Susan SchneiderUnited States
John was very flexible and accommodating in designing the tour. This topic was new for him and he put a lot of effort into making it a good tour. It will be even better when he has had a chance to read all the books in the series.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Susan: Yes, you are right.....I need to read at least three more books by Louise Penny.....when the long cold winter returns I will have the time to do so. Meanwhile, I have fond memories of your visit....thank you very much for having chosen me. Regards to you all, John
Carlton MeierUnited States
We had an excellent tour today with John and are so glad we found your website and him! Our college-age granddaughter has never been to Montreal and she was pleased with all she learned and saw. John's knowledge and easy style suited us all; he answered our questions and adjusted the tour to our preferences. I would heartily recommend him to any friends who travel to Montreal! Many thanks, John, for a memorable day!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Carl: Thank you very much for your kind comments.....your interest in the subject inspired me...as an attentive audience always does. I hope that you are enjoying the rest of your stay. All the best, John M.
Hector Cruz-RosaUnited States
John was a wonderful guide right from the very first time we made contact. He completely catered to our needs and took the time to learn about each of us in order to better customize our experience. He took advantage of every minute he had to convey key information and facts about Montreal. Great experience and worth every penny.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Queridos amigos: Volvi a casa el otro dia despues de hacer el tour, y le comenté a mi esposa lo simpaticos que habian sido... ahora me encuentro con este maravilloso "rating"..muchas gracias!!!! Les deseo mucho exito en sus profesiones, y y que La Perla del Caribe se recupere pronto de la Maria. Un gran abrazo... John M.
John MaxwellUnited Kingdom
Our second day with John and just as fascinating as our trip yesterday to Ottawa. John has so much knowledge and is so interesting to talk to about his life as well. We really didn't want the tour to end. It was lovely and set the scene for us for the rest of our trip to Canada. We wish we might have had time for an extra day with John to go and see where the whales come up the St. Lawrence but we had to catch a ship!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello, John: Thank you for this response, which topped yesterday's review...the fact of the matter is that when my client is interested in what he/she is seeing, it makes my job even easier, and a pleasures. My warmest regards to you and Krissie. John
John MaxwellUnited Kingdom
Our guide John, is a lovely guy and has so much knowledge. We had a great day with him packed with so many highlights - including the cinnamon doughnuts!! John kindly offered to pick us up the night before at the airport which was a lovely start to our trip especially after a 7 hour flight into Montreal. Thank you John. We hope to meet up with you again and enjoy hearing more about your lovely Country.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello, John: Thank you for such a great review......best regards to to you and Krissie. John M.
Susan R.United States
We heartily recommend John. We got off our cruise ship at 9, but our plane home wasn't until the late afternoon and our time with John was a perfect way to get an overview of Montreal. John was courteous, friendly and knowledgeable about both Montreal current history and past. He was very flexible in terms of letting us pick where we went, plus he was a good driver! Thanks John
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Susan: Thank you so much for such a fulsome review.....it was a pleasure being your and Pier's tour guide in Montreal. Warm regards, John M.
Dean DegenhardtUnited States
This was our first experience with ToursByLocals and we greatly satisfied. John drove us through the sites of Montreal, giving detailed and wonderful information and stories of all the locations. John was very knowledgeable and provided a great experience for us. Loved it!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Dean and Margaret: Thank you for this nice rating and your kind comments. It is folks like you that make the activity of Tour Guide so much fun. All the best, John M.
Steven PetersonUnited States
Very personable and knowledgeable guide. We had a great time!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello, Steve, it was lovely meeting your family.....specially Stella, the young francophile. Thank you for having chosen me for your tour. Au revoir.... John
Alison HoganUnited States
John was a fabulous tour guide of Montreal. We had our elderly parents with us on the trip and he was extremely helpful in getting them in and out of the van as well. I highly recommend John to anyone.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Alison: Thank you for this great rating. It was a pleasure and fun being your tour guide. I wish all the best for you, your parents, and your sisters. I hope that you had a good flight home. Yours, John M.
Laurie T.United States
Charles (Chuck) TilisUnited States
John is a great guide. He knows his history, geography and architecture. He calibrated the pace of our 5 hours tour perfectly to our small group of 4. Moreover, he was so pleasant and "humble" in his approach it made our time together more than informative but a worthwhile experience.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Chuck and gang: Thank you very much for a fulsome review. It was a pleasure meeting you all and telling you about Montreal and Canada. Warm regards, John M.
Rives NeblettUnited States
Very through and interesting tour. He was helpful and respectful in every way. Highly recommend him to others
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Rives....thank you for a nice rating..it was a pleasure doing the tour for you and Mrs Neblett.... have a safe trip home. John M.
