Our Guides

Our Mission: To be a Kootenay leader in providing authentic adventures in a unique natural environment...

Our Values:  Guest satisfaction, Safety, Sustainability, Fun!

The Kootenay Raft Co prides itself upon offering consistent, excellent customer service. The guides staff are more than just high calibre river bums: they are great people with a shared passion for a healthy outdoor lifestyle...

Qualified:  Each guide has passed industry standard training protocols, including Swiftwater rescue and first aid training.

Among the KRC characters you will find:

Chris Vassallo aka Pappi

Chris is at home guidng rafts, guiding fishing and guiding how to make home brew beverages.  A key staffer for all things logistics, Chris is characterized by his easy going nature and hearty laugh.


Ben Vo Van - Trip Leader, Croissant eater

Originally trained in France, Ben in an exceptional river guide.  Ben always has a big smile and an infectious zest for life, and all things with mayonaise on it.  Just take a browse through our trip advisor reviews and you will get to know Ben - he is a fan favourite guide!

Christie Siefert, aka T-Bone MACE

Christie is a river guide, really helpful in the office, and works at Spirit Rock Climbing centre in Kimberley when not on the river. In her spare time she is a bruiser with the local Roller Derby team, so you had better paddle when she asks.

Craig Campbell, CEO, Dishwasher

A former graduate turned instructor with Thompson River University's Adventure Guide progam, Craig started KRC in 1998. His mom still bugs him to get a 'real' job, but he'll show her.