Traveler Reviews of Private Tours in Halifax-Canada by Tour Guide Jay W. (Guide #15270)


Chris Heck

United States
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Tour: #239647, Halifax City Tour (Shore Excursion), Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada    view tour
Date: Jan 18/20

Jay did an awesome job taking us around Halifax. As soon as we got in the van, he asked us about our expectations for the tour. We greatly appreciated this. He was a delight to be around and was a wealth of knowledge concerning the history of the area. He was patient answering all of our questions. We would highly recommend Jay to others!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Chris for your generous comments. I appreciated the opportunity to show you some highlights of my city in the off-season. If you liked Halifax in January, you will love it here in July! :) All the best, Jay

David` Werner`

United States
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Tour: #196804, The Secret 'Seanic' Route to Peggy's Cove (Shore Excursion), Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada    view tour
Date: Oct 25/19

Great guide; super tour!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, David. Hope Mark captured some good pics! Safe travels, Jay

Harry Scott

United States
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Tour: #196804, The Secret 'Seanic' Route to Peggy's Cove (Shore Excursion), Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada    view tour
Date: Oct 24/19

Jay, our guide, was outstanding. He was a wealth of knowledge and very personable. Was one of the best tours we have ever taken. Highly recommend Jay

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Harry! Hope you can come visit us again soon -- give my regards to Bakersfield. Cheers, Jay

Michele Weber

United States
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Tour: #196804, The Secret 'Seanic' Route to Peggy's Cove (Shore Excursion), Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada    view tour
Date: Oct 15/19

Jay was awesome and very knowledgeable. Enjoyed this tour very much. He showed us such a great time and saw things we wouldn't have seen on a large tour. Very personalized.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your positive comments, Michele. My aim is always to provide a personalized tour experience -- glad that your group was pleased with the results. Safe travels, Jay

Jeanne Nelson

United States
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Tour: #196804, The Secret 'Seanic' Route to Peggy's Cove (Shore Excursion), Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada    view tour
Date: Oct 13/19

Jay is an excellent and entertaining guide. He was helpful and attentive to a disabled member of our group and knowledgeable about a variety of subjects. His spotless car was equipped with a headphone speaker, which made listening much easier for all of us. We thoroughly enjoyed our day with Jay.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Jeanne for your kind words. I wish you and yours many safe travels and hope you can visit our shores again. Cheers, Jay

Karen Honaker

United States
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Tour: #196804, The Secret 'Seanic' Route to Peggy's Cove (Shore Excursion), Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada    view tour
Date: Oct 11/19

It's my second time with Jay and he gets better and better! This time I had friends and my husband along and they enjoyed all the rich history Jay includes in this harbor journey. For me Jay knows I am after exceptional photography which we found even with cloudy gray skies. Any tour you take, Jay is the perfect host and historian to make your day in Halifax memorable!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Karen, it was a special treat to welcome you back to Nova Scotia as a repeat customer. Hope you were inspired again by the scenic splendour of our beautiful Atlantic coast! All the best, Jay

Mike Lucero

United States
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Tour: #239647, Halifax City Tour (Shore Excursion), Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada    view tour
Date: Oct 10/19

Jay was absolutely awesome.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mike, I could not ask for a higher recommendation. Thank you.

Robert Deutsch

Australia
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Tour: #196804, The Secret 'Seanic' Route to Peggy's Cove (Shore Excursion), Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada    view tour
Date: Oct 5/19

Jay was nothing short of outstanding. His knowledge and ability to communicate was second to none. He was also flexible in accomodating our needs including adjusting the itinerary on the spot. If I have the opportunity to request him as a guide again I would do so without hesitation. ThAnkyou so very much to Jay for making our short Halifax stay so enjoyable.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Bob, I appreciate your kind words very much. Nova Scotia is a long way from Down Under but there's a bond there that Canucks & Aussies should celebrate more than they do. I hope Linda got her fill of Titanic lore and captured some good pics of her visit. Cheers! Jay

Dorothy Yeh

United States
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Tour: #196804, The Secret 'Seanic' Route to Peggy's Cove (Shore Excursion), Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada    view tour
Date: Sep 29/19

Jay was a great tour guide. The pace/information/content was just right for us, he did a good job gauging our needs. We were a 50 year old couple with our mother/mother-in-law. His route was very well organized, great little details driving around and nice pleasant mix of out of the way stops and popular stops. He's thoughtful, knowing where all the bumps are and avoiding them, he had a step stool to help our mother in and out of the van. Good stops for photography. Highly Recommended!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Dorothy -- I hope Ed got some good pics! May all your future travels avoid the bumps in the road. Cheers, Jay

Melissa Davis

Conroe, TEXAS, United States
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Tour: #239647, Halifax City Tour (Shore Excursion), Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada    view tour
Date: Sep 27/19

Jay has an extraordinary depth of knowledge about Halifax history. He comes prepared with visual aids and a well crafted presentation. And he is also flexible enough to work around unexpected street closures and demonstrations. Thank you Jay for a wonderful experience. You brought Halifax to life for us.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Melissa -- it was my pleasure squiring y'all around my town and I appreciated your flexibility in meeting up on the outskirts. I hope the rest of your Maritime sojourn was as pleasant as the time we spent together. Safe travels & come see us again soon! All the best, Jay

