Over the past decade, I have been a part of many trips organized by Royce both locally and afar. Each and every time Royce has created a well-run adventure that provides the participants with a safe, appropriate, epic and unique experience. From canoeing the Milk River into the United States, snowshoeing in the mountains, sailing lakes locally, rafting the Yukons's Tatshenshini River into Alaska, to camping trips and day trips, Royce has contributed to our families library of experiences.
I have watched him organize children's adventures on the Bow river and adult adventures with British Military. Royce adapts well to a very diverse list of clientele.
One of the things I have come to appreciate about Royce is his dedication to safety and risk management. He is willing to and has called off trips due to adverse conditions or weather. He has done this in the face of pressure to "do it anyways". Royce has pursued certification a dozen times over in the time I have known him. His outgoing, personable and enthusiastic approach to people and the world around him, make him a sought after guide and trip leader. I look forward to more adventures in the future with him.
Last fall my daughter and I went on a 2 day canoe trip with Royce, and I have to say my expectations were well exceeded! Royce is so knowledgeable and prepared with everything on the trip from start to finish and was constantly giving us fascinating tips on animals, bugs and nature. His skill on the river left all us newbies feeling confident that he knew what he was doing and he was leading us on a safe journey. Royce planned the trip so we had ample time to stop and really enjoy what we were doing and explained everything so well. We have so many amazing memories from that trip and I look forward to many more trips with Royce.
I’m not an outdoors person. But my son really wanted to attend a canoe trip organized by Royce Williams. Royce’s tips on preparation and expert guidance on the water made for an unforgettable father/son weekend. I highly recommend this trip even if you’re far more comfortable in the City like me. Can’t say enough good things about what a great experience this was.
Noah and I had a great time on our canoe trip last fall. We enjoyed your extensive knowledge of the river/region and wildlife and I appreciated the way you interacted with the kids. You manage to teach them without them realizing that they are learning, and kept things fun and relevant. The pace of the trip was tailored to the kids, which also helped out any parents who didn't have experience either camping or on the water! This trip was an incredible time to unplug and reconnect with my son. Sitting in a boat with only nature to distract us allowed for deeper conversations than we have had in a long time, and spending this time allowed me to appreciate the big kid that my little kid is becoming. We would highly recommend this experience to other families.
Last year my family and I participated in the Canoe Trip organized by Mr. Williams. We had never done this before and were a bit nervous. Mr. Williams put us at ease with his knowledge and organizational skills. We had a great time bonding and camping. It’s great for dads and moms and you learn so much. This is a great adventure for all skill levels and great team work. We will definitely be doing it again!!!
Henry and I had a great trip. It would be my pleasure to provide a testimonial. See below.
What an adventure! My son and I thoroughly enjoyed our canoeing and camping trip with Calgary Canoe Trips. As a mother and inexperienced paddler/camper I couldn’t be more appreciative of the opportunity to have had this adventure with my son knowing that we were with someone whose competence made us feel safe and confident enough to try so many new experiences.
Royce has this amazing ability to “hold space” for his clients. There were multiple occasions during the trip where myself or other clients were physically or emotionally uncomfortable with our vulnerability. Royce finds a way to allow that so as not to hinder personal growth while at the same time always being available to assistant.
Royce also has the innate ability to nurture confidence in children as well as the inner child of an adult. We all want to succeed when we try new things and feel a sense of pride. Royce acknowledges that part of our nature in the most genuine and unobtrusive manner.
I would happily return for another adventure.
Thank you so much Royce for offering this adventure trip! Annie and I have both enjoyed the beautiful scenic views and unique experience of camping in the wilderness. Our trip was filled with accomplishments, especially with your instruction and help on how to paddle canoe fast and safe, and keep up with the team. Annie has asked to come back again. I will definitely recommend it to my family and friends!
The canoe trip my son and I took with Royce last year was fantastic. So good we are signed up again this summer. If you are a seasoned camper or new to all, Royce did an excellent job of making an overnight adventure on the water accessible to all. I’d consider ourselves seasoned campers but novice canoers, so this was a great way to expand our camping experiences. I’d recommend this to anyone who has an interest.
Mom and I learned how to canoe on this 65 km trip with you.
It was a tough challenge but we did it. On the way we saw pelicans and eagles. I thought crossing the stream(including getting my pants wet), climbing up the hill, seeing the sunset, and playing games beside the campfire were the funnest of all. What was really cool was when we saw that you and Josiah caught rainbow trout on the river.
We want to go canoeing with you again next year.
Teaching canoe skills to a group of 8-51 year olds with wildly varying levels of experience is never easy. Royce lead our group of 12 through two days of incredibly helpful and fun canoe instruction to prepare us for a 5 day wilderness canoe outing. He seamlessly covered safety, skills, pro-tips for comfort, and even appropriate teen boy behaviour in our two days together. If you ever need instruction related to anything water related (or you just want to spend a few great hours around a seasoned expert) find a way to engage Royce – your life will be richer for the experience.
In the summer of 2020 we hired Royce to help prepare our three families for a 5 day wilderness canoe trip. In two three-hour sessions (one on Ghost lake and the other on the Bow river) Royce helped our group gain the skills and knowledge necessary for a successful river experience.
Royce is a highly skilled instructor with great technical knowledge and the ability to make a personal connection with each paddler. He was able to manage group dynamics with ease and provided individualized feedback to each person. Royce spent time with each of the 9 kids (ages 9-16) in his boat. He masterfully connected with them, ensuring that they improved their skills and gained a respect for river safety. His instruction provided our kids with the confidence to paddle independently (no adults in their boats) on the Athabasca River. I would highly recommend spending time with Royce on the river if you ever have the chance.