Kathleen MorrishUnited States
Elizabeth is prompt, flexible, and knowledgeable. We booked with her to tour Butchart Gardens and take a boat ride there. She made our lunch reservations at the tea house, and we enjoyed her company so much we invited her to eat with us and then ride on the boat. In addition to Butchart Gardens, she showed us a lovely trail through a mossy woods, gave us a quick walkthrough of the Government House gardens, and finally returned us to our ship via Arbutus Park, extending our tour. Highly recommended!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: You are such lovely people. It was a pleasure to tour with you. As well, I enjoyed your stories and great knowledge. Thank you for a lovely day!!!
Elizabeth is a punctual , friendly, polite, cheerful and approachable guide. Her familiarity with Victoria is outstanding. She is able to tailor-fit the tour to our needs which makes the whole experience a very satisfying one. Her attitude of having our interest at heart is commendable. Well done !
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: What a wonderful, thoughtful review. Thank you very much. You are a very special and nice family. Warm regards to you all.
Francis S.United States
What a wonderful and informative tour by a most friendly and interesting person. Elizabeth was most accomodating and adjusted the tour to our interests and to unexpected road conditions . Highly reccomend her.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: So happy to hear you enjoyed the tour. It was great meeting you and sharing with you the places on the Island that I so love. Hope we meet again. Elizabeth
Deborah RalphUnited Kingdom
Lovely tour with excellent, knowledgeable guide. Gave us a great overview of Victoria, which is very beautiful. Loved the stop at the Marina where we were lucky enough to be able to see the seals. Beautiful scenery and a view of the town, well customised for me to avoid too much walking. A great day thank-you
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Deborah and Tony, I had an absolutely wonderful day with you. I appreciate your good sense of humour and enthusiasm to explore our Island. Thank you for the nice review. I hope you visit Victoria again in the near future. All the best. Elizabeth
Lawrence OmlorUnited States
Liliana Torres PoppUnited States
Elizabeth was a delightful tour guide. She was very knowledgable about the history of each location we visited. Elizabeth was very accommodating to our needs, as I was touring with my elderly parents. Her vehicle was also extremely comfortable and provided a good view. She was always smiling and you could see that she truly enjoys her work. I would highly recommend her and should I return to Victoria, I will definitely give her a call.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for the great review. You are an exceptionally nice and energetic family including your elderly parents. Fun time! Looking forward to seeing you again in Victoria. Elizabeth
Diane WalerskiUnited States
Elizabeth was a super guide. She did exactly what we wanted and shared her expert knowledge of the city. You could tell she loved her city. At many places she gave us different options on how to continue. We had a great overview of the town. We walked at several locations, and stopped for a quick lunch which again was our option. I would thoroughly recommend Elizabeth.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Diane, Many thanks for this great review. It was a pleasure showing you Victoria and I do love this town. Happy travels and regards to your fellow travellers. Elizabeth
Shirley W.United States
Wonderful tour! Elizabeth VERY accommodating, rearranged our tour time due to late flight arrival. Definitely recommend Elizabeth!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Shirley, Happy to hear from you. Glad it all worked out well with you flights. All the best. Elizabeth
Susi W.United States
Excellent tour of Victoria and Buchert Gardens. Elizabeth knows the area well and has a great personality.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for the nice comments and compliment. I really enjoyed your company and appreciation of our beautiful city.
Kevin BlaesUnited States
Elizabeth met us at our agreed upon destination exactly on time. She then took us to the gardens by all back roads which was fantastic as we got to see the local environment. She then guided us through a very thorough, organized non-rushed tour of the Butchart Gardens. We then stopped at a sandwich location she recommended where we got food and then journeyed to the top of a hill overlooking all of Victoria and ate a nice lunch with great scenery. I highly recommend a tour directed by her.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Was a real pleasure to spend time with you and your wife. I enjoyed learning about your lovely neck of the woods and sharing some of our local favourite spots and country roads on the Island. All the best.
Corrie TosteUnited States
Elizabeth was prompt and friendly. She picked wineries that were unique and different from each other. Her lunch recommendation was great. She was flexible and happy to squeeze in a stop for cider tasting as well when we asked. Overall a great day tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was a lovely day in the country and I am glad you enjoyed Cowichan's varied vineyards and cider house. Thank you very much for the nice review.
