Creative Team


Sergio Gaytan

Illustrator, Designer


Sergio created the exceptional maps and design of this book. The maps, full colour and to scale, are what makes this book stand out. He has created a guidebook that is beautiful in design and functional on the trails. Thanks to Sergio for taking my guidebook to a whole new level in the guidebook world. You have set the bar very high!

Professional bio

I’m a Designer who finds great pleasure in orchestrating visual communications. The interaction with diverse individuals and organizations presents me with great opportunities to step into different realms and create eloquent, custom made solutions with original expression each time.

Working together with the client to understand each case’s singularity, complexity and goals, provides the raw material to craft functional, visually appealing and conceptually convincing communication products punctuated with an exclamation mark!

All this is made possible by my extensive professional experience which has rendered a refined, yet robust skill set. My services incorporate conceptualization, design, Illustration and motion graphics in synergy with meticulous technique.

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Sheila Kernan

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Photo by Amy Cheshire

Contemporary Canadian Artist

When I approached Sheila about including some of her paintings in my book, she was interested and enthusiastic (and I was ecstatic!).

I am thrilled that Sheila’s painting, Life’s Little Moments, is on my cover. Sheila’s paintings bring to life everything that is beautiful about walking in the city from the downtown lights to the solitude of nature. Her use of colour, texture and patterns and the way the light seems to jump off the canvas, is breathtaking. Thanks Sheila, your artwork makes my book beautiful!


Professional bio

Local Calgary artist Sheila Kernan graduated from Alberta College of Art and Design in 2006 and is currently represented across Canada by five elite art galleries.

Sheila finds beauty in large urban centres as well as on remote mountaintops. She is mesmerized by the energy and excitement of translating her experiences onto canvas. Sheila is attracted to unplanned moments, such as stumbling upon a pathway that takes you to the top of a tower overlooking downtown San Francisco during sunset. She loves hiking up a creek and finding herself completely lost in nature. When Sheila paints, she attempts to share her journeys in a unique and vibrant way, utilizing art to express who she is and what she loves. Transposing her vivid imagination into one-of-a-kind works Sheila continues to make her mark in the Canadian art scene, thanks to her extraordinary ability to transform city, prairie, and mountain landscapes onto canvas.

Sheila believes that paintings should be alive, filled with energy and excitement. They should bring a sense of joy. The world is breathtaking and, as Sheila says, “I just have to capture it. The possibilities are endless!”


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Mandy Budan


Mandy Budan

A Canadian Abstract Landscape Painter

Throughout my book are many of Mandy’s spectacular paintings. They are simply beautiful. Mandy’s use of colour is inspirational. Thanks so much Mandy for teaming up and allowing me to feature your paintings in my book. Original artwork in a guidebook is classy stuff!


Professional bio

Mandy Budan was born in Toronto in 1964. After studying art extensively in high school, and advertising design in college, Mandy worked for many years as a graphic designer in both print and digital media.

Always fascinated by the vibrant colours and shapes that make up the Canadian landscape, Mandy started painting again in 2000. Working with acrylic paint on wood panel, she works to transform the landscape into a series of abstract patterns.

Her work is in private and corporate collections around the world.

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Meaghan Craven


It was such a relief to take a step back and hand over my manuscript to an efficient and competent editor. Thanks Meaghan for assessing, correcting, inserting, adjusting, removing and suggesting. Much appreciated!

Professional bio

Meaghan lives and works near Nelson in the West Kootenays of British Columbia. She left her in-house position as managing editor at Fifth House Publishers in Calgary to pursue freelance writing, editorial, and research opportunities. She has edited books for Banff Centre Press, Broadview, Fifth House Publishers, Fitzhenry & Whiteside, Heritage House, Kingsley Publishing, McGraw-Hill Ryerson, Rocky Mountain Books, University of Alberta Press, UBC Press, and others. In addition to editorial work, Meaghan has written science and social studies materials for secondary school textbooks and has ghost written a number of children’s books.

Meaghan (as copy-editor) was the co-recipient of the Lois Hole Award for Editorial Excellence at the 2010 Alberta Book Awards for People of the Lakes: Stories of Our Van Tat Gwich’in Elders/Googwandak Nakhwach’anjoo Van Tat Gwich’in (by Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation and Shirleen Smith, University of Alberta Press).

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