Anna Klimek, Owner & Guide

Hiking is firmly rooted in my lifestyle and I'm passionate about Western Canada.
With 10 + years guiding experience, I have fallen in love with showing people from all over the world, our parks and trails. As the founder and owner of Slow Down Tours, I design our itineraries to ensure that my guests have a wonderful outdoor experience and a more relaxed pace for their Canada travels.

Anna grew up in Europe and completed her studies in Educational Science in Düsseldorf, Germany. Afterwards, she developed a fascination for working as an Outdoor Educator and pursued her personal dream to move to Canada in 2002. Adventures from hiking in the Canadian Rockies to canoeing the Athabasca River spawned a deeper meaning of what nature has to offer and how outdoor adventures mobilize processes of resilience. 

Since 2008, Anna’s experience includes working as a Tour Director and Hiking Guide on multi-day adventure tours in Western Canada, Atlantic Canada and Southwestern USA as well as teaching outdoor recreational skills for schools in Vancouver, Hong Kong and China. 

Anna lives and works on the unceded traditional lands of the Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh and Coast Salish Peoples where she enjoys hiking, biking, snowshoeing and snowboarding.

Certifications and Education 

  • B.A. Pedagogy/Educational Science, Heinrich-Heine-University, Düsseldorf

  • ​Wilderness Leadership Program Squamish, Capilano University, North Vancouver

  • Apprentice Interpreter, Interpretive Guides Association, Canmore

  • Wilderness First Aid and CPR (90 hours), Slipstream Wilderness First Aid

  • BC Parks Law and its Administration 1, BCIT, Vancouver

  • A.S.T Level 1 (Avalanche Skills Training Level 1), Canadian Avalanche Association

  • B.C. class 2 driver's licence 

What others have to say about multi-day adventure tours guided by Anna

Anna provided a great tour experience, adjusting the itinerary that would best suit weather conditions. There aren't many tours out there that provide a combination of hiking and travel photography. 

Mervin, Toronto

I experienced every single day as wonderful and I can’t remember, when my head was the last time so free of worry. I couldn’t have imagined a better guide. 

Chris, Berlin