“That’s exactly why I’m doing what I’m doing – to get people out there for the first time and trying something new.”
Now, with funding from Travel Alberta, Kelsey can offer guided tours more often and at a more affordable cost, helping beginners more easily get out to experience the water.
“It allows me to have my own fleet of boards and schedule as many trips as I want at any time of the day," she says. "I won't have to rely on the availability of gear and schedules at rental shops."
This flexibility will be life-changing for Kelsey’s business, which she hopes can one day serve as an adventure hotspot in the Bow Valley, offering a variety of self-sustaining, eco-friendly tiny homes where people can stay and play affordably.
“That’s the big goal,” Kelsey says. “To offer accommodations and partner with local businesses to give people the adventure trip of their dreams.”
For now, Kelsey is excited to expand on her guided lake and river trips.
“Applying for funding was such a smooth experience,” she says. “Between Travel Alberta and the Cochrane Tourism Association, they had good communication, prepped me throughout the grant process, and gave great advice and feedback. I’m really grateful for that.”
Kelsey’s Caravan received funding through Travel Alberta’s Product Development Innovation Fund. This fund helps existing tourism businesses and communities purchase new capital assets, diversifying the product offering and/or visitor experience.