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.


 

Cathy and Philip, Frewheeling Adventures

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.

David, manager and guide with Freewheeling

 

David is in charge of logistics. His many years of experience with Freewheeling cover everything from bike mechanics to management, including having guided many trips. The culture, history, and cuisine of South Israel have made it his favourite so far, with Crete a close second. Next he hopes to cycle Scotland, and most of the Brisitish Isles, this time with his kids in tow. You can find him hanging out with family and friends, playing bike polo and nursing the ensuing injuries.

Cheryl, Freewheeling Adventures

 

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.

 

Alana teams up with Cheryl to ensure a smooth reservation system, and applies her writing skills to Freewheeling's eloquent publications. Once her daughters are a little older, and her great Canadian novel has sold several million copies, Alana plans to travel to every Freewheeling destination, starting with the untouched beauty of Albania. Then she will build a cabin in the woods and write a follow-up best-seller.

 

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).

 

Slacklining in Point Pleasant Park, followed by gallivanting on her trusty silver steed in search of waves to surf, is Kaitlyn's idea of a great day. When she's not contributing her administrative talents to Freewheeling HQ, Kaitlyn's favourite tour to guide is Montreal to Ottawa. She loves meeting people who value the wonder of cycling as much as she does, and thinks the landscapes of Mongolia would be a great place to explore.

 

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.

 

Andrea lends her meticulous detailing abilities to the Freewheeling kitchen, whipping up scrumptious picnic goodies and making sure vans are packed and ready to go! The health-conscious mom enjoys a fun atmosphere, and can frequently be found hunting for second-hand treasures and playing with her son all over Nova Scotia'sSouth Shore.

 

Melissa provides stellar help to the Freewheeling kitchen during summer break. The avid photographer spends her time studying, cycling, swimming, doing crafts, and playing games. She collects too many plants, and has been unable thus far to replicate her mom's famous corn chowder. The easy-going people, beautiful location, and delicious food are what Melissa appreciates most about Freewheeling.

Steve

 

Steve is our graphics guru. He has contributed to the design of this site, and is responsible for the printed catalogue mailed every January.

Adam, Frewheeling Adventures

 

Adam's deep knowledge of Atlantic Canada and flair for creating unusual gastronomic experiences make him an exceptional guide and tripmate on many Freewheeling itineraries.

 

 

 

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!). Meet Armand on our Saguenay to Charlevoix tour:

 

Brin, a teacher at an alternative school, began her love affair with the outdoors while hiking around the backwoods of Central Manitoba. The avid cook now spends her summer vacations with Freewheeling, having loved the Cabot Trail since she first laid eyes on it. She is happy to share some of the secret gems she's discovered, as well as her stashes of delectable treats. Of the many places she would love to see, Newfoundland and Scotland appeal to the cyclist in her.

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.

 

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 make Blue Rocks, off Lunenburg, a favourite haunt. His easy-going nature is balanced with care for details and delicious wilderness cuisine, which sometimes includes dark chocolate dipped in red wine. With more red wine. And no, he doesn't feel guilty!

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.

Ian Synott

Ian is from Quebec, and knows the Quebec adventures inside out. He balances guiding with other endeavours, and returns every summer to run a few trips.
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.
Karl is our Icelandic guide, trained in tourism and a master of Icelandic language and literature.

Luke likes to see where "the open road" will take him; at present, that means travelling the US, hiking canyons and mountains, and seeing new perspectives. You might catch him reading Jared Diamon books, listening to the Decemberists, and sneaking in a videogame or two. Luke would love to be able to combine the perfect degree of challenge on our Cabot Trail tour with the fabulous bakeries and fromageries of the Bas-Saint-Laurent trip, for a truly heavenly experience.

Marie is happy to share her extensive knowledge about our destinations, particularly Iceland, Germany, and her home turf of Cape Breton Island. Her number one tour would have to be Newfoundland's Viking Trail, with its intriguing geological and cultural history, stunning scenery, and friendly, entertaining locals. Not to mention the moose.
Niall has become familiar, over the years, with many of Freewheeling's destinations, especially Scotland. He is uncannily adept at reading your needs and making your bike perfect, and if you can understand his brogue, is very funny company!

 

Pete is from Cape Breton Island, and trained in Newfoundland at the College of North Atlantic for two years before joining the Freewheeling team. His enthusiasm for wilderness is unsurpassed, and his leadership brings ease and comfort to rugged places. Not surprisingly, Pete's favourite places include Iceland, Newfoundland and Cape Breton.

Phillippe, Frewheeling Adventures

Philippe is our best guide in France and Italy. He likes riding with fast cyclists when he has time, between paying close attention to logistics, mechanics, and that most wonderful of repasts, la pique-nique au plein air.

 

Riley is a photographer and videographer with exceptional talent. You may meet him as a guide, and you can watch some of his video montages on this site.

 

Son to Cathy and Philip, Taran spends his winters in the mountains, flying snowboards and recording music. His songs are becoming famous locally. He manages the bike shop in the summers, but you may meet him on tour as well.

Christine is fortunate to live on Cape Breton Island, where you might bump into her biking and hiking the Cabot Trail, or sailing on the Bras D'Or Lakes. She also loves going further afield, to Costa Rica, Mexico, and Europe. The next big excursions on her bucket list are hiking the Camino de Santiago in Spain and hitting the road on her trusty bike in Croatia.

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.

 

When he's not busy studying, Tyler L is usually hanging out in the radio room of his university, listening to The Band (or the occasional Cat Stevens tune). He shares the beauty of the outdoors and benefits of healthy living as a Freewheeling guide. The rewarding climbs of the Cabot Trail, coupled with charming locals and the other-wordly beauty of the Highlands, make this the quintessential tour on Tyler's list.

Ursula, Frewheeling Adventures

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!

 

Vern has a passion for her home turf of Cape Breton Island, with its magnificent scenery and challenging hikes. When she's not guiding one of our hiking tours, Vern likes to unwind by cooking a delectable meal at home; a rack of lamb with a nice red wine is her specialty, though she admits to indulging in nachos and dark chocolate on occassion. Slovenia is next on her must-see list.

 

 

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