Who we are

Big Planet Adventure travel offers you the opportunity to see the world in a different way. Not the off-the-shelf package. You’ll see the world the way you want to see it. Extensive personal travels and 50+ years of combined industry experience means you get  1st hand knowledge of all  7 continents.  This expertise also brings with it the passion for travel , sharing experiences and enthusiasm for learning & exploring our big planet.

A shared commitment with our partners throughout the world, to original experiences, the strengthening of relationships and uncompromising service allows us to offer authentic travel experiences. Cultural discovery is an integral part of travel that Big Planet seeks out. It is fascinating to see how others live and perceive our world.  We offer the highest caliber of guides possible around the world. They take pride in their careers and the opportunity to show you their countries. Big Planet offers tailor-made, custom itineraries specific to your interests budget and timeframe. For those of you that would like to join a small group of other, like minded travellers we also offer a range of set-departure tours around the world.   Give us a call, or send us an email, see what we mean when we say “Go Big”.

Sheri Almond

Sheri AlmondSheri’s passion is travel, you will never find her bag completely unpacked as she is always ready for the next adventure. She has been fortunate to have travelled to all 7 continents.  Exploring the Polar regions of Antarctica and the Arctic, as well as extensive travel in South & Central America, Europe, Asia, Middle East,  Oceania and Africa.  Challenging herself on hikes such as Island Peak & Everest base camp in Nepal, the roof of Africa – Mount Kilimanjaro, as well as the Inca Trail & Lares trek in Peru are just a few. Sheri also finds cycling across a country can be one of the most rewarding ways to really see it , one of her favourite trips was cycling in Sri Lanka for 2 weeks. Relaxing on the beaches of Thailand or Zanzibar are also favourite pastimes,  as well as the thrill of experiencing the magic of the wildlife in Africa while on safari, and culturally fascinating places such as West Africa, India, Burma – everywhere!

Sheri offers you the opportunity to see the world in a different way. You will see the world the way you want to see it. Extensive personal travels and 18+ years of travel industry experience means you get first-hand knowledge of all 7 continents. This expertise also brings with it the passion of travel, sharing experiences and enthusiasm for learning and exploring our big planet.

403-457-0855 / 1-888-257-4181

Laura Derksen

Laura DerksenLaura's life and travel experiences led her to join the exciting world of Adventure Travel in May of 2008.    Having lived in such diverse countries as Pakistan and Ghana growing up definitely made an impression, as did the many travels that have followed in recent years during her time working in the Adventure Travel Industry.  Being an active hiker at home has led Laura to be an active hiker on holiday as well!  She’s hiked the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in Peru, wandered the villages of Annapurna in Nepal, stood at the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania and explored the snowy landscapes of Antarctica all on foot.  It’s not all about hiking though, Laura has also travelled extensively throughout Europe, Central America and most recently toured the ancient wonders of Egypt.  With an efficient and helpful nature, Laura is keen to share these experiences with you and draw from her expertise to help you plan your next holiday, wherever it might be!

780-809-2396 / 1-888-257-4181

Heather Turner

Heather TurnerHeather’s obsession with travel goes back to the days of her Exploring Europe with her backpack and a sense of adventure over 30 years ago.  Since starting to work in the tourism industry in 1984 her travels have led her around the world visiting 6 continents, exploring some amazing destinations and sharing some unique experiences.  She has trekked the Mountain Gorillas in Uganda, watched the Wildebeest cross the Mara River in Kenya during the migration, climbed Mt Nemrut in Eastern Turkey, explored the Imperial Cities of Morocco, kayaked through Halong Bay in Vietnam & toured on elephant back in Sri Lanka.    She has a genuine passion for South America having traveled extensively through Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Ecuador, Peru, Brazil & Colombia, it’s the colors, culture and the food that keeps drawing her back.

If you are looking to explore this amazing Big Planet your own way or to experience a diverse collection of small group active and cultural holidays, Heather is here to guide you along the way and help you plan each memorable journey.

403-768-0860 / 1-888-257-4181