Gail KushenUnited States
We thoroughly enjoyed meeting Jay and learning all about Halifax. When our cruise line shortened our stay in the city, I was easily able to communicate with him, and he adjusted our day to fit the hours. We especially enjoyed the little museum dedicated to the story of the sinking of the Atlantic in 1873 and meeting his friend who educated us on lobsters. We didn't think we could learn anything new about the Titanic, but his knowledge really enhanced the cemetery visit. We highly recommend him.
Great tour with Jay! Had amazing time and went to very interesting places. Jay was very knowledgeable and explained a lot of things. Would definitely tour with Jay again
Terry L.Long Beach, CA, United States
Jay was very, very knowledgeable and friendly. Answered all of our many questions and was very flexible in meeting all our requests. We highly recommend that you book your Halifax trip with him.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Terry! Safe drive back to Boston and I hope you & Ron see lots of polar bears in Churchill. All the best, Jay
Rae JamesUnited States
Jay was not only knowledgeable, but went the extra mile to point out things that uniquely interested us and would make his a custom tour. We recommend him highly.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your kind words, Rae. I hope Leonard got some great shots!
Jeffery HallUnited States
Jay might be the most knowledgeable tour guide I've ever had the pleasure of touring with. My family and I did the Secret Way to Peggy's Cove tour and yes Jay knew all about that. But he also was well versed in the history of Halifax and Nova Scotia and I particularly appreciated his stories and insights of the land and its peoples. Simply great, I wouldn't hesitate to book with him again!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Jeff, as you know I usually don't do large groups, but your people were a delight. I hope you all can make a return visit some day. All the best, Jay
Jeanette PickrellUnited States
Jay was an excellent guide. Very knowledgeable about the history and the town. He personalized our trip to meet all of our interests. I felt by using Tour by locals we were able to see more of the town. Thank you for a great tour!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I'm glad you enjoyed the tour and appreciate your kind words, Jeanette. Hope you have an opportunity to visit Nova Scotia again -- there's much more to see! Cheers, Jay
Stanley D.United States
Jay is a terrific guide. The tour he gave us was a perfect way to see and enjoy the highlights of Halifax and the surrounding countryside and coastal area. We enjoyed Jay's presentation of the key historical background of what we were being shown. The lobster industry is huge in the Nova Scotia area, and Jay took us to a very interesting location to see and learn about it from a genuine expert. Our daughter is a skeptic regarding all "tours", but she told us afterwards, "That was great fun".
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: If you had "great fun" on my tour, I accept no responsibility -- it's all your fault! Seriously though, I was the one who had great fun showing you Halifax, Peggy's Cove and our beautiful Nova Scotia coastline. Hope you have the opportunity to visit us again. All the best, Jay
Heather LebischakUnited States
Jay was an excellent tour guide. Because it was only 6 of us, we were able to go to smaller areas that tour buses could not access. His passion for the history of the area was quite apparent as he was a wealth of info. My son (who has ADHD) is very high energy and asks a lot of questions. Jay was so patient with him and answered every question he had. He truly made us feel like we were family. I cannot say enough good things about our experience. We will never book a tour through a cruise ship again
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Holy Moly! That burger at White Sails Bakery sure made an impression, didn't it? :) I'm delighted that your tour experience was positive. It was a great day for me as well, and thanks to Bryce, I now have to memorize all the colours in the Nova Scotia tartan! All the best, Jay
William PattonUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your patronage. Hope you enjoyed your extra day in Halifax despite the weather!
