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2013 Was a great year … just read what our guests had to say !

Testimonials via e-mail …

Paul Leone

Efficient, comfortable, tailored service by humorous and literate drivers; Our wishes were all granted and information provided gave us wishes granted that we didn’t even expect!! Five Stars! And affordable too!!!!


Judy & Glen Rockett

After hearing about Open Top Tours from Karl Dias & having our friends come to visit us from Oakville,Ont just last week.The Valley tour was top priority on our “Bucket List”…what better way to experience a wine tour than in an Open Top Jeep with a great tour guide named Mel.  Mel was professional, laid back and gave us no pressure. He took us to some hidden aeras we’ve never been & gave us time to experience the incredible views. I’ve never even heard of Halls Harbour but soon discovered it’s beauty. With many wonderful stops along the way,we had an amazing late afternoon lunch followed by two wine tasting tours!
Glen, myself and our friends Dan & Maureen from Oakville highly recommend Open Top tours.

Judy Rockett, Hubley, NS

Tour Date: July 31, 2013 – Such a great tour .. so much that was seen and experienced… including walking on the ocean floor … I hope the guys got the mud out of those sneakers ! Thanks again for allowing me to be your guide. ~ Mel – Open Top Tours


Stephanie B

A couple weeks ago, I visited Nova Scotia for the first time. I was a little disappointed that there wasn’t a feasible way to see the historic Peggy’s Cove without renting a car, and I wasn’t about to leave Nova Scotia without experiencing it. That’s when I stumbled upon Open Top Tours. What an experience to drive through scenic Halifax, taking in the fresh air and insightful information from a knowledgeable tour guide. Our guide was extremely friendly and accommodating, customizing our tour and making stops wherever we asked to. We stopped at bakery on the way back downtown from Peggy’s Cove to have a bite. Just a great way to cap off a beautiful day. Would recommend this to anyone looking to get a little bit more out of their trip out East. I am excited to watch this business grow – what an enjoyable expereince.

Stephanie, Toronto ON

Tour Date – May 18, 2013 – Thank you so very much to your comments … it was a pleasure to have Joseph and yourself as guests in the ‘cool orange Jeep’. Hope to see you again ! M el – Open Top Tours


Written Testimonials from the Guest Books of the Jeeps …

Oct 22, 2013 The best tour. Thanks a lot. The Old Wrinkles Mags, Jack, Pete, Vlau All the Best

Oct 11, 2013 A fantastic tour – Beyond our expectations. Mel, great guide with lots of information. The land is wonderful and off road photo shots – Great Fun ! Thank you. Louise & Jack Henderson – London England

Oct 8, 2013 Thank you for a wonderful tour ! Herman & Carol Cruile Califonia

Oct 8, 2013 Thanks Mel for great tout & arranging wonderful weather and colour. Eulls Bloomington, MN USA

Oct 7, 2013 Vielen Dank für die Wunderschöne Rundfahrt mit ganz tolles Gesicht euf das weet. Grngrid ous Ficilurg Bacisgau Germany  (my best attempt to read the writing and translate .. Thanks for the Wonderful tour with really great )

Oct 7, 2013 Had a great time with Mel our Driver. Great guide. Excellent.Seun & Geraldoe Campbell / Gerard & Margaret Salley – Ireland

Oct 8, 2013 – Had a wondeful time ! Thanls to Mel for a great day! Cindy & Marty Cal.uSA

Oct 4, 2013 What a fantastic Day ! We saw many beautiful sites. Thanks Dave & Ann Mende

Oct 4, 2013 Wonderful tour – missed all the crowds ! Great lunch by the lake. Lots of great info shared. Would take it again. Thanks Mel Tom & Judy Kasa

Sept 24, 2013 – April & Gwenda – Baltimore. MD & Lancaster PA – Thank you so much. The trip was AWESOME.  You helped save our trip and helped us check something off the bucket list.  It was great to see everything. Thanks for going off the beaten path.  🙂  (Valley Tour)

Sept 23, 2013 – Ed & Kathy, Cheryl & Rod – Excellent Tour. Thank you so much.    Thanks for both an educational & entertaining time.  (Fisherman’s Cove)

Sept 20, 2013 – Nik, Marco, Manuela, Christina – Germany – Geniale Tour 🙂  (Peggy’s Cove)

Sept 19, 2013 – Mark & Ivette – Farmingdale, NY – Thank you so much.  It was a great great tour.  Will Highly Recommend. (Peggy’s Cove Tour)

Sept 18, 2013 – Heidi & Toni & Stellrecht  – Germany and California – Thank you Mel, it was a great day in your company and guidance. We saw a lot and learned a lot about the area.  (Peggy’s Cove Tour)

Sept 17, 2013 – Anthony Marchello Dorthy Leone – We had a great time!  Due to a rent a car mix up we wound up onn this tour woth Rick our Drive & we had a chance to see an awesome city in a short amount of time. We’s recommend it highly to eceryone.

