We were founded in 2008 in Canmore, Alberta, a friendly mountain town and gateway to the Canadian Rockies. I had just settled in Canada from England after a successful career in telecommunications and was looking forward to enjoying the best skiing, hiking and flying Canada has to offer. Throughout a lifetime of traveling and exploring, I had become frustrated with the large booking websites that didn’t understand or care to ask about my unique wants and desires as a traveler.
I knew we could do much, much better and set out to launch Leavetown, a unique and personable travel specialist serving mountain and nature destinations across Canada. What makes us unique is that we are extremely passionate travelers and outdoor activity seekers that live, work and play in the destinations we serve. Our talented and caring Destination Experts are only a phone call away and love to help you find the perfect accommodations, activities and local deals so that your vacation planning process is completely headache free.
I welcome you to Leavetown with us. Our backyard is a truly incredible place to explore!
Mike Liverton, Founder and CEO
WHAT SETS US APART
1Local Expert Advice
We are here to guide and help you in every way with fully personalized service. Leavetown is powered by travel gurus who live locally and have a genuine passion for our destinations. So ask us anything! From selecting the perfect rental that’s right for you, to information on things to do on your holiday, we are full of friendly advice. Click here to chat with a Leavetown expert.
2Leavetown Stamp of Approval
All of our properties have been fully verified by our Leavetown team of Destination Experts. We will never book our customers into any property that our team haven’t stayed at and loved themselves. Just take a look at our guest and TripAdvisor reviews, we take our role very seriously.
3Unique VIP Discounts, Just For You!
Need advice on what to do when you get there? Ask about our local VIP Discounts – we provide our customers with exclusive discounts to a hand-picked selection of unique and locally owned venues across the destinations we serve. These include restaurants, cafes, equipment rental stores, massage services, etc. All offer exclusive value propositions to Leavetown guests which allows you to experience the best local offerings at the best prices.
4Best Price Guarantee
We are a small business, and we know that every dollar spent on your holiday is precious. That’s why we guarantee the best price on your accommodation or activity booking. What’s more, in the unlikely event that you do find a lower rate, we will gladly match it…. Oh, and by the way, we also offer free cancellations. It’s a win-win!
5Incredible Travel Guides
At Leavetown, we offer more than just great vacation rentals. We offer amazing experiences in one-of-a-kind destinations that we know and love. We wanted to share our knowledge and passion with our customers, which is why we created our travel guides, which are jam-packed with the best travel advice and tips out there.
Pilot, Paraglider, Entrepreneur, Lover-of-the-Great-Outdoors
Born and raised in England yet drawn by the Rockies, Mike made the leap across the pond in 2006. An outdoor fiend, you never know if he’ll be flying a float plane, paragliding, mountain biking, kite-surfing or enjoying some other adrenaline-fueled activity in the wilderness. A successful entrepreneur in his native country and enthusiastic about fostering a love of the outdoors, starting Leavetown made perfect sense. He enjoys every moment spent ensuring guests have an unforgettable vacation. Mike resides in Canmore, but also frequents Vancouver. You can’t keep this guy in one place for very long, let alone with his feet on the earth.
Financial Controller & Operations Manager
Skier, Scottish Expat, and Supreme Organizer
Growing up in Scotland, it wasn’t long before Moscow, Paris and Madrid were stamped in Martin’s passport. On his group trips, Martin was always the one to “get it all sorted.” That skill would become vital for guests at LeaveTown. With his love of mountains, fresh air and fun, he made Canmore his home base in 2004. Leading the guest services team at LeaveTown, Martin takes pride in being an incredible booking matchmaker—putting travellers together with perfect properties for their stay.
Emmanuel Lavoie, P.Eng
Paraglider, Sailor, Skier and Life Enthusiast
With powder skiing and mountains in his heart, Emmanuel moved from Montreal to the West Coast to connect outdoor adventure and a career related to the environment. Working in the green building and sustainability field for 11 years he made room for paragliding trips, backcountry skiing, sailing, hiking and the great outdoors. A degree in Mechanical Engineering matched with a passion for business led Emmanuel to grow and sell his engineering consulting business prior to joining Leavetown. He loves linking together the pieces of the puzzle that help you get outside and into nature.
