"It is clear to see that (these guides) are about more than being the best guide possible; they are committed to being the best human beings possible."
- Mary-Jeanne D.
Meet the Team
Caring guides make our adventures truly extraordinary. They possess not only the skills necessary to coordinate the many details of each trip, but, above all else, a genuine desire to care for your comfort and enjoyment. On most guided adventures, you can expect a team of one local guide and one who has travelled from our main office, with a minimum ratio of one guide to six guests. On self-guided trips, one of our guides or drivers will be close at hand to meet your needs exclusively.
Aileen has served as our resident bookkeeper and 'Excel Ninja' for over a decade, appreciating Freewheeling's camaraderie and commitment to excellence for guests. When she's not working with Freewheeling or one of her other clients, or following her heat-loving heart to Mexico, she's kicking back in a hot tub, listening to James Taylor, and eating Thai food (not necessarily, but highly possibly, at the same time). Alana assists with reservations management and draws upon her background in literature and journalism to craft Freewheeling's tour materials. A voracious reader, Alana is also a baking enthusiast, forest wanderer, and blanket fort builder. She lives with her partner and daughters on Nova Scotia’s South Shore. Armand is a popular guide on our Quebec tours. His top experience so far has been Dordogne & Lot in France, with its beautiful, challenging routes and amazing cuisine. Armand hopes to guide a tour in Italy next! He spends his downtime reading sports autobiographies, hiking, cross-country skiing, and helping his friends work on their homes. Armand will tell you eating seafood with lots of wine, is one of the best parts of being a Freewheeling guide (of course, the fascinating people he meets on tour come first!). Barbora has guided hikers in the Czech Republic since 1996. A graduate of Masaryk University, Brno, in Liberal Arts and English, she spent 12 years of the communist era in exile as a political refugee. Her passions include Central European history, fine arts, architecture and nature. Barbora loves big skies, long views, trees, wild flowers and classical music. She will share her life experiences and her love for her country with you as your guide. Brin developed a major crush on Nova Scotia while cycling the Cabot Trail, but decided things were getting really serious after tasting the sticky buns at the LaHave Bakery on the South Shore. A teacher during the school year, this avid cook now spends her summer vacations with Freewheeling creating the perfect marriage of bikes and brunches. She is happy to share some of the secret gems she's discovered in Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, Quebec and France, as well as her stashes of delectable treats.
In the office, Chanel enjoys helping guests plan those little details to make their adventures extra amazing. She is currently working on her degree in Tourism and Hospitality Management. She caught the travel bug at a young age while living in Italy for a year where one of her life goals became learning languages. Her favourite part of travelling is, “Immersing myself in different cultures and meeting new people - And if it's somewhere hot, going salsa dancing!” Costa Rica calls to her. Cheryl makes sure everything is top notch at Freewheeling by providing upbeat customer service, flawless reservations, and salient advertising. When she's not occupied at HQ, in summer Cheryl can usually be found near a body of water with a gaggle of family, friends and a gimlet. Myriad ski trips are always in her winter plans. Chris is a cheese aficiando, which is probably why he cites Dordogne & Lot in France as his favourite tour. Or it could be the quiet roads, jaw-dropping scenery, and unparalleled accommodations. A writer and photographer, Chris admits a certain guilty pleasure in living as a hermit, though he has met lifelong friends at Freewheeling, both co-workers and clients. Russia has been calling to him. He doesn't know why. Dan is a generous and competent musician, an exceptionally witty guide, talented writer, and a photographer with an interesting eye. Each visit to the Cabot Trail leaves him feeling refreshed, with the sweet taste of Atlantic sea breezes bent with the Gaelic twist he's come to know and love. You can learn more about him at www.dancorbett.ca. David’s many years of experience with Freewheeling Adventures in bike mechanics, guiding, sales, and as Philip’s right hand man have earned him the difficult task of managing the logistics for all tours, including destination choices, route paths, guides, and overall “continental” savoir faire. He is enchanted with the culture, history and cuisine of South Israel which makes this tour his personal favourite. He hopes to one day cycle through the British Isles with his children. When not in the office, you’ll find David out on family adventures or playing bike polo, a viciously competitive sport heartily enjoyed by some of the Freewheeling Team.
Geoff offers sea-kayak trips when not pursuing his other passion: winning awards for his drumming, both in his own band and with other famous Nova Scotian musicians. The calm waters, seal spottings, and endless picnic spots off Lunenburg make it one of his favourite haunts. His easy-going nature is balanced with care for details and delicious wilderness cuisine, which sometimes includes dark chocolate dipped in red wine. And no, he doesn't feel guilty! Harrison is usually found sporting a gentle smile and a tweed cap (or a helmet!). He is an avid runner, photographer and ever-pleasant guide. A teacher by training, he is always eager to enrich the tours he guides with valuable local knowledge and humble humour. Although he finds himself at peace in any outdoor setting, he discovered a special connection to South Iceland last year and can’t wait to go back. Hevgad lives on Kibbutz Sde Boker, where Ben Gurion lived, and has been a dedicated guide with Freewheeling since our start in Israel in 1996. He delivers exceptional guiding with unparalleled depth of local knowledge. Hevgad also guides the beautiful, and challenging, Crete Bike tour. When he's not guiding his favourite tour in his own backyard - Quebec's Eastern Townships - Jacques serves his community as an elected official. He also manages to teach a spinning class, listen to Genesis, read Kurt Vonnegut, and indulge in chocolate and red wine. Meeting new people and sharing his passion, enthusiasm, and joie de vivre is what Jacques likes best about working with Freewheeling. He has his sights set on the Philippines and Indonesia for future travel destinations. Kaitlyn enjoys long distance cycling trips. She is currently working on cycling down the Pacific Coast of the Americas. Next stop: Central America. Kaitlyn is passionate about environmental conservation and is an advocate of incorporating bicycles into a healthy lifestyle.
