Mahikan Trails

Brenda Holder


Brenda (Cree/Iroquois Métis) was born and raised in the Rockies in Jasper National Park and is pleased to follow her lineage as a traditional Métis guide from the Kwarakwante of Jasper. Learning through research and talking with elders, traditions, which are a part of her heritage, have become a pleasure for her to share with others.

Brenda has spent the last 14 years in tourism and has served on Aboriginal Tourism Advisory Boards for the Minister of Tourism Parks and Recreation in 2008 as well as for Travel Alberta in 2006. In addition, Brenda has been engaged in Aboriginal Tourism since 1998 and was an active member of Niitsitappi (before being taken over by Travel Alberta).

Some of Brenda’s Accomplishments:

Restructured and ran the Métis interpretive centre at the Canadian National Parks Rocky Mountain House 2006.
Trained guides and consulted for the Métis heritage site “Métis Crossing” for the six years.
Worked closely with Jasper National Parks introducing culturally based programs, which is at present an ongoing project.
Recipient of several prestigious awards for her work in using her company both in the entrepreneurial spirit and in educating the public about Métis culture. One of these awards was the Aboriginal Woman Entrepreneur Award of Distinction presented from the Alberta Chamber of Commerce.
Awarded the Esquao Award from the Institute for the Advancement of Aboriginal Women (IAAW). The award was in the Health, Medicine and Culture category, for the promotion of those qualities through the client based activities provided by Mahikan Trails Inc.
In 2004, Métis Nation of Alberta Region III awarded her the Métis Entrepreneur of the Year.
Took part in several film documentaries and one television series: Mahikan Trails was presented on Profiles of Success on Aboriginal People’s Television Network.
Tomiuk Productions filmed Mahikan Trails in a documentary/training video to be used in a Lakeland College training course for Adventure Tourism.
Mahikan Trails was showcased as one of the Adventure Partners in the Aboriginal Tourism Sector.
As part of Alberta Economic Development, Brenda was also filmed with the Story Tellers documentary series on being an Aboriginal Woman in Business.
In 2006 Brenda was filmed in a TV series called Fish Out of Water, featuring Métis heritage, culture and skills.
In 2010 Brenda hosted her own TV show called “The Hookup” again featuring her heritage and culture. The show took home the prestigious “Rosie” award in Alberta.

Brenda holds the following outdoor pursuit qualifications/skills;

·  Nordic ski instructor with the Canadian association of Nordic ski Instructors
·  Level one Coach NCCP (National Canadian Coaching program)
·  Professional interpreter with Interpretive Guides Association (IGA)
·  Instructor with the IGA
·  Instructor for the Outdoor Council of Canada (OCC)
·  Wilderness and Standard First Aid instructor Red Cross
·  Qualified Hunter with Alberta Hunting Education Association

·  Qualified Instructor with Alberta Hunting Education Association
·  Qualified Trapper with Alberta Trapper Association
·  Standard Recreational Avalanche awareness level one

Dave Holder


Dave's background is varied with 21 years in the British Military, 8 years teaching Adventurous Training to the British and Canadian Army in the Canadian Rockies. For the last 15 years here in the Canadian Rockies Dave has been working within the outdoor world.


Nordic Ski Instructor (CANSI)
Nordic ski coach (NCCP)
Instructor - Canadian Red Cross teaching Wilderness and Standard First Aid courses
Outdoor Council of Canada -  Instructor for Field Leader Hiking and Paddling courses
Boreal Forest Level 3 Guide - Wilderness Guide Association (WGA), 
Wilderness Living skills instructor, Survival/Bushcraft, (certificate from Mors Kochanski)
Professional Interpretive Guide / Instructor -  Interpretive Guides Association (IGA)
Level 2 certificate - Interpretation Canada
Hiking and Snowshoe Guide -  Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG)
Instructor - Alberta Hunter Education Instructor Association (AHEIA)


Jordan Ede


Nordic Ski Instructor (CANSI)
Instructor - Canadian Red Cross teaching Wilderness and Standard First Aid courses
Assistant Interpretive Guide  -  Interpretive Guides Association (IGA)
General Instructor - Mahikan Trails


Kona


Big fluffy and cuddly malamute who feels it's his job to engage all visitors and make friends.


He also has pulled our sleds with equipment and loves winter!

Walk with Mahikan (Wolf)

Who Are We?


Mahikan Trails is an Indigenous Company that offers people an opportunity to explore Native Culture through Traditional Programs.


Whether it is a conference that is looking for unique activities for their delegates or groups looking for specialized training programs with an Aboriginal focus, Mahikan Trails delivers with expertise.


What Do We Do?


Training and Consulting


We have several outdoor programs that we offer for professionals and lay people alike. You can learn about what training programs we offer here and here.


Traditional Skills


​Traditional skills are becoming increasingly popular and in high demand. These cool skills that our forefathers used are becoming a lost art and we are doing our part to keep them alive. Not only are they fun, but very educational as well, please check it out on our Culture page. For those interested in Plants and their medicine more information can be found here.


Cultural Programs


We offer cultural programs for anyone who is interested in learning about Metis or First Nations. Whether it is drumming, dancing, learning to do bead work, hide tanning or even plant medicine we have programs for everyone! These programs can be found here.