Meet the Owners

Chris and Kassy

As avid lovers of the outdoors since childhood, Chris and Kassy have been involved in many different adventures. From hiking the river valleys in Alberta, tackling the ski hills of BC, grizzly bear guiding in the Great Bear rainforest, snorkeling, diving, and backcountry camping. They are up for pretty much anything that leads to an adventure. After moving to Campbell River in 2011, their eyes were opened to a whole new world of possibilities for adventure. 

As their love for the west coast grew they decided it was time for the next adventure – which was to move to Quadra and become owners of Quadra Island Kayaks!

Meet the Staff

Christine Walsh

Originally an east coaster (often heard saying “Stay where your at and I’ll come where you’re to”), made her way west three years ago. She began her paddling adventures in New Zealand inspiring her to continue education in Adventure Tourism in Newfoundland.

After receiving her diploma out east the wild west called and she found her way to Quadra Island. Christine routinely has the “love giggles” and thoroughly enjoys the colourful characters that cross her path. Ask Christine about inter-tidal zones and marine biology and you will be surely entertained and delighted.

Danielle Manson

Danielle’s love of paddling began at her family cabin as a young child in Ontario. After taking Natural Environment Conservation in college, she found her passion inspiring others to build connections with nature by working with outdoor schools. Through the years she has enjoyed many paddling and camping excursions in Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia. Danielle recently completed her Assistant Overnight Guide certification in Haida Gwaii through the Sea Kayak Guides Alliance of BC and is excited to mix her passion for nature with her love of paddling adventures!

Erin O’Connor

Born and raised in a small northern Ontario community. Has recently made the jump from Vancouver island to Quadra Island and is enjoying it greatly. Has been a water bug her whole life and loves being on the water and in it. Erin has been kayaking for 6 years and has recently become a certified sea kayaking guide with SKGABC. Erin is also a recent graduate of the Canadian Outdoor Leadership Program and is excited to put her skills to use in her new career path. She can’t wait to get out on the water and have some fun!

Sean Irwin

Originally from Vancouver, I have been paddling the coastal waters of BC fairly consistently throughout my life. I started sea Kayaking when I was about 5 or 6 by sitting in the storage hatch as my parents paddled a double while touring the gulf islands. From there I was put in kayaking summer camps as I got older. In high school, I participated in an outdoor ed program where we did several weeks long tours around the coast. Nowadays I am currently enrolled in the Adventure guide diploma program at Thompson Rivers University where I obtained my SKGABC level one and Assistant Overnight Guide certifications. ​​Actively pursuing other disciplines while working towards being a back-country guide, I’m all for chatting about climbing, boarding, and alpinism!

Brandi B

With an education in environmental sciences, Brandi spent a couple of years working for the Government of Alberta in both fisheries and water monitoring work. After a few years of traveling and setting out to find a balance between learning and playing in the outdoors, Brandi attended TRU’s Adventure Guide program, where she became a certified SKGABC sea kayak guide. Realizing how much there is to explore and learn while in a kayak, Brandi moved to Quadra Island to show others all the awesome things that “nature” has in store for us. Brandi hopes to share new knowledge with you, laugh about goofy things, and overall contribute to making your time on Quadra memorable!

Ella Roberts

A ski instructor in the winters, watersports instructor by summer! With First Class Honours with a BSc degree in Sports Science with Outdoor Activities, coming from a foundation degree in Outdoor Recreation, Ella is no stranger to outdoor adventures. With qualifications including BCU Level 2 Kayak Coach, SUP instructor, Powerboat Level 2, and a Lifeguard, Ella is right at home on the water. Having spent the past few summer seasons working in Jersey (one of the Channel Islands), Ella brings some great international experience to the team.


Hi! My name is Tayler and I’m originally from Ontario! My passion for sea kayaking has brought me out to the west coast to further my studies at Thompson River’s University for Adventure Guiding! I’m so stoked to be working as a guide with QIK as I love being out on the water and close to nature. Sea kayaking is a very unique and special adventure activity and I hope to one day travel the world working as a guide in the sea kayak/whitewater kayak tourism industry! Can’t wait to meet and guide you this summer!

Christian Gianfagna

My name is Christian. When kayaking I love that at any moment you may get to see a huge variety of wildlife, that it is an eco-friendly way to explore and that it enables you to go where no boats can go so you can find some secret hidden beaches. Everyone has done the flop and drop where you sit by the pool for the majority of the holiday, I believe that getting out there and having an exciting adventure creates the best memories!

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