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Meet Our Staff

Martin Flanagan

Martin is the founder of Canada Rail Vacations.  He has achieved the goal of turning a travel junkie’s passion into a reality of full time travel.  Martin has travelled to nearly every location in Canada and has stayed in every hotel we work with.  He has been creating and guiding tours since 1995. He has personally guided over 10,000 guests in the past 20 years. Many of these guests are now repeat customers of ours. Martin speaks fluent English and German and was previously a competitor in the sport of luge.  After realizing he couldn’t make a career out of travelling around the world sledding down icy chutes, he figured he would stop the sledding and just travel.  In his spare time, Martin likes hiking, cycling, cross country skiing, travelling, drinking red wine and visiting excellent restaurants worldwide.   Martin’s favourite tour is our Calgary Stampede tour as he personally accompanies our guests to the “Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth”.

If you would like a private guide or if you would personally like to customize your dream holiday, please contact him at martin (at) canadarail (dot) ca. 

Heather Flanagan

Heather is the Managing Partner of Canada Rail Vacations.   After nearly twenty five years of working for companies in high-rise towers in both Calgary and Vancouver, Heather is happy to now be working with the great team at CanadaRail.ca and with her husband and co-managing partner, Martin. 

Together Heather and Martin have travelled to many amazing places, but they really love to show off beautiful and breathtaking Canada to fellow travelers.

When Heather is not crossing the T’s and dotting the i’s at CanadaRail.ca, she can be found indulging in her love of music by attending music concerts all over the world. If you are a music lover, Heather would love to speak with you.  Heather’s favourite tour is our Coast to Coast Rail Adventure.

Spencer Arsenault

Spencer is originally from Ontario, growing up close to Niagara Falls. After completion of college, Spencer moved out to the Rockies where he has worked as a customer service attendant on two of Canada's finest golf courses. He spent two full seasons working for Greywolf Golf Course in Panorama, BC. Spencer strives to provide the very best in customer service, doing whatever it takes to provide his guests with their best possible experience. He looks forward to working with you and booking your dream vacation with Canada Rail Vacations.

Please feel free to talk to him about extending your holiday if you wish to play golf in the Rockies or know more about Niagara Falls. In his spare time, Spencer enjoys watching and playing sports. He golfs in the summer, plays hockey in the winter and has recently taken up skiing. His other hobbies include photography and playing the guitar.

Spencer's favorite tour is our Rockies Explorer

Ryan Cowie

Ryan is our Vancouver based customer representative and although Calgary born, he is a proud Vancouverite. He made the journey to Vancouver via a five year stay in New York City and loves the diversity each city has provided him from the differing landscapes, art and cultural scenes and the vast array of people. Ryan got the travel bug after backpacking through Great Britain and Europe many moons ago and has never looked back. With extensive trips across Canada, the United States, Australia, New Zealand and Central America, Ryan strives to bring the same zest for adventure and attention to detail to all of our customer's travels.

When Ryan’s not planning your next Rockies adventure, he’s likely playing hockey, soccer or auditioning and performing in many of Vancouver’s commercial, television, theatre and movie productions. You may have seen him in the Canadian WWI film Passchendaele, an Allstate commercial, regular Wal Mart commericials or many promotional videos he’s done for World Wildlife.  If you're meeting up with Ryan and don't know what he looks like, please see the following video: Wal Mart Ad (Yes, he is always having that much fun)

Ryan’s favourite tour is our Totem Rail Explorer for its cultural diversity.

Celene Harder

Raised in Prince George, BC, Celene developed an admiration of Canada’s scenery early on during family road trips through the Rockies. Since then, she has travelled all over western Canada by car and loves experiencing the beauty this country has to offer. In addition to her domestic travel, Celene has also travelled to the United States and England, and holds a particular fondness for coastal cities: San Francisco, Brighton, and Vancouver are among her favourite destinations.

Moving to Calgary in 2006 to attend university, she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Drama. Over the past decade, Celene has entertained audiences across Alberta and British Columbia as an actor, dancer and circus performer. In her free time, she practices capoeira and parkour. If you are interested in the Fraser River Gold Rush, Celene is a wealth of knowledge.

Celene’s favourite trip is the Rockies Explorer tour.

Mandi Schrader

Mandi is an avid nature lover with a passion for music, theatre, costuming and photography. She’s pretty sure she has visited every tourist attraction in British Columbia during her extensive travels around the province where she grew up. She’s thrilled to be part of the Canada Rail team, sharing her love of the most beautiful parts of Canada with guests from all over the world.

In her off time Mandi keeps herself very busy as an event producer, curating the creative offerings of many Calgary performers into unforgettable shows. When she’s not inspiring other artists to be the best and weirdest they can be, you might catch her singing blues, rock and jazz in a local club.

Mandi's favourite tour is our Rockies Escapade, but she likes to add two or three nights to the middle of it as she loves the Rockies.

Andrew Tufford

Born and raised in Ontario, Andrew's passion for travel was ignited after a trip to St. Andrews, Scotland, the "home of golf". After completing a degree in business, Andrew travelled across Canada before settling out west in the Rockies. Andrew loves to share his travel experiences and can help you plan your best trip ever.

In his free time you can find Andrew enjoying British Columbia's beautiful summers on the golf course, playing the guitar or exploring the Rocky Mountains on his snowboard in the winter. Andrew has previously worked for one of Canada's top golf courses at Greywolf Golf Course in Panorama, BC.

Andrew's favourite tour is Rockies Leisure because there is time to golf and hike in both Banff and Jasper, while spending a full day to explore Lake Louise. 

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