Albert Keller

Kate Keller

Claudia Lake

Multi-day Kayak Guide

Albert grew up at Coast Mountain Lodge where he taught himself paddling skills in the sheltered waters of Evans Bay. Now entering his 13th season as a sea kayak guide, Albert makes sure that our kayak expeditions are well-equipped and run smoothly. Albert spends as much time as possible in a kayak – in summer touring and paddling the Surge Narrows and Okisollo tidal rapids, in winter navigating whitewater rivers. In addition to kayaking, Albert enjoys mountain bike adventures, backcountry skiing, and photography. He spends much of his winter in Nelson, BC on a hunt for deep powder.

Administrative Jack-of-all-Trades

Kate grew up in the mountains, and still seeks out the high country in the wintertime, but has also found a love for the ocean that keeps her coming back every summer. A lover of wildlife, photography, and adventure of all types (especially with four-legged friends), Kate can be hard to pin down, but can most often be found behind the lens or behind the scenes in a ‘jack-of-all-trades’ role. Kate is mom to Cedar’s BFF Luna, and spends much of her winter in Nelson, BC. Kate handles most of our communications and is the friendly voice on the other end of the telephone when you call us up!

Discovery Islands Lodge Host

When Claudia is not cooking breakfast, making beds or doing the laundry at the Discovery Islands Lodge, she can be found doing all of the above, as well as working in her garden and enjoying the scenery, at home on Maurelle Island. Claudia has been a “neighbour” on Maurelle Island since early 1992 when she returned from travelling and working abroad in order to join her partner Cameron on their island homestead. Twenty seven years, many adventures and two grown daughters later, she is looking forward to yet another lovely summer in the Discovery Islands.

Liam McIlvenna

Anthony Mallinson

Spencer Shields

Multi-day Kayak Guide

Liam grew up in Quesnel, British Columbia, where he spent his winters on skis and summers exploring the lakes and mountains of the Cariboo Chilcotin region. After spending time traveling and bike touring abroad he relocated to Vancouver Island where he could immerse himself in ocean pursuits – literally: he ican be found diving when he’s not paddling! He is currently completing a diploma in ourdoor adventure tourism and spends his free time in the ocean, exploring Strathcona provincial park, photographing wildlife, and listening to Neil Young. He is very excited to share his love of the outdoors through kayaking.

Multi-day Kayak Guide

Anthony is an avid outdoorsman, exploring his favourite region of the world, the Coast Mountains of BC, by foot, kayak, and skis. He has summited over 240 local peaks, and three years ago he set his sights on kayaking. Since then, he has paddled the BC coastline for 72 consecutive days and recently spent three weeks kayaking the Exuma Cays in the Bahamas with his awesome adventure partner Lindsay. When not focused on his outdoor passions, he experiments in finding the perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe and baking delicious focaccia bread. Anthony looks forward to sharing his knowledge of the local history, flora, and fauna with guests of Coast Mountain Expeditions in his first season as a guide.

Multi-day Kayak Guide

Spencer is a proud native of Vancouver, British Columbia. Growing up on the coast, he was introduced to kayaking and the water by his father, who would put him on his lap and paddle out to look at seals when he was a toddler. Now entering his eighth season of kayak guiding, Spencer has paddled everywhere from Belize to New Zealand, but he still maintains that BC waters are the best. When not kayaking, Spencer enjoys hiking, reading fat books, and scaring himself rock climbing. A favourite on-the-water memory of his is the time that he paddled within 20 feet of a young mountain lion on the shore of Gilford Island.

Ralph Keller

Lannie Keller

Coast Mountain Kitchen

Shawnai is a long-time Read Island local – she lives by the waters edge with her husband, children, and many animals. She enjoys creating gourmet feasts with local flavour (especially of the plant-based variety). Shawnai works with Lannie to create the delicious meals and treats that fuel participants on our kayak trips. Fun fact: Shawnai’s dog Marley is Cedar’s mom!

Co-Owner, General Operations

Co-founder Ralph moved to Read Island in 1979 where he founded Coast Mountain Expeditions with wife Lannie. A passionate advocate for the preservation of island ecosystems, Ralph is a key organizer of the Coastal Tourism Working Group, a body of local businesses that advocates for conservation and responsible logging practices in the Discovery Islands. Ralph remains a jack-of-all-trades for Coast Mountain; he runs the boat, picks up people and  supplies and delivers them to the right place. He operates and maintains all the complex off-grid systems that make the operation run and still finds time for kayak guiding. To say the place would fall apart without Ralph is no understatement!

Co-owner, General Operations

Lannie co-founded Coast Mountain with Ralph way back in 1987. Today, she tends the garden, rules the kitchen, helps get dinner or breakfast on the table and…she makes sure trip food gets packed out right. Lannie is reason everything happens on schedule ’round these parts. Passionate about the preservation of whole ecosystems, Lannie is the organizational drive behind the Discovery Islands Ecosystem Mapping (DIEM) Project, a community initiative to collect sensitive ecosystem data and make it accessible to conservation efforts.



Lodge Dog

Cedar was born and raised on Read Island.  He graced us with his presence in 2012 and knows the business well! Nobody at Coast Mountain wears more hats than Cedar! Official welcoming committee, cuddle therapist, food disposal expert, stick fetcher, and wildlife manager are just a few of his many job descriptions.

Branch Manager

Luna came to us in 2015 via the BCSPCA.  She spends her winters as a powder hound in Nelson BC and her summers cruising the beaches of Read Island. Her main duties include: generating enthusiasm,  squirrel monitoring, stick & branch inventory and food-waste consultation.  This one has a real zest for life, and it is contagious.