Wesley Gibson, Owner/Guide
Wesley is a Level 3 Sea Kayak guide with the Sea Kayak Guides Alliance of British Columbia. Growing up near the Rocky Mountains in Alberta, Canada, Wesley sought out the alluring west coast after completing his schooling in adventure tourism.
After cutting his guiding teeth on the Sunshine Coast of BC, Wesley spent the following years paddling extensively through the Johnstone Strait and Broughton Archipelago for both work—as he guided and managed one of the largest kayaking operators on Vancouver Island—and play, of course.
In 2019, Wesley opened At the Water’s Edge Adventures to share his passion and dream to facilitate experiences in this paradigm-shifting environment.
Rob Watson, Operations Manager/Lead Guide
As one of the most experienced guides in the area, Rob Watson brings a decade+ of experience in the Johnstone Strait. After migrating from Ontario in the early 2010’s, Rob has spent nearly all of his time either playing in or learning about nature. An avid backcountry skier, kayaker, biker, and more, he is also nearing the completion of his double major in Ocean Sciences and Marine Biology at UVIC.
A favourite of his friends, peers and guests, Rob is one of those guys who could have made a go at professional sport. Instead, he followed his dreams to the oceans and mountains where his passion pairs mightily with nature’s beauty to facilitate an uplifting experience you will not soon forget.
Dave Hilder, Level 3 Guide
If not for a quirk of fate, Dave Hilder would be found onstage behind the drums, performing worldwide with his band. Lucky for us, Dave’s path took a turn west away from international stardom and straight into the glorious mountains and ocean of British Columbia.
After years spent honing his craft in and around the Johnstone Strait, Dave is now amongst the most experienced guides in the area. His passion is ignited in seeing nature bring out the inner children in his guests. Hundreds of days and nights immersed in this area have only increased Dave’s excitement as he is most likely to cheer the loudest and the first to dance when the wildlife comes a-knocking.
Those who head out with Dave are guaranteed to experience a multi-day face workout as the constant smiling and laughter comes part of the package.