Eager to see the world, by the age of 18 years old I already had explored all over Quebec and across Canada all the way to Jasper and back. Two years later, I moved to Vancouver Island and fell in love with the area. I have been here for the past 15 years and planning on staying for a long time.
After graduating from ITMI (International Tour Management Institute) I had the opportunity to guide in several areas in the United State and in Canada, especially the west coast and the Rockies. Love the Rockies!!
Being a mother of two beautiful daughters has kept me closer to home, for the time being, and I now specialize on the history of Vancouver Island; mining, gold rush era and First Nation. I have very good knowledge of hiking spots and hidden gems as well and love to surprise my guests with our amazing wines and craft beers.
I consider myself as a person with; Positive attitude, adventurous with a great problem-solving ability (there is no problems, only solutions).
My favorite "traveling" music is Blues, but anything with a good rhythm will do. I love seafood, especially when paired with a tasty wine.
To be able to share the place I fell in love with is not a job, it is a passion.
A Recent Review of this guide
We loved our private tour with Mari! She accommodated all our needs for a party of 5, including our very active toddler and senior parents. She thought of everything including snacks and even showed us some "hidden secrets" of Nanaimo. For us not knowing much about this stop on our cruise, we felt Mari did a wonderful job showing us the best the city and area has to offer.
International Tour Management Institute (ITMI) Graduate.
First Aid / CPR
Class 4 driving license, which entitles me to drive vehicules up to 24 passengers.