I am a (semi) retired academic and writer whose work involved some of Canada's most impressive cultural and arts institutions. I loved taking my students on tours of these exhibits and collections and love to impart my knowledge and passion for them.
I come from a multicultural and multilingual background. My mother's family was from Lebanon and my dad was a 15th generation francophone canadien. As a result, I grew up hearing lots of languages and developed a world view that was both diverse and deeply rooted in Canada. The complex and little-known people's history of this country became a scholarly pursuit for me. I also love maps and, as a traveller myself, exploration often leads to the backroads, waterways and trails of the not-oft beaten track.
Ottawa is not only the capital of a huge and diverse nation, it is also an urban experience on a human scale that is only a very short drive to beautiful wilderness sights and historic small towns of both British and French ancestry. I explore the Ottawa vicinity for the best backroads, the little-known architectural gems, the historic sites, and the most pastoral trails and waterways that the guidebooks miss. I've spent hundreds of hours researching in small out-of-the-way archives writing and photographing for magazines and book projects. And, I've done so on foot, on a bike, and, most happily for me, in a canoe.
By the way, this is a new venture for me, so reviews are just coming in. Cheers and bon voyage!
A Recent Review of this guide
Our few hours of Ottawa visit were pleasant and informative thanks to the passionate guide Michael! He was able to adjust his schedule to ours and was always willing to help us with his advice on what is the best route to take , where to park, etc. it made our trip easy even though it was our first time in Ottawa. If you want to learn about history of Canada, important places of interest in Ottawa, to have a friendly person presenting you all that- Michael will be the right person for you!