Guide Bios

Get to know a few of our fabulous guides

Linus Persson
Linus was born in Stockholm, Sweden, and spent his youth hiking and skiing in the wilderness of Scandinavia. After high school, he spent a year travelling the world alone—climbing peaks and enjoying nature all over. Linus then went on to Chile, where he spent time working in outdoor education and leadership training whilst completing multi-week mountaineering expeditions on the Northern Patagonian Ice Cap. For university Linus decided to travel far from home, coming to Kamloops, British Columbia to complete his Adventure Studies diploma at Thompson Rivers University He began working with Wells Gray Adventures in 2017.

Living in Kamloops year-round, Linus takes full advantage of the city’s world-class mountain biking parks in his free time. You can also find him enjoying the microbrew scene with his wife. During the winter Linus works as a guide for Crescent Spur Heli Skiing, and as an instructor of avalanche safety courses for Colwest Alpine Adventures. His proudest achievement in the outdoors has been the fact that he has been able to make a career out of doing what he loves—climbing and skiing all around the world. Linus carries certifications from the ACMG, Canadian Avalanche Association, WFR, and the Wilderness Education Association.

Charlie Cornish
Charlie was born in Ontario, Canada but also spent time during his childhood in Colorado, USA. Similar to other Wells Gray Adventure guides, he grew up with a paddle in his hand. Canoeing the many lakes and waterways of Ontario, he once took part in an enduro-paddle with his father where they canoed for 60 hours straight. Prior to earning his diploma in Adventure Studies from Thompson Rivers University, Charlie owned and ran a contracting company in Georgian Bay, and worked as a canoe guide in Ontario. He started with Wells Gray Adventures in 2018.

During the winter you can safely assume Charlie is skiing somewhere around the world. He has spent time living in Switzerland, and has worked for multiple seasons as a backcountry ski guide at a club in Hokkaido, Japan. Locally, he has also worked as a ski guide out of the Chatter Creek Mountain Lodge. In his free time, Charlie loves to surf and garden, and plays the drums in a rock band. His proudest accomplishment in the outdoors was carrying a hypothermic Border Collie in his backpack up 2500m of vertical outside of Revelstoke, where he currently lives. Charlie carries certifications from the ACMG, Interpretive Guides Association, WFR and the Sea-Kayak Guides Alliance of B.C.

Travis Goodridge
Travis was born and raised in the town of Canoe, British Columbia, and unsurprisingly, he loves to paddle. Growing up outside of Salmon Arm, he spent his earliest years on Shuswap Lake. Travis received his diploma in adventure tourism from the College of the Rockies, and has since worked all over western Canada. He has spent time as a paddle guide in the Arctic, and as a hiking guide in the Yukon. Travis has spent the last six summers working in Wells Gray Park, the last three of which with Wells Gray Adventures.

In the winter months Travis works as a backcountry ski guide outside of Canmore at Talus Lodge, where he is on his way to earning his ACMG ski certification. He has spent time living in Belgium and Switzerland, and in his free time you can find him working on his 1991 Ford Ranger, or out in the mountains. Travis’ most proud accomplishment in the outdoors was when he portaged a canoe 8km over a high mountain pass in North Tweedsmuir between Surel and Lindquist Lakes. Travis holds certificates from the Canadian Ski Guides Association, B.C. Paddle Association, and Interpretive Guides Association.

JF Labranche
JF was born and raised in the eastern Canadian province of Quebec. He spent his younger years travelling all across North America, hiking and paddling everywhere he went. After settling in Clearwater and completing his program at Thompson Rivers University, he began working for Wells Gray Adventures in 2004.

During the summer you can usually find JF in the backcountry showing guests the wonders British Columbia has to offer. On his days off he is also an avid white-water canoer. Unlike some of our other guides, JF calls Clearwater home year round. He has raised three children in the town and works in the winter as a backcountry ski guide in Wells Gray. JF’s proudest accomplishment—other than raising his kids—was summitting Aconcagua, the tallest mountain in the Western hemisphere (elevation 6,962m / 22,840’). JF is ACMG certified.

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