks.  

Jos Lang - Guide

Jos Lang  has been working in the mountains for over 25 years as a heli-ski guide and mountain guide. Her experience and work ethic mean she is often found preparing and leading the more challenging hiking and camping trips. Jos isn't much for talking about herself, however her guests have plenty of praise. "Brilliant, accomodating, friendly and knowledgable. Jos couldn't have done anything more!".

Cindy Kelly - Guide

Cindy is a long time resident of the Canadian Rockies and holds a Bachelor of Physical Education, Physical Pursuits degree from the University in Calgary. In addition to being an Apprentice Hiking Guide & Interpreter, Cindy is a cross country ski instructor and volunteers for the Alpine Club of Canada Backcountry Skiers in Training Program.

Michelle Davis - Guide

Michelle is a certified Apprentice Hiking Guide and moved from England to Canmore, Alberta with her husband Ben in 2015. She is certified as a Cognitive Hyponotherapist and is currently pursuing her a university degree in Psychology as well as her PADI Scuba Diving Instructor qualification. Michelle spent over a year teaching English in Africa, travelling over 14 countries.

Lynn Martel - Guide

Lynn migrated to Banff from Montreal in the early 1980s and fell completely in love with mountain life. She is an active hiker, backpacker, rock climber, mountaineer and backcountry skier, and a talented outdoor photographer. She has explored corners of the Rockies by horseback, canoe, kayak and mountain bike, and has even been caving and paragliding. When she’s not guiding, you’ll find her at her desk writing books and magazine and newspaper articles about the fascinating and unique people, culture and natural environment of western Canada’s mountain world. Learn more about Lynn at www.lynnmartel.ca

David Booth - Guide

David is a former Royal Air Force Mountain Rescue Service Team Leader and has led expeditions all over the world in places such as Germany, Scotland the Pyrenees, Alaska, Iceland, Norway,  France and Pakistan. David has been leading hikes in the Rockies since 2002 and joined White Mountain in 2005. His knowledge of the wildlife, flora and fauna is complimented by his charming British accent and witty sarcasm. When he isn't guiding hikes part-time, you can find Dave alongside his wife hosting guests at Ambleside Lodge Bed and Breakfast in Canmore, or taking his motorcycle on a new adventure.

Michael Turcot - Guide

Michael joined White Mountain Adventures in 2008 and is one of White Mountain's longest tenured guides. He graduated with a B.A. Economics from Waterloo and previously owned and operated tourism based businesses before he sold them to pursue his passion of guiding.  He has lived in the Bow Valley for over 20 yeard and enjoys connecting people to nature through hiking and mountain exploration. In addition to his love for the outdoors, Michael spends his time fundraising for charity initiatives, travelling, and spending time with his two children.