I have a unique perspective of seeing Vancouver's change from a little town of 250, 000 into its present status as a world-class city. I have experienced the history of the past fifty years: Expo 86 and the Winter Olympics in 2010, the building of Granville Island and now the revitalization of its downtown core.
I know how important it is have a memorable yet fun and relaxing day, so you decide the pace. You can savor the day with delicious local food, artisan shops, or walks by the beach. You can specialize your tour.
I've always loved travel, and from 2008 to 2011 spent three years roaming the globe, visiting and living in over 50 countries. This included living for two years in South America, ten cruises, and every type of travel you can imagine, from sleeping in the jungle to five-star hotels.
I've spent my life with people, and am easy-to-be-with and flexible. I design your tour around your interests, while showing you our local highlights.
I wrote The Laughing Boomer: Retire from Work - Gear Up for Living, as well as other books. I give presentations on how to live your travel dreams. Seeing the world and experiencing cultures are my passions.
My interests and knowledge include art, architecture, city highlights, people and cultures, food, nature, the environment and birding. I'm an experienced photographer. and know local sites.
I love showing visitors the amazing natural beauty that surrounds Vancouver. I was a post secondary educator and a music teacher. I am the volunteer program director of a local naturalist society.
If you require a wheelchair, I can rent one for you for an additional $50. for each tour, plus the cost of the rental, which is inexpensive, and a returnable deposit of $300. Renting on a Sunday is not possible. Please PM me when you book.
A Recent Review of this guide
Mahara is an outstanding guide. She's well educated, articulate, and friendly. She also knows and understands what her customers like and would be interested in. Pick up was timely at our hotel and her Honda minivan is comfortable. Our family of four (parents with college age kids) were always comfortable. Mahara was born and raised in Vancouver and knows the city and its evolution. She was also adept at finding parking spots in tough places like Granville Island. I highly recommend her.
Canadian Tour Guide Association of BC Professional Member,
Passenger Transportation Board License and Insurance,
Master of Education, M.Ed., Simon Fraser University