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Ô TOURS takes pride in its complement of experienced guides. We are a Manitoba Best Company and encourage voluntary certification. All of our guides are knowledgeable, friendly, and undergo extensive training, and each brings his or her own passion and experiences to the tour.

 

What was your childhood nickname?
I didn’t have one.

How long have you been a tour guide?
I have been a guide since 1997 and am one of Ô TOURS’ first guides.

Why did you become a tour guide?
I am very interested in history and an avid trave... [show more]

What was your childhood nickname?
I didn’t have one.

How long have you been a tour guide?
I have been a guide since 1997 and am one of Ô TOURS’ first guides.

Why did you become a tour guide?
I am very interested in history and an avid traveller. As a retired teacher, guiding gives me the opportunity to share my knowledge and culture with visitors, and it keeps me busy.

What did you do in a past life/what do you do when you’re not moonlighting as a tour guide?
I was a high-school teacher.

What is your favourite city landmark?
The Legislative Building.

What is your most memorable moment as a tour guide?
I have too many to note!

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What was your childhood nickname?
Beast

How long have you been a tour guide?
Since September 2012.

Why did you become a tour guide?
I have always been very proud of the natural and cultural heritage of our province and of the many accomplis... [show more]

What was your childhood nickname?
Beast

How long have you been a tour guide?
Since September 2012.

Why did you become a tour guide?
I have always been very proud of the natural and cultural heritage of our province and of the many accomplishments and positive contributions of our communities and peoples. My work as a tour guide gives me the opportunity to learn even more of our home and of its place in the world, adding even more so to my sense of pride in who we are and how we live as Winnipeggers and Manitobans. I am all too happy to be able to help promote this affection for home, and the notion that we have much to offer to the world.

Tour guiding also gives me the opportunity to meet people from all over the world – far-flung travellers, adventurous spirits and regular folks alike – all of whom have their own stories to tell and mysteries to dispel of their own homelands. There is something very positive and inspiring in discovering through conversations with these travellers that though our respective realities appear to be different in many ways, in the end, we all have much in common. I very much enjoy gaining this kind of perspective on the world.

What did you do in a past life/what do you do when you’re not moonlighting as a tour guide?
I have been retired since June 2012. Prior to that, my 38-year “career” involved stints as a programmer and administrator in various fields such as the arts, heritage, culture and youth. I have also worked in communications and broadcasting, and as an event and stage producer/performer. My primary volunteer activities have revolved around community festivals and events and other cultural and heritage undertakings. Some of these volunteer activities continue to this day and I still “moonlight” on occasion as a musician/singer. The rest of my time is taken up with family life and grandchildren, and some travelling.

What is your favourite…
City landmark? Saint Boniface Cathedral
Local restaurant? I have two favourites: Santa Lucia and The Red Top.
Local sports team? The Winnipeg Jets and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Local musician? Larry Roy (jazz guitarist, arranger and composer)

What is your most memorable moment as a tour guide?
The most notable memorable moment occurred in my first-time tour visit to the English Gardens and Leo Mol Sculpture Garden, where I witnessed the joy and pleasure of our guests in taking in the beauty of the spot. That visit perked everybody up and set a very nice mood for the remainder of the tour. It was truly inspiring.
A recurring memorable moment has been to witness the impressed reactions of our guests to some of our other notable tour destinations, such as Saint Boniface Cathedral and the Legislative Building.

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What was your childhood nickname?
Jun-chan

How long have you been a tour guide?
Since 1998.

Why did you become a tour guide?
I was interested in meeting Japanese people in Winnipeg. I was happy to share my knowledge about Winnipeg and Manit... [show more]

What was your childhood nickname?
Jun-chan

How long have you been a tour guide?
Since 1998.

Why did you become a tour guide?
I was interested in meeting Japanese people in Winnipeg. I was happy to share my knowledge about Winnipeg and Manitoba to Japanese tourists.

What did you do in a past life/what do you do when you’re not moonlighting as a tour guide?
I work full-time as an office manager at the Chartered Accountants office. I sometimes teach Japanese at the University of Manitoba, the University of Winnipeg and/or the Manitoba Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre. I’m a part-time actor (sort of).

What is your favourite…

City landmark? Lockport
Local restaurant? Yujiro
Local sports team? Winnipeg Jets
Local musician? Papa Mambo

What is your most memorable moment as a tour guide?
A passenger became ill two days before her return flight, so she couldn’t take the flight back to Japan with her group. I assisted her at the emergency room while she recovered. The medical system here is so different from the system in Japan. She was frustrated, scared and disoriented. I was able to explain how the medical system works in Winnipeg and why we had to wait so long, even at the “emergency” room. I shared with her my own experience at the emergency room. She was really appreciative of my assistance.

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What was your childhood nickname?
Mich

How long have you been a tour guide?
I have been a guide since the summer of 1997.

Why did you become a tour guide?
Having been the Director of Marketing for the Festival du Voyageur, I had the opportu... [show more]

What was your childhood nickname?
Mich

How long have you been a tour guide?
I have been a guide since the summer of 1997.

Why did you become a tour guide?
Having been the Director of Marketing for the Festival du Voyageur, I had the opportunity to familiarize myself with the tourism industry. As I developed tour programs for the Festival, it was clear that there was a need for Manitoba tour packagers. When I went on maternity leave in 1996, I took a couple of contracts organizing tours for groups and corporations. I decided to be a stay-at-home mom and pursue this career path from home. That was the start-up of Ô TOURS, and I haven’t looked back since. I now have a dozen guides and drivers working for me, but I enjoy getting out myself and guiding groups when I can.

What did you do in a past life/what do you do when you’re not moonlighting as a tour guide?
I worked for the federal government for seven years before joining the Festival du Voyageur and working my way up to the Director of Marketing position. Then, I became a mom and a tour operator and guide.