Joyce RuseGordon, NE, United States
We had a pleasant tour with Elizabeth. She was prompt and very friendly and knowledgeable. Our main point of interest was visiting the beautiful Buchart Gardens. I would highly recommend Elizabeth and not hesitate to tour with her again!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Joyce, Thank you for the awesome review. It was great meeting you all and a very nice time at the Gardens. I do hope you travel this way again and I can show you more of this beautiful Island.
Wendy C.United States
TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: ToursByLocals is committed to 5-Star tour experiences and we appreciate any learning opportunity to improve the quality of the service we offer our customers. We take all feedback seriously and have, as always, attempted to clarify with our customer if there was anything our guide, or ToursByLocals, could have done differently to have made this tour a 5-Star experience.
Christine Skarpohl GregoryUnited States
Our day touring with Elizabeth was delightful. She did an excellent job tailoring the tour to accommodate my mother who was using a wheelchair. Her vehicle was also so comfortable. I will want to book with Elizabeth the next time I am in Victoria. Her knowledge of the area, and openness to shifting gears to make all family members happy was lovely.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Many thanks for a great review. Your appreciation and travel savviness and your joyfulness made my time touring with you very enjoyable. Looking forward to your next visit.
Thomas W.United States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: You are fun and knowledgable travellers. It was a pleasure spending time with you on beautiful Salt Spring Island! I appreciate the 5 stars.
Bruce WolfeUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for the great rating. It was nice to spend time with you and travelling companions.
Arnold ZaksUnited States
TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: ToursByLocals is committed to quality customer experiences and takes all feedback seriously. We appreciate any learning opportunity to improve the quality of tour experiences. We have, as always, attempted to clarify with our customer why this tour experience appears to have fallen below our normal high standards.
Kathy StrawnUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for the 5 star rating. I really appreciate it.
Sam KarpUnited States
Elizabeth was terrific. She is knowledgeable, articulate, friendly and helped us make the most of our short visit to Victoria. Aside from being informative about the sites we visited and local history, she provided tips on how we should best utilize our time. Her van was comfortable, as we explored a few off-the-beaten-path sites we would never have known about. And she took us to a spot for great fish tacos! We would highly recommend her. Thanks Elizabeth!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for the wonderful review. I really enjoyed spending time with both of you, and the very interesting stories you shared about your travels. Hope you decide to visit the Island in the near future.
Douglas KallmanUnited States
Elizabeth was lovely. She was kind to my elderly parents and was helpful obtaining wheelchairs for touring Bouchart Gardens. Her van was clean and comfortable. Thank you.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much. It was lovely spending time with you and your family.
Great day travelling through the back roads to beautiful Butchard Gardens and around Victoria with our guide Elizabeth who was very informative and knowledgable on the area.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Arianna. Happy to hear your feedback and that you had a great time.
William HackUnited States
Enjoyed Elizabeth's knowledge of Victoria and her flexibility with walking versus driving around the area.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Was great meeting you and showing you the sights. hope you visit Victoria again.
We thoroughly enjoyed our wonderful day trip with Elizabeth. Communication beforehand was excellent. She met us at our hotel in Victoria as arranged and off we went exploring around Vancouver Island in her new van. The day was well planned and paced. We found many hidden places and there were so many wonderful photo opportunities. We were very impressed by Elizabeth's knowledge of the area. Thank you Elizabeth for a very special day out and about on Vancouver Island. We highly recommend her to others.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for your thoughtful review. I really enjoy travellers such as yourselves that are curious, love to explore and share interesting stories about your land, such as the long journey of the godwit to Australia.
Debra RyanUnited States
Elizabeth was a wonderful guide she was interesting, fun and a great driver we felt completely comfortable and in great hands. thanks so much Elizabeth!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Debbie. It was a pleasure meeting you ladies and showing you Victoria and the gardens. Come back soon!
Janice CortezUnited States
Elizabeth was a wonderful guide and we enjoyed her knowledge about Victoria and Vancouver Island. It's the best way to see the island and get it all done in a day.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was wonderful meeting you and your lovely son and daughter. Hope you visit Victoria again and we can explore other great places.
Nancy Saxer (Barry Pope) S.United States
Elizabeth was very accommodating and flexible. We saw a lot of Victoria on foot & in comfort from her van. She displayed a wealth of information and was very nice. Both my husband and myself enjoyed the tour and the multiple venues we visited.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Nancy: Thank you for reviewing. It was a pleasure sharing with you the highlights of the city of Victoria and Vancouver Island and I think both you and your husband are very nice too.
