Stephen HalesUnited States
We planned a full day's exploration with Mel but didn't plan on a day-long rainstorm. Mel improvised a new plan and showed us wonderful sights in and around Halifax and out to some charming fishing villages. A memorable day, even if a wet one. (Damp) hats off to Mel!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for the review. The love the fact you both embraced the ‘atmosphere’ that Mother Nature brought us today. It was nice to visit some different local areas which included some beautiful old churches. Hoping your photos turn out well to allow for some paintings to be created. Safe travels !
Jeffrey LevyUnited States
Our tour of Halifax with Mel Z was wonderful. He was very informative and flexible. Some of our party had difficulty walking and he was able to accommodate us all. We have traveled with Tours By Locals extensively and Mel was one of the best. I would highly recommend him for your Halifax excursions. He knew exactly where to go to miss the crowds from the cruise ship and we got to see all of the sites before the ship's buses arrived. Thanks Mel - We enjoyed the lobster lunch! - Lisa and Jeff
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your comments Jeff. It was a pleasure to accommodate and tour with all of you to see the beauty of Nova Scotia (without the big crowds). As well, to taste the local food and of course the Lobster. Wishing you all the best ! Cheers. Mel
Mary Jo LopezOceanport, NEW JERSEY, United States
What an incredible day we spent with Mel! Mel made the the day so memorable and the knowledge he shared about the region was so interesting. We wanted to travel to Annapolis to visit some wineries but the 'pull' to visit the memorial for the Swiss Air crash victims was something we will never forget. The restaurant Mel selected for lunch was spectacular, He was so thoughtful . . . umbrellas to protect us and wine to share at the various breath taking views. Thank you Mel for the wonderful day!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: This was such a special tour with the change of itinerary to include The Swiss Air Memorial close to Peggy’s Cove and then the Memorial Wall at Bayswater. I was truly moved being their with those so closely connected to the tragedy. It was a wonderful day with many ‘questions’ which I loved and the beautiful Locals sites, coastlines and food. I’m very thankful to have been your tour guide on this day. Best wishes to all of you !
Mary PetinkoUnited States
Our tour guide, Mel was wonderful. Very knowledgeable about the history of the area. We had a last minute changes in plans, he was very accommodating in making it work. Well worth the cost. I was concerned about getting in and out of the jeep because I have a bad knee. Contacted Mel ahead of time and he assured me he had a sturdy stool to use, it worked great. I highly recommend this tour. It was the highlight of our trip.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your comments :) It was a wonderful day and I was very happy to accommodate the touring change to maximize the time in Peggy's Cove. Take care of the knee and save travels .. Cheers !
Mel is an excellent guide thanks
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your comments and visiting Nova Scotia ! All the best !
Ann PellLeander, TX, United States
We just got back from our tour with Mel and he was a fantastic tour guide! He is very knowledgeable and tailored our trip to our interests...we couldn't of had a better day! Mel you ROCK! Thanks for a wonderful day and wonderful memories! From the 4 crazy Texas ladies!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Such a fun day with the ‘crazy’ Texas ladies ... it’s a good crazy ! Lots of great sites, laughs, food & drink and good ‘music’ to finish the day. Thank you all again for the well wishes and comments ... sending good vibes for the rest of your journey ! Cheers !
Mel personalized this tour for us. It was a long day, but well worth the time. We toured PEI and thanks to Mel's jeep we were able to see sights that no bus tour would be able to offer. We traveled over the Confederation Bridge, saw potatoes being harvested, visited Anne of Green Gables history sites, saw incredible scenery, learned many interesting facts..... and enjoyed many laughs. I would give more than 5 stars if I could!!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: So many interesting and beautiful sites while on this tour. All captured in photos ... Only topped by the laughs. Still not sure who was quicker getting out of the Jeep for the photos ... you Linda or Les (lol) ... and so happy that Russ covered that entry fee for all of you for the Anne if Green Gables site (another great laugh) ! Thank you Linda, Les, Rosemary and Russ for a wonderful day touring and for all the time we spent together ! Mel
Mel was awesome! He went above and beyond as he took many photos of us at Peggy's Cove which he air-dropped to us later. Not only is he an fantastic tour guide, he is an accomplished photographer. We also appreciated his concern for our safety on the rocks and near the ocean.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Lots of fun and good times on tour with my ALBERTA friends ... so many good laughs and great photos on tour ! Thanks for the comments and rating :)
Raymond StevensUnited States
What a great day! Mel met us as we left the cruise ship and took us on a great local journey. He set up the day to avoid larger tours in key places like Peggy's Cove. We enjoyed all of his personal places to visit and lunch in a cozy harbor area. He is very knowledgeable about the area and enlightened us on all of the history of the Halifax area. Thank you for a great day!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was a great day indeed ! Thank you for touring with me and you comments. All the Best and Safe travels ... Cheers !
