Founded in 2007, our team at Hoodoo Adventures aims to provide quality outdoor adventures and team events that truly highlight the best the Okanagan has to offer. We have brought together some of the most energetic, personable, and dedicated individuals in the industry to assist you through your activities. All our staff have been selected for their passion, outstanding instructional skills, playful attitudes, and their knowledge of safety management with a wide range of backgrounds, experience, and qualifications.
Lyndie Hill has a lifetime of outdoor experience; growing up in the Okanagan region, she has always had a passion for the area. Lyndie spent 14 years travelling, hiking, biking, kayaking, and climbing around the world and was directly involved in the outdoor industry in New Zealand for 8 years, gaining experience and multiple qualifications. Her desire to start a family and to have an impact on the community that she loves brought her home where she has used her international experience to offer Penticton and area residents and visitors the opportunity to enjoy an eco-friendly, outdoor adventure with local flare. Lyndie sees outdoor recreation and adventure tourism as the perfect platform to create a community culture from and she feels blessed to have such an amazing place to call home and to raise her 3 children with her husband Mike.
Marketing and Business Development
Mike has over 25 years of experience in sales, marketing, and event management under his belt. With experience working internationally for one of the world’s leading cycling companies including involvement in World Championship events, Mike brings priceless experience to the team. Though cycling is his first passion, he is a volunteer for the Apex Mountain CSPS Ski Patrol team and has a love for all outdoor adventure and the Okanagan area which makes him a great asset to the business, along with his priceless bike maintenance abilities and a great smile. Growing up in New Zealand, Mike has lived and worked in the Adventure Capital of the world and envisions the same adventurous future for the place he now calls home with his wife and family.
Linnette loves to share her knowledge of the amazing and diverse biking trails in and around Penticton. She endeavours to create a supportive, safe, and fun skill-building environment which is empowering to all who want to pedal. Whether you are interested in pedalling on the rail bed of the KVR or challenging yourself on some of the technical trails of the 3 Blind Mice, she can show you the way. Linnette is a Level 1 Certified Mountain Bike Coach through the Professional Mountain Bike Instruction (PMBI) and a certified Sprockids Youth Mountain Biking Leader, who specializes in providing foundational skills to women and youth. Linnette is also the Women’s Mountain Bike Coordinator for the Penticton and Area Cycling Association (PACA), an ambassador for LIV giant bikes, and the co-owner of Get Up-Cycling. She is also a mother of 3 and loves to hit the trails with her kids and her husband, Shaun.
Mike has spent his entire life playing outside and now chooses to share his passions with others. Starting at the age of 3 he has been sliding on snow in one variety or another and after University in Nova Scotia, he made his way out West to pursue his passions. This sparked a new love for rock climbing and mountain biking, which led him to become a certified instructor in both sports to share these activities with others! In addition to his work with Hoodoo Adventures, Mike is also the Executive Director of a local charity that helps at-risk youth in our region to pursue outdoor recreation. Having spent the past decade in biking, climbing, and snowboarding throughout the valley, his experience and passion will have you enjoying your day in no time.
Andreanne B. Fortin
Andreanne is a passionate person who dedicates most of her time in or learning about the outdoors. This loving mother of 2 has a thirst for travel and adventure making her career at Hoodoo Adventures very enjoyable and fulfilling. She is a certified AMGA rock climbing instructor and a PMBI mountain bike instructor, got trained in Avalanche Safety and Wilderness First Aid, and plans to keep learning and challenging herself. She truly enjoys winter, backcountry snowboarding going hand in hand with it, but when things get warmer, she goes out rock climbing, mountain biking, and hiking. Not a bad trade! She loves sharing her passions with those who cross her path and she genuinely just wants to get out there and have a good time.
Elizabeth “Liz” Murphy
Elizabeth is our Youth Program & Not-For-Profit Manager. She grew up in Toronto, and while she loved the arts and culture, she always felt like something was missing. She was lucky enough to go to summer camp at a young age outside of the city where she fell in love with nature. After 13 years at Camp Kawartha Outdoor Education Centre, as a camper and staff, she realized that it was not a phase she would grow out of; nature and outdoor recreation were a major part of her life. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies, a diploma in Adventure Tourism & Business, certifications in kayaking, canoeing, bushcraft, skiing, natural interpretation, and sport and recreation. Since joining the Hoodoo Adventures team and moving to the Okanagan region, she has also developed a love of rock climbing, mountain biking, and ski touring. Her goal as part of the Hoodoo Adventures team is to create a culture of outdoor recreation for local youth and try to provide the same opportunities that changed her life for the local kids in Penticton.
Benjamin “Ben” Perez
After studying Tourism Management in Pucon, a small town located in heart of the Chilean Andes, Benjamin started his outdoor career guiding in the Andes volcanoes. He then moved to Atacama Desert and Patagonia where he got his Outdoor Leadership certification with NOLS on a 6-month expedition from sea to summit. Ben has over 10 years of professional guiding experience and has led guide teams in different companies and in several sports such as mountaineering, dirt biking, hiking, horseback riding, kayaking, and biking. He now calls Penticton his home and refers to it as a little piece of paradise. He is excited to share his outdoor passion and experience and love for this valley with you. He believes that everyone should have some outdoor adventure in their life.
Qualifications of Our Staff
You need to have the following qualifications to join our team:
High five training
International Certification in-group facilitation
CFOKE and ACSKG Assistant Sea kayak guide certification
ACMG day hikers’ certification
AMGA single pitch instructor certification
Level 1 certified mountain bike instructor (PMBI)
Certified Sprockids youth mountain biking leader
International certification in risk management
International certification in bush survival, mapping and navigation
International certification in meteorology and determining weather patterns
NZCG boat masters and VHF radio operators’ licences
PADI open water and advanced diving
International certification in flat and open water sea kayak guiding
50-hour and 80-hour advanced wilderness first aid certification
Ski Patrol – CSPS first aid and mountain rescue
Avalanche skills and safety training AST – 1
National certificate in outdoor recreation leadership
Diploma in adventure tourism
Advanced Diploma in travel and tourism
IATA Diploma in travel and tourism foundations
Tour guiding certification
Certification in a variety of leadership and ropes programs
Group travel design and marketing
First nations cultural awareness
World host fundamentals
World host service across cultures
Assisting travelers with disabilities
*All our staff at Hoodoo Adventures are required to hold relevant qualifications in their field.
Chute Lake Lodge
When you choose Hoodoo Adventures, it’s not just adventure activities and tours; you will also be able to get comfortable and professional shuttle services. Your overall comfort and satisfaction is what we aim for. Our founders at Hoodoo Adventures partnered with a group of local investors to purchase the historic Chute Lake Lodge. If you need more information about us, please call. We would be happy to help you.