Amy SandersUnited States
Jay was a wonderful guide. He was flexible, accommodating and thoughtful. His thorough knowledge of the history of the area was very interesting and gave us new insights. We enjoyed our day with him and highly recommend him as a guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Your kind words are greatly appreciated and I’m glad you enjoyed your tour. Safe travels, Jay
Ronald NaabUnited States
Excellent. Guide very friendly, good personality, very knowledgeable of area
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you — I appreciate your kind words very much. Safe travels, Jay
Joy BrottDallas, TX, United States
We were on a 6 hour private tour with Jay W. All the sites that we planned to see were covered with plenty of time for picture stops where there was interest. He also was very knowledgeable about sites we had seen in Sidney where we were on a less than ideal ship's bus tour. Highly recommend Jay!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Many thanks for your kind words. Safe travels, Jay
Janet SteinerUnited States
We loved Halifax and Jay made the tour one of the most memorable of our cruise. He first showed us some of the city sharing its history. (He's a history professor so we were in good hands.) We then drove a scenic route to Peggy's Cove enjoying several quaint villages along the way. No tourist busses until Peggy's Cove making our drive delightful! Ended the trip at a wonderful sandwich shop. A well organized tour by an excellent guide!! Knowledgeable, personable, professional!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks very much for writing such a fulsome review! I should adopt the last sentence as my corporate slogan :)
Dr. Lynn BlairUnited States
We had a wonderful informative day with Jay. He was very gracious, answered all our questions, and had our time paced nicely. Vehicle was comfortable, clean, and had plenty of space. He is a wealth of information regarding local history. Highly recommend!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Your kind words (and thoughtful note) are greatly appreciated. I hope your days in Halifax were as enjoyable as the time we spent together. We're experiencing even warmer weather since your departure, so it seems you left some Arizona heat behind! Best wishes & safe travels, Jay
James LawsonUnited 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.
Kurt KraussUnited States
Jay is a fantastic tour guide. He combines a winning personality with a deep knowledge of history - local and regional, as well as national and international. Without question, this was this best such tour any of us had ever taken. The sights were beautiful, and the conversation was interesting, enlightening, and entertaining. We recommend Jay and the Secret Scenic Peggy's Cove Tour without reservation. It is a must do in Halifax. Bonita & Kurt, Anne & Galen
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Your kind words are greatly appreciated. The Peggy's Cove tour is just a taste of what our beautiful province has to offer. Hope you come back and visit us again! Cheers, Jay
Larry HeckelUnited States
Fantastic tour experience with Jay. His style is quite engaging, and we felt that we were riding along with an old friend or neighbor, rather than someone whom we had just met. In addition to the big tourist draws, Jay took us to a couple of scenic and historic sites "off the beaten path", where we were the only tourists there, providing a unique and memorable experience. Highly recommended, you cannot go wrong with Jay as your guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I'm so glad you enjoyed your tour. Your comments are especially meaningful to me because my aim is always to make travelers feel like "an old friend or neighbor". Thanks very much for your kind words.
Terri GauldinUnited States
This was by far the BEST tour with the BEST tour guide ever!!!! Jay was absolutely fantastic, the four of us could not have asked for anyone better. He became a part of a very special day, one that we will always remember.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I'll remember our tour as well, it was a first for me! Thanks for honouring me with your patronage, and sorry we couldn't cap off the day with a freshly cooked lobster (due to circumstances beyond my control). Best wishes, Jay
Lloyd CowlamUnited Kingdom
Great Guide, very friendly and flexible, excellent knowledge. We thoroughly enjoyed our tour with him and would use him again should we pass this way. Totally Recommended.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Very much enjoyed squiring you around Bluenose country. Any friend of the Bushes is a friend of mine! :)
Robert (Bob) JamesVirginia, 24450, United States
Our tour guide (Jay W.) picked us up at the cruise terminal in Halifax and had us on our tour in no time. We had requested a visit to the Titanic Cemetery and the lobster lunch and both were provided. Jay was knowledgeable and pleasant and just plain made the shore excursion great. His tour was by far the best of the tours we took on our cruise.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Two things we're fairly good at in Nova Scotia: compelling sea stories and delicious seafood. I'm glad they had the desired effect! I hope you come back for a return visit; Ryer's Retail will be waiting. :) Cheers, Jay
Harold BerlinerUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks, Harold!