Darrell RicheyUnited States
John was a great tour guide. We were delayed by 45 minutes getting off the ship, but John waited patiently for us in the cruise terminal. He started talking about Montreal as he headed to our hotel to drop off our luggage. He was friendly and very informative. We stopped several times to walk around (and sometimes take a bathroom break). We showed us different parts of the city, giving us facts & history, as well telling stories. It was overcast with some rain, but we had a good time.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello, Darrell: Thank you for your very favourable review.....it was a pleasure being your tour guide. I hope that you had a good return home, and wish you all the best. John M.
Thomas PalmerUnited States
John made Montreal a special highlight of our recent trip. We learned so much about the history of Montreal, as well as that of the Quebec province. My wife is hearing impaired, but John was always attentive and graciously explained anything she had trouble understanding. His attention to detail was just what we hope for when we use a tour guide. John's personable manner was an added bonus! We had a great time; if we travel where Tours-by-Locals is available, we will certainly use them again.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Good morning, Tom: I woke up this morning slightly depressed because the tour season is coming to an end, to find this lovely commentary from you.....I am now all chuffed up and ready to meet whatever the day holds for me. Thank you, and please convey my best regards toMrs Palmer. John M.
Julie KlotterUnited States
John gave a great tour with lots of historical knowledge. We both really enjoyed it and learned some interesting facts about Montreal and Canada.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for the kind comments, Julie and Ron. Best regards John
Mary Jo C.Fair Oaks, CALIFORNIA, United States
We had a very pleasant day with John on an eight hour trip from Montreal to Ottawa. The drive is a little over 2 hours, John filled the time telling us the local history and the involvement of Canada with the USA in the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812. He took us to all the usual tourist sites including the Canadian Museum of History and included extras like the Embassy Residents. My friend is a camera buff. John allowed her plenty of time and also took us to the best views. I
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Mary Jo: Thank you very much for your very nice comments. I enjoyed my day with you and Joan, you were fun. John
Bryan GerstelUnited States
John is one of the most informed guides you will ever find; in addition his great wit and energy combine to bring montreal to life as we walk through the old town; it would be a mistake to visit this city without taking his walking tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Barbara and Bryan: Thanks for the nice comment,it was a pleasure being your guide. Yours, john
Michael VercilloUnited States
John McLaren was as friendly as he was knowledgeable about the City. He knew exactly how to skirt around all of the construction and gave us great views from various parts of the City. I would recommend him any time.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Mike, for a nice rating, much appreciated it, as well as thank you for having chosen me to be your tour guide. Best regards, John
Stan LeeUnited States
John did a good job of showing us the city.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Stan: Thank you for the compliment...it was nice meeting you and your family. John
Excelente paseo de 2 días que nos sirvió para conocer los principales lugares de Montreal y Quebec. John con sus explicaciones y descripción de los distintos lugares hizo que el viaje fuese muy ameno a pesar de la distancia. Súper recomendable para quién no tiene mucho tiempo y realmente vale la pena conocer las 2 ciudades! Nosotros lo hicimos en familia con nuestra hija y lo disfrutamos muchísimo. Muchas gracias John por tu atención.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hola, Balbino, Muchas gracias por tu gentil recomendación. Saludos a tu señora, y a tu hija, Un abrazo, John M.
John was on time and he was the perfect gentleman opening the doors for us in and out of the vehicle. John's knowledge of Montreal's history is quite extensive, covering the beginnings of the city to the Separatist movement with its roots in the 1970s and its impact on the city. We saw so many parts of the city that we would never have known about had we been on our own. John's knowledge made our tour today far more than it could have been had we been on our own. Thank you so much for a fabulous day.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Francis: With this rating, I'll be smiling for the rest of the week!. Thank you for having given me the opportunity of showing Montreal to you and Mary and Carla. Please give my best regards to Paula when you speak to her. Cheers, John.
Nancy McCoyUnited States
John was great. We enjoyed the tour very much. Thanks for selecting him!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for this great rating, Nancy.....it was fun showing Montreal to you and Mike. Warm regards to you both... John McL
Patrica K.United States
John was not only very informative, and professional but made our tour a lot of fun. We would highly recommend him.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Patrica: Thank you for your kind comments......it was nice being your and Ed's tour guide in Montreal.... you were both interested in knowing about Montreal, and it inspired me. All the best to you both. John McL
Best way to see the city of Montreal! John's knowledge of the history, language and politics of the city and the province makes this tour a must. Don't miss it! Paula & Elizabeth Murphy
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Paula and Elizabeth: Thank you for your most positive rating....your interest and insightful questions made doing the tour a real pleasure. Warm regards, John McL.
