Our Team

Join a tour with one of our fabulous tour guides!

Maria Rasouli

Escape Founder and your tour operator

I grew up in a small village in the north of Iran, near the Caspian Sea. My greatest joy was riding my bicycle every day after school with my best fri [...]

Brian Doan

Your Tour Guide!

Riding a bike has been something that Brian has loved to do since his first tricycle. Be it in a Triathlon or just with friends, cycling is one of his [...]

Sparky M. Paquette

Your Tour Guide!

Sparky grew up in Ottawa and, along with her two sisters, spent many happy hours and days riding her bike, exploring the different parts of Ottawa and [...]

Hans Moor

Your Tour Guide!

Since he got his first bicycle as a seven year old, Hans has been using bicycles as a means of transport to school, university and work. Not only does [...]

Nora Balogh

Your Tour Guide!

Nora has lived in Ottawa for more than 35 years and has always had a keen interest in her city, its history and happenings.  Recently retired from t [...]

Lucie Villeneuve

Your Tour Guide!

Lucie grew up in a small francophone farming town east of Ottawa, where she learned to ride a bike on gravel roads. 40 years ago she moved to Ottawa w [...]

Dick Louch

Your Tour Guide!

Dick Louch started riding a bicycle at the age of six and has never stopped.  He grew up exploring the ravines and streets of Toronto by bike, studie [...]

What our guests say about us

  • "Our guide, Maria, was flexible, informative, funny and just delightful in every way. We stopped when we wanted, had lunch in a lovely place ... park area and even got watch some local playing ice hockey as we ate our delicious Italian take-out.  I can't image seeing lovely Ottawa any other way than from the view of a bicycle. I'm so glad we did the tour. Thanks Maria, you made our day special."
    Vesta Kaiserslautern, Germany
  • “I had the pleasure of speaking with Maria before our bike tour and then meeting her. She is energetic and is dedicated to making sure her clients have the best possible experience from choosing the right bike to her wonderful tour guides. Thank you for making our tour of Ottawa a great one.”
    Patricia Ptthedragonfly
  • "My daughter and I took the 2 hour tour while I was visiting her in Ottawa. Our guide Dick was very friendly and being a long time resident of Ottawa knew a lot about the city. We stopped a number of times to take pics and get some history and interesting facts about the area we were biking through. A definite MUST if you have a few hours to spare. I would highly recommend Escape Bicycle Tours."
    Margo, Alberta
  • "Chris really knows his stuff. He knew a lot more than my cousin who lives in Ottawa. He is very friendly and chats to everyone in the group. I will recommend this tour to anyone wishing to see Ottawa.I will definitely come again and this time stay over for a few days and hopefully participate in a longer tour."
    Savzey, London, UK
  • "Very simply review to make. It was perfect in all ways. The equipment (bikes, helmets, panniers) are all in great shape. Maria is delightful and very attentive to her customers needs. Our tour guide was knowledgeable, interested and interesting and really had a passion for his city. The tours are ultimately customizable so never a worry about not hitting the right speed and tempo."
    Marc, BC

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