As a child growing up in rural England, Hollie could be found in any weather exploring the countryside with her horses. These years developed a lifelong appreciation for the outdoors and fostered her awareness of the incredible connections we can develop with animals. In 2015, following her emigration to Canada, Hollie completed a certificate in Adventure Tourism from the Westcoast Adventure College on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. This education allowed Hollie to combine her love of wilderness with her lifelong equestrian pursuit to become a trail-riding guide for a season. It was that summer experience that would open doors into guiding further, as Hollie became aware of two things: her intense appreciation for remote places that require intention and effort to access, and her genuine desire to share that passion with others.
In 2016, Hollie headed to the Great Bear Rainforest on the central BC coast to work closely with grizzly bears and begin developing her wildlife photography skills. Her experience with large mammals and a growing knowledge of animal behavior expanded her understanding of these iconic symbols of the wild and led Hollie farther on her journey to becoming a naturalist bear expert. Her dedication and enthusiasm have led to a full guide certification and board position with the Commercial Bear Viewing Association of British Columbia. She also volunteers with research projects on grizzly bears throughout BC and is passionate about the conservation of this umbrella species. Hollie is excited to lead Churchill summer and polar bear expeditions for Natural Habitat Adventures.