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

* 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 evening technical training for women seeking to learn, practice and hone backcountry skills.  Sessions will cover Wildlife Management, Hygiene, Cooking, Leave-No-Trace, Shelter Building, Survival, Backcountry First Aid, Risk Assessment. Women specific content.

Dates: Please contact

Price: 

Evening: $65/person

Day: $195/person

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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.   

Dates:

July 15-21 - Kayaking (Clayoquot)

August 12-18 - Hiking (Manning Park)

Sept 20-27 - Hiking (Manning Park)

Price: Varied 

Augerpoint Traverse

Vancouver Island, British Columbia

A special, women’s only offering run through Island Alpine Guides. Across four days, you 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 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.

Dates: By request

*Offered through Island Alpine Guides

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Trip Planning & Consultation

Vancouver Island, British Columbia & Online

Customized technical expertise for individuals and small groups to dial in your gear, nutrition, packing systems, route planning, navigation systems, emergency response planning, risk management, training programs, injury prevention & management.

Hourly rate: 50$

Half day: 125$

Full day: 250$

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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. Designed for women by women, participants will hone their ability to plan, prepare and pursue future adventures ranging from alpine day trips to multi-week expeditions.

Dates:

July 2-4

August 21-23

August 27-29

Price: $595/person

* Offered through Island Alpine Guides

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. Run through Island Alpine Guides.

Dates: By request

Price: $195/person

*Offered through Island Alpine Guides

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Alpine Club of Canada: General Mountaineering Camp

Mt. Mummery, British Columbia

The ACC’s annual General Mountaineering Camp (GMC) has been a Canadian mountaineering legacy for over 113 years. Set in a different, remote, and little-explored mountain wilderness of the western ranges each summer, the camp gives everyday folk an introduction to modern-day mountain exploration.

Dates: July 31-Aug 7

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Women’s 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: By request for 2021-2022 winter

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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