Douglas BissonGrant, MICHIGAN, United States
So glad we chose John instead of the cruise line airport transfer option! John made exiting the port unbelievably simple, and gave a tour that was simply amazing, his knowledge of the Montreal area is extensive, and he passes that knowledge on in a very articulate and easy to understand manner. your missing out if you don't take this tour option.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Larry: Thank you for a great rating!. It was a pleasure being your tour guide.... God bless. John McL
Robert TestaUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello, Bob: Thanks for the 5 star rating, much appreciated. It was fun walking you around Old Montreal....I hope that you all received your mis-placed luggage!. All the best, John M. Licensed Montreal Tour Guide
Cindee JonesUnited States
John was a great guide of his city. He called us before our trip and made us feel very comfortable to be joining him on a tour of Montreal. He knew a lot of history and interesting stories.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Cindee: Thank you for this 5 star rating, and thank you for having chosen me to be your tour guide, Best regards John M. Licensed Montreal Tour Guide
We met with John on May 19th and he was extremely knowledgeable. What I wanted from this trip was for my daughters to learn the history of Montreal and that's exactly what we received with John. I would recommend John 100%.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Ahmad: Thank you very much for your very favourable comment and generosity. I hope that your family meeting in Moncton went well. Yours truly, John M. Licenced Montreal Tour Guide
Roberto FernandezUnited States
Very informative.. Enjoyed his information and company. Gracias John!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Gracias, Doctor....me encanto vuestra compania...espero que hayan llegado bien a casa.... Un abrazo, John M.
Marsha TurbyfillUnited States
I just had a tour of Montreal with John and it was a wonderful experience. I feel that he showed me many of the important places in Montreal, a beautiful city. John is so "spot on" with the history of the city and it's connection to other cities and countries. He was very informative and made the tour so interesting. The four hours went by in a flash. I would highly recommend John for ANY tour that you are considering. He truly deserves my Five Stars!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello, Marsha: I'm on my way home to celebrate this comment!. Thank you very much for all of the nice things that you say. It was fun showing you the town, and I thank you for having chosen me to be your Montreal tour guide. All the best to you and your family. John Mclaren
Michael A. VeneziaUnited States
John was extremely knowledgeable about the history and culture of Montreal. Very affable in his information sharing skills and would recommend him to those seeking an extraordinary tour guide experience.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Wow!. The best rating ever!. Thank you, Mike..best to Pattie, and good luck to you later this month. Thanks for having chosen me to be your tour guide. John Mc Montreal Tour Guide
Fred MittagUnited States
Our guide met us in our hotel lobby on time, so that was a good start. He was John M, completely fluent in English, French, and Spanish, which in our case turned out to be a valuable collection of languages, since he used all three. John was punctual, but he was also knowledgeable, helpful, and personable. He was a good and careful driver. John was able to answer our questions, whether historical or about current events in Montreal. As interested tourists, we appreciated John's abilities.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Fred and Floyd: It was a privilege and a pleasure being yout tour guide today.. your interest in my city and in Canada's history inspired me and made it easy for me to do a good tour. Thank you for your kind comments..I wish you a safe trip home. John Mc
Dave McDowellUnited States
John was very knowledgeable about Montreal. He was extremely friendly and allowed us to customize our tour quite a bit. We got a much better sense of the city than I expected from a 4- hour tour. Highly recommended.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello, Dave: Thank you for your great rating..it was a pleasure hosting you and Richard..have a safe trip home. Best regards, John Mc Montreal Tour Guide
Stephanie ReganUnited States
Friendly; knowledgeable; a little stiff
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Stephanie: thank you for the "friendly,knowledgeable" part of the comment; if I seemed " a little stiff" it was because the traffic in Montreal on Friday was horrible, with so many of the streets having been dug up. Fortunately the work is nearly done, and Montreal is recovering her beauty. Thank you and Ed for having given me the opportunity of being your city guide. Best regards, John M.
Maria Teressa G.Miami, FL, United States
Wonderful guide. A very good tour. We were delighted with John and Ken. We recommend them. (Magnífico guía. Un tour muy bueno. Quedamos encantadas con John y Ken. Los recomendamos.)
