Meet April Link & Chris Ridler
Prince Rupert, according to April Link and Chris Ridler, is the perfect place to operate an outdoor guiding business. “It’s a city in the wilderness,” April says. Leave town, and you’re in the wild. It means the best of both worlds for residents and for visitors: the services and amenities of a town, but also the ability to get away quickly and be surrounded by nature. It is a natural draw for visitors to the area who want to explore the outdoors without straying too far from modern conveniences and transportation hubs.
April and Chris are avid outdoors people with a passion for exploring the waters and outback of the Prince Rupert region. Starting their own outdoor guiding business was a way for them to put their skills and passions to work in a way that inspires them and, in turn, gives them the opportunity to inspire in others a love for nature. Every day they have the privilege of introducing people to the beautiful places that are so close to home and which they may not have ever realized before were there. At the same time, they are able to help people grow their skills and confidence in the outdoors, something that is very rewarding and fulfilling for the couple.
Chris grew up in Prince Rupert and is deeply rooted in his hometown. April knew soon after moving here that Prince Rupert was her true home, too. “It’s just the right size,” says April. “The town has everything we need and it will never grow too big because of the topography. The access to amazing wild places is immediate.” Spending time outdoors isn’t just something they do for work, it’s an integral part of their family life, whether it’s working in the backyard garden or taking fun trips of their own to some of their favourite outdoor spots, like the waterfall on the mountain.
Knowledgeable. Authentic. Safety-Oriented.
Get ready for the ultimate guided outdoor adventure, north Pacific coast style. Outer Coast Outfitters is an outdoor adventure company focused on guided canoe and hiking trips, outdoor education programs and gear rentals. Seasoned, knowledgeable, professional guides who are intimately familiar with the area and its diverse terrain lead guests through the waters and the outback of Prince Rupert region. Guides help guests navigate safely and interpret the surroundings, providing advice and information about the region. In addition to guided hiking and canoe trips, Outer Coast Outfitters also offers outdoor survival skills training and a variety of outdoor educational programs for children, including after-school, weekend and non-instructional day programs. Gear rental for hiking, canoeing and snowshoeing plus kids rain gear is also available.
Outer Coast Outfitters is a member of North Coast Women in Business, the Prince Rupert Chamber of Commerce, Recreational Canoeing Association of BC, Thrive North, Futurpreneur Canada, Aboriginal Tourism Association of BC and the Wilderness Tourism Association. It was a finalist in the Best New Business Idea Category of the 2015 Thrive North Business Challenge.
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