Gary and his big, sturdy state of the art 33’ boat with cabin and open back deck, the Ms. Judy, provide Majestic’s kayak transport to the Broken Group Islands. Gary is a lifetime resident of the West Coast, with 50 years’ experience as a boat captain. He is a kayaker, a diver, a retired crab fisherman…you name it! If it is on the water, Gary has done it. His newest love is his 65’ sailboat which he has restored himself, and he now spends his winters sailing the Pacific coast from Canada to Mexico. Chatting with Gary, while being transported in safety and style, is a highlight for many of our guests!
Fluent in French and English
Eric grew up on Vancouver Island, paddling and sailing with his family. After years of travelling and working in Europe, he returned to Canada to pursue his kayaking career on the west coast. This is his 8th year with Majestic, where is also our Lead Guide and Manager. He is a Level 3 Guide and the President of the Sea Kayak Guides Alliance of BC. In addition, Eric is certified with Paddle Canada Level 4 Skills and is a Level 1 Instructor, as well as a Level 1 CBVA Bear Viewing Guide. Eric is a natural teacher and an amazing resource for all our staff at Majestic. He lives year-round in Ucluelet with his wife and daughter.
Rodrigo was born and raised in Punta Arenas, Southern Patagonia, Chile. He earned his Level 3 Sea Kayak Guides Alliance of BC (SKGABC) certification in both Patagonia and on Vancouver Island. He has been working as a kayak guide in Chile – in Torres del Paine National Park and around the Province of Ultima Esperanza – since 2014. Rodrigo is passionate about white water and surf kayaking, travelling, cooking, and exploring the outdoors. Rodrigo enjoys giving 100% to all his guests, and amazing people with his backcountry culinary talents!
Ben is a local Vancouver Island guide; this will be his 9th season at Majestic. He has a Tourism and Recreation Management degree and is also a graduate of the COLT program at Strathcona Park Lodge. The West Coast of Vancouver Island is one of Ben’s favourite places to kayak, surf, explore, and hike the alpine. Ben works as a backcountry ski guide in winter, and he is passionate about sharing his knowledge and experience with his guests.
Morgan is returning for his second year at Majestic as a Level 2 guide with the SKGABC, and as a recent graduate of Vancouver Island University, where he studied Geography. He is also an experienced saltwater fishing guide and loves surfing, free diving, and adventuring in his free time. Morgan’s passion for sustainability and the ocean has led him to kayak guiding, where humans and nature can exist in harmony.
This is Courtenay’s 2nd year at Majestic as a certified Level 2 guide with the SKGABC. She is a graduate of the renowned Canadian Outdoor Leadership Training (COLT) program at Strathcona Park Lodge, where she was also certified as a Canoe Instructor and a Swift Water Rescue Technician. Courtenay has also been a Yoga Teacher for nearly 10 years. She takes a fun, lighthearted approach to guiding, and is passionate about helping people connect to nature and to themselves. When she is not out on the water, you can find Courtenay running on Ucluelet’s many beautiful trails.
Erica is excited to return for her second year with Majestic. After finishing an Adventure Studies Diploma and a General Studies Degree from Thompson Rivers University, she can't wait to spend the whole summer outside again. She loves everything to do with the ocean, especially all the cool plants and animals who call it home. When she isn't kayaking, Erica can be found surfing, hiking, or napping!
Paula is returning to the Majestic team for her second season, after having completed her AOG in southern Patagonia through the SKGABC. She has also practiced Karate for over 20 years and has participated in many championships, but now practices mainly for her own satisfaction. Paula is originally from Concepción , Chile, but has been living in Patagonia for the past four years, before coming to Canada in 2020. Paula loves to be outside exploring nature, both in the mountains and on the ocean.
Felipe is thrilled to return for his second season at Majestic, after completing his AOG through the SKGABC in his home country of Chile. He is also excited to be joined by his sister, Margareth, this season! They are from Chile’s central area, where the mountains meet the ocean. Felipe is passionate about sharing his love of nature with all our guests, and when he is not out paddling, he can be found exploring the area doing his second favourite activity (after kayaking) – cycling!
Marina grew up in Victoria and has been dancing in rain boots and in love with nature for as long as she can remember. During the off-season she’s enrolled in Marine Ecology and Environmental Studies at Quest University in Squamish, where she’s often outside by the river, hiking, skiing, playing guitar, or working on sustainability projects. Each day she spends guiding, Marina is excited and honoured to bring people together, and to help them connect with the balance and peace of nature.
Salma is joining Majestic this season in our front office. She will be helping our guests to book tours, check-in, and answer any of the million questions that always come up! Salma is a graduate of BCIT, with a Bachelor’s degree in Business, and her expertise helps keep everything at Majestic flowing as it should. When she’s not in the office, Salma can be found attempting to surf in the ocean, and exploring everything this beautiful island has to offer.
Liam joins us as an integral part of Majestic’s Operations Team this season, and is a recent graduate of TRU’s Adventure Studies Program. He grew up in Nelson, BC, and spent most of his free time in the mountains skiing during the winter. After working as a ski guide for the past few years, Liam is excited to spend his first season in Ucluelet and is enjoying the opportunity to learn from and experience everything the west coast has to offer!
Margareth is delighted to be joining us as part of Majestic’s Operations Team this year. It is her first season in Canada, hailing from the central area of Chile, along with her brother, Felipe, who is part of Majestic’s Guiding Team. She is looking forward to a season full of learning! She loves to be outside in nature, and to hike in the backcountry. Whether she is helping guests or washing up kayaking gear, Margareth always has a big smile on her face.
Herbie enjoys kayaking, chasing eagles and greeting our guests.