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Our People

Sam Charvet - Owner/Guide

For over 17 years Sam has enjoyed guiding on the rivers.  Originally from Ontario he made his way out to British Columbia in 2009 for rafting and skiing and has never looked back.  Sam will tell everyone that he has the best job in the World.  Sam has an energy that is contagious.  In the off season you will find Sam in the snow, either snowmobiling or skiing.  His love for rafting and helping people have a good time is obvious.  Sam makes sure our trips are above any safety standards and sets our bar at the top.  Come meet the team and have a great ride.

Joe Blain - Lead Guide

Joe is on his second of hopefully many seasons with us on the Clearwater.  After completing guide school in Fernie, Joe decide to raft for one of the local outfits while weighing his options.  6 seasons later he finally decided he wanted to pursue the best BC has to offer.  Naturally this brought him to the Clearwater River.  You will love Joe’s jokes, knowledge of local wildlife and plants, and just any time you get in his boat.

Gilian Puchois - Guide / Safety Boater

One of our star guides here is Gilian.  You will never believe he only started his whitewater guiding career with us last season.  After a year in guiding college, Gilian came to learn the real ins and outs of guiding with us.  We have never had someone pick it up so quickly.  His skills on the river are only matched by his fun loving nature.  You will really love your tour with Gilian this summer!

Dylan Murray - Guide / Safety Boater

If your looking to have some happy days then Dylan’s your Man!  Coming to us from 2 years on 2 smaller rivers, Dylan is ready for the big leagues. Dylan’s skills in big water are improving with lightning speed.  Dylan also has a ton of local first nations knowledge along with his generally great knowledge of the geology, plants, and animals of the area.  We are very lucky to have Dylan join our team this summer!

Robert Beaudry - Guide

Robert has been guiding longer than most people have been alive.  He started Riverside Adventures 30 years ago and hasn’t missed a season on the river since.  Robert knows more about the Clearwater River than most people know about their own children.  He also helped start the Adventure Guide Program at Thompson Rivers University.  Robert is a world class kayak instructor, guide, and river rescue instructor.  When not guiding with us Robert can still be found on the river at any point of the day.  Other than kayak surfing Robert takes full advantage of the fantastic mountain biking trails around the Clearwater area.  Come say hi to him this summer, I am sure he has a story or two.

Lindsay Herring - GOAT

I can’t be certain but we think Lindsay is on her 19th or 20th year guiding.  She is a bit of an enigma and only comes guiding on full moons, on months with 30 days.  Don’t ask why, she wont tell you.  I’m guessing it has to do with being a full time teacher and really enjoying her time off but we don’t pry.  Lindsay is one of the best guides on the planet and you will be incredibly lucky if she makes an appearance the day you are here.

Ducky - Raft Dog

Ducky is the new Raft Dog!  She is an energetic Olde English Bulldog that will melt your heart while bugging you to play.  Ducky will be in and out of the raft base this summer.  If you see her please don’t feed her, she is fat enough.

Ray - Driver

Ray has lived in Clearwater for 49 years and doesn’t plan on leaving any time soon.  Until retirement he worked the very precise trade of saw filer in the lumber industry.  Since retirement Ray has picked up beekeeping and has become the local Guru.  Ray even takes time to teach any locals who show interest in beekeeping for themselves.  A truly kind spirit, Ray doesn’t even have to wear a bee suit when tending his hives.  He is happy to talk to you on the drives about anything and is a great knowledge base for the hiking in the area.  You can also sample his honey directly from our shop.

Jackson - Guide in Training

Jackson is one of our young guides in training.  You will see him around the raft center “helping” with rafting duties.  He is always eager to talk and although he may not know that much about the area he will sure tell you what you should do and where you should go.  Jackson will have just completed Grade 2 in school when you see him this summer.  Be sure to say hi.

Alla - The Real Boss

You may not see her very much, but this incredible lady is the glue that holds all of this together.  Alla is an amazing mother, wife, nurse, and business partner.  She seems to have 30 hours in the day the way she gets things done.  If you are lucky enough to meet her you will be happy you did.  She embodies everything Riverside strides towards in guest satisfaction.  She always makes time to chat about your vacation and help you with anything you need while here.  We couldn’t exist with out Alla.

Lucas - Guide in Training / Mischief Maker at Hand

Lucas is our youngest Guide in Training.  Barely able to see over the steering wheel, he still somehow is able to find himself on top of the raft stack and other precarious places.  Lucas knows no fear.  He is also the most determined of all our staff at Riverside.  Once he has made his mind up no one is able to tell him otherwise.  You will see him sometimes trying to help us but usually causing some sort of ruckus.  By the time summer rolls around Lucas will have just completed Kindergarten.