We could not have been any happier with Mel! I would highly recommend Mel, as he was knowledgeable, courteous, punctual and FUN!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for the rating and comments Linda. So much fun in this tour from Walking on the ocean floor to photo stops ... especially for Les getting that far away photo of the cliffs ... then getting it again .. when we were so much closer :) Cheers ! Mel
This was absolutely spectacular, informative, fun tour! Mel has extensive knowledge of history, geography, and great sense of humor! 100% recommended.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your comments :) It is rare that guests have a to catch a beautiful sunset at Peggy’s Cove. So happy the timing worked out perfectly for this. Enjoy the rest of your stay in Halifax. All the best ! Mel
Tour was fantastic, Mel did a great job of taking us to lovely little beaches and coves and avoiding the crowds. He even managed to find us quiet spots at Peggys Cove so we could experience the ocean and the Cove away from all the big Tour buses there that day. Delicious lobster lunch as well. We highly recommend Mel and his tours. Janifer and Beth from Australia
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was my pleasure to customize this tour for you and Beth ... to see the coastlines that has been envisioned so much and experience the locals and areas. Thank you for your comments and choosing to tour with me. Safe travels back home. Cheers Mel.
We worked with Mel over a number of months to design a one day coastal tour of Nova Scotia. And the end result was perfect. We had a marvelous 8 hours touring in the Jeep to major towns and hidden coves with lunch at the lovely Kiwi Cafe in Chester (owned by a New Zealander!). Thank you Mel.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: This was a fantastic tour with so many sites seen... and the nice little place, the Kiwi Cafe ... perfect for my my guests from down under and my future guests ... thank you for doing a little research and suggesting it. I love that place ! Thank you for your comments and feedback. All the best !
Angela DailUnited States
A fantastic day with Mel. We saw everything we wanted to see. He also showed us some out of the way locations. Highly recommend Mel for Halifax
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your comments! A great day experiencing some windy weather which made for some nice waves along the coastline and then great sunny weather to finish off the day. All the best and happy anniversary ! Mel
Teresa WallesUnited States
This was a great time. Mel showed us a lot of Halifax and was a very great person. Would recommend him to everyone.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Teresa. Thank you for your rating and comments. It was a great fall day Touring Lunenburg and area. It was a pleasure to tour with you and your family :) Hope you return to Nova Scotia in the future. All the best ! Mel
He was terrific! He took us where the normal person wouldn't go, saw lots of side roads, back roads, a great way to see the country. He truly exceeded our expectations. He was the number one man to do this for us!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Sharon and Jack. Thank you for your comments and choosing me as your Tour Guide. Spending 7 days exploring the Maritimes with you both was a pleasure and a lot of fun. We saw so much and met so many nice people getting a real down home feel. So glad you guys also got the chance to dance too ! You are both family now :) All the best and Take care. Mel
Susan SchwartzUnited States
Mel was extremely helpful to us. My husband uses a wheelchair and Mel made it easy or us to get around. He even pumped up the wheel chair tires for us when that became necessary. He also selected a delightful restaurant for lunch.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for the comments Susan. I really enjoyed our day and was more than happy to offer the assistance with the wheel chair. All the best to you both ... Cheers !