World Wanderer, Scuba Diver, Beach-Loving Prairie Gal
Coming to us from the prairie heartland of Saskatchewan, Gaylene was bitten early by the travel bug, and has lived overseas as a scuba instructor and massage therapist. With a heart as wide as a prairie sky, her outdoor yearnings have taken her to deserts, oceans, rivers, valleys, lakes and mountains in far-flung, amazing places. And all of this wonder is right here in Canada, too. Gaylene’s gift for managing travel and adventure means you’ll always enjoy the perfect weekend, or family getaway. You might spot her surfside on Vancouver Island, or exploring her adopted hometown of Canmore.
Proud Hockey & Soccer Mom, Entrepreneur, Runner, Motorcycle Enthusiast
Brenda is a true Canmore local having lived in the beautiful Bow Valley for almost twenty years. In the summer you’ll find her on a soccer field, and in the winter in an ice rink as she’s a proud mum of two fantastic (and uber-competitive) girls. When she gets a minute to herself she runs or rides her motorcycle through our sweeping mountainous country-side. An entrepreneur at heart, Brenda runs a two-way radio company out of Banff, but she’s happy to leave that biz to a manager because she loves working in travel. Ask her what’s not to miss in your visit to the Rockies and she’ll make sure you have a trip you’ll never forget.
Injury Prone Adrenaline Junkie, Mountain Biker, Hiker, Rock Climber
A Vancouver local studying Human Geography Matt has a passion for outdoor action and adventure. On off days you can find him snooping around Squamish and Whistler looking for the next trail to ride or hike, and the North Shore mountains are as much home as Kitsilano. He brings his enthusiasm for exploration and travel to every LeaveTown experience in the hopes of sharing a little of his backyard with you.
Traveller, Skier, Tea Enthusiast, Sailor-in-Training
Having travelled most of Europe, Nick’s love of visiting new places led him to settle in Vancouver, which he uses as a base to explore the wilderness of BC, indulge in skiing and experience the famous West Coast. Nick studied Surveying at Newcastle, so he can always find you the quickest route to your perfect holiday! After working in Geotechnical Monitoring for 3 years Nick has returned to the travel industry, swapping building new things to creating new experiences. In his free time Nick enjoys watching test cricket – he brings a completely different spin to Leavetown!
Irish Expat, Hiker, Climber, Diehard Hurling Fan
One Irish expat just wasn't enough, so Adam came on board at Leavetown as the newest member of our Sales Support team. Adam has travelled all over Europe and North America, and during those adventures, the wanderlust in his veins led him to Vancouver, where he found his new home city. Adam studied International Commerce in Dublin and uses his sales savvy and negotiating skills to finds the best deals for our Leavetown guests. A TV and movie buff, Adam also enjoys hiking and climbing in the great British Columbian outdoors. His goal is to bring his favourite Irish sport of Hurling to a wider audience and start playing again on Canadian soil.
Travel Expert, Skier, Hiker, Mom to Twin Girls
Jaime is Leavetown's newest Destination Expert, and has come to us with over 18 years' experience in the travel industry! After moving to Whistler from Ontario 12 years ago, Jaime soon became a true Whistlerite, living and breathing the mountain town's outdoor lifestyle. Jaime has since settled in Vancouver, where she enjoys travelling, skiing and hiking with her husband and twin daughters, as well as exploring new restaurants, as she considers herself a true foodie at heart.
Marketing & Communications
Backpacker, Wanderer, Sun Seeker
Christina is our Irish import who has spent the last 9 years chasing adventure around the world, studying and working in the US, Australia and London, and spending months backpacking South East Asia. In the past, she has worked as a journalist and travel agent, utilizing her professional life as a way to share her passion for travelling with others. Currently based in Vancouver, Christina loves nothing more than being by the ocean, summer hiking in the mountains, and working on improving her terrible golf game. And don't tell anyone, but when she's not in her hiking boots, she's a bit of a girly-girl with a secret love of fashion.
