GUIDING

 "People follow you because they believe in you. They stay with you because you believe in them."

- Peter Tucker, Association of Canadian Mountain Guides

MEAGHAN BUISSON

A professional ACMG hiking guide, Meaghan works in the North American Rockies, British Columbia’s Coastal Mountains and off the West Coast of Vancouver Island. Specializing in youth and women's courses, she provides safe and authentic adventures in challenging mountain and coastal terrain.

Previously trained as a biologist and veterinarian, Meaghan combines her professional certifications in hiking, paddling and winter disciplines with extensive interpretive and field skills. She is passionate about facilitating customized experiences for individuals venturing in the backcountry for the first (or 100th) time.

GUIDED TRIPS & COURSES
Fall/Winter 2021-Summer 2022
* All trips operate with field protocols and guidelines aligned with current provincial COVID-19 regulations * 

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Strong(h)er Together Skills Sessions

Victoria, BC & Courtenay, BC

Full-day and online courses for women to learn and practice backcountry skills.  Sessions include Knots, Wildlife Management, Hygiene, Cooking, Leave-No-Trace, Shelter Building, Survival, Backcountry First Aid, Risk Assessment. Women specific content.

Upcoming online sessions:

November 4, 2021 (90 min)

November 18, 2021 (90 min)

Upcoming in-person weekends:

November 6-7, 2021

December 4-5, 2021

*single or two day options available

As low as:

Online: $30/person

In-person: $165 (at 4:1 ratio)

Guided Day Trips

Vancouver Island, British Columbia

From alpine traverses to coastal adventures, day trips explore some of the best Vancouver Island has to offer. Destinations include: Rogers Ridge and Mount Adrian, Alexandra Peak, Crest Mountain, Mount Arrowsmith, and Peak 5040. 

Dates: By request

* currently offered through Island Alpine Guides (request Meaghan upon booking)

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Trail Running

Multiple locations, Vancouver Island, British Columbia

Run with confidence under the guidance of a world class athlete and ACMG guide.

 

Day and weekend-long trail running adventures in iconic mountain and coastal trails. Trips will be matched to participant fitness and experience (beginner to advanced). 

Details coming. Please contact to be notified of 2022 dates.

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Trip Planning & Consultation

Vancouver Island, British Columbia & Online

Customized technical expertise for individuals and small groups. Topics include gear selection, nutrition and meal planning, packing systems, route planning, navigation systems, emergency response planning, risk management, pre-trip training programs, injury prevention & management.

Dates: By Request

Price:  $50/hour

            $125 half day

            $250 full day

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Women’s Backcountry Skills Course

Strathcona Provincial Park, 

British Columbia

Suitable for beginner to intermediate-level hikers, this 3 day-2 night hike explores an iconic Vancouver Island summit while advancing confidence and competency in backcountry skills. Participants will hone their ability to plan, prepare and pursue future adventures ranging from alpine day trips to multi-week expeditions.

Dates: Please contact for 2022

As low as $425 (4:1 ratio)

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Intro to Winter Camping

Vancouver Island, British Columbia

Looking to get into the mountains this winter? Designed to help you take those first steps, this two-day snowshoeing course will give you a solid foundation in the basics of gear choice, trip planning, winter camping, movement through mountain terrain, avalanche awareness, map and terrain skills, and more. Participants will camp outdoors overnight. The meeting point is typically Mount Washington's Raven Lodge.

Dates: Please contact for dates

As low as $325 (2:1 ratio)

Augerpoint Traverse

Vancouver Island, British Columbia

Across four days, you will experience the full splendour of Strathcona Park. Starting at Paradise Meadows, we head up and over Mount Albert Edward before taking in the summit of Augerpoint Mountain and making our way down to Buttle Lake. A challenging yet low-technicality hike perfect for reasonably fit individuals who loves mountain wilderness. The elevation gains and distances travelled are not onerous; however you must be prepared to carry a three-night pack.

Details coming. Please contact to be notified of 2022 dates.

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Outward Bound Canada

Multiple locations, Canada

Outward Bound Canada changes lives by cultivating resilience, leadership, connections and compassion through inspiring and challenging wilderness journeys for youth and adults.

Each Outward Bound course is much more than just learning the technical skills of canoeing, rock climbing, kayaking, backpacking and dogsledding. It’s designed to be an incredible and indelible journey of discovery.

Please visit OBC for more information and to apply.

Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG) Hiking Guide Certification Process:

 

Full certification requires successful completion of two exams spanning 15 days, an additional 3-day winter travel accreditation, plus 1-3 years apprenticeship. The process is rigorous and requires considerable time, motivation and discipline. Exam candidates are marked in the categories of field skills, client care, risk management, decision-making, navigation, movement skills, terrain assessment, interpretative skills, situational awareness and professionalism. Being an ACMG guide also requires the ability to communicate and connect with diverse clientele under varied and ever-changing conditions, use good judgement to minimize risk, deal effectively with emergencies and make accurate decisions with imperfect information in high-pressure environments. The ACMG is the leader in training and regulating mountain professionals in Canada, and is recognized internationally for maintaining the highest standard of practice.

TESTIMONIALS

 “I would hire her in a heartbeat and I have high standards.”

Ken Wylie / IFMGA & ACMG Mountain Guide

“She shows up 100%. If Meaghan’s given a job, you know it’ll get done well and with a good attitude. Her commitment to her fellow instructors, students and work was unwavering.”

Laurie Skreslet / Professional Alpinist / First Canadian to summit Mt. Everest

"Meaghan showed a lot of compassion and set a really strong example of what kind of a woman I can be. She is fearlessly herself and full of inspiration and positive energy." 

L.D. / Outward Bound Student

CREDENTIALS

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