Frigon Paddling was founded in 2022, after driving through Port Alice the summer previous and witnessing the amazing setting for the tourquoise waters of the Neroutsos inlet and experiencing the warm welcoming community first hand. Our lifestyles are and were based in a strong foundation of being outdoors in nature and the desire to live that life both at work and recreationally led us to the end of the road and the beginning of Frigon Paddling.
Our goals as business owners are primarily your safety while you enjoy your day on the water and secondary but no less important educating our clients about the leave no trace philosophy while they enjoy our spectacular shorelines. This philosophy is critical to us as users of the natural spaces and also for the local and tourism based users to continue to enjoy them.
The Frigon Islands provided the inspiration for both the name and the paddling equipment rental and guiding business. The islands are a reasonably short distance from the shoreline of Port Alice and provide an opportunity to explore both the islands and the crystal clear waters.
Nicole grow up in the small town of Kerrobert S.K with strong community and family values . She moved to B.C after falling in love with outdoors and anything in between, her sense of adventure and love for the outdoors led Nicole to travel the world snowboarding, mountain biking, hiking, kayaking.
While pursuing her career in oil and gas for well over a decade Nicole always remained true to her core values and beliefs spending her time off travelling from the prairies to the ocean living from the back of a Subaru or truck camper like a true gypsy until the opportunity to pursue a dream that aligned directly with her values.
Nicole's certifications include SVOP (small vessel operator proficiency), wilderness first aid and most recently Level 1 kayak guiding in addition to personal recreational certifications for avalanche Safety and she is a advocate for leave no trace. Nicole's true strength as the heart of our team is her ability to make you feel comfortable and relaxed on any adventure.
Growing up in the interior of British Columbia Grant has always enjoyed the outdoors and an active lifestyle, his outdoor pursuits include snowboarding, wakeboarding, skateboarding, hiking and fishing.
Grants career in forestry led him to Vancouver Island where he promptly fell in love with the ocean and is a fully self professed water child. His love for the ocean and a strong desire to provide an experience in nature similar to the ones he has always enjoyed made it an easy decision to pursue the opportunity for a kayak rental and guiding business in one of the most picturesque settings on Vancouver Island.
His infectious enthusiasm, passion for life and joy in any activity he engages in is sure to have you smiling and feeling like you are about to embark on the greatest adventure of your life.