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Gracias, Maria Teressa, por esta muy buena evaluación...fué un placer para Ken y yo de haberlas atendido, unas señoras muy simpáticas todas. Les deseo una buena continuación de viaje. John Mc Guia turístico de Montreal
Michael LoebachUnited States
John knew the area well. He had to modify the tour due to my wife's mobility limitations-any it worked out very well. Highly recommend him.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Dr Loebach: Thank you for your kind words...it was a pleasure showing Montreal to you both. Warm regards,' John Mc. Montreal Tour Guide
Jane LeeUnited States
Roland CoombsUnited States
My wife and I had about 10 hours of time in Montreal between our ship docking and our air flight. We were unable to find a ship provided tour to meet our needs. John provided us with a customized tour which allowed to experience Montreal fully and then got us to the airport in time. John took us on a tour that specifically matched our interests. I would recommend a tour of Montreal by John to others interested in seeing Montreal.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Lynn and Roland: It was very enjoyable being your tour guide in Montreal, you were a very interested audience. Thank you for your most favourable comments. John M. Montreal Tour Guide
Deborah B.United States
Was disappointed that we didn't get to stop at St. Joseph's Oratory (even for a picture). Felt tour was a little rushed at the end. Enjoyed the places we did see, especially Notre Dame Church.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Debbie: Before we stopped on Queen Mary Road and saw the St.Joseph Oratory, we had agreed that because you had a flight to catch, there wouldn't be time enough to visit the Oratory, which takes at least an hour to visit. You also saw the big line-up that there was to visit the Oratory. I am glad that you enjoyed what you did see. John I am glad that
Randee MCQueenUnited States
We had a fantastic tour. John had a great knowledge of local history and made sure he talked about the history between Canada and the US. He took us first to Old Montreal, then the next era (1800-1900) and then the modern. He also took us to different sections of Montreal and again knew the history to make it memorable. He explained the many different political things that have happened and how it continues to impact the area. He was a great tour guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Randee: thank you for such a positive comment!. I am only as good as my audience, and you ladies were interested in everything that you saw..you made it easy and very pleasant for me. I hope that you arrived home safely;you have left fond memories with me. Yours, John M.
Laura BrownUnited States
John was knowledgeable and professional. We learned a lot about the history of this area, as was our goal. He packed a lot into the 3 hours. I recommend spending a few dollars to see the inside of the Notre Dame Cathedral; lots of gorgeous architecture there.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Laura: Thank you for your kind comments. You are right about the visit to the Basilica of Notre Dame...it's beauty and atmosphere transcends sectarianism and makes it a "must see" in Montreal. It was a pleasure being your tour guide in Montreal, thank you for your visit. John M.
Ronald DixonUnited States
John was a pleasure to be with for the informative, interesting and worthwhile tour. An engaging fellow who has been associated with Montreal for many years, John has a warm place in his heart for people. We give this customized tour five stars!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Ron and Viveka: Thank you for such a highly complimentary rating!. It was a pleasure meeting you both, and I hope that you will enjoy your visito Quebec City.
Excelente guia. John es una persona muy amable, educada y muy culta. Muy simpatico. El tour muy completo.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Gracias,Ana, por este comentario tan positive. Fue un placer el haberlos conocido..espero que lo hayan pasado bien Canada. Saludos John M.
Gail BrownUnited States
Guide was not prepared to accommodate 6 people with luggage as agreed upon. At last minute he hired a larger van and driver and expected us to pay the difference. We traveled around Montreal and saw Notre Dame and St. Joseph's Oratory which we requested to see, but for the remaining time we drove through Montreal and was shown different neighborhoods.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Only mention of luggage was to express concern about mini-van fitting 5 suitcases/8 carry-ons.Coming close to sailing I had a bad feeling about this.I sent 2 e-mails and 2 msgs on the clients' phone suggesting it best to rent a large van-which required a driver,I never got a reply.I rented the van/hired the driver anyway,at an additional cost of ca$ 350.00 and charged you half of that.TBL refunded you for the additional charge,but I am glad I showed up with a larger vehicle, you had a lot more luggage
Pamela DickinsonUnited States
John was amazing with his historical information of older and newer Montreal. Taking us to St. Joseph was a highlight of the trip. Don and Pam Dickinson
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Pamela and Don: Thank you for your generous rating...it was a pleasure being your guide in Montreal. John
Howard RobertsonUnited States
Today's tour was definitely a 5! My wife and I are still talking about our adventure today with John M. Not only was he professional but most knowledgeable. We learned so much in the time with him. We could not have selected a better Tour Group. Today's tour far exceeded our expectations. We thank you and our guide for helping to make an already memorable trip more pleasurable. Thank you.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Dr and Mrs Robertson: Thank you very much for such a positive rating..It was a pleasure having been your tour guide...your interest inspired me to do my best. I wish you a happy continuation of your trip. John M Montreal Tour Guide
Although the weather was terrible, cloudy, rainy, foggy, we thoroughly enjoyed our tour with John. He drove us around to all the different neighbourhoods in Montreal, told us how they became that particular type of neighbourhood and the history behind it. He also showed us the most historic parts of the city, as well as the most popular sites. John was on time, knowledgable, considerate, and has a new, clean Jeep. He opened and closed the doors for us each time we got out. Would highly recommend John
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you both for your kind comments...it was a pleasure being your guide today. John
David BrownUnited States
John gave us a delightful tour of old Montreal. He is very knowledgeable about the history of the city, and adjusted the tour to our interests,
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Mr and Mrs Brown: Thank you for your kind comments...it was a pleasure showing you Old Montreal. I wish your son success with his studies in Schenectady. John McL.
