I'm Marianne, the founder of Beyond the City Tours and your tour guide for the day!
I moved to the Saanich Peninsula with my family when our daughter was a baby and quickly fell in love with the environment and the community.
I grew up in Wales surrounded by beautiful landscapes and spent as much time as possible outside. That love of nature eventually evolved into a career as a biologist and for many years I worked for a conservation organization studying coastal ecosystems. At various times I also had the opportunity to work as a tour guide leading snowshoe, hiking, nature and history tours. I loved these opportunities to meet new people and share my passion for the places I lived and worked in.
After moving to the Peninsula I spent a lot of time exploring and saw an opportunity to combine my interests and fulfil my dream of having my own tour business. There's so much to enjoy here: beautiful coastlines and forests to hike, paddle or simply enjoy from a restaurant patio; fun family-friendly attractions; amazing locally grown and produced food; and award-winning wineries, breweries, cideries and distilleries.
Each tour is carefully planned to show you the very best of the Peninsula in a way that you would most like to enjoy it. Whether that's a hike up a local mountain, or a relaxing drive through the countryside sampling wine (or both!).
I look forward to sharing this very special place with you!
Owner and tour guide