Uplift Adventures - Our Story
Uplift Adventures is a small business homegrown in Crowsnest Pass. We have won provincial tourism awards and continue to inspire sustainable outdoor recreation throughout the Canadian Rockies. We mainly operate in the South Canadian Rockies, more specifically Waterton, Castle Parks, and Crowsnest Pass.
While we offer several services that are bookable online, Uplift Adventures also works closely with schools to provide curriculum-based programs and mentorship experience. In addition, we consultant on trail planning and mapping, interpretive programs, and environmental work.
Our dream at Uplift Adventures is to create outdoor experiences and knowledge for people to feel confident and connected to the outdoors. We value building an outdoor community to include all types of people. And our ultimate dream is to create Conservation Tourism to rebuild some of the damaged landscapes from historical mining, exploration, and neglected trail use in the Canadian Rockies. We are also very passionate about our local heritage and want to ensure this is passed on and celebrated by many people around the world.
Our Team - Dedicated, adventurous people
Heather is the oil for our operation, she keeps things moving and people smiling. She grew up with a team of brothers that taught her that there are no limits. She has spent a lifetime learning and continues to expand her knowledge. First studying Business Marketing, she actually thought she would go into something more creative. After having some tragic life events, she decided that the mountains and being outdoors was more important. This is when she decided to return to school to give back to something that she felt gave her so much: the environment. She studied Biological Sciences, Renewable Resources and then Environmental and Conservation Sciences. While she was in school, she worked as a tour guide for a ski and snowboard company taking outdoor enthusiasts to different mountain towns. She knew she was on the right path, and worked in the environment field as a consultant and then with Alberta Environment and Parks. She managed an amazing team of outdoor, backcountry crews and contractors to rebuild trails after the 2013 floods; and this is what brought her to Crowsnest Pass and ignited a passion for combining the environment and recreation. She quickly feel in love with the South Canadian Rockies and started developing initiatives to get people outside. She also continued her career by becoming a Hiking and Winter Hiking Guide with the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides, and is currently an Apprentice Interpretive Guide with the Interpretive Guide Association for all mountain National Parks. She believes that we are given a long life to live so that we can continue to learn. Her dream is to build conservation tourism to help rebuild our damaged landscape along the eastern slopes of the Canadian Rockies -> and because she's not a super serious person, she would love to get paid to travel and drink wine.
Creativity has always ran through her veins - when she was young she would spend every second of her days reading, painting, drawing, dancing, and anything she could to 'create'. Part of her creativity process was as simple as running around with a cheap point and shoot camera when Troi was 7. She looks back now and feels terrible that she had her parents pay for her film to be developed just to discover that every single person was missing their head. Ooops. Fast forward 8 or so years and she received her Father's film camera and took it to University to start her adventure of late night/early morning dark room parties and developing everything at her own expense. Troi learned a lot and just in time to relearn the digital era!!
Photography allows her to be a part of a few worlds that she loves - the creative process, loving people, and adventuring. Now that her two [amazing] little humans are a bit older, it's much easier to take them with her to Calgary, Kamloops, Edmonton, Vancouver Island, or wherever the wind blows them, to meet with wonderful clients she loves, and deliver some images and artwork that they love.
Troi is our photographer for the Family Photoshoot and Hike, and for any trips where the group wants to have a professional photographer. Ask us if you'd like to have special photos for your special day in the mountains.
Rachel is an Advanced Care Paramedic working full time in the Crowsnest Pass. She is devoted to practicing paramedicine in remote and austere environments. Rachel has been a Lead Instructor for WMA since 2004. She teaches all levels of courses including WEMS, WALS, and WME. Rachel is an avid adventurer who has spent countless hours guiding multi-day whitewater adventures in remote areas of Ontario, Quebec, and the American Southwest. She also spent numerous years as a volunteer ski patroller at Castle Mountain Ski Resort. Today she can be found balancing the demands of pre-hospital care with healthy backcountry adventures: hiking, skiing, paddling, mountain biking and climbing in her beloved back-yard: the Canadian Rockies. Rachel thoroughly enjoys teaching and brings an infectious enthusiasm and energy to all her courses and students.
Every business has a behind the scenes person. Darren has a technical-working brain, which helps when gear breaks or when we need to purchase new gear. By day, he works as a Civil Engineer Technologist, and by night he scales the gear room to keep our guests functional.