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 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

* All trips operate with field protocols and guidelines aligned with provincial COVID-19 regulations * 

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Women’s Backcountry Skills *ONLINE*

Online

90-minute online sessions suitable for beginner to intermediate level hikers. Topics include: Wildlife, Hygiene, Clothing, Nutrition, Leave-No-Trace, Trip Planning, Risk Management. Extensive Q & A. Women specific content.

Augerpoint Traverse

Vancouver Island, British Columbia

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

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Outward Bound Canada

Multiple locations, British Columbia

Outward Bound Canada changes lives by helping youth cultivates resilience, leadership, connections and compassion through inspiring and challenging wilderness courses. Meaghan instructs OBC-West Coast’s hiking and paddling expeditions.   

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Women’s Backcountry Skills

Strathcona Provincial Park, 

British Columbia

Designed by women for women. Suitable for beginner to intermediate-level hikers, we will explore 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.

Featuring Mount Myra, this trip will run over 3 days and 2 nights. A 90-minute virtual pre-trip planning meeting will be scheduled prior to the start of the course.

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. Select destinations for 2021: Rogers Ridge and Mount Adrian, Alexandra Peak, Crest Mountain, Mount Arrowsmith, and Peak 5040.

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Island Alpine Heli-Hiking

Vancouver Island, British Columbia

With a helicopter giving quick and easy access to the world above tree line, a spectacular alpine hike is possible in a single day. Imagine walking amidst the splendour of high peaks and alpine meadows while gazing down upon the glistening waters of the Pacific ocean.

Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG) Certification Process:

 

Full certification as an ACMG Hiking Guide requires successful completion of two exams spanning 15 days, an additional winter travel accreditation plus 1-3 years apprenticeship. The process is rigorous and requires considerable time, motivation and discipline to complete. Exam candidates are marked in the categories of field skills, client care, risk management, decision-making and professionalism. Working as a guide requires the ability to communicate and connect with diverse clientele, use good judgement to minimize risk, deal effectively with emergencies and make accurate decisions with imperfect information in high-pressure environments.

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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