About Your Guides

Guides at CMLGuides and hosts at Bella Coola Mountain Lodge and Kynoch West Coast Adventures combine numerous years of leadership and participation in outdoor adventure travel with professional careers in fisheries and environmental biology. Kynoch West Coast Adventures was formed to fill a niche long ago identified by the founders to help develop backcountry and coastal pursuits throughout BC's Central Coast, bringing the adventure of untamed wilderness within the grasp of those willing to venture into it!!!
Kynoch Adventures was established by partners
Holly Willgress & Fraser Koroluk, now operating at Coast Mountain Lodge in Bella Coola Valley..

Prior to operating Kynoch Adventures, Holly and Fraser spent countless hours as biologists surveying the Central Coast as part of fisheries, marine environment and forestry projects. Numerous days spent in the field on boats, in helicopters & planes and on the ground in soggy wet tents left lasting impressions on them both and they knew they had to share their experiences with others.

Exploring Bella Coola winter sunset on Mt. Nusatsum airplane adventure tours

From Princess Royal Island to Cape Caution their job allowed them to see remote coastal inlets and bays, high alpine areas and isolated river reaches and lakes, where few if any persons had gone before in recent history. Together their passion for the region, its natural history and the people that live there in their own unique styles, drew them permanently back to the Bella Coola Valley, where they operate Kynoch Adventures.

Kynoch West Coast Adventures took on the name from Kynoch Inlet in Fiordland Recreation Area where Holly and Fraser first worked together in the region and where many true adventures unfolded.


HollyHolly Willgress was raised in Squamish with Whistler as her playground and she still decided to move to Bella Coola!!! Holly's background in SCUBA Diving and marine boating lends itself nicely to the Central Coast. A PADI SCUBA instructor and Coast Guard trained coxswain Holly will get you there, get you wet and get you back... Holly has long instructed diving, has led technical courses in GPS mapping in coastal areas and received Coast Guard rescue and boating training off the West Coast of Vancouver Island at the Coast Guard's grueling RHIOT school. An occupational SCUBA diver Holly has worked on fisheries and dive assessments throughout BC and has traveled, dived and kayaked abroad.
 
As a fisheries & environmental technician Holly does wildlife and nature interpretation with guests as well as salmon snorkeling and boating activities in the river and inlets, including wonderful trips to coastal hot springs. Her marine habitat interpretation and marine animal identification skills are testimony to her thousands of logged commercial and recreational dives throughout BC.

Holly's parents John & Gail were pioneers in BC Parks, where John was a Back Country Ranger for over 35 years and was later fundamental in establishing numerous Provincial Parks in BC. Needles to say Holly spent a lot of her time as a child in the backcountry fishing and hiking with the folks...


FraserFraser Koroluk called Bella Coola Home for most of his life, working for the Department of Fisheries before completing the Canadian Outdoor Leadership Training (C.O.L.T) programme at Strathcona Park Lodge in 1987, where he later led trips and instructed outdoor pursuits. Between climbing and traveling his teens and twenties away, mixed with a two and half year bicycle trip through Central and South America, Fraser developed backcountry skills that would prove useful in his later career as a fisheries biologist. Outdoor training has included Canoe Instructor certification, Wilderness First Aid, search and rescue team training , land based leadership, Bear Viewing Guide training, and swift water rescue.
 
Training coupled with a passion for adventure has allowed Fraser to participate in numerous expeditions, ranging from trekking in the Andes, mountaineering in BC and Alaska and overland and backcountry cycling in Australia, New Zealand, Europe and the Americas, including a rare bicycle crossing of the near impenetrable jungles of the Darien Gap between Panama and Colombia.

Fraser's parents Les & Betty built "Brockton House Inn" (now Bella Coola Mountain Lodge) in 1994-1996 on the original site of their family home. Les had a long established fishing and charter operation in Bella Coola, providing river drift fishing in Bella Coola and fly-in remote fishing in Kimsquit River. Les is still actively guiding wildlife viewing and scenic river trips throughout the Bella Coola Valley.