Live The Adventure!
Live the Adventure!
What does it mean to Live the Adventure? Adventure can be defined in many ways. For some, adventure can be extreme experiences like bungee jumping or whitewater rafting, for others, it can merely be heading into uncharted territories, trying something new, or exploring unfamiliar local and international destinations.
At Discover Canada Tours, we believe that adventure is whatever you make it be. We make sure that every single tour and experience that you have with us is an adventure and something that you’ll take home with you and never forget.
Where Did the Adventure Start?
Discover Canada Tours is a local family-owned and operated business, founded in 2005 by Clint Drdul and Stacey Thorson. The passion for tourism runs in the family. 10 years earlier in 1995 Stacey’s parents, Doug and Dianne Revell, purchased the UNIGLOBE Specialty franchise of which Discover Canada Tours is a division.
In an industry increasingly dominated by large-scale global corporations, we are proud to still be a local family-owned and operated tour and travel company.
Since Stacey and Clint guided our first tour to the Rocky Mountains in March 2005, we have taken over 200,000 travellers around Western Canada and the Northwestern United States.
We have expanded over the years to include more brands and many other types of travellers beyond our initial international student focus. Through all of these developments and new initiatives, we have always maintained our commitment to delivering exceptional travel experiences for the best value.
We take pride in the fact that many of our customers were referred by past customers or are repeat customers themselves, and we have been awarded the Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence for the last few years in a row.
Our purpose is to share our love of Canada with the world. Showcasing everything we love about Canada and ensuring that we provide our guests with an unforgettable, authentic experience for the best value possible.
Our Adventurers are always our top priority.
Our Mission Statement
Sharing our love of Canada with the World.
We are experts in providing the best experiences in Western Canada through continuously developing innovative year-round tours. We focus on adventurers of all ages by committing to provide our guests with unforgettable, authentic travel and sightseeing experiences for the best value. Our adventurers are always our top priority.
Our Core Values
- Live the Adventure
Work hard, Play Hard attitude to all life’s adventures.
- Teamwork is dream work
Working as a collaborative and accountable team allows us to achieve the impossible. When our goals are achieved we celebrate together!
- Go the extra mile
Our Adventurers come first so we aim to give them the “time of their lives” on our trips. We are committed to go above and beyond to achieve this belief.
- Have fun doing it
We believe in the importance of a well-balanced and healthy lifestyle. Life is an adventure and we should be having a fun time living it.
Meet the Team
Director of Sales and Marketing
Clint is one of the founders of Discover Canada Tours and oversees the sales, marketing, and coach fleet. When he is not in the office you can find him chasing his 6-year-old twins down a ski slope, watching his Sales Manager sing bluesy karaoke or hanging out by the water and enjoying this beautiful province where he was born and raised. West Trek could be his favourite division because of its budget pricing and fun group activities that make Western Canada (arguably Canada’s) best sightseeing accessible to all.
Director of Operations
Stacey is one of the founders of Discover Canada Tours and oversees the operations, product development, and finances of DCT and it’s various divisions.
Stacey’s favourite season is winter – she loves to ski and go tobogganing with her family! She has travelled extensively throughout Canada and internationally and prior to starting DCT, she lived and worked in the Middle East. For her travelling is a way of life and a passion unrivalled by no other. She loves to explore new destinations, especially throughout Western Canada, and to share her best experiences through the creation of new tour packages…
Division Manager - Commercial & Product Development
From her start in the tourism industry working the front desk of a hotel in Vancouver back in the 90’s when guests still made their reservation by snail mail, to her current role, managing the product team at DCT, she always measures the product included in the tours she creates to her own personal travel with her family. Some of her favourite places to travel across the globe happen to be in her own backyard like Tofino on Vancouver Island and has a new love for Northern BC and our new Inside Passage Tour after travelling the route this past September. If you can’t find her at her desk in the office, she’s usually somewhere in Canada looking for a new place to send our clients. Oh, and knowing ‘Fiddis’, as we like to call her, she probably has a glass of wine in her hand too.
Graham is in charge of the day to day Operations of Discover Canada Tours. He likes to have his finger on the pulse of the company, keeping everyone on their toes and ensuring all tours are running smoothly. He has worked in the adventure and sightseeing tourism fields for many years, from his early safari, rafting and 4×4 guiding days in Southern Africa to now enjoying the cooler climate of the Pacific Northwest.
For Graham, adventure, sports and travel is a way of life. He loves a combo, but not the fast-food kind. When he is not working (which is seldom) you can find him travelling all around the world, either participating in or watching a major sports event and immersing himself in the local culture. Locally you will find Graham swimming, biking or more than likely running around beautiful British Columbia. He is at his happiest when tanning a chop on the Braai (whatever that means?) or hanging out at a lake house.
Senior Sales Manager
Bryson manages the sales and practicum team, who are also proud to be called “The Green Team.” With a background in guiding with both West Trek and Discover Canada Tours, Bryson’s passion for travel is what shapes his career. When not working, Bryson likes to play- and he likes to play hard. He enjoys dirt biking, motorcycling and is pretty much obsessed with snowmobiling. He also plays both guitar and drums, loves hanging out with good friends and travelling. Bryson is known to be very charismatic and persuasive- so be careful, or you might find yourself on one of his crazy adventures!
Andrew is an experienced marketer and is responsible for handling all the marketing activities at the company. He has a special place in his heart for eCommerce and digital marketing. He was responsible for launching a number of successful boutique eCommerce sites in his homeland of South Africa. With a keen focus in digital, Andrew has grand plans on taking over the tourism world through all digital means necessary, making Discover Canada Tours be the leading tour company in not only the Lower Mainland but all of Canada.
Andrew is a keen fly fisherman, targeting all species of fish, fresh and saltwater. He knows that there is no better meditation than being on the river or lake. Despite coming from South Africa, he also loves to snowboard and is a general outdoors lover. Much like Graham, a braai is at least a once a week occurrence.
Division Manager - DCSA & Destination Snow
What started as a passion for skiing and following fresh snow has shaped a career for Stephen in Tourism. With over 14 years of experience in Sales and Marketing including many years at Whistler Blackcomb, Stephen has developed a wealth of knowledge and familiarity with the industry and what drives travellers of all types.
When the snow melts Stephen can be found on the golf course working on his never-ending quest for the perfect swing or scouring the city for the best slice of pizza.
Rosario manages and oversees the daily operations of the company’s accounting department. She has more than 20 years of accounting experience in the Philippines and Canada combined. She worked in an auditing company, manufacturing, insurance brokerage, life insurance before moving to Canada.
When she’s not balancing assets and liabilities, she’s often at home spending time with her family, cooking, reading books, watching shows, or gardening. During the summer, she searches for “easy” hikes around Metro Vancouver and drags her family with her bribing them with pizza or sushi afterwards.