Kenneth HendersonUnited States
Mel provided a great tour of Annapolis Valley. The timing of our trip gave us an opportunity to see the difference between low and high tide. It was a very enjoyable time. When we come back to the area, we will schedule another tour with him.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your kind comments. It was a rare opportunity to see the low and the amazing high tides. Enjoy the train ride across country and definitely contact me next time you are in Nova Scotia ! All the best ! Cheers Mel
Julie HarlosUnited States
Mel was the perfect tour guide! He responded quickly to questions and greeted us with a smile as soon as our cruise boat docked. He was attentive to our every need throughout the day and was a wealth of interesting facts about Halifax. My elderly dad had hurt his leg and was having some trouble getting around and Mel was so kind and helpful. He carried a chair around for my dad so that he could sit down whenever he needed to. It meant a lot to us. Thanks Mel! We enjoyed our day with you!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Julie for taking the time leave your kind comments. I really enjoyed the day with you and your family. It was my pleasure to ensure your Father was comfortable durning the tour and hoping he recovers and feels better soon. All the best ! Cheers Mel
Carolyn M.United States
Great fun traveling in the Jeep and this is the way to get a local's perspective to experience stunning Halifax. We thoroughly enjoyed our day. Mel was a great guide and left us with great memories. Thank you!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for your comments Carolyn. I really enjoyed showing all of you the sites and had a great day with you on tour. All the best !
Jackie H.United States
Such a lovely afternoon we spent in Halifax with our guide Mel! What a personable, courteous, informative & funny gentleman. He customized our tour and we saw exactly what we were interested in seeing. He also helped us with a dinner reservation and drop-off for that same evening. As we only had less than a day in Halifax, we feel we saw all of the highlights. Mel even emailed us with directions and sites to see along the way for our next day's itinerary! Thanks Mel! Highly to be recommended!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for the comments and thank you for the fantastic day touring. So glad we were able to see the sights and enjoy many of the Tastes of the Valley. It was my pleasure to help dinner reservations and point you to the highlights of your continuing journey ... and finding the ‘French Bread’ ! All the best ... Cheers !
Linda ODonnellUnited States
We hired Mel Z in early September 2018 for a tour of Halifax. What a absolute gem! He is an excellent tour guide, both knowledgeable and experienced. Couple that with his entertaining personality - made this tour one to remember. Very flexible and accommodating. I would highly recommend him.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for the kind comments :) I had a really good time showing you the sites on tour ! All the best ... cheers !
Mel was very knowledgeable and tailored the tour to our special needs. He was very courteous and considerate and we really enjoyed our tour and the selection of places to visit was perfect.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for your comments. Really enjoyed the day with you both ... enjoyed the wineries and distillery and sites ... Safe travels and enjoy the lake in BC ...Cheers !
My husband and I decided to book a private tour while on a cruise ship, hoping that we would see a little more than if we took a ship tour. Mel was very personable and worked hard to give us the tour we wanted. Could not fault the day. We enjoyed every place he showed us. He had a lot of local knowledge and was very informed about all the locations he took us to. Our seafood lunch was awesome. Highly recommend.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for the comments Linda :) It was a beautiful day touring and I really enjoyed showing you both the sights ! All the best ... Cheers !
Gorden TimmonsUnited States
Mel was great. He showed us a lot. I have a walking problem so it was limited to car. He therefore expanded the tour. He took us to a restaurant called Finer Diner. Food was not good. Would not recommend eating there.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for your comments and feedback Gordon. I had a great time showing you both around & finding new places. The Finer Diner is a nice little restaurant situated in a quaint fishing cove further along my normal tour route from Peggy’s Cove. I have enjoyed food here with guests on occasion and it is a popular location. I am sorry the food was not to your liking. Please contact me if you are ever back this way & I’ll take you to a different place, my treat ! Cheers Mel
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.
Brent WalkerUnited States
Mel was a complete gentleman and we very much enjoyed our trip to Oak Island. He was very knowledgeable and had a joke for everything. If you do take the tour stop by the Mug and Anchor for lunch, spectacular harbor views from the patio.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Had a great day with you both. I am very happy you got Oak Island off your bucket list ... And Happy Annivesary !! Cheers ! Mel
Artie TepperUnited States
Our group of four truly enjoyed the tour of the Annapolis area with our guide Mel. He planned the tour according to our wishes taking into account his vast knowledge of the area. He was extremely knowledgeable, very cordial and had a great sense of humor. He made the day go by in a most enjoyable way. We would recommend him without any reservations. Gail & Artie Tepper
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: A very fun tour with great guests... a jammed packed day and glad we got the chance to experience the low tides and water going out. All the best to all of you ! Cheers !!