Aug 27, 2013 – Joy & Josephine – Toronto, Ontario – Mel Rocks ! Will definitely do tour with them again ! JJ Thanks Mel ! Had a good time.  Will definitely recommend the service 🙂  Josie  (Peggy’s Cove Tour)

Aug 27, 2013 – The Sarnelli Family, New York, NY – This tour was amazing ! The scenery was breath-taking and totally worth the drive.  Mel was a great tour guide. We’re glad we tool this opportunity durning our short visit to Halifax ! (Peggy’s Cove Tour)

Aug 24, 2013 – Claudio & Sarah – Tornto, Ontario – Great dat touring the beautiful shoreline of Nova Scotia – (Peggy’s Cove – Lunenburg)

Aug 22, 2013 – Nadine and Mrs. Copper – USA – Great Day.  Thank you very much

Aug 22, 2013 – Barb & Melissa – Olds, Alberta – Awesome morning. Worth every penny. One of the hughlights of our two weeks in NS.  Will recommend your tour to everyone back in Alberta.  Thanks Mel.  You made this tour the delight it was.  Next time we are in town will come back for another trip. Thanks. – ( Peggy’s Cove Tour)

Aug 21, 2013 – The Albans – Rose, Rich, Elizabeth & Victoria – Had a great time today visiting Peggy’s Cove.  The tour was fun and informative.  Mark was a terrific tour guide.  We had a beautiful day and a wonderful experience.

Aug 20, 2013 – Leslie – Had a fanstastic day ! I couldn’t have asked for more on a tour of Peggy’s Cove, etc. I even learned many new things along the way 🙂  Thanks to Mark for providing me with such an Amazinng experience.  I will be spreading the word about Open Top Tours! All the best

Aug 15, 2013 – Sam, Bonnie, David – FL USA – Thanks for an awesome day ! We loved everything ! Especially Fundy.  It was FUN !  (Valley Tour)

Aug 2013 – Zubeeda & Thanh – Montreal – Perfect ! We had a great experience Best highkight of Halifa. Thank you so very much for all the great tios and all the great spots no one know about Mark ! Thank you for the great trip and taking us to that lobster hut !

Aug 13, 2013 – Nancy, Tai & Bryn – USA – Thank you for a wonderful day ! We had a blast ! You are a fabulous driver & tour guide (and whitty too). Thank you again. – Nancy   —- This tour was so awesome. The guide is very lively and is fun to talk to. We made a new friend.  Mel is so cool and funny and is an awesome tour guide. We had a lot of fun ! – Bryn —- I had a good time on this tour.  I had a good time today.  Mel and Mark are cool dudes.  Tai   ( Peggy’s Cove Tour)

Aug 2013 – Brenda, Sydney Jamie Karl – Fanstastic – This was the best day we had on our trip to Halifax.  The tour of Peggy’s Cove was the best. Going off road was geat.  Seeing all the other local sites and businesses were great. Thanks Mark for ending our trip on a high note.


Aug 8, 2013 – Dave, Anne, Chris & Casey –  Fredon, New Jersey, USA ~ We had a great time – a nice way to spend some hours touring the area.  Mel took us to some cool spots – and set us up with free samples of some yummy treats.  Thanks for an enjoyable day ! Best wishes ( Peggy’s Cove Tour)

Aug 7, 2013 –  Ruby, Gloria & Margie – Timmins, ON & Foxtrap, NL ~ Mel, there’s not enough words to express what A GREAT DAY we had in Peggy’s Cove.  You are Awesome !!! (Peggy’s Cove Tour)

Aug 2013 – Mary, Francis & Roman – Gularambone Australia – AWESOME ! Had the best day !! Thank you Mark

Aug 5, 2013 – Rocco, Nancy, Mary and Lisa – Richmond Hill/Toronto, ON ~ Mel Thank You !! It was awesome. So glad we found you.  We had a spectcular time.  It was meant to be … great memories .. and thanks to Karl !! (Peggy’s Cove Tour)

Aug 2, 2013 – The TO Girls Apoorva, Rebecca, Azin & Nirosha – Toronto, ON ~ We are 4 girls from Ontario.  Booking this tour was the best thing that happened to us in Halifax.  Atlantica Hotel recommended your tours to us and we are extremely happy about that.  Mel (our tour guide and Jeep Wrangler Chauffer!) was phenomenal.  He gave us great company and was extremely friendly.  Overall this tour exceeded our expectations !! Thanks for an amazing tour ! (Peggy’s Cove / Lunenburg Tour)

Aug 2013 Jacques Pciard & Barbara Haering – We appreciate very much that you have been our guide Mark, through a marvelous landscape !

