Meet This Year’s Leaders

“A marvellous drift through stunning vistas filled with history, birds, flowers, plants, animals and geological marvels”
– Gordon M.

Rick Howie

Rick Howie is a wildlife biologist living in Kamloops and widely known in naturalist circles throughout the province. He worked in national parks as a Chief Park Naturalist and interpreter and as a nature interpreter with provincial parks in BC. Although birds have been a lifelong interest, it is really the ecology of our world from steelhead to sagebrush and beyond that stirs his passion for knowledge and desire to share this with people.

Murphy & Katharine Shewchuk

Authors, Naturalists, Photographers. Murphy Shewchuk has been an avid explorer of the Thompson/Fraser Region since his family moved here in 1955. The backcountry surrounding the Bridge River Gold Mines was his boyhood playground. Since then he has written and illustrated more than a dozen British Columbia guidebooks and hundreds of “Backroads” magazine articles. Katharine is a retired teacher and has had a life-long interest in the ecosystems of the BC Interior. She has been a birdwatcher since before it was fashionable to admit it.

Bernie Fandrich

Kumsheen’s founder and pioneer of BC’s whitewater rafting industry, Bernie’s passionate relationship with the Thompson began with his first raft trip in June 1973. His fledgling operation consisted of one little raft and a VW van and over the years it has grown into one of Canada’s finest and largest rafting resorts. He has authored 2 books about the river including British Columbia’s Majestic Thompson River, a splendid book endorsed by CBC’s Rick Mercer. Bernie will lead the excursion, sharing his knowledge and passion for the river.


Mike Woodworth

We are delighted to have Mike join our naturalist/photography excursion. Mike has won numerous awards from various associations and his work was featured at the International Hall of Fame of Professional Photographers. His insight into composition and colour create portraits of nature that are unique in the photography world and stem from his great love of the outdoors. Mike recently returned from Mayanmar where he captured images of the people and places in this colourful country.

NATURALIST OUTING – Ashcroft to Lytton

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With an impeccable safety record and over 200,000 satisfied visitors, making your way to the Kumsheen Resort could be one of the easiest decisions to make, but leaving could very well be the hardest.
‒ John Pigeon. Vancouver 24 Hours Magazine