Spade & Palacio is a collaboration of two born and raised, young Montrealers who are passionate about our city and love to show it.

We originally met during our guiding classes and bonded over a shared interest and intention of having our visitors walk away with a day in the life of a local experience. Three years later we decided to take matters into our own hands and the company was born.

It’s simple; we take our guests away from the mains, our tours are non­touristy. 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. 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.

Anne-Marie-Palacio

Meet Anne-Marie
“Co-Founder”
Born in Chile and raised in the Laurentians, Anne-Marie has been calling Montreal home for 15 years. She loves travelling, getting lost in major cities and finding her way through local foods, arts and architecture. Throughout all her travels, one thing remains clear: no other city could replace Montréal. On a regular summer night, she is playing Montréal’s league of their own, riding her bike from one event to another or sipping on one (or more) Gin & Tonics at Alexandraplatz. Jean-Talon market is her second home; she has a thing for craft gin and bloody caesars and believes that doing burpees and squats everyday means she can enjoy a poutine from time to time.

Danny-Spade

Meet Danny

“Co-Founder” 

It’s hard to find anyone else who loves this city as much as he does. Danny has been babysitting tourists for 12 years, first in the Caribbean and now on the island of Montréal. He used to run away from winter. Now with a four-legged husband he learned to install studded tires on his bicycle. He was practically born on two wheels, those two wheels give him freedom. He appreciates anything urban planning and landscape architecture related. He’s more paper maps than Google Maps. His soft spots include craft beer houses and Mount-Royal, which both tend to be spots he visits daily.

Meet Amelie

Avid traveller, coffee snob and craft beer lover, Amelie has worked, travelled, and lived abroad for 5 years. When she finally decided to settle, she knew it had to be in Montreal. Even though she still travels a lot, her heart is here.  When not sharing her passion for the city with others, you might find her eating at her favourite Mexican or Indian restaurant, attending one of the many festivals, or enjoying the weather in one of the city’s numerous parks.

Meet Thom

Born in Montreal to an English speaking dad and French speaking mom, Thom dreams in Frenglish.  His motto is “bonjour/hi” and he’s so completely obsessed with Montreal that he spends his days off doing exactly what he does on his working days:  He explores neighbourhoods as he entertains theories about which bagel is best.  When not in Montreal, chances are he’s either on a train or on his way to catch one.

Meet Lesley

A 5th generation Montrealer, Lesley continues to proudly hold down the roots for her family today. Nicknamed “Miss Montreal” by her friends, she has a lifelong passion for learning everything she can about her hometown. She loves discovering off-the-beaten-path and lesser-known areas of the city and would rather take the back alley than the main street. A photography enthusiast, Lesley’s favourite activity (besides guiding) is capturing the essence of Montreal’s unique identity through her lens. When not happily showing people around, you’re mostly likely to find her wandering around town with her camera strapped around her neck or chilling with a good book by the Lachine Canal.

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