President & Founder
A Word from Jim, our fearless leader:
After finishing university years ago I decided it was time to see more of Canada. I got a one way ticket to Calgary and hopped on a bus. It was a long and exhausting trip with bus changes in the middle of the night and seemingly endless prairies stretching off into the distance. I was eager for my first glimpse of the Rocky Mountains as I had never seen a mountain! When I finally arrived in Calgary, I was met by friends and rested for a few days before starting the journey that would change my life. On the third day we headed into the mountains and I was in absolute awe. As we passed by Canmore and headed into Banff National Park, I felt like I was in a movie. We were surrounded by mountains with majestic Cascade Mountain looming ahead. Then we were in Banff. The energy of this little village took hold of me and I decided to stay a while and get to know it. I ended up staying for one magical year, hiking every trail I could and exploring every back road, nook, and cranny in the area. It is this feeling of awe, wonder, and amazement that I want to share with our guests. I hope that everyone leaves Canada with the same love of Canada’s natural beauty that my first trip to the mountains inspired in me all those years ago. West Trek Tours grew out of an outdoor activity club that I started in 1994, and the tour company was officially launched in 1998 as Skookum Adventures. The reason–to share these beautiful places with everybody!