The answer to the first question is "yes", and the answer to the second is "multiculturalism", which in my view, best defines Montreal.
My boundless energy and limitless curiosity have taken me to far-flung places around the globe, but like a boomerang, I always return to my hometown, because nothing quite compares. In addition, having grown up in a bilingual household, I embody the duality which exists here between the French and English cultures.
Sharing my enthusiasm and bragging about Montreal with visitors are what it's all about. Although I have a penchant for great food (my mother is from France after all!), history, art and architecture, what I enjoy most about guiding is the interaction with participants on my tours through storytelling. My wish is that they come away not so much with a tour or a lecture, but with an experience, which is precisely what I offer.
First-timers will enjoy my classic tours, on foot or by car. Those wanting to venture further afield can opt for a visit of one of several neighbourhoods. And if art is your thing, why not choose from my series of signature tours, "If our sculptures could talk", available in three locations downtown and in Old Montreal.
Let me show you around to give you a deeper understanding of Montreal--and maybe even make you feel like a local. À bientôt!
Bienvenidos a nuestros amigos hispanohablantes. Los recorridos clásicos (Viejo Montreal, centro, etc. ) se ofrecen en español. ¡Hasta luego!
A Recent Review of this guide
Many tour guides are capable of providing interesting commentary and a knowledge of the geography and landscape. Francoise embraced us as "new friends" from the moment we met. She was warm, attentive, and flexible, while providing the sure backdrop of her knowledge and experience. My husband and I were both charmed and enlightened by Francoise!
* Certified by the ITHQ (Institute of Tourism and Hotel Management)
* Licensed by the city of Montreal
* Tour leader
* Member, APGT (Professional Tourist Guide Association, Montreal Chapter)
* Covered by liability insurance by APGT
* Canadian Red Cross First Aid Course
* Certificate in Tourism, Concordia University
* B.A. Modern Languages, Concordia University
* Become a volunteer guide at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts course, Concordia University
* Travel writing course, Concordia University
Cannot guide inside museums or in Quebec City.
No airport pick-up.
Sólo los recorridos clásicos (Viejo Montreal, centro, islas) se ofrecen en español (20% extra).