What led you to the tourism field?
I recently retired from the Canadian Armed Forces. I wanted a job that allowed me to be outside and to “use my head”. Passionate about history, the tourist guide job suited me perfectly!
What do you like most about your job?
I like unexpected changes : each tour is different! I work with a diverses range of clients. This is why I have the chance to meet people who come from all over the world and who have different visions of history. It is a very informative experience to talk with them.
Any particular anecdote you may wish to share?
In 2015, while I was guiding an American school in the upper town, I introduced them to the Cirice-Têtu house. I was explaining to them that Antoine de Saint-Exupéry had been sheltered for a few days by the De Koninck family in May 1942. The author got his inspiration from the eldest son of De Koninck, Thomas, to create his famous character of the Little Prince. I also took the opportunity to make the connection between this historical fact and the film that was released that year. Many teenagers among the group were interested because they had seen it. As we headed to the restaurant for our supper, the teacher in charge of the group and I continued to talk about the Little Prince. She suddenly lifted up her sleeve and showed me her tattoo of the Little Prince. We had a great laugh over it!
What clients think about Tony :
“Our tourist guide Tony Gagnon was very nice and always helped us and cared for our safety the whole trip and made everything we visited very interesting and made me want to hear more. ”
“We all fell in love with Tony’s jovial personality and laid-back manner! He was wonderful with the information he gave us for each sight, making it entertaining with stories. ”