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Our Guides & Instructors

• The guides that work with North Shore Kayaks are highly experienced, certified, insightful and committed to your safety and trip enjoyment. All guides are certifed VHF marine radio operators. They are all well acquainted in the native culture, natural history and ecology of Coastal British Columbia.

• Some of our instructors are NOLS Certified instructors – and work in our off season for NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School, USA) as certifying instructors from all around the world.

Candace Campo
Owner / Trainer / Lead Guide & Cultural Interpretor

Candace, a school teacher, anthropologist, guide, and mother is passionate about community and outdoor education. Candace and business partner and friend Jen Thomas are the proud owners of NSK.  On a family note Candace’s  nephews Billy, Maddox and Cash are Jen’s grandsons. Both Jen and Candace aspire to make North Shore Kayaks the company that serves our visitors and the community and residence of the North Shore and Vancouver area for your paddle experience.  North Shore Kayaks is the sister company to Talaysay Tours of the Sunshine Coast. Candace was born and raised in Sechelt on the beautiful Sunshine Coast of British Columbia. A shíshálh (Sechelt) Coast Salish member, Candace is born to the xenichen Wolf Clan. Candace’s ancestral name is xets’emíts’a (“to always be there”). Candace’s professional background includes a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in Anthropology and a degree in Education from Simon Fraser University. Candace has been guiding for over 11 years and has the deepest love and appreciation for her parents who did all they could to raise their children off the land and sea.

As the co-owner of North Shore Kayaks, Candace is ecstatic to work with her friend and business partner Jen Thomas, Tsleil-waututh leader, in providing land and water tours and enriched outdoor cultural experiences to international visitors, locals, schools and organizations throughout British Columbia and the lower mainland.

Jen Thomas

Jen Thomas is a member of Tsleil-Waututh Nation, and has served her community as elected council for 13 years and is very active in the community taking the lead in organizing various community events such as the Annual Christmas craft fair and the Annual Baby celebration.

Family is very important to Jen, and she makes sure to stay connected with all her ties. She grew up on the Tsleil-Waututh Nation Reserve in North Vancouver, where her dad was also born and raised. Jen’s mom was born and raised in White Rock and is from the Semiahmoo First Nation with ties to the Lummi Nation in Washington. Staying connected to her relatives is important to Jen to keep her positive and give her strength to accomplish her goals.

Jen has three grown children Ashley, Marcus and Tristen, and three handsome grandsons, Billy, Maddox and Kash. Currently Jen is employed with the BC Aboriginal Child Care Society where she has been working with families to open RESP savings accounts so the Aboriginal children will have secured funding for Post Secondary Education

Over the years Jen has made every effort to help the youth in the community reach their full potential. She has reached out to youth organizations and sport organizations to connect the youth with various programs available to them. Jen believes the success of the youth is the success of the Nation.

It is Jen’s goal to work in the tourism industry with Candace to train youth in outdoor education, kayaking, events management and customer service

Lauraleigh A. R. Paul – - yuxwelupun ‘aat
Lead Guide & Cultural Interpretor

Laureleigh hails from 3 ‘Territories’: Coast Salish, Okanagan & Carrier First Nations. Accordingly, her first hand knowledge of the Aboriginal histories & the environment: namely, our, terrestrial-marine interface ecosystems here in British Columbia. She has been guiding day and multi-day sea kayak trips for the past 12 years. Not only that but she is an incredible ‘camp chef’. If we are lucky, she sings and drums in full observance of her traditional background and ancient Salish culture.

It is noteworthy that she has her Aboriginal Sea Kayak Guide Alliance Level III; and her FIrst Aids, including commuity care and infant First Aid certificates. Given that she has her Class ’4′ BC Drivers Licence, you may just find her chauffering you to waterside in the company van. Never lame, and always lovely, she has been with Rising Sun Kayaks seasonally since 2003, and is an unbelievable asset to each trip.

Andy Johnson
Senior Guide
In his other life, Andy is both a teacher of Seh shashishalem language and culture and Coast Salish art. But, in his summer seasons, you will find him guiding his traditional waters of the deep reaches of the Sechelt Inlets.

Cody Parker
Lead Guide

An excellent chef and skilled fisherman, Cody is someone your tastebuds are going to want along on the trip. Aside from being a master of outdoor cuisine, Cody is also a skilled and experienced guide. His family roots go back to the 1920’s on Sakinaw Lake, in Pender Harbour. He has level III CPR and First Aid certifications and is excellent at reading tides and other essential guiding skills. In the off season, Cody works for the Canadian Coast Guard. His experience and professionalism on the water brings comfort to our clients. He is truly a gifted guide. With his cooking expertise and talents, having cooked in 5 star restaurants, we usually feast on Cody’s fresh catch of the day every night; feasting on wild salmon and halibut prepared in the same way he would for his restaurant guests.

Ryan Anderson
Seasonal Guide

Ryan is born and raised in Deep Cove. He is proud of this and takes great pride in letting people know it. He also shows it by undertaking brave and often extreme winter kayak trips as a personal hobby. It is quite funny to see this ‘polar bear’ jump for short ice swims on these winter crusades. He says Deep Cove made him this way!? On the warmer side of things, he just spent this past August, September and October guiding school groups on multi-day expeditions in Australia. You will find Ryan leading most of our day trips up Indian Arm, or, out into Howe Sound or English Bay, from Jericho or Kit’s Beach. He is a certified Ocean Sea Kayak Guide as recognized by the Assoc. of Canadian Sea Kayak Guides. We also have to live with Ryan’s shared loyalty to and employment with some other local sea kayak outfits here in North Vancouver and Deep Cove who sub-contract his services as a guide & instructor. All in all, Ryan is a super laid back, ‘west coast dude’ with a few years guiding experience. We keep hearing that he makes first timers feel quite at ease.

Quinn Gauge Perrick
Seasonal Guide

We are always thankful for Quinn’s youth, strength and more than anything, his ability to find the whales! Quinn is a hard-worker, staying up after everyone has gone, ensuring that all the kayaks and gear are in top shape for the next days paddle. He usually brings up the rear on our trips, paddling slow gives him the time he needs to spot wildlife and that he does! We call his role at the back of the pack as “the Sweep.” If one wishes a little extra motivation and zest in their paddle strokes, they can hang at the back of the pack with Quinn – and catch some low-sounding, catchy tunes.


Raelene Esteban, originally from the Islands of Hawaii, has an extensive paddling background. Paddling in ocean kayaks and canoes at the age of seven Raelene has fostered or shall we say inherited, with her Hawaiian ancestry, a passion and skill for being on the water! Highly certified, Raelene is qualified to instruct sea-kayaking levels: Flatwater, Level 1 and Level 2. Raelene, our head instructor for our kayak lessons and tours here on the North Shore, knows the Indian Arm and Deep Cove area like few people do.