Founded by Jason and Steve in 2009, Tour Guys is proud to have been the first free walking tour company in Canada! After years of working in the educational tourism industry as travelling guides, we were eager to come home. Though tired of a life on the road, we still loved guiding tours, discovering new things about our cities, and sharing our cities’ fascinating histories with people from all over the world. We started Tour Guys to create our own dream jobs and to give our tour guide friends an outlet for their passion for guiding and storytelling as well!

Tour Guys’ owners Jason and Ali, who took over the Vancouver branch in 2016, are always seeking ways to improve our tours and diversify our team. We’re a team of history nerds, stand up comedians, documentary filmmakers, musicians, and general misfits who love walking and talking about our respective cities. We’re strong proponents of experiencing cities on foot, and our mission is to bring the hidden and often-missed histories, quirks, and eccentricities of Canada’s great cities into the light.

Our Guides

Ali

Alasdair (‘Ali’) is a born and bred Vancouverite and Director for Tour Guys Vancouver. After graduating with a BA with Honours in Human Geography he wandered the Earth lost until discovering walking tours in Berlin. In 2009 he began performing his first tours solo in Vancouver and in 2012 he joined forces with the Tour Guys group. Ali is particularly interested in the relationship between people and place, and loves taking people on detours through the lesser known stories of his hometown.

Alex

Alex was born and raised in Vancity and calls the North Shore her home. She’s 1 part tour guide, 2 parts geek and 3 parts self-proclaimed foodie. Because she forever has the travel itch, she vicariously travels through the tourists she meets and shows around her hometown!
When she’s not touring people around, Alex works in community services running programs for the little kiddies and can often be seen chasing after a frisbee disc in her free time.

Emma

Emma has been leading tours with our company since 2014 when she moved here from her hometown of Nanaimo, on Vancouver Island. She is a stand up comedian and has performed across Canada over the past eleven years. She is an avid cyclist and makes active use of Vancouver’s extensive bike network. She is funny, insightful and has a loud voice that carries well over traffic. Emma loves guiding for the connections to folks from around the world and because it makes her get out and experience all that the city has to offer so she can share about great arts festivals, museums, hikes and events. Ask her about her favourite breweries in her East Vancouver neighbourhood of Hastings Sunrise and she will send you on a self-guided tour!

Erik

Erik Paulsson is an award-winning filmmaker, historian, and cultural event planner.
After graduating with distinction from Concordia University in Montreal, Erik moved to Vancouver where he founded Red Storm Productions in 1999. He has produced numerous feature or full length narrative and documentary productions. In addition to his work as filmmaker, Erik has also been a film instructor at numerous post secondary institutions including UBC, VFS, and the InFocus Film School.
Erik has been very involved as a board member of executive in various community organizations including the Cineworks Filmmakers Society, the Greater Vancouver Interactive Arts Society, the Documentary Organization of Canada, and was the co-founder of the Collective Housing Society.

Marla

Marla is a Neo-Soul singer/songwriter with a BAMu in Opera and a very quick wit. She is a storyteller, loves history, and to introduce people to little known facts and the broader nuance and narrative that make the city come to life.

Julia

Julia has been living the good life out on the west coast for 20 years. She spends her days working as a tour guide, giving acupuncture treatments, and teaching yoga. She’s very interested in health, spirituality, history, food, and music. On her days off she is often found nestled under a cedar tree or dancing on a beach.

Robert

Robert has called Vancouver home for about ten years. He was born and raised in New Brunswick all the way on the other side of the country (definitely don’t miss out on a chance to visit Atlantic Canada, especially in the summer). Vancouver is a beautiful and storied city and leading people around allows him to show it off to its fullest. Besides tour guiding, Robert loves camping, biking, and the performing arts, and Vancouver happens to be great for all of those passions. When not at work he is studying to become a sign language interpreter, so feel free to ask about an ASL tour.

Jayne

Jayne is a fourth generation Vancouverite, raised on the North Shore. She started guiding in 2015 and has since guided all over Europe, from Paris and Rome, to Dublin and Berlin, but she says nothing beats guiding in her hometown and favourite city in the world. She studied tourism management at Capilano university, has travelled to 59 countries and counting, and anything travel is her passion! A self proclaimed foodie she loves giving visitors tips on the best places to eat and drink. When guiding she loves telling a story, having a laugh and chatting with her guests.

Liesl

In May 2019, Liesl graduated from the University of British Columbia as a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and Theatre. In 2012, Liesl started working with the Vancouver Trolley Company. There, in addition to being a Driver Tour Guide, she wrote and edited the scripts for their Hop-on Hop-off, Haunted Halloween and Capilano Suspension Bridge tours. For 12 years, she worked at the Arts Club Theatre on Granville Island, and eventually wrote an audio walking tour play, based on the history of the area, for the Vancouver Fringe Festival. She happily lives with her husband at English Bay Beach, and considers Stanley Park as their backyard.

Barry

Born in B.C.’s capital city of Victoria, Barry has called Vancouver and its surrounding area home for the past 39 years. He has worked his entire career in public education and has a love and passion for local and international history. Although an educator, Barry first wanted to be a local marine biologist and even completed a zoology degree at the University of British Columbia. He loves teaching, storytelling and has traveled to over 35 countries in the world. When Barry tells you that Vancouver is special, unique and uncompromisingly beautiful, you can trust that he speaks from his experiences. He enjoys supporting both locals, fellow Canadians and international visitors as they experience our amazing city and province. Want a great recommendation for dinner? The best views in the city? Where the best cocktails are created? Just ask Barry.

Ying

A Vancouverite since the age of 5, Ying grew up in the suburbs of East Van and Richmond. Needing a respite from Vancouver’s grey, wet winters, Ying escaped to sunny Sydney and sweltering Singapore for a few years to work, eat, and play in tropical climates. Since being back, she’s found a new appreciation for the four seasons, the humidity-free summers, and the abundance of good sushi. A business grad from the University of British Colombia, Ying spends her Mondays-Fridays in Vancouver’s growing tech scene and gets her fix of armchair travel by showing visitors around the highlights of Downtown and Waterfront on the weekends. Her favourite travel tip: when you’re in need of a public bathroom, find the nicest hotel nearby and walk in like you belong in their presidential suite, and go straight for their lobby bathroom.