David FlynnUnited Kingdom
Despite the very heavy rain that greeted us in Halifax, Jay put together a very interesting tour, both informative and scenic and we now have a better appreciation of Nova Scotia and it's history.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Many thanks indeed for your generous review. I hope you had better weather in Bermuda! Cheers, Jay
Roberta WeilUnited States
Jay was terrific! He is very knowledgeable and enhanced his tour with factual historical and anecdotal information. Our ship was very late docking and he was completely flexible and waiting cheerfully when we disembarked. I know we saw and learned more about Halifax and the fishing villages than our fellow travelers. My granddaughter and i highly recommend him. He was also very personable, knowledgeable, flexible and helpful
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Roberta, it was such a pleasure giving a tour to a fellow academic -- you ask such probing questions! :) Thanks for your interest, your patronage and your generous review. Hope you both have the opportunity to visit us again. Warm regards, Jay
Virginia (Ginny) A.United States
We had such a great day with Jay! We were able to do this tour and also include a trip to the Titanic cemetery. The trips to the small villages depicted the small town life of Halifax and the fishing industry. It was a nice sunny day at Peggy's Cove but a little windy. Jay gave us a nice overview of life in Halifax. He was also helpful and took our travel companion who is a firefighter fan to a local fire station. it was too bad we were on a cruise ship and could not take a lobster home! Thanks Jay!
Ginger ShorterUnited States
By far our best tour of our cruise! We visited Peggy's Cove last year via cruise excursion but decided to try Jay (tours by locals.com) this time. So happy that we did. We couldn't have asked for a better guide. We told him what we liked and he delivered on our requests. Can't wait to come back and tour it all again with Jay!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks, Ginger! As you know that day was a busy one but showing you and Eddy the sights was effortless and enjoyable for me. Your interest and enthusiasm was infectious. Give my regards to the great state of Texas and hope you come see us again soon! All the best, Jay
Jerome TiftUnited States
Jay was a great guide. Despite a morning which included cold, rain, wind, and snow, he kept us comfortable in his vehicle and showed us and told us many interesting things about Halifax. Would love to tour with him again, preferably under warmer, sunny conditions. Highly recommended!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Jerry, your kind words are deeply appreciated. Mother Nature threw the book at us, but nothing could dampen your spirits. No artificial stimulants required! :) All the best, Jay
Paul ThomasUnited States
Nice, knowledgeable, and adapted the tour our needs. We really enjoyed our tour with him.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was my pleasure. Apologies for the Friday night cacophony -- Blomidon Inn would have been a lot quieter!
Hsin-Hui HwuUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your generous rating, Hsin-Hui -- hope your tour was enjoyable for everyone in your group. Cheers!
Ron BorgmanUnited States
Very knowledgeable. We all enjoyed
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Many thanks for your generous rating, Ron. Safe travels, Jay
Jane WalshUnited States
We were a party of six travelers and were extremely pleased with our tour with Jay. The weather in Halifax was overcast when we arrived so he gave us several very good options before we went to Peggy's Cove. Jay is very knowledgeable and we appreciated his information and the itenerary he chose for us. Thank you Jay for a wonderful time.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Many thanks for your kind words, Jane. Weather wasn't ideal but your flexibility made my job easier. Hope you have the opportunity to visit us again. All the best, Jay
Sandra MooneyUnited States
Jay is an excellent tour guide and adjusted our tour to add a couple extra stops for places we had read about. He is very knowledgeable about all the sites and about the history of the area. He offered to take pictures of our group and did do with care. We also decided to change the order of the trip due to some rain coming and he was very accommodating.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Many thanks for your kind review, Sandy! It always enhances the tour when I can accommodate special requests -- I'm happy that it all worked out despite the weather. All the best, Jay
Candice BarousseUnited States
Our guide, Jay, took us on a wonderful tour of Halifax and Grand Pre' on the afternoon of Friday, Sept 28, 2018. Jay definitely gets a 5 out of 5 stars rating from us. He is extremely knowledgeable, professional, dependable, and courteous. We were very pleased with his services, and we are impressed with your company and the ease of booking with you. Thank you! Candice and John Barousse Montgomery, Texas
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Your kind and generous review warms my heart, Candice. Anyone with Acadian/Cajun heritage is most welcome on my tours -- I'm very pleased that you and John enjoyed your visit. Merci bien, Jay
Samuel TallmanUnited States
Very flexible tour in accommodating our interests. Gave us a chance to get outside the city & experience the coast firsthand.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was my privilege to have shown you and Michael the sights & lights of our coastal city. Safe travels, Sam! Cheers, Jay
