About Me

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My Story

My name is Marie-Pierre Lessard and I'm the founder of Nomad Tours Quebec. I grew up in the Quebec City suburb of Portneuf and moved to the heart of Quebec's Capital about 13 years ago. I felt in love with this multifaceted city. Every day, Québec surprises me with its secrets, its lovely winding streets, its posh restaurants, its vibrant nightlife and its residents’ « joie de vivre ».

It took me time to figure out what I wanted to do as a career. I've always had a artistic side but I did not know what to do with it. After a eye-opening month-long trip to France, I decided to go back to school and study the Tourism Industry. One of the best decision of my life.

That's at college where I discovered guiding and where I did my first tour. It sucked, but it was a start!

After my graduation in 2014, I was ready for a new challenge. Working for a large tour company wasn't enough for me. By building my own tour company, I could have total freedom and control of every aspect of guiding. I wanted to offer top-notch authentic experiences. That's how Nomad Tours Quebec was born.

Why I do this

I don't want my guests to feel like numbers in a large group of other tourist. Those who choose Quebec City as their travel destination deserve better. By creating my own tour company, I knew I could be the tour guide I would like to have on my own travels. Maybe it's my rebel side but, I did not want to have a boss telling me what kind of tours do to. It's not true that '' one size fits all'' in guiding! Every Quebec City tour needs to be different for every guests. I believe that when I take care of my guests, they take care of me. Meeting amazing people from all over the world is a very eye-opening experience. They might be learning about Quebec City on my tours but I learn so much from them and where they are from. Guiding is definitely making me a better person.

Why I love being a Quebec City tour guide

Because I know that every tour is different. Quebec City might look similar day after day but the tours are not. Each guests are different. I like the fact that each days, I get different questions and to be honest... sometimes I don't know all the answers! It motivates me dig back into my history books. Therefore, I become a better tour guide.

''Alone we go faster but together we go further''

I could never achieve a profitable business without my boyfriend Sébastien. We've been together for 16 years (we started dating in high school) and he has always supported me. I feel very lucky to have him by my side everyday.

When my guests feel like home in my home, I know I’ve done my job.

My Other Passions

Beside guiding and everything about Quebec City, I also have other hobbies and passions!

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Vintage Cameras

I have a collection of about 20 cameras. I love the analog side of photography and still shoot my film cameras once in a while.
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Quebec Gins

In recent years, Quebec has developed a real passion for quality gin produced locally. I personaly love boreal and forest style gins like the Canopée.
What My Clients Are Saying
We had a wonderful time with Marie-Pierre! She gave us an insider view of the city, and it was lovely to have her to ourselves ( my husband and I) as we walked around and asked her questions about her city. Highly recommend!
Karen K
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We learned about Quebec City history, culture, sights and food. Marie is charming and easy to work with.
Andrea M
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I can't wait to show you Quebec City on one of my tours!

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