The mountain setting of the CMH Bobbie Burns will be the host once again for a Family Adventure with Brian Keating. Brian is a world traveller, adventurer, naturalist and anthropologist. But more importantly, he makes already amazing trips like CMH's Heli-Hiking trips become beyond what a family could imagine. Even the kids love it! Keating was incredibly popular as a presenter in the CMH Speaker Series in 2012 that we just had to invite him back.
Brian inspires CMH guests in a hilarious and engaging manner. He uses a unique style of teaching that is extremely entertaining; those being taught hardly know it is happening! His presentations are made fun by using a combination of videos, pictures, media streams, and his dramatic voice. He totally captures the audience. With his story telling, Brian encourages people to be more aware of their surroundings and helps them to understand the importance of ecological integrity. His talks may range from pika's and bears to porcupines and goats to his explorations of over 50 countries on earth. Everyone will leave with fresh knowledge on how important the Columbia Mountains are to this integrity and to understand that there still are places on this earth worth preserving.
“It was contagious - to look around the room and see people being educated on nature and loving it!” Guest Robin W. commented after her tour last year at the Bobbie Burns lodge.
CMH family adventure trips allow an easy way for adults and children to come together and have the trip of a lifetime. Families often hike together on the first afternoon enjoying each others company and the sense of wonder that surrounds them in the western Canadian mountains. Over the next couple of days, there is the option for the kids to be with CMH’s family adventure leaders. Also known as “facilitators of fun”, they will hike and play with professional guides, bringing the most of out of the environment.
Brian speaks about a great family memory of his own.
"I remember vividly my very first wild outdoor experience with my father, when I was just a young boy. It was such a powerful time we spent together, and yet, even though it was only a weekend, the memory has stayed with me all my life. In my experience, watching families at the CMH lodges make such a positive impact, and bond each other like none other. In this age of focused attention on our electronic tools, it's very exciting to see families totally involved in the 'moment', with each other, without anything but the big sky, mountain ridges, and a summer wind in their faces."
Once back at the lodge, there are many activities keeping youth busy like games and crafts, swimming or rock climbing. Parents may take part, or instead choose to relax in the spa or chat with new friends beside the fireplace.
Brian just brings another element to an already fantastic trip. He speaks with such eagerness, fully committing himself to a fantastic presentation in the evenings for all ages.
Brian comments on last seasons trip “I had an enthusiastic kids group every night on the couches right in front of me for each of my presentations, and quite honestly, the kids didn't detract but rather added to the evening by being a great 'cheering' crowd. As usual, I kept my talks to 30 minutes, and they were fun, fast and entertaining....easy for the kids to slot into. My talks were goofy & entertaining enough for them but still entertaining for the adults. They had enough serious nature discussion to have 'substance' for everyone.”
I asked Brian how he liked the setting for his discussions. "The living room at the Bobbie Burns Lodge is the perfect setting for an after dinner presentation. It's a classic mountain lodge setting, with the fireplace to the left of the movie screen, mountain views through the big windows, and the comfortable couches for the guests. All this seems to open peoples minds and hearts to my stories about world travel and wildlife wonder. It's simply the best."
Brian will also be joined by his adventurous partner and wife Dee, and they let me know that they are looking forward to going back to the Bobbie Burns lodge. "We so enjoy the thought of being lifted on what I call "the magic carpet"..... up into paradise. And all this with like-minded people who simply love life. The time we have spent at the various CMH lodges has introduced us to a select group of travellers and explorers, people who are looking to get the most out of life: people who love to laugh and learn. Simply put, it's the 'place' and the people that we look forward to the most."
Share Brian and Dee's passion and enthusiasm for nature as you hike together in the glorious alpine throughout your holiday in July 2013. They invite you to bond with your family, question the beauty that will surround you, but again, importantly...Have fun!! But act fast, this particular CMH Summer Adventure sold out early in 2011!