Very professional and friendly.
Kathleen MorrishUnited States
Mahara was prompt, flexible, and knowledgeable. The tour was for up to 6 people, and the car fit a tour group of up to 5 normal sized adults comfortably. We booked with 4 people, then asked to add 2 more after paying in full. She agreed, and graciously picked them up and dropped them off at their hotel, a short hop from the normal route. We left early, so had time to add a trip to the hatchery. I'd give her 5 stars, but after the tour began she upcharged us $100 for the extra 2 people.
James EdwardsUnited States
An excellent and knowledgeable tour guide. She was very personable and had great insight to all the areas of Vancouver. Would recommend her to anyone who really wants to see all of Vancouver.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Jim and Kathy, Thanks very much. We had a fun day and it was wonderful to meet you and learn more about your areas of expertise. I was so happy Kathy found a great place for her interests. Have a wonderful cruise. Warm regards, Mahara
Larry HinsleyUnited States
Mahara was wonderful. She really showed us Vancouver in just four hours. She even showed us some of the seamier side, which gave us a much more balanced view of this wonderful city. I really feel we came away understanding what Vancouver is all about rather than what tourist sites it has. Highly recommended. Vancouver really is a wonderful place and well worth a visit.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Larry and Sharon, and Linda and Charles, Thanks very much for your kind comments. We had a lot of fun today, and it was a pleasure to show you around. I hope you have a wonderful cruise, and that you come back and visit Vancouver again. Thanks again. Warm regards, Mahara
Len BerkowitzUnited States
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.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Len and Family, Thanks for your kind comments. It was great fun to meet with your family and show you our beautiful city. By-the -way, you are right. Rogers Arena has seating for 18,630 and BC Place Stadium 54,500. I somehow had smaller numbers. All the best on your cruise, and for your kids future plans. Warm regards, Mahara
Cindy SchmokerUnited States
Mahara was on time in her very nice mini van. The bridge tour was fun and so was the sight seeing. Mahara was very personable and knowledgeable, it felt like a friend was our guide today. I highly recommend her!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Cindy, It was a pleasure to meet you and your family and I am so happy you enjoyed your day with me. All the best, and have a wonderful cruise! Warm regards, Mahara
Curtis JohnsonUnited States
Mahara was very personable and took us to some wonderful sights in Vancouver. She had excellent knowledge & history of the area and was able to find lovely vantage points for us to view that did not include the large tour busses and their high numbers of people. She was so kind and allowed us to "dictate" where we wanted to spend more or less time. When the planned place for lunch was too busy, she easily had an alternate ready to offer. I would highly recommend this tour and this guide. Comfortable van!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Wendy and Everyone, Thanks very much for your kind comments. It was a pleasure to meet you all and I am so happy you enjoyed your day in Vancouver. All the best to you and your future travels, and happy dancing! Warm regards, Mahara
Deborah CluffUnited States
Had an amazing tour by Mahara! We were promptly picked up and was able to see most all of Vancouver! Mahara had a lot of great historical information to share and was extremely pleasant. We would definitely do another tour with her!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Deborah, Thanks for your wonderful comments. It was a privilege to met you and your family and I wish you and your son every success as he achieves his goals. Warm regards, Mahara
Amy B.United States
We enjoyed our tour with Mahara and really appreciated her planning that kept us from being stuck in the marathon traffic.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Amy and Bruce, Thanks very much for your kind words, and I am glad you enjoyed your day. All the best with your future cruising. Warm regards, Mahara
Andrea LynchUnited States
Our tour guide Mahara was prompt, courteous and very knowlegeable about North Vancouver. I especially liked that she took us over all the famous bridges and told us their histories. We loved Capilano Bridge and Horse Shoe Bay. We really enjoyed everything about this tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Andrea. Thanks for your wonderful comments and I hope you enjoyed the rest of your Canadian tour. Much appreciated. All the best to you. Warm regards, Mahara
Would recommend her to everybody, especially for people with walking difficulties.