Ken Peters

United States
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Tour: #196804, The Secret 'Seanic' Route to Peggy's Cove (Shore Excursion), Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada    view tour
Date: Sep 21/19

This was our favorite tour on the cruise. First, Halifax and the surrounding area is beautiful. Jay has extensive knowledge of the area. His "secret route" was amazing. We went to a few small fishing villages, an out of the way lighthouse, and a lobster broker, to name a few. We highly recommend Jay and this tour

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Ken, your kind words are greatly appreciated. Taking visitors to out of the way places is one of the things I enjoy most about this itinerary. I'm glad you share my enthusiasm! Safe travels and I hope you can come visit us again soon. All the best, Jay

Brian Gilbert

Canada
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Tour: #196804, The Secret 'Seanic' Route to Peggy's Cove (Shore Excursion), Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada    view tour
Date: Sep 11/19

We thoroughly enjoyed our tour of Halifax and Peggy's Cove with guide Jay. Jay picked us up on time. He has a great personality, is very articulate and knowledgeable. This was the best, by far, of all of our Maritime tours. Thank you Jay!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Brian. You were a great conversationalist and I'm glad that the lobster roll at Peggy's Cove met your expectations! All the best, Jay

Wendy Padfield

Canada
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Tour: #196804, The Secret 'Seanic' Route to Peggy's Cove (Shore Excursion), Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada    view tour
Date: Sep 10/19

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.

Terrance Rowe

Tempe, ARIZONA, United States
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Tour: #196804, The Secret 'Seanic' Route to Peggy's Cove (Shore Excursion), Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada    view tour
Date: Sep 9/19

Jay W. is a first rate tour guide! He made sure that our group of 6 were comfortable and answered all our questions. His knowledge of the area is incredible and his sense of humor was great. We have used Tours By Locals for many years and have received stellar service each trip! Thanks Jay....

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Terry, I am humbled by your kind words and pleased that you enjoyed our beautiful province and rich heritage. Hope you all can visit us again. All the best, Jay.

John Grossman

United Kingdom
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Tour: #239647, Halifax City Tour (Shore Excursion), Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada    view tour
Date: Sep 6/19

Jay was an excellent guide. He is hugely knowledgable, not just about Halifax but about all aspects of Canadian life and Canadian history. We thoroughly enjoyed our day with Jay and would highly recommend him.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: John, your kind words warm the cockles of my heart. It was my pleasure sharing some local history with visitors from the UK. Cheers! Jay

Karen Scheer

United States
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Tour: #204475, Private Tour of Lunenburg (Shore Excursion), Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada    view tour
Date: Sep 5/19

We had a great day with Jay. He was super knowledgeable about the area and answered all of the many questions we came up with. He tailored the tour to our interests, was on time, and very pleasant to spend the day with.

Pauline H.

United States
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Tour: #239647, Halifax City Tour (Shore Excursion), Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada    view tour
Date: Aug 31/19

Our cruise ship had to cancel our scheduled port of call and so we went into Halifax a day early for an overnight. I contacted Jay on Friday to request a tour for Saturday and he graciously agreed to give our group of 6 a tour on such short notice. Jay showed us so much of Halifax and made everyone in our group fall in love with this city. He took us to the Citadel, Fairlawn Cemetery, many of the residential areas and beautiful coast lines and area parks. I would highly recommend Jay.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Pauline for your patronage and kind words. I’m sorry you missed St. John’s but their loss was our gain. I hope you enjoy discovering other parts of Nova Scotia on this and future visits. Safe travels! Cheers, Jay

Dwight Ebaugh

United States
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Tour: #239647, Halifax City Tour (Shore Excursion), Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada    view tour
Date: Aug 30/19

My wife and I spent 4+ hours with Jay on August 30. We have nothing but praise and appreciation for his knowledge base and competence. He was a marvellous tour guide and conversationalist. We requested a focus on the great Halifax explosion of 1917 and we got exactly what we wanted. However, in addition to being an authority on the explosion, Jay has a deep knowledge and understanding of Canadian history, Nova Scotia history, military history, American history, and Halifax today.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dwight, thank you for your very generous review -- it is greatly appreciated. Thank you as well for filling me in on the Bacon book about the Explosion; it's one I haven't read but will now thanks to you. I hope you both had a pleasant holiday in Nova Scotia. Many thanks for your patronage, Jay

Dana Keefer

United States
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Tour: #204475, Private Tour of Lunenburg (Shore Excursion), Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada    view tour
Date: Aug 27/19

Jay was a knowledgeable and charming tour guide. We enjoyed our time with him immensely, and would highly recommend him to anyone looking to tour the Halifax area. His specialty is military history, but his general historical knowledge is impressive, and we learned so much from him.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Dana for a most enjoyable day in Lunenburg and Mahone Bay. It's always a pleasure introducing visitors to Nova Scotia's outstanding coastal scenery. Hope you can come back again soon! Cheers, Jay

