About Us

What you see is who you get - Eva and Paul Sylvestre. Add up the time these knowledgeable guides have lived in Banff National Park and you'll clock 63 years. In fact, what gives this boutique company "Nature in Focus" its edge, is the local knowledge these two multi-lingual guides provide visitors from around the planet. Combine a consistent level of excellence with a customized experience and you'll discover Canada's Rocky Mountains from the inside out. Whether it's a one-of-a-kind hike, a photo safari, a snowshoe romp or an interpretive trek through a high alpine carpet of wildflowers - you'll love the fact there is always time to smell those flowers when you're with Eva and Paul. After all, it's about zooming in and placing Nature in Focus!

“In the end we will conserve only what we love. We love only what we understand.
We understand only what we are taught.”
– Baba Doppi


Eva Sylvestre
Eva has worked as a hiking guide since 1997 for different companies in the valley. She is accredited as a Professional Interpreter through Interpretive Guides Association, as well as having successfully completed the Advanced Wilderness First Aid course and the ACMG (Association of Canadian Mountain Guides) Hiking Guide certification in 1997. She is fluent in four languages: English, French, German and Swiss German. Eva contributes many years of professional experience and a wealth of knowledge, providing high quality interpretive guiding experiences for Nature in Focus Hiking Company.

She is inspired to share her passion for Nature with parks visitors and hopes to ignite a spark of wonder and respect for our natural environment by taking people on walks and hikes, following the footsteps of her Swiss Guide ancestors.

Paul Sylvestre
Paul, fluent in both French and English, is an avid outdoor enthusiast and has hiked extensively throughout the mountain parks since 1977. He completed the two year program in photography at the Banff School of Fine Arts in the late seventies. After working at the Banff Centre for over 25 years, Paul finally turned his passion for the outdoors into a profession and became a hiking guide for Nature in Focus.

His accreditation include: Advanced Wilderness First Aid, Professional Interpreter through Interpretive Guides Association and certified Hiking Guide through ACMG (Association of Canadian Mountain Guides).