Patricia HaganUnited States
Mahara was a superb guide. She took me all over Vancouver. Her knowledge and love of the city comes through. I highly recommend taking this tour with Mahara as your guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Patrica, Thanks for your very kind words. It was a pleasure to meet you and share the day with you. It is wonderful to see that you are achieving your goals of seeing the world. All the best to you. Warm regards, Mahara
Thank you for this wonderful day out. Mahara is very knowlegdeable and we had a very entertaining day in Vancouver, where she showed us not only the highlights of the city but also some "dark spots" that you usually would not see on a common tour. Last but not least she is a very nice person.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello, Thanks for your wonderful comments. It was my pleasure to show you our beautiful city. I hope the rest of your trip meets your expectations. Warm regards, Mahara
Maura MazzerUnited States
Mahara is a true gem! she was punctual and pleasant and we had a wonderful day with her! My mother uses a wheelchair so she didn't get out so Mahara and I did all the exploring (which was fine with mom). Next visit I'd like to see Grouse Mt. and do some nature stuff so I'll definitely look Mahara up again! Thanks for a great time!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Maura, Thanks for your great feedback and five stars. It was fun to spend the day with you. I hope you had a fabulous cruise, and I look forward to hearing from you again. Warm regards, Mahara
Ian DuttonWinsford, CHESHIRE, United Kingdom
We enjoyed a fabulous first day in Vancouver in the company of Mahara. Her extensive local knowledge and historical information brought to life, visits to places such as Chinatown, Granville Island, and Gastown. We started just after midday through to sunset on the waters of the harbour from Stanley Park, visiting most of the iconic locations of the city. Coming from the UK and having no knowledge of how to move around the road network, this was the perfect way to begin our four week road trip around BC
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Ian and Bev, Thanks for your kind comments. I am happy you enjoyed your day so much It was great getting to know you and finding common interests. I hope the rest of your fantastic journey through BC was just as satisfying and fun. All the best to you both as you continue your travels. Warm regards, Mahara
Jackie ShannonUnited States
Our tour with MAhara was exceptional. She is a Vancouver native, extremely knowledgeable , and very in tune with the special needs and tastes of her clients. She is also a capable and experienced driver with just the right amount of "attitude". We loved our customized tour, learned so much, and feel so fortunate to have had MAhara as our guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Jackie and Richard, Thanks very much for your kind words and the five stars! It was a pleasure to meet you both and to share the highlights of our beautiful city with you. Keep on traveling and all the best!
Richard HochUnited States
This was an excellent tour and well worth the cost. Our guide Mahara was very knowledgeable about the area and took us to many interesting sights. She was able to talk about historic and current events and issues and left us with a good overview of Vancouver and the surrounding area.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Richard and everyone, Thanks for your great comments and five stars. We did have a fun day, and your group was great. Glad you enjoyed Vancouver.
Wayne RudisillUnited States
We thoroughly enjoyed our tour with Mahara. She showed us the sites of Vancouver including a delightful visit to the market where we enjoyed some very good cherries. We saw the totem poles down by the bay. She was very friendly and informative and made our day in the city quite enjoyable.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Wayne and family. Thanks so much for your kind comments. It was great to spend time with you as well. All the best to you in 2018. I hope you travel with Tours by Locals again. Warm regards, Mahara
Pamela SoperUnited States
Mahara was kind , knowledgable, smart, prompt, and lovely to work with . She went the EXTRA mile to please us in every way!! We were more than thrilled with her as our local guide for the day. Thanks, and WE SO appreciated the lift to the airport. Keep teaching everyone about your hometown. What a great lady!!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Pam and David (Hawk) Thanks for your kind words. It was great to spend the day with you both as you were so genuinely interested in our area and history. All the best. Warm regards, Mahara
Scott NystrandUnited States
Great tour and overview of the City. Would like to come back to do more. Only disappointing part was you couldn't see the mountains because of the fires that were burning in the area and air quality wasn't good.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Scott, Thanks for your kind comments. It was a pleasure to meet you both. Dealing with smog and smoke is very unusual for us and I am sorry it happened when you here. Hopefully you can come back again.
Anne FerreeCosta Rica
Mahara was very accommodating and adapted the tour to my interests. I thoroughly enjoyed the day.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Anne, Great to meet you and share our Chinese Heritage with you. I wish you well in your further travels. Thanks for spending the day with me. Warm regards, Mahara
Gregory CarsonUnited States
Had a wonderful time with Mahara. She really knows this city well, and made sure we got to experience a full sense of what it was like to live here. Very beautiful city, and she was so pleasant to spend the afternoon with.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Greg and Jolene, Thanks for your kind words, and what a pleasure to spend time with you. I hope this trip inspires you to take many more. It was interesting to learn from you as well. Enjoy your cruise. Warm regards, Mahara
Sheryl BernhardtUnited States
It was a beautiful day! Mahara showed us an overview of Vancouver and I feel we got to know the city. We are very happy with our tour!