Administration & Revenue Management
Explorer, Nature-lover, Expert Dog Cuddler/Saint Bernard Mom
Having grown up just outside Vancouver in the Fraser Valley, camping around BC in the summers and making trips through the rockies, Chloe loves the forest, mountains and ocean. She tries not to take the beauty of BC's/Canada's wilderness for granted, and wants others to experience it as well. With a background in physics and earth science, Chloe has a curiosity for life and loves to get into nature with her Saint Bernard, Molly. When she's not hanging out with her dog, Chloe plays guitar, runs, surfs, and travels the world whenever possible.
Travel Addict, Mountain Explorer, Multi-linguist
Charlie grew up in England but fell so in love with the French Alps while working there after graduation that she likes to call France her real home. Her travel addiction has led her to live and work on four continents, and she speaks Spanish and French. Charlie has come to Canada and the Leavetown team with ten years of experience working in travel under her belt - a perfect asset for her role in signing up new accommodation partners and resorts. In her spare time, she loves skiing, sailing, kayaking - or any sport on the mountain or in the water!
Outdoor Enthusiast, Sports Fan, Techie
Born in Winnipeg, raised in Calgary and now living in Vancouver, Byron loves the mountains and all that Western Canada has to offer. As a break from working on a computer all day, he enjoys golfing, hockey, soccer, cycling, hiking, and pretty much anything else involving fresh air, scenery, or a healthy competition. Byron loves to explore new destinations, stay active, and has never met a body of water he wasn't ready to jump in!
Content & Digital Marketing Associate
Adventurer, Antique-Hunter, Music Aficianado
Carli is a marketing student who enjoys spending her days unconventionally. Treating challenges like invitations, she enjoys shooting with her rangefinder camera, hiking trails she’s hardly experienced for, doing road-trips on impossible budgets, or finding one-of-a-kind antiques for prices that should be considered robbery. She’s travelled to 14 different countries, and has enjoyed cuisines from a far more greater of number. And when she’s not busy dining, hiking, camping, rearranging, photographing, planning, or doing homework, then she’s probably at a local gig hosted at one of Vancouver’s local record shops.
Surfer, Skier, Mountain Biker, Explorer
A keen traveller from a young age, Johannes lived in a van for 6 months while backpacking New Zealand, and also took a semester abroad in Latvia. Following the completion of a Business Administration and Economics degree in his native Germany, Johannes was lured to Canada by his passion for skiing, mountain biking and surfing. Johannes now puts his admin experience to good use at Leavetown in his content uploads role, and in his spare time he loves to take road trips to explore the Canadian countryside.
Assistant Partner Champion
Canadian girl, Outdoor enthusiast, Disney fan
Acacia is Canadian born and raised. She's had the luxury of living on both the East and West Coast of Canada, but her love of the ocean and mountains has drawn her to live in Vancouver, BC. If the sun is shining you can find her exploring a new hike in the mountains, kayaking and paddleboarding, or camping with friends. She will never turn down a road trip adventure, and will always be prepared with an endless supply of Disney and 90's music sing-alongs! Acacia also has a knack for spending gloomy afternoons botching Pinterest DIY projects and binge watching Netflix series.
Canada's #1 Fan, Mountain Sports Addict
Originally from the UK, Billie's love for Canada began at the age of 7. It wasn't until she was 18 that she made the move across the pond to experience some Canadian mountain life and after a season in Banff and then in Whistler, friends and family thought she'd never return to England! A short stint of 3 years back home to complete a BA in History & Politics was enough before Billie set off again. After an editorial internship in Melbourne and a marketing internship in Banff, Billie is now taking advantage of the adventures in and around Vancouver. When she's not working, you can find Billie climbing mountains, snowboarding down them or cycling to a brewery.