My Story

Personal Side Of Linda

  • I spent my first year of life on the Chiquita Banana Plantation in Costa Rica while my father dug for pre-columbian pottery.
  • My first pet was a sloth named George. He accompanied us to Niagara Falls,where I have made my home every since.
  • I have four beautiful adult children and two teenage grandchildren. Three of them are vegans. They didn't get that from me.
  • My grandpa was a beekeeper and insect photographer. I grew up with a deep gratitude for nature. I still collect dead bugs.
  • I grew up so close to the Falls that if the wind was blowing just right, it would mist our grass.
  • I still live by the water and love the old stories and history.
  • I sign and act and play the piano. Lately most of my singing takes place in the shower.
  • Niagara is a magical place for me.
  • I love road trips of all kinds and never shy from a new adventure.
  • My grandpa used to say "There's always two ways to get to the postoffice". The meaning is broad but I use it whenever I get the chance.
  • My dad always says "Be thankful in ALL things". I try my very best.
  • My mom always says "Failing to plan is planning to fail". She's right.
  • I stretch my old bones to 70's rollerskating music at night.
  • When I was young, I wanted to marry either the Professor from Gilligan's Island or George Burns.
  • I enjoy meeting new people.
  • I enjoy eating just about anything and if I don't, I disguise the flavour with lime. I have a thing for lime.
  • I never tire of the beauty and diversity of Niagara...from wineries to the roar of the Falls to cheesy haunted houses on Clifton Hill....it has been a great adventure living here.

Professional Side Of Linda

  • Certified Wedding Officiant
  • Tour Guide/Escort for visitors from all over the world.
  • Owner of Niagara Ghost Walks, where I love to combine history with the lore.
  • Published writer and editor
  • Public speaker
  • Professional actor (I prefer improv and musicals)
  • Graduate and Faculty Award Recipient in Social Service Worker Program (Niagara College) , studied philosophy (Brock University), Business Education Certificate (Niagara College)
  • Licensed tour guide. I guided my first tour 40 years ago. It never gets old.
  • Recipient of Trip Advisor Excellence Award for my evening tour (Niagara Ghost Walks).
  • Previously, I was an employment counsellor, running the group workshops and working in individual counselling.
  • Administrative social work and proposal writing as Director of the Anti-Poverty Coalition.
  • Tour guiding tends to be seasonal and in my off seasons, I have had some interesting jobs. My daughter thinks I should write a book about that.
  • Some of my more memorable gigs have included:
    • Singing telegraphs
    • Being the CashMoney kangaroo mascot..driving business by hopping about on the sidewalk of the busiest street in Niagara Falls during a wind storm
    • Posing as a live model for a college art classes. I was Laura Secord and held a tea cup raised in my hand for hours. Staying still was a challenge.
    • Dressing in period costume and reciting Charles Dicken's 'A Christmas Carol' in a fake British accent for the annual Christmas party at a British tea room/restaurant. I got to judge the fascinator contest as well.
    • Running a game in an escape room. This was just plain fun but there's more to the job that meets the eye.
    • Running haunted adult sleepover parties in creepy old buildings
    • Working at an international youth hostel
    • Keeping the crowd entertained in the middle of the night on boxing day, as they camped out waiting for Best Buy to open
    • A mock jurist
    • Acted for Mystery on the Lake who created comedica mystery walking tours. It was improv and I was cast as a nonsensical old crazy lady that talked in rhymes and a batty fortune teller that was terrible at her job. What fun!
    • Census Enumerator
    • Humour Columnist published in the Buffalo Evening News
    • Gas station attendant
    • Bingo runner
    • Paper girl

Passionate Side Of Linda

  • I am passionate about meeting people and enjoy the opportunity to indulge that passion through my work
  • I am passionate about all things Niagara and I love being a Canadian
  • I am passionate about my interesting, creative and quirky family. Individually and collectively, they bring so much to my life. I am blessed.
  • I love my oddball collection of acquaintances and special friends.
  • I never tire of laughter and I love to smile. Humour and whimsy has helped me change the way I have felt through tough times and made the good times ever better. Like Grandpa said, "There are two ways to get to the post office"