Ellen KrudyUnited States
Learning about Toursbylocals was one of "life's blessings." While visiting Halifax, NS, Ca we requested Jay W who accommodated our schedule for an enjoyable afternoon of education, fun facts and ideal scenic views. Jay is quite an historian, educator and scholar. His years of study and subsequent insight into not only Halifax, but also Nova Scotia and Canadian history, produce an unsurpassed tour guide. We are now spoiled in our travel expectations and undoubtedly will contact Tours by Locals again.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I'm glad you and Tom enjoyed your 'whirlwind' tour of Halifax! Yesterday I gave a tour to another Louise Penny fan on her way to Quebec by cruise ship -- visiting us all the way from Hawaii. Many thanks for your kind words. Cheers, Jay
Kit VaughanUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Many thanks for your generous rating -- hope your visit produces many happy memories!
Hernan ReyesUnited States
Our group of six recently had a wonderful tour of the City of Halifax and the surrounding coastal areas as conducted by Jay. He is an excellent tour guide, knowledgeable, personable and very professional. He described all the important landmarks in the city and the highlights of the fishing industry (lobster) and tour ships. We enjoyed this tour thoroughly and would not hesitate whatsoever to recommend Jay as a tour guid. His overall rating is a 5 (5 being the highest score).
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I couldn't ask for a better review, Hernan -- greatly appreciated. The enthusiasm and good humour in your group was infectious! Very best wishes, Jay
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.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your kind words, Gail; your group's interest in local history was gratifying to me as a historian. Dave at Ryer's Lobsters is still educating people on his favourite crustacean -- we were there yesterday with three couples from Canada, the US and Australia!
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
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I had a great time as well, Dani. I appreciated your interest and your daughters were delightful! Hope you took good memories of Nova Scotia home with you.
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
Ellsworth (Rod) BucklinUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you!
Steven EnglanderUnited States
outstanding and very knowledgeable and courteous/
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I appreciate your kind words, Steven. I hope Art's photos will bring back happy memories of Halifax! All the best, Jay
Ann PaliusUnited States
Jay was a wonderful tour guide; the best you could ask for. His "bottomless" knowledge of people, places, things, history was phenomenal. In a word, FABULOUS trip.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Ann, I enjoyed the tour as much as you -- Terry's ball cap is on its way to LA :)
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!
Raymond AndronacoUnited States
This is our second time with Jay and he always keeps us interested. He has extreme depth of knowledge about Canadian history as well as US history so, as a US history buff, We had good conversations. We went to Mahone Bay and Lunenburg and he was very accommodating taking my wife to yarn shops (yawn). We had delicious ice cream, saw the interesting sites, and had a delicious early dinner in Mahone Bay at Rebecca's. He does book up so book early. He has a few different itineraries.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Ray, as always your feedback is my best marketing tool. Thank you for your company & stimulating conversation. Come back and see us again when Diane runs out of yawn! :)
Ralph PaceUnited States
Jay was a wonderful tour guide, providing a fantastic tour of Halifax and surrounding areas - one that most tours would not include. He also was extremely considerate in providing help and assistance that was well-beyond the normal obligations of a tour guide. I heartily recommend him and most certainly would seek his tour assistance should we return to the area.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your kind review, Ralph. It was my pleasure showing you and your party around Halifax -- thanks to you I now know where the currency exchange is located! All the best, Jay
Annette WilsonUnited States
We were picked up on time in a nice, clean vehicle with plenty of room (4 of us). The day started out cloudy and then turned to rain and it poured all day long. Despite this, the tour was informative and we saw quite a bit. Jay is very knowledgeable and welcomed questions. Some surprisingly decent wines during the wine-tastings and beautiful tasting rooms/facilities. Wish we'd had more time to spend in Halifax and Nova Scotia!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your kind words, Annette. It was a soggy day in the valley, but there was plenty of sunshine in the van. Really enjoyed squiring you all around the countyside -- felt like part of the family! :) All the best, Jay
Tamara (Tammy) ZipserUnited States
Jay was a fabulous tour guide. I had a wonderful time and learned so much avout the Annapolis Valley and Grand Pre.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hope I didn't bend your ear too much, Tammy! Many thanks for your kind words, they are greatly appreciated.
