Samuel AgudaVancouver, BC, Canada
Melanie was amazing and I had such a wonderful experience. She was there on time and was very fun to be around. She showed us some really good spots and went above and beyond. I would definitely recommend her. Thanks Samuel
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for the great review. I had fun with you both also. Hope you too enjoyed the rest of your time in beautiful Victoria.
Nancee HwaUnited States
Melanie made our short visit in Victoria just sensational. Being from Manhattan my husband and I were truly delighted by the natural beauty she shared with us, as well as all the city highlights. Her love for her native city was infectious and much appreciated; she shared this extensive knowledge and all the "nooks and crannies" of Victoria with enthusiasm, wit and charm. We were even able to fit in The Butchart Gardens and extend a lunch at Fisherman's Wharf. Awesome guide and lady. Thank you!
Margarete LopeUnited States
Our tour with Melanie was great! She covered all the areas we had talked about in advance in a fun, informative way. Plus, she was flexible and sensitive to our particular wants and needs during the planning and all along the way. We really got the local perspective in places we visited and the story behind them. It was great. We give Melanie 5 stars and highly recommend her!
Jon L.Dorena, OR, United States
Melanie provided what we've come to expect from Tours By Locals guides - - - - a comprehensive, insightful tour of Victoria and a breathtaking stroll through the Butchart Gardens. Right on time at the cruise dock. Clean, comfortable transportation. An encyclopedic knowledge of the Victoria area. Found a "local" pub for us to enjoy. Went beyond the advertised tour time because we "needed" to see this or that highlight! Obviously loved her job and her city. Thank you, Melanie!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for the amazing review. It was lovely to share my home and get to know you all. Enjoy your next big trip. Cheers Melanie
Bonnie SemenikUnited States
Melanie was a great host. Very knowledgeable about Victoria and Butchart. Very comfortable vehicle, clean and comfortable. Great time!!
George PlaegerUnited States
Melinda was friendly, informative, entertaining, accommodating and a pleasure to be with. If you want a resident of Victoria who loves her city and knows every aspect of it, this is the tour to take and guide that you want to choose. If she ever gets to New Orleans, I only hope she will contact our group so we can reciprocate.
Lyris NewmanUnited States
Melanie was wonderful. We had a terrific day. Not only did she adjust the schedule and picked us up from the ferry terminal but she made suggestions and adjustments all day. Melanie is very enthusiastic about Victoria and it makes us want to return for a longer visit. We would highly recommend her as a tour guide.
Timothy DelormFishkill, NEW YORK, United States
Melanie was a delight to tour Victoria with! Personable & very knowledgeable. We loved the floating houses on the harbor. Our visit to the Empress Hotel, Chinatown and Craigdorroch Castle were the highlights of the drive and walking tour. Melanie shared many stories about the history of Victoria, its colorful characters & the architectural renaissance of the city. What a beautiful city! Thank you Melanie!
Sonya RobertsUnited States
Melanie's tour was wonderful. She picked us up at the Clipper boat terminal as soon as we disembarked. The tour started with a visit to Victoria's Fisherman's Wharf, then a drive around the city, lunch at an adorable little spot with great salads. Butchart Gardens were beautiful and Melanie gave us plenty of time to enjoy our visit. On the way home, she gave us restaurant and shopping recommendations, and showed us a Beacon Hill park. A perfect day in Victoria!
Becky AllmanUnited States
Melanie was an excellent tour guide. She knew all about her wonderful city and was a delight to be around. We highly recommend her tour!
Jennifer CalarcoUnited States
We found Melanie last minute & so glad we did! If we tried to see Victoria on our own we would have missed so much! She picked us up right at the ship & while everyone else was boarding big tour buses we were already on our way in her very clean, comfortable van! She customized the tour to our interests & showed/told us so much about Victoria & Butchart-things only a local would know (best photo spots, scenic routes, background info). Melanie loves her island & it's contagious. We highly recommend her!
Lucy TaylorUnited Kingdom
We were delighted with our tour with Mel in August. She was extremely attentive to our wishes for our short time on Vancouver Island. Every detail was taken care of and was perfect - from the towels provided to use on the secluded beach to the peanuts to feed the peacocks! We have the fondest memories of places we would never have found on our own, like the piano by the ocean. Mel was so lovely, our young son wanted her to come back to the mainland to stay with us for the rest of our trip! Thank you again
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for the beautiful review Lucy. It was a pleasure to spend the day with you all and get to know such a lovely family while sharing my beautiful home. Big hug to everyone.
