I promise not to give the conventional "stay on the bus and look at the scenery" kind of tour.
Learn about my city and its people, past and present. Find out what we do for fun, what we like to eat, the things we've learned, and how we became a significant part of the Canadian landscape. See the places most people miss, enjoy the fun that the locals do. Visit nearby towns and attractions that make Ottawa and the Valley attractive and interesting. Bring your walking shoes and your curiosity. I'll do the rest.
Three people (six if we rent a van, add $100) ) are comfortable in my Subaru Legacy Wagon, air, handicapped parking pass . Our daily activities will be tailored to your group's interests and activity level. A holiday is not a marathon!
Don't see a tour you like? I can customize to whatever interests you and your group. just ask!
If you're active or have active kids, some tours are available for those with the proper gear, winter or summer. Cycling, white-water rafting, zip lining, miniature golf, skiing, skating, are all possibilities.
Ottawa-Gatineau is a bilingual region and I am comfortable in both languages. My knowledge of local history, architecture, events and politics should let me answer all your questions. If not, I know where to find out!
Please join me in Canada's beautiful capital.
A Recent Review of this guide
I was so fortunate to have John as a tour guide for my kids. John was prompt to drop and pick up kids. He showed very interesting sights for kids and gave story telling of history as kids can hear from grandfather. I was informed by email from him multiple time regarding time and place for pick-up, cash for lunch (my kids'), and clothing, etc. The best thing is his credibility. I left my kids on his hands, and he returned them to me safely. Thank you, Papa John!
- History specialist
- Certified ski instructor
- Certified Boating instructor
- Experienced tour guide
No smoking during the tour.