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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. He is on the board of directors of Luge Canada, helping to recruit sponsors to be part of the team's recent success in their 2018 Olympic medals. 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

Dalton Feltham

Dalton grew up near Toronto, Ontario. After working for General Motors in his home town, he decided to pursue a future in the travel industry. After completing a diploma in Tourism Management, Dalton moved out west to the Rockies and never looked back.

Dalton has traveled in many different travel styles, including a study abroad program in France where he had the opportunity to spend every weekend experiencing the different cultures of Europe. After completing an internship with us at Canada Rail Vacations in 2016, Dalton spent the winter months travelling the coast of Australia in a camper van. He has done multiple road trips across Canada and the United States, and has spent plenty of time on beaches throughout the Caribbean.

In his time off he can be found on the golf course, running or exploring in nature.

Dalton’s favourite trip is our Best of the West tour as it offers the diversity of spending time in the mountains and near the ocean.

Ellysa Evans

Ellysa has been fortunate enough to spend her childhood on both sides of the Canadian Rockies, but only really started to appreciate it all in 2013 after finishing her degree in interior design at Mount Royal University in Calgary. Her passion and curiosity have led her to explore by kayak and trail the coast of British Columbia, the mountains near Banff, and the backroads of the Canadian Rockies. In 2017, she spent two and a half months road tripping solo across the western United States in her car, crossing many national and state parks, monuments and forests off of her very long bucket list of outdoor destinations.

When Ellysa isn’t hiking, kayaking or road tripping in the wild, you’ll find her writing, stumbling over the keys of the piano, basking in the sun at music festivals, painting, and most importantly - sharing her love of adventure and travel with others. As a solo explorer she loves to get off the beaten path, so if you are looking for a deeply immersive experience or recommendations on where to hike around Calgary, Banff, Jasper or up the coast of BC: she’s your girl.

Ellysa’s favourite tour is our Totem Rail Explorer because she prefers the route less travelled.

Angele Belsham

Angele was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, but has lived in Calgary for over 20 years. She and her husband have raised their two children here in Calgary enjoying and taking advantage of the Rocky Mountains and all that Western Canada has to offer. After a career in nursing, Angele decided to immerse herself into her passion for travel. She loves to explore new destinations and has been fortunate to be able to experience many parts of Canada and the world, including a two year stint living in New Zealand. When she’s not helping others plan their holiday adventures, you can find her spending time with her family, baking, or serving lemonade out of her summer food truck. Our favourite day every week is when Angele bakes banana bread for the office.

Angele’s favourite trip is our Rockies Leisure tour, as it allows plenty of time to explore each destination.

Dawn Reber

Dawn is originally from a small mining community in northern Manitoba. After completing school, she enrolled in the Canadian Armed Forces and began her travelling days. She has lived in most provinces in Canada, as well as Lahr, West Germany and Denver, Colorado.

After returning, Dawn continued to explore much of Western Canada while she turned her focus towards raising a family. Eventually landing in Calgary, Dawn decided to move away from her administrative and customer service background, and pursue a career in Travel and Tourism. Dawn completed a practicum with Canada Rail Vacations after finishing her program and has been with the team ever since. She is excited to continue exploring Western Canada, especially after her first trip aboard the Rocky Mountaineer. Dawn was mesmerized by the incredible onboard service and is keen to share that experience with others.

Dawn’s favourite trip is our Best of the West tour, as it visits Vancouver Island, a place she holds dear in her heart.

Nick Dickson

Nick was born in a small town in New Brunswick in Eastern Canada. After moving to Alberta when he was young, his passion for travel and exploring the world started to bloom. After completing a two-year program in Travel and Tourism, Nick found himself in a career selling the place he loves the most: his own backyard, the Rocky Mountains. Nick’s love for the world has taken him through many stops in North America and Australia, and although his list of stops may be short, he has plans to explore as much of the world as he possibly can.

Nick’s favourite trip is our Coast to Coast Rail Adventure because of the ability to see many of the regions that Canada has to offer.

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