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
Howard T.United States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Howard, this was a special day for me as you know, being of Acadian ancestry myself. You've got me curious about LeBlanc Village now -- I'll be bugging Sara about the location! Very sorry about being late for your tour -- this was entirely my fault and had nothing to do with TBL. All the best, Jay
David LordUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your rating, David - - hope you weren't late for the Silva!
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
Harriet A.United States
Jay was knowledgeable & personable. We felt like we were being shown Halifax by a friend, not a tour guide. His SUV was clean & comfortable, with the best tasting water provided. Jay invited us to help determine what we would see based on our interests. Even though we booked a four hour tour, we were with Jay for 30 minutes extra. With rush hour traffic, we fell behind schedule, but Jay is a man of his word & made sure that we saw all that we had agreed upon. We highly recommend using Jay as a guide
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Many thanks indeed for your kind words, Harriet. I wish more visitors chose my military-themed tour -- there's so much to see that I usually exceed the allotted time frame.
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
Michael S.United States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Many thanks for your positive rating, Michael. Safe travels, 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
Susan SchneiderUnited States
Excellent guide. Jay provided a context for all that we saw.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was my pleasure being your guide. Despite the shorter time frame, we still managed to do and see pretty much everything on the standard itinerary, with the exception of the museum. And the birthday cake was an unexpected bonus! :) Safe travels and many thanks for your patronage, Jay
Jane VetereUnited States
Jay was an incredible tour guide. He tailored the sights to see for what we were interested in. His knowledge was unbelievable regarding anything we asked him. The vehicle was comfortable and he even provided water for us. Jay made our visit to Halifax extremely enjoyable. We highly recommend him.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was entirely my pleasure to have you as guests. I hope you have the opportunity to visit Nova Scotia again, hopefully when it’s a bit warmer! Safe travels, Jay
Jeanne WordleyUnited States
I could go on and on about what a wonderful time we had. In brief, Jay really knows his history, is a safe driver, will accommodate one's special interests, is personable and flexible. He knows where to find the good photo ops and great eats. The area is smashingly beautiful and full of fascinating stories.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I couldn't ask for a nicer review to start the 2018 season -- Thank you!
Angela LuskUnited States
Jay was a terrific tour guide. He is an expert in the history of the area. We had a wonderful day exploring Nova Scotia.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Angela! Hope you & Bethany had a great cruise to the Rock & St. Pierre. Cheers, 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
Ron YordiUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your patronage. Safe travels, Jay
Ron YordiUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your patronage. 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
Jay was very knowledgeable of the area and the tides. We enjoyed all the tours we took with Jay. Would recommend.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Your kind words are greatly appreciated -- many thanks!
Sherry D.United States
Jay was professional, intelligent, articulate, and a great resource for Nova Scotia. he is a wonderful guide and anyone who chooses to go with him will reap a memorable experience. He was flexible and entertaining and left us with a great deal more knowledge about Halifax and the rest of Nova Scotia than we had when we arrived, which was the goal.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Sherry, for taking the time to review my tour. You were gracious and appreciative guests, and I hope you saw enough of our beautiful province to entice you back for a return visit! Safe travels and best wishes, Jay
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
Angie Rogers H.Baton Rouge, LA, United States
Jay is a historian so he was wonderful to share his knowledge of a beautiful city! Halifax is much larger than we expected and we only wish we had more time to explore.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your kind words -- I hope you come see us again in the not-too-distant future!