Beth AngeloPonte Vedra Beach, FL, United States
Wow! Elizabeth surpassed all our expectations. After her wonderful tour of Victoria including the Craigdarroch Castle and the Butchart Gardens we all want to go back to the island and stay a while. She gave us an insider's view with a great perspective of her city. We even got to be part of Kate and William's royal visit to the city when we visited the Inner Harbour. We HIGHLY recommend Elizabeth!
Lynda KiikveeUnited States
Elizabeth provided a lovely tour for our group. She was on time picking us up, was kind, knowledgeable and a pleasure. We enjoyed a wide exposure of Victoria -- from the harbor, beach, personal residences, Parliament, Empress Hotel, and Lieutenant Governor's residence and grounds. A perfect balance of car and walking!
John L.United States
Elizabeth worked to show us as much of the area as she could in a relatively short period. She moved the group along in a professional manner so we could enjoy much of what Victoria and the Butchart Gardens had to offer. We didn't have a lot of time to bond like we did with some of the guides, but she did a great job in a short time.
Kirsten KelsoUnited States
Elizabeth was a fantastic host, and tailored the tour to our group's abilities and desires. She is very knowledgeable about her city, and is happy to share information you would not otherwise learn as a tourist. You can't go wrong with a tour Elizabeth leads!
Sid TracyUnited States
Elizabeth was great. Was very pleased with the tour. It's a beautiful city and it was nice to have Elizabeth show us the details. The tour of the LT Governor's place was outstanding...Spinnakers Brew Pub turned out a delicious lunch.
Gardiner Van Ness, IIITucson, AZ, United States
We were a group of two 70 year old couples. The ladies both have a pretty good knowledge of flowers and consider themselves gardeners. Elizabeth did a great job of taking us through Butchart Gardens and was able to answer every question about the flowers and plants. The ladies were amazed and impressed. After the tours we had an idyllic lunch in a restaurant in Sydney overlooking the beach and bay with Mt. Baker in Washington state in the distance. She has a very nice mini van and is fun to be with.
Lynn BakerUnited States
Elizabeth was superb...I knew before I met her that we would all be best friends...and we were. She went the extra mile in every respect. Some of our group had unexpected physical issues and she was a trouper ... I want everyone going to Victoria looking for a private excursion to contact Elizabeth....
Rajeev S.United Kingdom
We enjoyed the tour and so parts of Victoria that we other wise would not have or even were aware of. Elizabeth was also very good with our kids and engaged them despite their being tired.
Bill DunnUnited States
Last minute accommodation was greatly appreciated. Spent a lovely afternoon touring the gardens and lunching with Elizabeth.
Steve AlexanderUnited States
Elizabeth is a great tour guide. We had two different tours and she was extremely knowledgeable about the Butchart Gardens and historical locations in and around Victoria. Elizabeth had a very nice van to tour around Victoria. My wife, my daughter and I really had fun on the tours! We highly recommend her as a tour guide for anywhere in British Columbia.
Steve AlexanderUnited States
Mark DirectorUnited States
Elizabeth provided our group of four with a wonderful 5-hour tour of Victoria based on our desires to see Buchart Gardens as well as other pertinent sights. She was both very pleasant and very informative, and communicated quickly & efficiently prior to the tour. Great value with a great tour guide.
Patricia AbateUnited States
Elizabeth gave us a five star tour of Victoria! We only had one day in Victoria and she made the most of our visit. Elizabeth met us at the Ferry Dock and took us to the lovely seaside town of Sydney. We then had a driving tour of the island. Elizabeth is very knowledgeable! Then off to Butchart Gardens. Elizabeth was a wealth of information as we strolled the gardens. I hope to return to Victoria and would hire Elizabeth again!
Deborah FitzgeraldUnited States
We enjoyed our tour of Victoria with Elizabeth. Our group ranged in age from 15 to 70+, and Elizabeth found a way to make the day special for each of us. We highly recommend her as a tour guide.
Patricia MartinUnited States
It was a rainy day and we were expecting to be disappointed in our tour. Fortunately, we had chosen Elizabeth for our guide. She turned what could have been a dismal day into a day of adventure. We actually did much more than we had expected. Elizabeth is knowledgeable and fun. She was adaptable to our needs and the demands of the weather. We thoroughly enjoyed the tour and we certainly enjoyed our time with Elizabeth!
Sandra HubbardUnited States
Elizabeth was a great guide showing the six of us a quick overview of the locale around Victoria. We took notes of areas we wanted to explore in depth on our own, got recommendations of good local restaurants, got historical info and anecdotes of the people and places we were interested in. She has a large & comfortable van and excellent driving skills. No time was wasted in traffic, parking or driving. Definitely a wonderful, enjoyable experience for all.