Christopher HankinsUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello, Chris: Thank you for the good rating....it was a pleasure meeting you and your parents. Best regards, John M. Montreal Tour Guide
Susan ErvastiUnited States
John suggested we change our tour to Montreal because the color was gone in the Laurentians by the time we were there. We agreed and the tour was absolutely marvelous! He is a wealth of information about the history of Montreal and took us places we never would have seen on our own. We learned so much and enjoyed the experience. The tour was the highlight of our stay in Montreal!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Susan:Thank you for such a nice commentary and rating...it was a pleasure meeting you and Bill. John
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Dr. Sammya, it was a pleasure to meet you and your family . GREETINGS John
Our party of 4 Aussies had an excellent day in the Laurentian mountains with our guide, John. He gave us a good look at highlight areas and some out of the way places to ensure we had every opportunity to experience as much of the fall colour as possible. His detailed and general knowledge coupled with his great sense of humour made our day so much more enjoyable. on our way back to Montreal he used a different route to give us a broader view of greater Montreal. Thank you John, a memorable day.
Marguerite WillardUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Marguerite: I think that I'll buy myself a red coat, in case of cold. Thank you for your kind comments, it was nice being your tour guide. John Mc
Samuel MartinUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Mr Martin John
Chris VisserUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Chris, for the top rating....it was nice meeting you and Mrs Visser. John
We did a four hour driving tour with John in Montreal and we found him to be very knowledgeable about wirh the history and people of Quebec. Would not hesitate to recommend him.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Terri, for your kind comment...I wish you and Frank a lovely cruise. Yours, John
Robert RollUnited States
Our scottish guide John was GREAT. He was very well spoken, knowledgable, courteous, helpful, understanding ,friendly plus many more wonderful words of description. An excellent tour appreciated by both the wife and myself.. He could not be more professional and friendly!!!!!! Bob /Marilyn roll . ps.. I found a problem in the toilet that he got opened for us, I reported it to John and he passed it onto the maintenance man. Service above and beyond..
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Marilyn and Bob: Thank you very much for such a good rating, and comments. It was fun being your tour guide. With warm regards, John.
Demetria LeongUnited States
I was pleased with the depth of knowledge and the weaving of information with current understanding of world events. His tour was a fine conclusion of our visit to Canada. Thank you, John, for a job well done.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Dr. Demetria: Thank you for your kind comments, I enjoyed talking to a person who posed such great questions. I hope that you and Blake got home safely. John
John provided us with a very thorough and interesting tour of Montreal. We chose him because of previous great ratings. He knows the city well, (physical, cultural, historical information). Any question we asked him, he knew the answer! He has a very quiet and unassuming manner, which we appreciated!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Nadine: Thank you all for your kind comments.It was a pleasure meeting you.
Douglas AltenbernNashville, TN, United States
John was pleasant, informed and did a very good job. Would recommend him to others.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Douglas: Thank you for your kind comments, it was a pleasure being your tour guide in Montreal. Best regards, John Mc.
John was punctual and very knowledgeable about Canadian history. He was polite and attentive. The tour was exactly as described and was flexible to include the Spanish Embassy as we requested. His Spanish was clearly understood. We recommend him.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Peter for your kind comments..it was a pleasure guiding for your family..
Larry HinsleyUnited States
John was great. Very friendly and knowledgeable. We saw a lot in just four hours. The advantages of a private tour (except for the cost) are just so many. We will certainly consider doing another in the future.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Larry: Thank you for your very kind comments..I hope that you enjoyed your cruise.
Mary PowellUnited States
John was a perfect host! He gave us a blend of history and culture, respected our wishes, make a connection with all three members of the group, and treated us to the best-ever bagel. It was a delightful tour from beginning to end.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Mary: Thank you for your very kind comments...it was a real pleasure for me, showing the city to you and John and Marshall. John Mc.
William ShannonUnited States
We had asked for an accessible tour as my husband is in a wheelchair, and John was not prepared for that type of tour. John acknowledged that he knew about the wheelchair, but thought my husband could still walk a little. We lost an hour trying to figure out if there was an elevator in one of the metro stations in order to take a train to Old Montreal. John was knowledgeable about what he shared, but we only received 2/3s of the tour and it was quite frustrating.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Mrs Shannon: I share and am sorry for your frustration. Your comments in the booking form only said "in a wheelchair", a situation which I am well used to encountering. The problem which was not stated was that we would not be able to use any escalators, compounded by the fact that it was impossible to find the elevator which supposedly was in service at the Place Bonaventure Metro station. It is fair to say "lessons learned" for both parties. I am sorry to have disappointed you.
TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: The customer has been provided with partial compensation for not experiencing the full tour experience they had expected. We are confident that this issue will not happen again in the future with John. Thank-you for your comments and suggestions.
