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Françoise B.

Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Bonjour / Hi / ¡Hola! The two most frequently asked questions on my tours are whether I am a native Montrealer and what my favourite "thing" about our city is.

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

Our tour guide, Francoise, gave us a wonderful experience sampling many of the cultural and historical delights of Montreal. She had a lovely presence and tremendous energy and impressed us with her knowledge of the "duality" of Montreal, its derivation, tradition, and expression. She clearly loves this city and enjoys showing its many treasures to visitors. She was very accommodating to our needs and desire to get an overview of Vieux Montreal before we began a fuller all-day exploration.
Karen R.

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Credentials

* 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

Restrictions

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).

Guide Requirements for Canada

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Tours by Françoise B.

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Private tour guide Françoise

Classic Montreal Highlights Walking Tour

Explore the city's best on foot with your Private Guide

190 USD per tour

(for up to 10 people)

3 hours

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Sherbrooke Street: The Grande Dame of,...

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Get a close-up look at this beautiful street with a Private Guide

170 USD per tour

(for up to 10 people)

2 hours

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If Montreal's Sculptures Could Talk

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A private walking tour for public art lovers

190 USD per tour

(for up to 10 people)

3 hours

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Great Scots! It's the Golden Square Mile

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Walk around Montreal's former well-to-do area with a Private Guide

190 USD per tour

(for up to 10 people)

3 hours

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Private Tour of Griffintown: The Resilience,...

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Immerse yourself in Montreal's former Irish neighbourhood

190 USD per tour

(for up to 10 people)

3 hours

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Private Walking Tour of Montreal's Little,...

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Immerse yourself in this vibrant and colourful area around "The Main"

190 USD per tour

(for up to 10 people)

3 hours

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Private Walking Tour of Little Burgundy:,...

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With a private guide, discover where Montreal's Black community once,...

170 USD per tour

(for up to 10 people)

2 hours

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Montreal's Maisonneuve neighbourhood:,...

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Discover a neighbourhood of contrasts with a Private Guide

170 USD per tour

(for up to 3 people)

3 hours

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