Fran KoskyUnited States
Our first time to Halifax and our guide, Jay, made it memorable. We were taken to very interesting sites, including the Citadel, the cemetery where the people on the Titanic were buried, the public gardens and very interesting Victorian homes. Jay was extremely knowledgeable and able to answer all sorts of questions. Fran K. -- Sept 2017
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for taking the time to review my tour. It's always a pleasure to show visitors the highlights of Halifax when they are as genial and enthusiastic as your group. I hope you have the opportunity to visit Nova Scotia again soon. All the best, Jay
Nanette CagneyUnited States
Jay was a pleasure to deal with. He was extremely knowledgeable and worked with us on our itinerary. We would not hesitate to recommend him as a guide in Halifax.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I enjoyed being your guide and introducing you to Acadian History. It was especially gratifying to make a personal connection with a Cajun 'cousin'. Many thanks for your endorsement!
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.
Laura KuhnUnited States
Jay was a wonderful guide! Knowledgeable and passionate about Halifax/ Nova Scotia history, We could not have asked for a better guide! I think he got a feel for what we were interested and tailored our tour to our interests and needs. If we had more time I would have booked him for a second tour outside of Halifax. VERY comfortable van, and he even provided Iceberg Water! Really, there could be no better guide for your Nova Scotia tour. Highly, highly recommend Jay!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was a fun tour and I'm glad you enjoyed it. Customizing the itinerary makes it more interesting for me as well; otherwise I tend to stick to the tried-and-true. The stop at Tim's wasn't particularly exciting, but Julien's was an inspired choice, thanks to you. I'll be keeping it in mind for future tours! Cheers, Jay
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.
Susan MelvinUnited States
Jay White gave us a fun and informative tour which included the highlights and other requests focusing on the Titanic. He related well with the 10 year old and suggested websites go further info. Perfect morning in all ways
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Your grandson was a delight, and I hope you both enjoyed the Titanic exhibit at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. Safe travels and come see us again!
Philip FleischmannUnited States
excellent tour, knowledgeable guide thank you
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your kind endorsement -- I appreciate your patronage.
We give a five-star rating. Jay was punctual, offered options so we could choose what to see in the time available, accommodated all five people on the tour and provided excellent information on the history of the area. We were very pleased. This is the second time our group has used Tours by Locals -- in two very different settings.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I enjoyed our time together very much, and hope I didn't talk your collective ears off! Thank you for your kind words.
Guy SutherlandUnited States
We had an interesting and informative tour with Jay. Would recommend him in a heartbeat.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was my pleasure being your guide in Halifax — hope you have an opportunity to come visit us again soon. All the best, Jay
Claude ParkerUnited States
Wonderful tour. The guide went out of his way to make this tour memorable!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I appreciate your patronage and your kind words. I enjoyed hearing about your many interesting travels, and I'm glad you added Nova Scotia to that list!
John Paul MacdonaldSaint Hubert, QUEBEC, Canada
Our aptly titled Acadian Tides & Vines tour was thoroughly enjoyable. Jay did an excellent job driving us safely while explaining Acadian history in an informative and colourful way. He is knowledgeable, enthusiastic and knew all the best spots and viewpoints in the Annapolis Valley. The wines and low tides were equally amazing. Thank you, Jay!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was truly a pleasure to meet your talented family. I hope this will not be your last visit to Nouvelle Écosse (et merci pour le donair :)
Brett BlumencranzUnited States
It's so hard to choose a tour online - but take my advice, a definite win taking a day tour with Jay! He is courteous, professional, and provides terrific detail and info about Halifax and all of the surrounding areas. Family truly enjoyed his company and a great day!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I'm glad you enjoyed the tour -- the weather certainly didn't hurt. Thanks for your back road navigational assistance and sorry we hit commuter traffic at the end. All the best, Jay
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! :)
Rebecca CohenUnited States
Jay arranged a bus for 16 of us. It was for my mother in law's 90 the birthday. Jay was a wonderful guide. Very knowledgeable, very friendly and very accommodating. It was a wonderful tour. Jay made it a very memorable day for my mother in law. The bus driver Jim was also wonderful, and very helpful. I highly recommend Jay if you're in Halifax.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was a privilege to be your guide in Halifax; it was a special day for me as well. Thank you for your patronage.