Lillian HallUnited States
We had the pleasure of having Jay as our exclusive guide for three days during our visit to Halifax. Jay is a native of the area and his extensive knowledge of Halifax and surrounding areas is highly educational. We enjoyed the beautiful coastline and the lighthouse at Peggy's cove. Jay provided a tour of small villages along the route to Peggy's cove as well which was an added attraction. We will highly recommend Jay to our friends and colleagues.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was a perfect day for a coastal drive -- the leaves aren't out yet so the ocean views were spectacular. We were lucky to get a lobster at Ryer's -- they are closed on some weekdays. Glad you got your Peggy's Cove stamps too -- now you're honourary bluenoses!
Charlie SmithUnited States
Perfect tour. Costs more than bus tour but you go where you want. Saw three off the path coves and fishing villages. Spoke with lobster fisherman working on boats and traps. You can't do this on a big tour. Jay called ahead for lobster lunch so we didn't have to wait in line. Jay was very knowledgeable about Halifax history. Even helped me find a hockey shirt. If you want a private and up close and personal tour Jay is your guy!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Your kind words are much appreciated, Charlie. I learned a few things myself that day, such as where to find a Mooseheads shirt! Hope it brings you good luck on the ice. Cheers, Jay
Beverly FinkUnited States
Jay had so much insight about the history of the area and Nova Scotia that we are ready to return. The coves he took us to were exquisite. Of course you have to go to Peggy's Cove but it was no more beautiful than the first ones we experienced. One highlight was our fresh lobsters and mussels at Ryers. Jay made us want to return and explore more of the area under his tutelage. A great guide, his specialty is history, we were mesmerized.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Many thanks indeed for these kind words. Apparently history + scenery is a winning combination! Really enjoyed meeting your Dad -- he's an inspiration to all of us.
Melinda S.United States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Melinda!
John M.United States
so the cruise ship offered a tour to in Halifax where the comments seemed to be about not enough time and the main attraction Peggys Cove. and believe me it wasn't cheap. I looked online and found tours by locals ... and, for modestly more, my wife and I had a private tour guide (Jay) who happened to be a retired history professor specializing in the area. We saw peggys cove and the titanic burial site just like the big buses... but so much more and with great insight... best $$ I have spent in years
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Reviews like this really make my day; thank you!
Ross CecilNewburgh, IN, United States
Jay built a custom tour for the four of us that we loved! We saw the highlights of Halifax and Peggy's Cove but we also saw and learned so much more. We really appreciated his ability to share his deep knowledge of Nova Scotia and all Canada. We love to hike and he led us to places and trails we would have never found on our own. Because he seemed to know everyone he met we heard stories and saw sites that were both unique and interesting. I can recommend Jay to anyone visiting Halifax.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I very much enjoyed our day together. Thanks to your interest in hiking, we explored a trail section that I had never traversed myself. Others will benefit from our discoveries. Sorry it was so foggy!
Karen HonakerUnited States
Jay, with his local knowledge and his willingness to please, made our day with him the highlight of our trip! We were a group of 6 painters and we all paint from our photography, so we asked for a day filled with scenes fit to paint. Jay is a photographer himself, so he knew the hidden spots which were far from the tourist buses. Personally I was able to shoot enough for a hundred paintings, but certain special shots were all thanks to Jay. Lobster lunch was perfect too! Thanks so much Jay!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: You were such a fun group to be with -- it was foggy but it didn't dampen your enthusiasm. I got some pretty good shots myself that day. Keep on painting and don't forget Nova Scotia will still be here when you need a refresher!
Fantastic tour. Off the beaten track. Loved it. Jay is very knowledgeable, knowledge and anecdotes that he shares beautifully throughout one's tailor made tour. Recommend to all!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thoroughly enjoyed introducing you to coastal Nova Scotia; hope some day I can visit some of your places 'down under'!