Anita Smith

United States
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Tour: #239647, Halifax City Tour (Shore Excursion), Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada    view tour
Date: Aug 19/19

What a great tour of an interesting and beautiful city. We really enjoyed it! Thank you Jay for sharing your knowledge!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was my pleasure, Anita! Hope you have more sun and less fog at your other ports of call! Safe travels, Jay :)

Clare Yellin

United States
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Tour: #196804, The Secret 'Seanic' Route to Peggy's Cove (Shore Excursion), Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada    view tour
Date: Jul 30/19

We loved our tour with Jay earlier today. We appreciated his deep historical knowledge and understanding of this area of Canada. He was very easy to be with and accommodating. We wish we had a longer time to explore the peninsula south of Halifax. There is just so much to see. His knowledge of the city of Halifax and outlying areas is very deep. Thank you, Jay!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Clare for your kind words. I hope you both enjoyed the rest of your time in Nova Scotia and that you got some great pictures! Cheers! Jay

Keith Thompson

United States
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Tour: #196804, The Secret 'Seanic' Route to Peggy's Cove (Shore Excursion), Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada    view tour
Date: Jul 26/19

Jay was prompt in communicating with us, efficient in meeting and conducting our tour of Halifax. He was also quite willing to depart from his typical itinerary to meet our specific interests. He was very knowledgeable of historical events that shaped the Halifax area. His vehicle was clean, relatively new and comfortable.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Many thanks Keith, it was my pleasure venturing off the beaten path with your group. Not many visitors to Halifax get to see the oldest lighthouse in North America! Your insights about Chopin were enlightening. All the best, Jay

Kit Argilla

United States
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Tour: #196804, The Secret 'Seanic' Route to Peggy's Cove (Shore Excursion), Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada    view tour
Date: Jul 13/19

Jay was a fabulous host/guide. His knowledge is unending, as he was history professor previously. We felt he took us out of the way to show us interesting off the beaten path areas. Thank you Jay!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Kit for your kind words. Hope your travels bring you back to Nova Scotia again soon.

Alison Getz

United States
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Tour: #419334, City Sights & Harbour Lights (Shore Excursion), Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada    view tour
Date: Jul 6/19

Personable, knowledgeable, native historian, flexible to our needs, comfortable spotless van, diversified experience...what is not to like about this guy. If you want a good overview of Halifax and the surrounding areas this is your tour. We saw things off the beaten path that most tourists probably wouldn't discover. We never felt rushed or that Jay was reading from a script. The experience was well worth the five hours invested.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Many thanks for your exceptionally kind words -- hope you and Tim have excellent outdoor adventures during your visit!

Diane Burkhardt

United States
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Tour: #196809, Military Halifax City Tour (Shore Excursion), Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada    view tour
Date: Jul 4/19

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for spending Independence Day in Halifax!

Robert Halliburton

United States
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Tour: #196810, Acadian Tides & Vines Tour (Shore Excursion), Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada    view tour
Date: Jul 2/19

Gloria I.

United States
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Tour: #196804, The Secret 'Seanic' Route to Peggy's Cove (Shore Excursion), Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada    view tour
Date: Jun 20/19

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Gloria -- hope the boys enjoyed their donair chips!

Stephen Glaudel

United States
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Tour: #419334, City Sights & Harbour Lights (Shore Excursion), Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada    view tour
Date: Jun 19/19

Jay gave a great tour for our family-group of four. A perfect mix of natural/country & manmade/city highlights of the region! He certainly knows his history! (e.g. Titanic graves, Halifax explosion, Naval shipbuilding/warfare, the Citadel, and even the architecture of several classical Victorian homes and their families). But he also mixed history that with beautiful scenery! (e.g. Public gardens, Harbor lookouts w/ cannon batteries, etc.). This is a very nice 'combination' tour!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I couldn't ask for a nicer review, Stephen! Many thanks for your patronage and interest in Nova Scotia history. Cheers, Jay

Bichha Kato

United States
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Tour: #196804, The Secret 'Seanic' Route to Peggy's Cove (Shore Excursion), Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada    view tour
Date: Jun 10/19

The scenery on this tour is amazing! Jay is a good guide. We particularly enjoyed the facts he shared about lobster fishing. We had a pleasant meal at a restaurant in Peggy's Cove - lobster rolls, of course.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Biccha. I hope the girls do well on Grandma's Canada quiz! All the best, Jay

Drew M.

United States
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Tour: #196804, The Secret 'Seanic' Route to Peggy's Cove (Shore Excursion), Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada    view tour
Date: Jun 4/19

My wife and I took two day tours with Jay and had a fantastic time! There are so many beautiful places to see and spots for postcard pictures. The history around Halifax is fascinating and Peggy's Cove is a must see. Have Jay take you to the S.S. Atlantic museum and to see the HUGE lobsters. Also, Jay was so accommodating to our needs. My wife has physical limitations and his vehicle was very comfortable for the mileage we covered. We highly recommend Jay's tours. Thanks, Jay!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you again, Drew. Lucky the 10-lb lobster was still there the last time we stopped at Ryer's. So far his luck is holding out! :) Safe travels, Jay


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