About Kelly Uren
Sea Kayak Guide
Kelly’s passion for adventure, outdoor recreation, and environmental pursuits has allowed her to curate a diverse life as a guide, educator, and instructor. She was born and raised on the west coast of British Columbia, between the mountains and the oceans, and you won’t find her far from either of those ecosystems.
Since 2013, Kelly has been sea kayak guiding and instructing. She strives to provide inclusive and authentic experiences in ocean environments. From culturally significant plants to breaching humpbacks, Kelly’s enthusiasm for the natural world is contagious and unwavering. With her diploma in outdoor recreation management, a degree in environmental studies and a teaching degree in education for sustainability, Kelly’s career and adventures are fed by her zest to connect people to place.
When she isn’t guiding in the polar regions, Kelly can be found paddling, snorkeling, or hiking along BC’s coastline. In the winter you’ll find her snowboarding in the Rocky Mountains. She also teaches outdoor education in schools, organizes a mountain film festival, and loves attending music festivals, spending time with family and friends, and working as an ally to support Indigenous people in the fight to protect wild places. Her advice to first-time adventure travelers is inspired by Sir Ernest Shackleton: “I believe it is in our nature to explore, to reach out into the unknown. The world is a huge place. How will you know where you fit in unless you explore beyond your comfort zone?”