Extraordinary experiences is my comfort zone !
Offering private customized tours and unique local experiences since 1992. My tours are filled with anecdotes, stories & humour. Known in Montreal, for giving comprehensive, complete, well balanced tours depending on guests interests. Each of my tours are distinct, guests will feel at home. I specialize in culinary, neighbour hoods, photography, fashion & design, art, cultural, traditions, politics, architecture and history. I also give helicopter tours( with a pilot), walking tours for the visually impaired, guest in Montreal during Shabbat. Girls wanna have fun weekends.
Past guests include public figures and personalities, diplomats, delegations, business corporate travelers, politicians, journalists, film crews, conference & event planners, cruise ship guests & more. Guests in search of an experienced qualified confident local expert and private guide who can offer tours out of the ordinary and who can speak on a wide range of subjects.
I am multilingual, but English is my first language. Raised my whole life in Montreal. My formal studies were at McGill University. I speak 10 other languages. . My work, life and travel experience are as diverse and unique as I am.
I have travelled to 110 countries and lived for periods of 3 to 8 months in 25 different places world wide that include Egypt, India, the Arabian Gulf , Italy, London, Spain etc. I travel for work, to study languages, dance, music, photograph, art and culinary art. I collect art & antique tribal or Bedouin jewellery. During my travels I learn to cook unusual dishes from locals, which I create at home. On my journeys I give workshops, training and volunteer. The type of travel, my international network and, my experiences are one of the reasons that my private tours in Montreal so personalized.
I am a career professional guide with a diverse back ground in the tourism and travel industry that includes: Concierge at the Fairmount Queen Elizabeth hotel, working at the airports, destination management companies, incentive houses as a corporate travel director with companies like American Express, international tour operators that include Globus, as a tour manager, public speakers and workshop presenter. Since 1993 I have worked for Tourism Montreal's media relations department, business, convention and communication departments as a guide but also in other capacities. This includes working with sales team to bring international conferences to Montreal. I have also worked as Media Relations Manager for Tourism Montreal. Tourism Québec uses my services in various capacities that include developing programmes for emerging markets, consulting, leading familiarization tours, working with film crews and organizing events. I continue to work as a private concierge and offer training, evaluation in the tourism industry both in Montreal& abroad. I have been a photographer since 1990's, and dance teacher since 2000 and continue both.
An Excutive Board Member & Past President of the World Federation of Tourist Guide Association. The international organization representing tourist guides world wide and I have been involved since 1993. My international involvement with colleagues who are local experts & private guides world wide has taught me to observe, improve, learn and share experiences continuously to be a better guide but also to share knowledge with others. I was also president twice of our local tourist guide association in Montreal.
I have a passion for life & Montreal. This is reflected in my private customized tours, should you allow me the pleasure of being your local private guide in Montreal. Looking forward to your visit.
Testimonials are available including some of the magazine, newspapers, TV and radio productions that I have been featured in. They include National Geographic Traveller, Australian TV, the Amazing Race, Boston Globe, the Guardian, the Evening Standard, etc
A Recent Review of this guide
I wish I could give Ruby more than 5 stars!! She is the quintessential guide for Montreal, a native born and raised polyglot who has lived many places, speaks many languages, and is extremely well connected with the City and with the movers and shakers in it. We never waited in line and we always learned about those juicy stories that go with every major sight. If you want your tour to be one you will remember forever, let Ruby be your guide!!
1. Licensed by the City of Montreal according to by law G-2 for each current year. www.apgt.ca/en/tourist-guide/g-2-by-law/
2.Full Active Member of the APGT- Montreal www.apgt.org
3.Trained with Certification from ITHQ- Montreal.
4.Vélo Québec Certification to be a Bike Guide www.velo.qc.ca
5. St John's Ambulance. First aid training
6.BA, McGill Montreal
Advanced Russian, Advanced Italian,
Advanced Spanish & Modern Greek
7. Vanier Cejep, Montreal
Russian, Italian, Spanish
8. International Language Institute, Cairo
Egyptian Arabic 2005-2008
7. Kalimet, Cairo
Egyptian Arabic 2008-2010
8. World Federation of Tourist Guide Associations
Conventions Workshops & Lectures Improving
Convention Certificates 1996-2007,2015,2017
* For day trips outside of Montreal I can arrange a driver with a vehicle
* I am not licensed for Québec City and can not offer tours in Quebec City
* Montreal Professional Guides are not permitted to guide in museums.