A PASSION FOR SUSTAINABILITY
Here’s a little about me, Nicolas Drader, the owner and operator of Compass Heli Tours. Growing up in a family of outdoorsmen has taught me to appreciate the environment we live in. From my father, I learned about the many ecosystems of British Columbia, as well as wilderness survival, bush craft, and navigation skills. From my mother, I learned compassion, creativity, and people skills. Combine these traits all together and I was moulded into an outdoor enthusiast with a deep understanding of the place we call home.
Fast forward to today. I’ve been flying helicopters commercially in the forestry industry for over 11 years. At one time, I was the Chief Pilot for my father’s company, D.K. Heli-Cropper; specialists in aerial tree seed collection and wildfire suppression. My father has since retired, along with his company. The purpose of D.K. Heli, was long term sustainability of our forests. Working closely with BC Forest Service, BCTS, Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development, and private timber companies throughout BC and Alberta, I have collected, by helicopter, over 2 billion tree seeds from 2007 to 2015. In the years to come, I hope to revive his company through mine, and find a way to balance tourism with ecosystem sustainability.
Flying in Western Canada’s remote regions has provided me with a great deal of humbling experience. It has taught me to respect the power of nature but also has made me keenly observant of even the smallest details. It is in these details that make up our magnificent British Columbia wilderness.
Having access to these spectacular locations inspired me to find a way to share the experience with others. Compass Heli Tours was born!
The collaboration between D.K. Heli-Cropper and Compass Heli Tours goes beyond the family relationship. Wilderness adventures are simply not going to be possible without sustainability of our natural resources.