Our guides' experience, dedication, and enthusiasm make them ideal ambassadors for your destination. They chart the course, finesse the details, and speak the language (English, as well as the local language). They also possess a truly rare skill, knowing when to let serendipity and inspiration take the lead.
With a deep knowledge of local history and significant outdoors experience, Christopher Atkins is the ideal guide to lead you through Québec’s distinctive landscapes. A Montreal native, he works as a high school history teacher during the cooler months and has been known to coach at a local hockey school too. Fluent in two languages (he grew up speaking French), he is also a proficient Spanish speaker. In his free time, Chris enjoys a number of active sports, ranging from basketball to paragliding and including, of course, hockey! He has traveled extensively around the world, from the Arctic Circle to the Andes, and is a certified open-water diver as well.
A natural explorer, Alexandra Lapierre-Fortin has always been curious about pretty much everything! With a degree in science, she is working toward a second, multidisciplinary degree that has sparked new interests including history, anthropology, psychology and languages. Alexandra is energetic, fun-loving and is always looking for ways to bring out the best in people with a special knack for turning any situation into a positive one! In her free time, you’ll find her exploring the wonders of Eastern Québec, hiking, trail running, biking, or cross-country skiing. Having made Charlevoix her home, she is delighted to help others create meaningful connections with this special part of the world.
Traveling and outdoor activities have always been great passions for Carole Rasmussen. Her studies in tourism and later in teaching French and English have led to various guiding experiences in Quebec, throughout Canada and in Europe. She has been a high school teacher for many years and still takes advantage of her free time to discover and travel. She particularly enjoys trekking and has explored some of the most beautiful and challenging trails in New Zealand, Corsica, and Peru, to name a few. Always traveling extensively in her native Quebec, she enjoys its cultural diversity, its history, and its magnificent landscapes.
A natural teacher with a passion for culture and the ability to connect and adapt to his surroundings, Austin Denham is the perfect guide to help you get the most out of your Country Walkers’ experience. Austin’s particular talents as an improviser and his adaptability have been honed as a part of his work as a secondary school history teacher. Originally from the prairies of Saskatchewan, Austin now spends his time exploring Quebec in search of the next great fishing hole and studying the interwoven cultures that make up the Canadian identity. Whether it is snowboarding in the Canadian Rockies or scuba diving in Nicaragua, an enthusiasm for the outdoors and a wide-range of sports keeps him busy year round.
A Montreal native with a passion for travel, Janick Raymond has been leading trips in Québec and around the world since she earned her professional guide certificate in 2003. Having lived in both Mexico and Germany, she’s fluent in three languages and holds a master’s degree in Human Relations. On the trail, her passion for people, love of her culture, and energy with guests is evident. In her free time, she runs a triathlon club that she started in her hometown of Montréal.
Like many in her field Joanie Lefevbre has a love for the outdoors that began as a child, traveling her native Quebec’s extraordinary landscapes. Throughout the years her guiding career brought her all over the world, climbing, hiking, skiing, and biking her way across the globe. Her educational background in the humanities and her passion for new cultural experiences continually drive her positive attitude and outgoing personality. Joanie’s love for the open air is so strong that even when she isn’t guiding, you’ll likely find her off exploring in one of the many North American mountain ranges!
François-Xavier Bleau’s taste for adventure began at a young age, building forts and exploring his native Quebec with his younger brother. Today, with more than fifteen years of experience as a guide, François-Xavier has traveled from North to South America, to Europe, Africa, and as far as the Himalayas, has guided in the Canadian Rockies, trekked through Nepal, climbed Alaska’s Mount Denali, and seen the top of the enigmatic Mount Kilimanjaro. When he isn’t busy trekking across the globe, you’ll find him reading and brushing up on his Canadian history, or spending time with his family.
Born and raised in Quebec, Geneviève Gobeil speaks French, English, and Spanish, holds a degree in Communications, and has years of experience in adventure travel. Her love for the outdoors and contagious energy coupled with her typical Quebecois friendly disposition makes her an ideal guide. Whether touring by bike – her favorite mode of transportation – or climbing to the top of a snow-covered peak, Geneviève has covered the globe, often traveling with her children. During the winter months she also runs her own life coaching company and teaches seminars, but, mostly, you’ll just find her skiing!
Renée-Claude Bastien has been guiding professionally for the past 12 years not only in her native Québec, but also in such far off places as Alaska, Nepal, and Argentina. Renée is inspired by nature and is endlessly curious about the history and the culture of places she visits. Creating memorable experiences is a skill she has mastered over the years and she is always thrilled to share her local knowledge and infectious energy with our guests.