Rebecca MitchellUnited States
We had a wonderful tour with Melanie today. She was prompt and friendly. Her minivan was perfect for a family of 5. We all were comfortable for our ride in her minivan. She was knowledgeable and helpful showing us the area and answering all of our questions. Melanie made great dinner, ice cream and coffee suggestions. We simply cannot say enough about how great she was. Highly recommend her!
Jorge CameroUnited States
Melanie was fantastic! She guided our group professionally and with great love for her City. Highly recommend!!!!
Michael S.United States
James MartinUnited States
Great tour - exceeded our expectations! Be sure to have her walk through the gardens with you.
Luciano B.Arvada, CO, United States
Melanie was amazing! She took us everywhere we wanted to go and places we didn't know we wanted to go. You can tell she loves her hometown by the way she gives her tour. She went above and beyond for us. We had such an enjoyable day. I will recommend her to anyone I know going to Victoria.
Jelisa DraytonUnited States
Our tour guide WAS AMAZING!!!!!! She truly gave us a local experience. She was so kind, so patient, and just a sweet woman. She truly loves her city and you can tell her in her tour. I would book again in a heartbeat!!
Patti HahnUnited States
Melanie was awesome. She went above and beyond to make out trip to Victoria memorable. Very nice person and very personable. I would highly recommend booking a trip with her
Melinda Van VeldhuizenUnited States
Melanie was timely, polite, and informative. Our family had a great time with her and even my 11 and 13 year old boys loved the tour. She found great places to take us in a short time and at night. I would highly recommend Melanie and her tours!
Jay SiskindHouston, TEXAS, United States
Melanie gave us a great tour of Victoria. She was waiting for us when we got off the ship. Was extremely knowledgeable, flexible, and we couldn't have asked for a better tour. You can't go wrong using Melanie if you want to experience Victoria.
Linda Ott ThompsonUnited States
5 star! Melanie was awesome
Dear Melanie. Thank you for this really successful day.���� You showed us so much of your homeland, all great places, it was perfect. You have always made you feel welcome. A super delicious meal ended this beautiful day in bright sunshine. We can only recommend you to everyone. Thanks a million and maybe we'll meet again someday. Bye and thanks. Annetta and Henry ��������
Rosemarie M.United States
Melanie was amazing! We only had 2 hrs in BC and we managed to squeeze in everything we had wanted to see.. Definitely would recommend and use Melanie again when we return to BC.. its a beautiful place, only wish we had more time there!
Peggy WillieUnited States
Melanie was fantastic! I recommend her 100%. She structured the tour for our needs, told us the history of the town of Victoria along with all areas we drove by. She's a local so she knew the history. She willingly stopped at all locations we asked for pictures and even took group pictures for us. Very professional, very clean van and nice as can be. Even extended our tour a few minutes. Thanks Melanie we thoroughly enjoyed the day.
Chirag BhattSpringboro, OH, United States
Melanie was AWESOME. She met us promptly at the cruise port, took us around to see the sights. She was so friendly and accomodating. We enjoyed treating her to dinner with us as well as earlier cocktails. We walked the entire downtown and she gave us all the history and highlights. If we ever return to Victoria, we would LOVE to have her be our guide again. I and my wife heartily recommend her to everyone. You will not be disappointed
Lois SohnUnited States
Melanie was an absolute delight. Her knowledge of the community & the gardens was above & beyond what we had expected. She made us feel as if we were friends forever, which may very well be the case.Anyone visiting Victoria, BC in need of a guide should definitely hire Melanie.Her pleasant personality & sense of humor, make her worth her weight in gold. Many thanks,Julie & Lois.
Jill IsraelUnited States
Melanie was wonderful. She took myself and family to the gardens and around Victoria. She made sure were able to see all aspects of the garden and cover everything we wanted to see. I would highly recommend!
Chad ReedUnited States
My wife and I along with our two teenagers recently had a wonderful experience taking a tour of Victoria with Melanie. She is very affable and showed us the sights of Victoria at our own pace as well as providing pick up and drop off at the cruise pier. It really seemed like we were visiting a family member that was showing us around Victoria rather that someone we had never met previously. If our travels take us to Victoria in the future, we would definitely use Melanie's services again.