Susan LutzUnited States
John saved the day! He not only stepped up and helped us last minute when another guide cancelled on us but he did a superb job. He was very knowledgeable about all facets of Montreal and Canada and went out of his way to show us everything we asked for and more. We highly recommend him for individuals and families wishing to see all of Montreal. He comes with free history lessons and insider tidbits which makes it that much better!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Susan: Thank you very much for such nice comments. It was a pleasure meeting you and your family, I hope that you might come back some time to Montreal. John Mc. Montreal Tour Guide
Miguel Angel Torres PorteroSpain
Very nice and worship. Highly recommended
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Gracias Miguel Angel!.
John is a colourful entertaining guide with a life history worthy of hearing as it melds into his unique encyclopaedic understanding of the complicated history of Montreal.His infectious humour and ability to personalise his conversation to our particular style and interests made the tour highly rewarding and educational. In the short time we shared we were able to experience a diverse exposure to the socio-cultural breadth of this fascinating city.Thanks John indeed for the pleasure of your company.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Alan and Helen:I think that you have been the nicest and most fun guests that I have had the pleasure of receiving in the last 5 years... Thank you for this lovely rating and commentary, and thank YOU both for the pleasure of your company. God bless, John Mc.
Paul SidikmanUnited States
We really felt we had a good understanding of the city because of the tour. What made the experience with John special was that he changed the plan as we went along to match our interests. For example, we took some time to go into some antique shops.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Paul and Cornelia, thank you for these lovely comments...it was nice meeting you in Montreal. All the best, John M.
Richard RambishUnited States
What a great experience this was! Wonderful relaxed pace, no rushing or running! Very informative and educational! What a great way to see your wonderful city. Outstanding guides! This is a must do for visitors!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Richard, thank you for this lovely comment....it was a pleasure being the guide for your family...I will even admit to having fun....we had a few good laughs,didn't we?. All the best to everybody, John
Willard StephensUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Mr Willard, it was a pleasure being your guide in Kingston, thank you for your positive rating. John Mc
Jeffrey JanoffUnited States
John was quite informative. He took us to many places that were off the beaten path and showed us neighborhoods away from it all. That is exactly what we wanted.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Jeffrey, I am glad that it worked out to your liking. Thank you for your kind comments. John Mc.
Ann P.Honolulu, HI, United States
Thomas BonhagUnited States
John is a wealth of historical information on Montreal in addition to being a most pleasant man. This tour was excellent. John was outstanding.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Tom, for your kind comment. It was fun being your tour guide. Warm regards to Cornelia and you. John Mc.
Michael TownsLakewood Ranch, FL, United States
John was exremely knowledgable and very intuned with the wishes of his clientle. He asked about detail and honored the wishes of my photographer wife's needs. We enjoyed historacal perspectives as well as current ones with him. We would highly recommend John and his services.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Mike and Mindy: Thank you very much for these kind comments. It was a real pleasure meeting you and being your tour guide in Montreal. Mindy, I hope that your photos bring you good memories of your cruise and your visit to our city. Warm regards, John Mc. Montreal Tour Guide
Sally VickUnited States
John is an excellent historian of Montreal. He is very knowledgeable and makes the tour enjoyable. I would highly recommend him to other tourists. He went way beyond what we expected of him.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Sally: It was a pleasure meeting you and your family....thank you for having chosen me, and for your kind comments.....I wish you all a great cruise!. John Mc Montreal Tour Guide
Rosalind SwartUnited States
John was a wonderful guide. Great knowledge of the history of Montreal.
Frazor EdmondsonUnited States
John is a wonderful tour guide for the Old City of Montreal tour. He took our family, with two teen-agers, on a three hour walk through the town. His commentary was a perfect blend of history, commentary on modern trends, architecture and personal anecdote. It was a really great learning experience for our kids and an educational experience for us (the parents). The pace of the tour was really nice and John was very flexible in showing us things that matched our interests. A great day!!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Frazor, It was a great day for me, too, you're all a lovely family.Thank you for having chosen me. John
Robert AndresenUnited States
Had a wonderful time with our informative tour guide. He even stopped for bagels when we were hungry-what a treat!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Robert, thank you both for your kind comments...your interest in our city was inspiring...and the bagels were great. Thank you for doing the tour of Montreal with me. John Mc.
Linda StoneLakewood Ranch, FL, United States
John was prompt arriving at our hotel. His love of the old part of the city and his knowledge made our morning so interesting. WE thoroughly enjoyed spending our morning with him and highly recommend him as a wonderful walking tour guide of old Montreal. Our only regret is that we didn't spend more time with him.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Linda and Jack: Thank you very much for a most flattering review. It is easy to do a good job when the audience is as interested in the subject as you both were. Good luck in your travels, and your future in Saratoga. With warm regards, John Mc.
