You may have read their bios but we feel like it’s about time you REALLY got to know our Driver-Guides.
Second in our series is Private Driver – Guide:
What is your favorite stop when you tour guests around PEI? Why?
It is difficult to pick a few, there are so many. The lighthouse at Covehead is one favorite. I believe every visitor to PEI should have a chance to touch the sand and put their toes in the water. Another favorite would be the PEI Preserves Company as well as the bluffs at Cavendish and Green Gables, to name a few.
How do you make your tours special?
Some of the things that make my tour special are: the fact that I am Island born and have worked in Tourism for most of my career and understand what our visitors are looking for. It’s sometimes not the things listed in the tours but some of the additional things a Driver-Guide might add on that our visitors get excited about. For example: I sometimes add a red clay road or two which gives the visitors a special view of our Island fields, streams, and churches, etc. Last year I toured with a couple who were very interested in horses, so I took them to the stables at Raceway Park in Charlottetown where a driver and trainer introduced them to some of their horses. This was a thrill of a lifetime for my passengers. Smiles and photos were the order of the day.
When you’re not guiding in the summers, where can we find you?
Relaxing at my home in Cornwall or driving the Island roads looking for new and interesting tour destinations.
What hidden gem on PEI do you wish you could show to more guests? Why?
I have a couple of hidden gems. One would be the Block House Lighthouse at the entrance to the Charlottetown Harbour in Rocky Point. On the South Shore Tour, if there is time, I love to take my guests down the red clay road to the lighthouse. The views from the point are outstanding. Also the Belfast Mini Mills is another hidden gem. The mini mills showcase a unique blend of animals outside and a wonderful collection of woolen products inside.
Where is your favorite spot to eat on Prince Edward Island? Why?
Favorite food stop is the Water Prince Corner Shop and Lobster Pound. In my opinion, they have the best seafood chowder, fish & chips, and lobster dinners anywhere on PEI. Also, on the walls, you will see an eclectic assortment of memorabilia and license plates from all over the world (something to look at while you are waiting for your meal and you might even spot a license plate from your home state or country). Second favorite food stop would be the PEI Preserve Company. This place is more than a meal. The views of the river and the gardens as well as the jam tasting area and gift shop are tremendous. Add to this a great menu and great food, and you have it all.
Why do you choose to guide with Target Tours Atlantic?
The team at Target Tours Atlantic spend their days working together to make a tour everything it can be for our guests. The office staff and management are very professional, knowledgeable and friendly. Our guides are well trained, educated on the Island features, and love the work they do. It’s a treat to go to work.