Zucmin (Zúc'mn) in Nle?kepmxcin means Red Ochre.
The people used to paint their faces with ochre to protect themselves before going into the mountains.

Professional. Adventurous. Indigenous.

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About Zucmin Guiding

WHO WE ARE

Zucmin Guiding is an independent, professional Indigenous adventure tourism company based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. We specialize in individual and small group hiking, backpacking, snowshoeing, and camping in Western Canada, with an Indigenous and educational focus.

Beyond group and private offerings, we also specialize in providing professional services like risk management consultation, professional development training and courses on Indigenous Knowledge to companies, organizations as well as other guiding companies.

As a proud member of the Indigenous Tourism community, we embolden you to also try other Indigenous experiences, in British Columbia, and Alberta and throughout Canada!

OUR MISSION

We are committed to providing deliver authentic Indigenous experiences while maintaining the highest hiking safety standards.

OUR VALUES

We built Zucmin (Zúc’mn) Guiding off the value of relationship. The significance of building and maintaining quality relations with all aspects of our daily experience is rooted in our culture. Recognizing how we relate to our families, our stories, our experiences and our mountains provides a solid base which knowledge is built from and then expanded into a profound and lasting connection.

OUR INVITATION

We invite you to experience the land, stories and build your own sense of place by spend time in mountains with us!

Owner / Lead Guide

Tim Patterson

ACMG Hiking Guide

Advanced Wilderness First Aid


Tim Patterson was born Morris Coutlee who is a member of the Lower Nicola Indian Band that belongs to the Scw̓éxmx (“People of the Creeks”) a branch of the Nlaka'pamux (Thompson) Nation of the Interior Salish peoples of British Columbia Canada. Tim grew up in Revelstoke within the Sn-səlxcin (Sinixt-Lakes) territory and continues to hike and guide around the West Kootenay’s.

Tim has been an outdoor professional for over 13 years, and has hiked and explored both the western parts of Canada and the United States for over 30 years. Tim is a recognized Indigenous Interpretive Guide and Educator, teaching Indigenous Knowledge; Culture; and Practices.

Zúc’nm Guiding was developed through the combining of his Academic, Indigenous and Guiding backgrounds where he focused on Indigenous Knowledge.

Tim's favorite things to do when not in the mountains are listening to jazz, running, reading and traveling.

Zucmin's Guiding Team


Your safety while in the mountains with Zucmin Guiding is paramount, so all our guides are certified by the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides; Interpretive Guides Association and operate within the certifications and terrain guidelines set out by the ACMG. They also come with a wealth of knowledge, experience and fabulous stories!

Justin Howse

ACMG Assistant Hiking Guide

Advanced Wilderness First Aid

Justin has been working as a conservation educator and wilderness guide for over 10 years, hiking and climbing throughout western Canada. He has a Diploma in Biological Sciences and is currently pursuing a degree in Psychology. With his unique Métis perspective, Justin feels blessed to share his indigenous teachings and passion for the environment while hiking in the mountains.

Nat Segal

ACMG Assistant Hiking Guide

Advanced Wilderness First Aid

Nat is a professional skier based in Revelstoke, BC. Originally from Melbourne, Australia, Nat grew up hiking and backpacking in the Victorian Alps three hours from home. This began a life-long love of the backcountry, exploring mountain tops on foot and on skis. She has over ten years experience in backcountry, alpine and mountain terrain and loves all outings from meanders in alpine meadows to scrambles on ridgelines.

Bernie Gladue

IGA Assistant Hiking Guide

Advanced Wilderness First Aid

Bernie is Néhinaw as well Sahtu Dene, from Northern Alberta. He currently resides on the Tsuut’ina Nation.

Bernie is a Journeyman Electrician (NAIT). When not in the mountains, Bernie also works for Creation Lodge, which is mandated to revitalize First Nations Laws through oral traditions through the collaboration between Indigenous Nation and Calgary's urban center thereby teaching morals, ethics and principles.

Bernie loves history and connecting all walks of life,

Theresa Westhaver

IGA Assistant Hiking Guide

Advanced Wilderness First Aid

Theresa is of proud Secwépemc, Néhinaw and settler ancestry and was raised in the skwelk̓wélt (snowy mountains) of Jasper National Park. She holds a BSc in Geography with specializations in environmental science and glacial geomorphology from UNBC. Theresa has 10 pluse years of guiding, adventure tourism and outdoor education experience. She loves to share her passion for environmental and outdoor experiential education through a two-eyed seeing approach of traditional ecological and scientific knowledge.

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Data Collection, Use, and Sharing

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Modification of Terms

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Termination

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