Lori McMahonUnited States
Mel was a great tour guide. He was very knowledgeable about Peggy's Cove and it was fun riding in his Jeep. He recommended a great place for lunch called Shaw's Landing. The lobster grilled cheese and lobster bisque was awesome. He was very accommodating and friendly. His Jeep tour sure beat any bus tour we took the rest of the week! Thank you Mel!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Another fun tour with great guests .... with tasty food .... thank you for the comments and touring with me ! All the best Cheers !
Dawn ThomasUnited States
Our tour was amazing! Mel and Karl accommodated all 8 in our group, ranging from ages 68 to 14. The jeeps were comfortable and fun. Both guides were informative, relaxed, and a joy to be around. They had great personalities and they worked specifically to ensure we received a personalized tour based on what we requested. Oak Island was neat to see. We would love to come back and be able to tour the dig site. Lunch was phenomenal and the Titanic burial site was a cool piece of history. Thanks again!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for your comments. A fantastic group ... a great tour and a fun to be around and great conversations all around ! All the best and hope you return with shovels so we can get to the treasure ! Cheers. Mel
Filippo MagistroUnited States
This was by far the best guided tour my wife and I received. We decided to have the tour just for the two of us. Comprehensive, professional, grea car, we stopped for an amazing lunch location suggested by our guide Mel and it was amazing, absolutely the best fish and chips as well as the rest of the lunch. Greatly recommend Mel. NO COMPLAINTS AT ALL, NOT EVEN A SUGGESTION. It was the best * * * * * stars absolutely.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for the comments. I had a fantastic time guiding/touring you both. It wasn’t a great weather day, but guests like you make it a Perfect Tour Day ! Cheers !
Steve AnadaleUnited States
Great tour! Mel knew all the facts, history, lore and even the tall tales of the area. A pleasant day long excursion.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for touring with me ... I really enjoyed showing you both the sites !
Ralph BurnetUnited States
We had the highlight of our Silversea cruise with Mel. Great 6 hours. Mel very knowledgeable about Halifax and took us to the real Halifax wonderful stops. Highly recommend Mel when in Halifax.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your kind comments. I had a fantastic day showing both you and Peggy the sites, including her own , Peggy’s Cove. All the best !
Larry PittmanUnited States
Mel was great
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Larry. Yours was a fun group to tour with ! Cheers !
Don AtwoodUnited States
Great guide, funny and personable. I would highly recommend him to anyone wanting a great tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Don. I had a great time showing you both the local sights. Cheers !
Frank SmithNorth Port, FL, United States
Thank you Mel for showing us the Halifax and Fisherman's village area. We enjoyed meeting you and spending the day with you as you showed us around Halifax and the drive to Fisherman's Village. Nice lunch in a local restaurant and time in the Fisherman's Village area felt part of the area. Thanks to your keen eye sight you were able to spot and get us up close to "Murray the Moose". Your the type of guide that makes ToursByLocals special. Thank you and here is to many happy tours in the future.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for touring with me. Had a fantastic time showing you both the sites and 'wildlife'. All the best. Cheers !
Judy HarbinUnited States
Tons of fun!! Mel and Karl "caravanned" our party of 6, three in each jeep. It was obvious from the time we stepped off the cruise ship that this was very much our personal tour with 2 very fun and happy guys!! Wonderful conversations, Mel had many stories to share and it was a blast. We saw much more than Peggy's Cove since we took fun side trips along the way helping us to understand a lot about Halifax!! Mel Rocks!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks so much for the comments. We had a great time showing all of you the sites of Nova Scotia. Tons of funs for everyone ! All the best !!!
Lynette ShortUnited States
Mel met us as planned at the port building with my name on a sign. Since the day was windy and a touch overcast, he has the top on the Jeep. We discussed our plan and headed out. He did a great job of mixing regular tourist stops with out of the way, uncrowded spots, for us to visit. He called ahead for our table at a superb local spot for lunch. Mel was full of information on the area. We had a great tour and returned on time to our drop off spot. Thanks again!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your comments :-) I have a great time showing you the sites and some historical spots. All the best. Cheers !
Sharon BryceUnited States
Mel did a great job and helped customized our experience.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: A perfect day for touring and visiting the wineries. Thank you both for touring with me ! Cheers !