NOC 6531 – Tour and travel guides



Tour and travel guides escort individuals and groups on trips, on sightseeing tours of cities and on tours of historical sites and establishments such as famous buildings, manufacturing plants, cathedrals and theme parks. They also provide descriptions and background information on interesting features. Tour and travel guides are employed by tour operators, resorts and other establishments or may be self-employed.

Main Duties

Tour guides perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Transport or escort individuals or groups on tours of cities, waterways and industrial and other establishments
  • Describe points of interest, answer questions and supply information
  • Provide historical and cultural facts related to the site
  • May collect admission fees and sell souvenirs.

Travel guides perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Escort individuals and groups on vacation and business trips
  • Ensure that reservations for transportation and accommodations are confirmed and that prepared itineraries are met
  • Visit and describe points of interest and plan and carry out recreational activities
  • Resolve problems with itineraries, service and accommodations.

Employment Requirements

  • On-the-job training is provided.
  • Knowledge of both official languages or an additional language may be required for some positions in this group.

All Titles

  • adventure travel site interpreter
  • bicycle tour guide
  • boat tour guide
  • bus tour guide
  • calèche driver
  • calèche operator
  • escort, tour
  • escort, travel
  • establishment guide
  • factory tour guide
  • guide, establishment
  • guide, horse-drawn vehicle sightseeing tours
  • guide, sightseeing
  • guide, travel
  • horse-drawn vehicle sightseeing tour guide
  • host/hostess, ski resorthost, ski resort, hostess, ski resort, ski resort host, ski resort hostess
  • industrial site interpreter
  • interpreter, adventure site
  • interpreter, industrial site
  • local tour guide
  • mine guide
  • plant tour guide
  • sightseeing guide
  • sightseeing tour guide, horse-drawn vehicles
  • site interpreter, adventure travel
  • ski resort host/hostess
  • tour director
  • tour escort
  • tour guide
  • tourist guide
  • travel escort
  • travel guide
  • walking tour guide


  • Museum guides and historical and heritage interpreters (See 5212 Technical occupations related to museums and art galleries)
  • Outdoor sport and recreational guides (6532)
  • Tour operators (See 0651 Managers in customer and personal services, n.e.c.)


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