Alice EttingerUnited States
We had a wonderful experience with Jay, an extremely knowledgeable, organized, flexible, and most pleasant guide. We were able to overcome an issue with group size and car size by seeing non-planned sites while we awaited a larger van. We saw all of the promised sites, learned a great deal from Jay and enjoyed the entire day immensely. Thank you Tours By Locals, and Jay.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for your kind words & your patience as we sorted out vehicle arrangements -- I've learned my lesson about the limitations of SUV seating! Safe travels, Jay
Raymond AndronacoUnited States
If I could have given Jay 6 or 7 stars, I would have. We have been to Halifax 3 times before and saw things most people won't on typical tours. Jay has a doctorate in Canadian history and a vast knowledge of US history as well. He is very well traveled and is very engaging. Lunch was delicious at a commercial lobster distributor served in plastic crates and lobster, mussels, or raw oysters only. He will take you places where the buses don't go. You will not be disappointed.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I think four visits qualifies you as an honourary Bluenoser! Seriously, your kind words are greatly appreciated. Nova Scotia is fortunate to have visitors like you.
Fantastic tour. Jay was extremely knowledgeable. It was well worth the money. The experience exceeded our expectations. Jay was very accommodating and friendly. I would highly recommend going this route when touring a new area for the first time. Thanks Jay for a great day!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was great spending the day with you both. Hope the wet weather didn't dampen the rest of your visit too much! Safe travels, Jay
Merdene HessUnited States
Jay gave us an outstanding tour - he outdid himself, gave us plenty of time to see everything and had good comments along the way.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I have a feeling the best part of your journey is yet to come, but you were certainly gracious--and forgiving--guests, and it was my pleasure to introduce you to Halifax. Viagem Segura!
Susan NoonUnited States
All 8 of us thoroughly enjoyed our day with Jay. He is very knowledgeable on the history of the area. He planned several special treats for the group. The museum for the SS Atlantic was a highlight for all. Peggy's Cove is beautiful, but arranging whole fresh lobster for lunch at a local wholesaler was the icing on the cake for most of us.(reasonably priced) We saw a lot of the area and Jay answered all our questions. He is an organized, informative and pleasant guide. The kind we enjoy.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was a pleasure introducing you to Halifax -- please come see us again! Safe travels, Jay
Judy AstleUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was my pleasure to welcome Judy & Bill to Halifax on the first cruise ship visit of the season!
Mary McLaughlinUnited States
We truly enjoyed our tour with Jay. He was exceptional. Very informative and responded to our requests as well as made suggestions. Would highly recommend him.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Many thanks for your positive comments -- next year I hope to have a larger vehicle!
Robert BoyerUnited States
I highly recommend Jay W. as your guide in Halifax. He prepared a custom tour for us that included all the sites we wanted and included several others that complemented our requests. His background and historical knowledge of the sites we visited was a valuable resource. He provided us with a truly enjoyable day.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was my privilege to introduce such distinguished visitors to my native city. Please come see us again.
We found Jay to be an excellent guide with a wealth of information on the local history-everything from the naval base, ship wrecks, city history, historic sites etc. We really enjoyed all the little fishing villages that he took us to and drove us around that most tourists would never see on a bus tour. He has a calm personality that always makes you feel relaxed. He will stop as often as you like. Jay really educated us on Halifax and area during our 5 hr. tour to Peggy's Cove. We HIGHLY recommend Jay.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Travelers from the best coast are always welcome "out east." Seeing that hooked gull freed up by the fishermen on the dock was an uncommon sight! Thank you for your kind words.
Sue KaufmanUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you! Much appreciated.
Echo WongHong Kong
We had a wonderful time with Jay, he gave all the details of the history and attraction. We booked for 5 hours and end up to have a tour almost 6 hours. The place he bought us for lobster was fantasy. I highly recommend him to be your tour guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was a pleasure having visitors from Hong Kong -- East meets East! Thank you for your kind words.