We had only 1 day after our Alaska cruise to see Vancouver and Mahara couldn't be more accommodating for us to see as much as we could in a short time, thanks for the immersive experience!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Alex and Alex, How lovely to hear from you. Thank you for your kind comments. It was a pleasure to meet you. I hope I spelled your names right, but I do remember you both had the same names. I hope you children enjoyed their presents! Please come back and visit Vancouver again. Warm regards, Mahara
Rachel HodgesUnited Kingdom
Was met by Mahara nice and early at the cruise terminal. Easy to find her and a lovely greeting. A quick walk to where Mahara's big comfortable car was parked and our 4 hour tour began. Mahara was a stand in for our original booked tour but we left it to her to decide where we went and what we did. A highlights of Vancouver tour was decided. Stanley Park, China Town, Gas Town and Granville Market. All excellent and highly recommended.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Rachel and Steve, It was wonderful to meet you also. Thanks so much for your kind comments. So happy you are traveling and seeing the world as you are now. All the best. Warm regards, Mahara
Peter AdamsStourbridge, WEST MIDS, United Kingdom
Mahara met us at our accommodation in Vancouver and we visited the Capilano Suspension Bridge. Excellent location except it rained heavily. We then had lunch at Horseshoe Bay before going on to Squamish for the Sea to Sky Gondola ride. However the weather was awful, torrential rain and clouds so Mahara suggested that we went to Granville Island. Very good suggestion well worth the visit. Mahara was an excellent guide, provided us with all of the info and we have no hesitation in recommending her to others
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Peter, Thanks for your great comments. Yes, it was quite a day, but we made the best of it. Thanks for booking with me. Warm regards, Mahara
Tracy PerrelleUnited States
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Naomi CobbUnited States
Mahara was very responsive to my requests and interests. The places she chose for me to hike were beautiful and varied. She provided interesting information when we were driving between places and found an excellent Iranian diner for lunch,a great taste of Canadian ethnic diversity. She was thoughtful, open minded, informed. I am grateful for her services.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Naomi, Thank you for your kind comments. It was wonderful to spend the day with another naturalist and an environmental educator. So much in common as we share this beautiful earth. For lovely photos of birds Facebook Hafid Ennaciri and Facebook Birders. Hope you can get out of the city with the 40,000 Runners in the downtown core. Thanks for sharing your time and intelligent conversation with me.
Karen FontenotUnited States
We really enjoyed our tour. Mahara tailored our tour to my son and my interest and was extremely nice and informative.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Karen and Miles, Thanks very much for your kind comments. It was a pleasure spending the day with you both. Congratulations to your son, and I wish him every success in his future studies. Warm regards, Mahara
Abbott W.United States
Mahara is prompt, knowledgeable, focused on the customer's needs, and interesting to listen to. She provided a very good, customized tour for exactly the things I wanted to see.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Abbott. It was great to meet you yesterday, and I am glad you enjoyed your tour. I wish you every success in your endeavor. Warm regards, Mahara
Decide what you what to do and see and make a plan to enhance the experience.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for your feedback David. The snow covering the ground made sightseeing less than optimal from a visual and safety perspective. All the best.
TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: ToursByLocals are committed to quality customer experiences and appreciate all customer feedback. We have attempted to establish what could have been done to improve this tour experience; however, we have been unable to confirm any further, more specific feedback with the customer.