Susan E.United States
Elizabeth was great but the tour was much too expensive for what we got in return. Half of our tour time was eating lunch.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Susan I really enjoyed taking you to the various vineyards in Saanich and the brewery overlooking the water for lunch. I understand that the wine tour seemed too expensive for you because you thought it was all inclusive. However, all my tours specify that wine, food, admissions are not included in the tour price to prevent guests from facing price restrictions. I hope that you feel somewhat compensated with the extra 30 minutes of touring I provided free of charge
Preston ColemanUnited States
Our guide was very informative and led us on a great tour of Victoria.
Carl GruberUnited States
Elizabeth showed us many sights in Victoria, we didn't know existed. I booked her and let her know we were traveling with a couple that could not walk well - Vic BC is a walking town. Elizabeth did a great job designing a tour that met our requirements and went an extra step of providing situations where we could decide how much walking effort to put into it. I highly recommend Elizabeth as a private guide to open your experience to Victoria BC
Lauren IngramUnited States
We had a wonderful afternoon w/Elizabeth. Such fun to see different neighborhoods, a forest walk, a "mountain" walk, & the Gardens! Her van is very comfortable & Elizabeth was such fun to be with. She made our afternoon in Victoria a very special one that we'll never forget! Thank you, Elizabeth!
Gerhard S.United States
Elizabeth did a great job. Her vehicle was immaculate and very comfortable. She is knowledgeable about the area. She avoided highways and thus was able to show us more of the local countryside. Would highly recommend Elizabeth.
Arnold FieldingUnited States
Our group of 4 had a great time! Elisabeth was right on time and we got have to good start traveling down the coast line. Elisabeth was very knowledgeable about the History of Victoria and were able to see may of the wonderful highlights of the the city. My only regret is that we did not have more time!
Tony VegaFort Luderdale, FL, United States
Elizabeth was a pleasure to deal with. She was punctual, knowledgeable, professional. A truly personal experience.
Hiroko NakayamaUnited States
She was most wonderful guide we ever experienced. She know We highly recommend her. Wonderful person with full of knowledge.
Allison DaoUnited States
Elizabeth was great. Very accommodating and helpful. I started with an agenda and we ended up with a different one due to my crazy schedule. The garden was beautiful and the castle was awesome, and Elizabeth was very pleasant and knowledgeable about the area which was wonderful for someone like me to experience Victoria for the first time. Thank you Elizabeth for the tour.
Paul JonesUnited States
Elizabeth was incredible. I would use her again and recommend to anyone else. She is great!
Mary B.United States
our trip was fantastic!! elizabeth was the best she was very considerate, kind and told us so much information about the island and all the places we visited. would like to visit british columbia again just to spend time with her.
Monica WoodUnited States
Elizabeth is an AMAZING tour guide! From the moment we met her until the time we parted company, spending time with her as our tour guide felt like meeting up with an old friend to tour their hometown! She is warm, comfortable to be with, prepared (even had water bottles for each of us), flexible, knowledgeable, creative and FUN! The people in our group ranged in age from 11 to 82 and Elizabeth was able to interact superbly with each one of us! We HIGHLY recommend Elizabeth's services as a tour guide!
Mary GiventerUnited States
Elizabeth gave a delightful tour of Victoria. We had a six year old with us celebrating her birthday that day and Elizabeth even brought her a small gift and one for her sister. Very thoughtful. We hope to return to Victoria next year and will definitely seek her out for another tour.
Alice MooreUnited States
Elizabeth is a 5 star plus, kind, courteous, knowledgeable, and welcoming guide. As a member of the Worldmark condo club, I cruise, visit & walk Victoria & Bouchart gardens a couple of times a year. I asked for & received a customized driving garden tour that did not include routine but wonderful Victoria outings. I got that plus the fabulous company of the warm & friendly Elizabeth. Our tour seemed more of one prepared and delivered by a dear friend rather than that for a client. We Loved Elizabeth.
Carol Ann FullertonCanada
We had a wonderful tour with Elizabeth in Victoria. We were a group of 12, in 2 vans, and she was a great guide. She took us through Butchart Gardens and through the back roads and different tourist sights along the way. She is very knowledgeable and accommodating to our wishes. I would highly recommend her to anyone.
