Spade & Palacio is the fruit of two born and raised, young Montrealers who are passionate about their city and love to show it.
They originally met during guiding classes (yes tour guide school) and bonded over a shared interest and intention of having their visitors walk away with a day in the life of a local experience. Three years later the company was born. Palacio eventually went on her own way and Spade became the mother of the house with the city’s best tour guides, a proud mother indeed.
It’s simple; we take our guests away from the mains, our tours are non-touristy. We want to showcase unknown parts while promoting local, young and women entrepreneurs on our walking food tours and your local guide’s favourite parts of town on our bike tours. Our street art tours are top rated just as any route we run. Unlike other companies, we guarantee intimate groups of 10 or less. We hire only local and licensed fun guides. You aren’t sheep we herd around town, you’re our guests and we keep it human scale, we keep it real.
Over the years others have attempted to imitate our style, routes and we have influenced others to reduce group sizes and switch up the areas covered with their guests. We are both flattered and proud of this. We’d go on our own tours and that says a lot because when we travel, we can’t stand tourists. (Shhhh!)