Margaret St GermainUnited States
Jay was extremely knowledgeable and versatile; we had selected outdoor activities to do along with museums and we had a 100% rainy day which he accommodated well.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Rain can put a damper on site visits but you were tolerant & genial companions. I'm glad we managed a short amble through the Public Gardens but sorry you didn't get to see the Maud Lewis exhibit in the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. Next time I hope!
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
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I appreciate your favourable endorsement -- many thanks!
Harold BerlinerUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks, Harold!
Lillian HallUnited States
We had the pleasure of having Jay as our exclusive tour guide for three days during our visit to Halifax, NS. Halifax's proud Military History and its major role in the early settlements in the Canadian Atlantic Coast are highly educational. Our experience with Jay was intellectually fun and our knowledge gained will remain with us always. Jay is an enthusiastic guide and we will highly recommend him to our friends and colleagues. The Hall's
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Not many places in Canada can match Halifax for historic military significance. I was glad that you chose this as your third tour, as I don't get to York Redoubt and Shearwater Aviation Museum as often as I'd like. The free hot dogs were an unexpected bonus! Thank you for your kind words and for being such genial and inquisitive travelers.
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!
Lillian HallUnited States
We had the pleasure of having Jay as our exclusive tour guide for three days during our visit to Halifax. Jay is a native of the area and has extensive knowledge of the city history. Jay's tour of the city was a great introduction to the area. Jay provided insight into Halifax's history that is not listed on other tours. We found this tour to be quite interesting and highly educational. We will definitely recommend Jay to our friends and colleagues. The Hall's
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was my privilege to be your guide for three different tours during your stay in Halifax. Thank you for your patronage -- and for bringing such fine weather!
Craig NealPort Orange, FLORIDA, United States
Jay was outstanding! Could not have asked for anything more in touring Halifax and the surrounding area. His knowledge and pleasing personality made for a memory that will NEVER be forgotten. One of the finest personal tours I have ever experienced! Craig & Rhonda....
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was my pleasure squiring you around Halifax. Your genuine interest inspired me to add a few extra stops on our tour. It was a great day overall and your generous praise is greatly appreciated. All the best, Jay
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!
Carolyn KleinUnited States
Wonderful guide!!!!!! Would recommend him.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you!!!
Stephen RichardUnited States
My wife and I certainly enjoyed our tour of Halifax with Jay. He modified our tour to fit our interests. Jay is very knowledgable about the history of the area and could relate the event to what was going on in the rest of the world. If you have the opportunity to have Jay as your tour guide, you will not only have an enjoyable tour but it will also be a great learning experience.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was a pleasure spending the day with you. Hope I get out to Oshkosh some day for the air show!
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!
Jay was very informative and knowledgeable about Halifax military history. My stepfather, a Dday vet, particularly enjoyed the visit and beer with former fellow artillery men at the Royal Artillery Park in Halifax. Jay was also able to orchestrate a sessession at Admiralty House with the director of the museum including a look at one of the original copies of the naval plans for Dday. Thanks Jay for making the day special.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was a pleasure and a privilege being your guide; your stepfather's status opened a few doors not accessible to mere mortals. I was pleased to see that he was given VIP treatment, and well deserved too.
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!
Terry McCabeUnited States
Another great tour.... Jay took us to areas of Halifax other tourist aren't taken. He was full of facts of the areas. Jay called ahead and ordered our lunch so that when we got there it was ready and we could enjoy a great lunch outside at the waters edge. Very relaxing and full tour of Halifax. Thanks again Jay.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was a treat having someone from one of the most beautiful places in the world compliment our Nova Scotia coastal scenery. Glad you enjoyed White Sails -- he's quite generous with his smoked meat! All the best, Jay
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.