Judy IngermanMontreal, QUEBEC, Canada
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Judy: Thank you for your rating. Considering the fact that I was 30 minutes late arriving (snow and traffic snarls, but still inexcusable)you have been more than generous. I enjoyed doing the tour with you and your very bright students. Always at your service, Yours Truly, John M.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Rosa: It was a pleasure being the tour guide for your student group...they were very entusiastic and interested. Thank you for the opportunity. John Mc. Montreal Tour Guide
Renee MartinUnited States
Great tour with John! We covered a lot of ground from old Montreal to Little Italy; even a stop at the Jean Talon Market! John was deeply knowledgable and we left with a special appreciation of Montreal's culture, history and architecture.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Renée: Thank you for this nice note...it was a pleasure being your tour guide in Montreal; you were so keen in learning about our city that it was easy to do my job. All the best to you and your husband and young Logan. Yours, John M.
Sandra K OHara TorgersonMelbourne, FL, United States
Spent Wonderful 4 hour. Very knowledgeable!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Sandra, for your kind comment..It was a pleasure showing Montreal to you and John E.
James M ThorneUnited States
John M. was probably the best of our tour guides. He filled in for Nadia after her untimely death and proved to be impressively knowledgable about the history of Montreal, together with America's small involvement in its formative days. There were 5 of us on the tour - myself, my wife and my 3 sisters. We are all quite old and he was most consciencious. At the end of the tour, he drove one sister, who has difficulty walking, to the airport, and helped here get checked through including luggage.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Mr Thorne: I still have warm memories of your visit, now rekindled with this nice note of yours..thank you for your kind comments. Best regards to you and your ladies. John
Shirley W.United States
John was a very professional, articulate, informative guide with a great sense of humor. We thoroughly enjoyed our 1/2day tour of Montreal and learned a great deal. I recommend John highly.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Shirley: Thank you for your kind comments, and for having entrusted me with your Montreal tour. You and Greg were interested in the history and actuality of Montreal, and this made by job easier. John
Janet KirtleyUnited States
The tour was very informative and interesting. John accommodated my mother's physical limitations very well.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Janet: thank you for your kind comments..it was a pleasure to have been your Tour Guide in Montreal. My best regards to you all. John M.
Vincent BattistaUnited States
This was my first trip to Montreal and I wanted to learn as much as possible while here. John was the perfect choice to accomplish that task. He is both knowledgeable and personable. He made my wife and me feel at ease the entire time. As John has lived in many places around the world, he offered both a native and foreign perspective. I would not hesitate for a moment to recommend him to anyone looking for an enjoyable, enlightening afternoon.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Vincent and Eva: You have overwhelmed me with your praise. It is always easy and a pleasure to talk about Montreal when the audience is as interested as you both were. Thank you for having visited us and for having chosen me to be your tour guide. Have a safe return home. John
John its the perfect guide, he is a very well educated and friendly man, we had a wonderful time. Thanks John es el guía perfecto, es un hombre muy culto y simpático, disfrutamos mucho de nuestro tour así como de su compañía. Gracias
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Apreciados Fernando y Maria Elena: Muy agradecido por haberme elegido para ser vuestro guia en Montreal..para mia fué una experiencia muy agradable gracias al interes en mi ciudad que manifestaron, y a la simpatia de ustedes y sus dos chicos. Thank you for this very kind and generous rating. Reciban un abrazo y cordial saludo, John M.
Philip SpiroUnited States
We (four of us) enjoyed this tour immensely. Our kids maybe not so much because it was focused on history and that's not their thing. We spent three hours walking around old Montreal. John was highly knowledgeable about the history of Montreal, Canadian history as well as Canadian politics. He was flexible and took our lead when we had specific areas of interest. only reason he gets 4 stars is that he was late. Understandable because of location change but we'd been clear. I recommend!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Philip and Linda: I appreciate your very kind rating of this tour, it was a pleasure being your tour guide, and I thank you for the opportunity. My best regards to you and your daughters. John M.
We had a wonderful tour with John. It was a highlight of our visit to Montreal. John was extremely knowledgeable and helpful with everything during the day. He is an exceptional guide and we were very fortunate to have him for our tour. Many thanks John from Ian and Sue
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Sue and Ian: It was lovely spending the day with you in Ottawa; your interest inspired me. Thank you very much for having chosen me for this day, and many thanks for these nice comments. Have a great continuation of your trip, and safe return home. Yours, John M.