July 31, 2013 – Judy, Glen, Dan & Maureen – Hubley, NS & Oakville, ON ~ Great day, Great weather, Great drinks, Great friends & Wonderful Tour Guide !  Thanks for an Amazing Day Mel.  (Annapolis Valley Tour)

July 28, 2013 – Marvin, Eugene & Karl – Toronto/San Francisco – That was the most amazing tour with Mark. “the guide extraordinaire’ showing us the best sights this city has to offer.  Well worth the excusion with “Open Top Tours”  All the best.  We will see you again Mark!

July 18, 2013 – The Scarbro’s – Hudson, NH, USA ~ Thanks for a Great Tour. (Fishersman’s Cove Tour)

July 18, 2013 – Sue & Steve Schutz; Georgia Stewart – St. Charles, Missouri, USA ~ What a Great Day ! We couldn’t have asked for a better tour ! (Peggy’s Cove Tour)

July 7, 2013 – Scott, Tracy, Matt & Caroline Channell – Hatfield, MA, USA ~ No words can describe how incredible this tour was with all the wonderful staff.  Without a doubt the highlight of our trip.  Mel was the best !  Our group of 12 had a fantastic time. Thank you for the wonderful memories ! See the photos here  (Peggy\s Cove Tour)


July 5, 2013 – Susan & Ira Riemer – Tampa, FL, USA ~ Wonderful Experience ! (Peggy’s Cove Tour)

July 4, 2013 – Anne & Tim Knowles – Sydney, Australia ~ Had a great day for our tour and really enjoyed the sites and Mel’s company.  Much better than a big bus tour. Thanks (Peggy’s Cove Tour)

July 4, 2013 – Henry Miller – San Diego, California, USA ~ Great Tour (Peggy’s Cove Tour)

July 4, 2013 – Beverly Kelly – San Diego, California, USA ~ A great tour and excellent lobster ! (Peggy’s Cove Tour)

June 30, 2013 – Andy McMollan ~ Had a Great Time. Thx (Peggy’s Cove Tour)

June 27, 2013 – Michelle & Don Horchuk, Mornville, Alberta ~ Mel – Thanks so much for a great day of sights, food & your great personality.  What a great way to spend time, sights we never would have seen.  Thanks again – we’ll recommend your tour to all we know. (Annapolis Valley Tour)

June 23, 2013 – Lin & Bob – Manchester, England ~ Really Enjoyed every minute of the tour.  Many Thanks (Peggy’s Cove Tour)

June 22, 2013 – Denise, Marilyn (Monroe), Chan Chan – Calgary, Alberta ~ Mel was the BEST ! Be Our Guest ! We put his service to the test .. tie a napkin round your neck …. Denise, Marilyn (Monroe), Chan Chan (Annapolis Valley Wine Tasting Tour)

June 20, 2013 – Karin & Barnd – Germany ~ Das war eine wunderbare, informations, ride tour einfach Peggy’s Cove. Mel war eine gute, natürliche sehr guter Entertainer, Danke …. Translated to: This was a wonderful, information, tour ride of Peggy’s Cove. Mel was a good, very good natural entertainer, Thanks (Peggy’s Cove Tour)

June 13, 2013 – Eric, Marla, Kyle & Joel Niland – Ellerslie, Maryland USA ~ Awesome Tour ! Best we’ve had EVER !  Thank You ! (Peggy’s Cove Tour)

June 7, 2013 – Dawn & Dave Pierson – Canton, Ohio USA ~ Wonderful trip ! One of the Best Trips we have been on.  (Fisherman’s Cove Tour)


June 6, 2013 – Doug & Val Powey – San Diego, California USA ~ Excellent Tour ! Mel was professional, knowledgeable & friendly.  Loved every minute. (Fisherman’s Cove Tour)

June 5, 2013 – Diane Hart – Toronto, Ontario CANADA ~ Best possible trip to Peggy’s Cove. The whole trip was fantastic & Mel, a great guide and driver. Thanks. (Peggy’s Cove Tour)

June 4, 2013 – Bryan Bozek & Doreen Dubiel – Yorkton, Saskatchewan CANADA ~ Thank you for a very interesting day & most enjoyable trip, with one of the most pleasant & efficient drivers.  We are from Yorkton, SK  (Lunenburg Tour)

June 4, 2013 – Peter Haraska & Muriek Lauf – Yorkton, Saskatchewan CANADA ~ A very good trip & a very polite & pleasant driver. (Lunenburg Tour)

June 3, 2012 – Alesha McElroy – Austin Texas USA ~ Fabulous !!! (Peggy’s Cove Tour)

May 18, 2013 – Stephanie Bertolia & Joseph S’urso – Toronto, Ontario CANADA ~ What an amazing experience, thank you so much ! (Peggy’s Cove Tour)