Karl is the founder of Saga Akademia, a language school in Iceland. He earned his master degree in Icelandic language and literature from the University of Iceland and has been teaching Icelandic since 1998. He has a teacher's program exam from Boston University and was a teacher in modern Icelandic language at University of Maryland for several years. Karl Smári is a freelance writer and author of two historical documentary films. He has been a certified guide in Iceland and Greenland for many years. Founders and directors, Cathy & Philip. Cathy looks after the yoga, and is responsible for many other facets of the company, including those delicious fresh air picnics. Philip sets the wheels in motion, and will be the captain of your sailing support boat on Islands Seakayak camping trips in Nova Scotia. Lauchlan tried to sell his soul for blues fame, but no one was buying. Freewheeling has been a part of his life for… well much of it. He lends his talent with computer wizardry to Headquarters and shares his love of food and culture with guests on the road, especially on his favourite adventure, Brittany & Normandy Bike. When not in the office, one would find Lauchlan at home with his metronome, guitar and his George Eps books. Luke insists a bike saddle lends itself to the best chats about the beautiful locations visited on a Freewheeling Adventure. He loves meeting and guiding folks who appreciate the richness of the Earth around them, and will discuss geology, history…anything that ends with 'y'. For Luke, nothing beats the bakeries and cheeses of Quebec or the seafood of Prince Edward Island. Luke relishes in good local flavour with keen adventurers to share it with. Martin was born and raised in The Netherlands. His education includes Nature & Landscape Technology. He shares this knowledge while travelling with groups all over the world, and in his beautiful home country. Martin is a gentle guy, who values freedom and enjoys the ability to express his own opinion (sometimes a little stubborn) while listening to others.
Matt builds trip information packages, and when he isn't in the office he's guiding sea kayak tours on the great Atlantic. Stirring in Matt's mind is the prospect of the next free diving adventure, and what he'll find. Regardless of where Matt finds himself, he always shows gratitude for every experience. He dreams of waking up in New Zealand one day. Mike's heart is in BC's Sunshine Coast, where he studied recreation and tourism (and honed his mountain biking amplitude). A computer whiz, Mike spreads his laid-back vibe around the Freewheeling office when he's not guiding his favourite tour, the flat and sunny beaches of PEI Sideroads. In his spare time, Mike can most often be found moving bodies. Yes, really. Especially his own. Steve is our Graphic Designer and is responsible for the printed catalogue mailed every January. Taran grew up with Freewheeling Adventures…or is it Freewheeling Adventures grew up with Taran? Nevertheless, it has been a part of his entire life. Through the years he has worked his way up from cleaning vans to bike mechanics to tour guide and is now in the office coordinating tours and helping to keep the wheels spinning. Taran also works as a musician/producer/audio engineer in Halifax since returning home from life in the Rocky Mountains as a Level 3 Snowboarding Instructor. His drive for versatility rounds out his passion for enjoying life, especially of on the rocky shores of Newfoundland. By profession, Tom is a Czech/English translator but in the summers he loves leaving his computer behind, hopping on his bike, and enjoying freedom and fun with his clients. The Czech Republic is small but extremely multifarious and Tom believes that cycling is an ideal way to see and experience its diversity in a short time.
Trudy is an outdoor enthusiast who is happiest on a hiking trail. She has travelled extensively and spent many years in the Rockies. When not hitting the trails she can be found at her back woods cabin/camp with friends and family having “a time”. Trudy's next goal is to hike the Appalachian Trail starting in April 2017 - all 2190 miles of it. Tyler H joined the Freewheeling team to share his love of cuisine, care, and travel. He is a nutritionist who has elevated the standard of picnic presentation among the guides. Tyler grew up with a serious travel bug. After spending a few years “continent hopping” he landed at Freewheeling ready to share his travel passion with others. From the curves of the Cabot Trail to the hills of Catalonia, Tyler brings a relaxed knowledge to each and every tour he guides. Always in search of a new adventure, Tyler is looking forward to getting back on his bike this season. Ursula can show you more about Slovenia, Croatia, and Montenegro than you can imagine. She likes Nova Scotia almost as much, even in the winter! Wilma assists in reservations and sales at Freewheeling Headquarters where her motto stands, “No problem is too big and no detail is too small!” An avid “foodie” who loves to cook and a self acclaimed wine drinker with a hiking habit, she has hiked along European coastlines, Southern Iceland, Guatemala, throughout Canada, the South Western USA and almost every trail in Nova Scotia.
Stuart comes to the Freewheeling Adventures team after racing his bike around the world with the Canadian National Team. His zest for exploration and culture has led to this exciting new career as a tour guide. An enthusiastic cook and coffee aficionado, Stuart shares his many passions with each and every Freewheeling guest, helping to make their adventure an unforgettable experience. Adrian is a native of St. John’s, Newfoundland and loves to show visitors the ragged beauty of the island’s coast (even when fog makes it hard to actually see it). He feels lucky to live in such a beautiful place and is passionate about nature and the outdoors. Adrian is also a singer/songwriter, Pilates instructor, and avid reader.