Gary FradkinUnited States
Would rate John a 10 if we could!!!!!!!!!!. He was incredibly knowledgeable about history of Montreal and listened to us to mold his tour around our desires. Farmers Market was a challenge but he let us experience it as we desired. Would highly recommend John to anyone needing guidance in Montreal.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Gary,Reggie and Kyle: I really appreciate your lovely comments....let me say that I thoroughly enjoyed being your tour guide in Montreal...thank you very much for having chosen me for the tour...all the best, and wishes of success to Kyle in his professional future. John Mc.
I would encourage anyone visiting Montreal to book a tour with John. He was great! We toured with him in May 2014. He arrived early and stayed late to help orient us. He adapted himself to our group, which included one person using a wheelchair and a shared desire to pack as much as possible into our tour. His knowledge of the region - both historical & current - was impressive. He gave us an informative overview of the city's distinct neighborhoods. I would happily take any of his tours.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Sandra: You and your mother inspired me with your interest....it was a pleasure being your tour guide....thank you for having come to Montreal, and thank you for these nice comments. All the best, John Mc. Montreal Tour Guide
Jeanne BaldwinUnited States
John was delightful. He was so very knowledgeable about Montreal and fascinated us with his stories and facts. We covered a lot of territory and did it without feeling overwhelmed. He took us to all the places we wanted to see and even to some with which we were not familiar...but were so very interesting and vital to our understanding of the area. May be the most informative tour we have ever experienced.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Jeanne: Thank you very much for such a glowing review. You were so interested in our city that I was inspired...there is nothing so stimulating as an interested audience.All the best to you and your husband. John
Linda HahnUnited States
Djany is a knowledgeable, enthusiastic, charming guide. We enjoyed our time with her.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello, Linda: Your kind comment about Djany appeared on my page. I hope that you arrived home safely. John M.
Eric McVadonUnited States
John skillfully tailored our tour of Montreal to our limited mobility and provided an excellent explanation of Montreal's interesting history from the 17th century to modern times. He showed us the city's neighborhoods and their place in the history, development, and current situation. His descriptions were succinct but thorough and left us feeling that we had an appreciation of the city's ups and downs and prospects for the future. We were delighted to have a guide who was so competent and knowledgeable.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Admiral: Thank you very much for this wonderful review. All that I can say is that if I delivered the tour well it was because you and Mrs McVadon were keen listeners and showed a lot of interest in my country. It was an honour having met you both... John
Nancy CarlsonUnited States
This was an exceptional tour of Montreal. John is very knowledgeable and very accommodating. He took us to all the important locations and filled up 4 hours with highlights, stops, neighborhoods, and insights. We stayed two more days and used his advice and recommendations. As a result, Montreal became a favorite city. If you have only 1 day in Montreal, I suggest you spend it with John!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Nancy: I love it! I should make it my motto! It was a pleasure being your guide in Montreal; thank you for having chosen me, and thank you for this lovely endorsement. John Mc.
Eric McVadonUnited States
On our second tour with John, he not only showed us Ottawa and the countryside but also informatively and impressively answered our many questions about the city, Canadians of all sorts, and Canada's government, politics, economy, and society. He gave a very balanced view of all this. John has lived in many places in the world and used that experience to reveal Canada to us in an extremely interesting and understandable way. We felt fortunate to have met this insightful citizen of Canada and the world.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Admiral: Thank you very much for this wonderful review. All that I can say is that if I delivered the tour well it was because you and Mrs McVadon were keen listeners and showed a lot of interest in my country. It was an honour having met you both... John
Margaret BeyerUnited States
John was an excellent tour guide - knowledgeable, friendly. We thought the tour was great and would highly recommend him!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Margaret: Thank you for your kind comments....it was fun showing Montreal to you, to Ralph and to Sue...and I appreciate your having chosen me to be your tour guide. With warmest regards,, John Mc. Montreal Tour Guide
Phyllis SimmermanUnited States
It was a fabulous tour. John was very informative and picked up on our interests.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Phyllis: thank you for your kind comment...it was a pleasure being your tour guide, you were a very keen audience. My best to you and your family. John Mc. Montreal Tour Guide
Maria de Lourdes Wiley CotaMexico
si pudiera darle mas estrellas en el rating sin duda que lo haria.... John, excelente guía de lo mejor que hemos conocido. Su conocimiento y dominio tanto de la historia como del lugar es impresionante. Nosotros viajamos con dos niñas y estuvieron siempre atentas a sus explicaciones y quedaron muy contentas con todo lo aprendido en el tour. De hecho tomamos otros tours en nuestro viaje (ottawa, toronto, gananoque, niagara y nyc) y coincidimos que ninguno como el de John. Felicidades!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hola, Maria de Lourdes: me ha puesto muy contento con su gentil comentario..muchas gracias por haberme elegido para atenderlos en Montreal,y gracias por este comentario. Ustedes son una familia preciosa, y las niñas son un fiel reflejo de los padres: educadas y simpáticas. Un abrazo para todos ustedes, John M.