Steve BellPullman, WA, United States
Mahara was a wonderful guide. Very knowledgeable and pleasant to work with. I would use her again whenever I return to the Vancouver area. Tours By Locals has been a good tour agency to work with. Thanks to everyone involved.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Steve, Thanks for your kind words. I really enjoyed meeting and guiding your group and hope the rest of your journey was excellent. Thanks again. Warm regards, Mahara
Diane DeacyUnited States
Very articulate & knowledgeable with interesting historical facts, stories & personal anecdotes. Made adjustments based on weather & we managed to visit our targeted places over our 2 day booking. She met our needs for an introductory visit to Vancouver & surrounding areas. ....J & D. Willowbrook,IL
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for your kind comments. It was wonderful to meet you and share a few days with you. All the best. Warm regards, Mahara
Diane DeacyUnited States
A wonderful, personalized way to see Vancouver for anyone with physical limitations......maximized sights despite any limiting conditions.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Diane and Jim, Thanks for your kind comments. Yes, it seemed to go smoothly. All the best. I looked at Tours by Locals in both Dubai and Addis Ababa and there seemed to be a number of great guides to choose from. Hope you have a great trip next year. Warm regards, Mahara
Barbara ReberUnited States
Mahara gave us an excellent tour of Vancouver. The only little thing I would suggest is that she have a printed map for us to refer to. Once I saw a map it made everything Mahara told us fall into place.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Barbara and Randy Thanks for this. Your suggestion is an excellent idea and I will encorporate it. Warm Regards, Mahara
Karen WarnerUnited States
Mahara was so knowledgeable about Vancouver & we enjoyed being with her! Our tour was 3 of us, my husband, me & his sister-in-law, whom is fighting lung cancer. Mahara was so considerate of her limitations & did not rush us. Our tour was back at the end of August before our Alaskan cruise & we are all still talking about our tour with Mahara. We thank her for her patience & kindness and all the knowledge she had To share.. Mahara, thank you so much for making our trip one to always remember!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Karen, Thank you so much for your kind comments. It is wonderful to hear from you. Yes, I will keep Carol in my thoughts and prayers. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas, and much love to Carol and you both.
Vivian ChungUnited States
Very friendly and informative. A very enjoyable tour!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi, Great to meet you and spend the day with you. All the best.
Mark KulosUnited States
Mahara is a wonderful guide and person with a wealth of knowledge and experiences. I spent a whole day with her and she showed me almost all of the different neighborhoods of Vancouver giving the history of each area and how they have transformed over the years. She knows Granville Island and each shop in the public market intimately. She doesn't mind detours and will gladly create an itinerary to suit your tastes. I loved my day with her as my guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Mark, Thanks for your great comments. We had a fun day together - the distillery tour was wonderful - thanks for that. I hope you thoroughly enjoyed your cruise of the beautiful northwest and your cruise. Warm regards. Mahara
Delia Pinto-HoubrickUnited States
Mahara, was a very professional, friendly, accommodating, and helpful tour guide. She was thorough and listen to our likes. She took us to the market, which is a gem in the middle of the city. We truly enjoyed our day with Mahara. We would recommend her knowingly that she will show you a great, well informed, time!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi to you both, Hi, Thanks for your great review. It was fun to get to know you both. Happy travels! Warm regards, Mahara
Thomas KalnizUnited States
Everything was absolutely "perfect"; It was one of the most enjoyable ways to see Vancouver and Mahara was fantastic
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi, Thanks for your comments. It was great getting to know both of you and I'm glad you had a fun day. All the best to you on your next cruise! Warm regards, Mahara
Mahara is very kind and considerate. Besides, she's so good at communicating that we really had a good time with her. And we were all deeply impressed by Harrison Lake which is so beautiful and vigorous.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Merry, Thank you so much for your kind comments. You have a wonderful family and I hope you had an amazing trip throughout the rest of Canada. It was interesting to learn of your life. Thanks again, and all the best. Mahara
Michael IgoeAurora, COLORADO, United States
Excellent guide! Very knowledgeable, and more than willing to elaborate on any particular observation. Mahara was also most accommodating when it came to where to end the tour, making my departure by train a simple process. Safe driver. Highly recommended.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Michael (Mike) Thanks for your great review. Much appreciated. I hope you had a wonderful time exploring our country and that you were treated well by the other Tours By Locals guides. Thanks again, and all the best to you. Regards, Mahara
Cheryl BrysonUnited States
Mahara is a great guide, has lots of insight and information on the city! Very flexible and accommodating!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Cheryl, It was so lovely to meet all of you. I hope you have a wonderful holiday in Hawaii. Thank you for your great feedback. If you are interested in doing anything else, I could certainly design another tour for you. Thanks again. Warm regards, Mahara