Frank SmithNorth Port, FL, United States
Arrived by ship, we were met at the ship and had a very good overview of the city. Due to a knee injury Elizabeth arranged the trip for limited walking and all went perfect. Had a wonderful tour of the city and the neighborhoods of Victoria and lunch down by the water. Could not have had a better tour of the city, thank you Elizabeth
Christine BeliveauUnited States
Elizabeth was on time, showed us exactly what we asked for and added other sites that interested us. Her choice of restaurants was great. She adapted quickly to our limited walking abilities, and provided a LOT of scenery and information.
Joe RankUnited States
We had the genuine pleasure of a tour of Victoria BC by Elizabeth V. She was a very enjoyable and informed guide. We had a nice drive through the countryside before visiting the Gardens. Her enjoyment of the plants and flowers was infectious. My wife and I enjoyed our lunch with Elizabeth, both the conversation and the food. We would recommend her to anyone wanting a nice day on the island.
Richard GoughUnited States
My husband and I had a marvelous tour of Salt Spring Island. Elizabeth picked out all the things we liked to see and do--the Saturday market was spectacular! Her knowledge and professionalism also contributed to our enjoyment of the tour.
Tammy MartinUnited States
Elizabeth was a joy as a tour guide. We saw so much more than we ever could have on our own and heard all the little stories that only a person who loves their area can impart . We felt like we were traveling with a friend. I highly recommend this way to visit the Butchart Gardens.
Richard GoughUnited States
My husband and I had a marvelous tour of Victoria. Elizabeth picked out all the things we liked to see and do--the waterfront was exciting, especially feeding the seals. Her knowledge and professionalism also contributed to our enjoyment of the tour.
Luis RocheCaracas, MIRANDA, Venezuela
Elysabeth is a friendly and informed person. The tour was carried out without a fault and we enjoyed it immensely. We would gladly do it again and are happy to have Tours by Locals as our tour guide where ever we travel.
Joan L.Anna, TX, United States
Elizabeth was exceptional. She used continuous feedback to ensure we were interested in what we were seeing, provided alternatives, allowed us to choose options, and so much more than the cruise line excursions provide. Her personal touches included taking scenic back roads, providing refreshments, dropping us and picking us up at the door to avoid the rain showers (while she, herself, got soaked!), dining recommendations, photos of our group using our cameras, and a parting gift! Thank you, Elizabeth!
Elizabeth was a delightful tour guide....she was knowledgeable, fun and passionate about Victoria.... Thx Lizzi...We had a wonderful day and learned so much about Victoria...
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was a very enjoyable day with you really nice and energetic ladies and I hope you come back to Victoria soon and we can do some more fun sightseeing and photography. All the best to you. Elizabeth
Nancy WilliamsUnited States
Elizabeth was awesome. She was very easy to talk with and seemed very concerned that I was thoroughly entertained. She is very knowledgeable about the tours and the history of the areas where we toured. It was one of the most magic days of my life.
John McFerranUnited States
Our second tour with Elizabeth,as pleasant as the first. There is beaufiful country not far from Victoria. Thetis Lake is beautiful and the hike around it,invigorating. Elizabeth also took us to see a coastal defense site that was manned during both world wars and a much photographed light house on the coast. Lunch at the oldest pub in BC, then a drive through charming parts of Victoria we hadn't seen. We walked to the end of a breaker wall in the harbor. A very pleasant day with an informative guide.
John McFerranUnited States
Our first tour with guide Elizabeth, and it was wonderful. Buchart Gardens is spectacular from one end to the other, and Elizabeth made sure we saw everything. But, we covered the gardens at our own pace and never felt rushed. We also enjoyed tea in the Garden's restaurant. Elizabeth is an interesting well accomplished lady, very enthusiastic, open and eager to please. My wife and I are well satisfied with the tour and our friendly guide.
What a great tour. I loved it. Elizabeth was a grat host, everything went so well, we even started a little early, as per my request to accommodate my schedule. The pilot was helpful and gave informative information throughout the flight. It was a great tour, 5 stars all around.
James Tigani jrUnited States
liz was acharming very knowledgeable guide she made sure we saw everything "we wanted to see" and more also such a fun outgoing presonality made our brief all day tour most enjoyable and memorable james tigani
Martha RittingerUnited States
Elizabeth was absolutely delightful. She knew a lot about the things & places we wanted to visit and suggested others we hadn't known about. She was also amenable to pushing Martha's wheelchair while I took pictures....@ Butchart Gardens & the Museum. Both Martha & I enjoyed her company and her experience with touring. Please say "hello" to her for us & wish her continued success with her tours.