AVAILABILITIES: I guide almost everyday. My calendar on TBL is often "red", but I might be more available than you could see. Sometimes I can give a public tour to a colleague and make sure I'm available to guide you. If it's red when you come, feel free to send me a message.
This is what you can expect from my tours:
- a friendly tour,
- a good overview of the place, without going too fast,
- a brief overview of the local history,
- learn about amusing anecdotes, little stories that give the flavor of the place,
- understand the political issues,
- learn many things about the French-Canadian culture (gastronomy, language, customs, architecture. . . ),
- answers to your questions and some tips about the good spots.
I've more than one string to my bow, but the specific themes for which I excel are :
- military history,
- women's history,
- American history in Quebec City,
- off the beaten path neighbourhoods (like Old Lévis, Old Lauzon, St Jean Baptiste, St Roch),
- genealogy based tours (using your family tree if you have local ancestors),
- polysensorial tours (for blind and visually impaired people).
FAMILY-TREE: give me your French-Canadian family tree and I'll study it to tailor a unique tour based on your ancestry. If you don't already have such family tree but you know you have French-Canadian roots, send me a message and we'll check what we can do with the professional genealogist I work with.
MILITARY HISTORY: during these tours I show you military landmarks and monuments, we talk about sieges, battles, tactics, strategies, men, logistics, civilians and how military history shaped today Quebec.
HOW I WORK: no canned lecture, no pre-set itineraries. I always tailor the tours depending on your background, your wishes, your pace, the meeting location, the weather, the crowd and more. Each tour is unique. You want to focus on the highlights or go off the beaten path or a mix, you want an overview or see very specific landmarks: you just have to tell me.
I'm not just a tour guide. I am also on the board of a local historical society and I am a beekeeper. I was an amateur oarsman (sweep and sculling) in Strasbourg and now I'm an indoor rower. During Winter I work for the Hotel de Glace (ice hotel) as a guide and I also used to be a night guide. I've 3 young kids and live in the countryside. I recently founded my company Tours Accolade Quebec.
Although I am a native of Strasbourg (Alsace), where I was a guide, especially for ToursByLocals, I studied three years in Trois-Rivières (Québec) and I now live since several years near Lévis (Québec).
A Recent Review of this guide
Xavier is "magnifique"!! He has young kids so he understands the concerns of traveling (esp in the bitter cold) w a toddler. He came to get us in an immaculate SUV equipped w a car seat. We took a trip to see the ice hotel (hotel de glacé) where he is a private guide one day a week. He was full of info and guided us perfectly. He was also patient w the demands of having a 2yr old in tow. Bravo Xavier!! So happy we found you.
Member of the local professional guides association AGTQ.
Member of the board of a local historical society Société d'Histoire de Lévis.
Founder Tours Accolade Quebec.
Founder of Local-Trotter.
Professional partner of The French-Canadian-Genealogist.
Certified guide of Quebec City (license renewed every year).