What is your favourite…

City landmark? I have a few, but must say the Esplanade Riel and Canadian Museum for Human Rights.

Local restaurant? Chez Sophie, Promenade Café and Wine

Local sports team? The Winnipeg Goldeyes

Local musician? My kids – they’re not professionals, but I love to see them enjoy playing instruments long after the lessons have stopped.

What is your most memorable moment as a tour guide?

I have a few. Once, an American senior was drawn to tears upon listening to a fiddle tune at the Festival du Voyageur, as it was a tune his French grandmother used to sing but that he had forgotten. We had an unforgettable trip sled dog riding up in Churchill at night, with the northern lights dancing above us. Another enduring memory was kayaking with beluga whales in Churchill. … Okay, so it wasn’t exactly with a tour; I was with my 16-year-old son, whom I took to Churchill with me. But for that moment, my son thought that Mom was AWESOME!

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What was your childhood nickname?
Rosie (It still is today!)

How long have you been a tour guide?
I’ve been an interpreter/tour guide for 19 years.

Why did you become a tour guide?
I love sharing my knowledge and passion for this city with ... [show more]

What was your childhood nickname?
Rosie (It still is today!)

How long have you been a tour guide?
I’ve been an interpreter/tour guide for 19 years.

Why did you become a tour guide?
I love sharing my knowledge and passion for this city with others. I think this city gets a bad rap; it’s a beautiful place with an awesome history. I think every bit of it tells a tale. I like being the one to help create “a-ha” moments with visitors (and friends).

What did you do in a past life/what do you do when you’re not moonlighting as a tour guide?
I’ve always worked in the tourism industry; it is the only thing I’ve done. I’ve worked at three different nature interpretation and outdoor adventure sites. I’ve been a canoe and kayak instructor. I’ve been an event planner. I was the Director of Programming for Western Canada’s largest winter festival, Le Festival du Voyageur. For the past 12 years, I have been teaching tourism management courses to future tourism professionals at l’Université de Saint Boniface.

What is your favourite…
City landmark? That’s a tough one. I love the entire Exchange District, but really, the Legislative building, and the story it tells, is unsurpassed!
Local restaurant? Step ‘N Out for a fancy night out. Niko’s for a quick bite to eat.
Local sports team? I think our university teams, the University of Winnipeg Wesmen and the University of Manitoba Bison, deserve more attention. They are great athletes who still play for the love of the game! But, what can I say? Go Jets, go!
Local musician? J.P. Hoe is my newest favourite, but Winnipeg produces amazing musicians of all sorts.

What is your most memorable moment as a tour guide?
Every time I hear a visitor say, “You have a beautiful city, I’ll definitely plan a longer stay next time”, or “I had no idea Winnipeg was/had/is…”, or if they laugh at my lame “tour guide jokes” – those moments are always memorable to me!

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How long have you been a tour guide?

Since May 2011.

Why did you become a tour guide?
I love my city and country and I want to share the beauty and positive aspects of it with others. I was born as a Canadian citizen in Filadelfia, Paragua... [show more]

How long have you been a tour guide?

Since May 2011.

Why did you become a tour guide?
I love my city and country and I want to share the beauty and positive aspects of it with others. I was born as a Canadian citizen in Filadelfia, Paraguay, and I really enjoy meeting people from around the globe.

What did you do in a past life/what do you do when you’re not moonlighting as a tour guide?
I am a Public Relations university student who also works as a tour guide/director. Most important of all is that I am the mother of four active boys. I am an avid reader, someone who loves to travel, a musician, and an enthusiastic, curious extrovert!

What is your favourite…
City landmark? Our Manitoba Legislative Building is not only beautiful to look at, ” but beneath its Neo-Classical facade lurks a cryptic array of arcane symbols and Hermetic imagery.” (http://www.frankalbo.com/). I never tire of showing this stunning building to others and giving them a taste of the mysteries surrounding it.
Local restaurant? Joey Kenaston Grill/Lounge – especially the patio in the summer.
Local sports team? Winnipeg is known as the “cultural cradle of Canada” which allows me to be able to enjoy many concerts and events in our city year round.
Local musician? Steve Bell (Steve Bell is a Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. He is among the best-known Christian musicians in Canada and is an accomplished songwriter and record producer.)

What is your most memorable moment as a tour guide?
I have had my eyes opened to the treasures around my home. I have learned to observe and to appreciate all of the beauty around me. My tourists are always teaching me and expanding my worldview. Because of them, I have learned to stop and smell the roses!

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What was your childhood nickname?

Professor

How long have you been a tour guide?

Since 1986 in one form or another.

Why did you become a tour guide?  

It’s about sharing stories of our country, our province and our community.

What did you... [show more]

What was your childhood nickname?

Professor

How long have you been a tour guide?

Since 1986 in one form or another.

Why did you become a tour guide?  

It’s about sharing stories of our country, our province and our community.

What did you do in a past life/what do you do when you’re not moonlighting as a tour guide?

Director of Le Musée de Saint-Boniface. Historian; enjoy cycling.

What is your favourite…

     City landmark? Le Musée de Saint-Boniface

     Local restaurant? Mon Amie Louis

     Local sports team? Love my Jets but bleed “bleu, blanc, rouge”

     Local musician? Neil Young

What is your most memorable moment as a tour guide?

After a tour of La Cathédrale which “explains” in part the life of Christ and his resurrection as part of the interpretation of the stained glass representation of the Way of the Cross, a gentlemen thanked me profusely for the tour and said in part: “My wife and I are Hindu, we now understand Christianity” My goal is never to preach, convert, or favour. It is simply to explain and interpret.

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