At Fitz & Follwell we are extremely excited about 2019 as we enter our 11th season of operating our awesome, award-winning guided Montreal tours and bike rentals! We have come a long way since our founder Shea began running bike tours out of his $100-a-month laneway garage.
Fitz & Follwell began with the simple idea that the most fulfilling travel experiences are created by connecting with locals and discovering a new places using eyes & ears. We've always believed that the best way to explore a new city is by bike or on foot.
We are very proud to have gained a solid lasting reputation from consistent 5-star reviews, to international press features, award recognition from the travel industry, and loyal recognition of our brand from our local community here in Montreal.
We are a passionate team of Montreal ambassadors who love our jobs. Every day, we get to meet travellers from around the world and show them our favourite city - Montréal!
Shea's Grandma "Fitz" and Grandpa "Follwell" inspired the company name
Shea grew up in small-town Ontario, Canada riding bikes and playing hockey. He came to Montreal as a student for an education in cultural anthropology and to discover what the whole ‘joie de vivre’ of Quebec was all about. He fell in love with Montreal immediately and got to know it intimately by riding his bike.
Shea got his start in tourism working part-time for a company that planned Bachelor weekend itineraries in Montreal, and also in sales at a luxury villa-rental and trip planning company that is now part of Airbnb.
On a year-long post-university backpacking trip in Europe, Shea took a city bike tour in Munich, and was so enthusiastic about the experience that the tour leader offered him a job guiding on the spot.
Shea then travelled to Melbourne, Australia, where 3 weeks after arriving, he was already guiding bike tours of the city. After 6 months of learning all about bike-tour business operations, Shea headed back to Montreal to start his own company.
In 2009, Shea rented a laneway garage for $100 a month and started his seasonal Montreal tour business with a tiny fleet of 10 bikes. His approach was unconventional – set up outside the tourist core, in a local neighbourhood, and take guests on casual rides off the beaten path, and with an authentic flair. Shea’s rides have always followed the idea that “touring Montreal with Fitz is like riding with your local friend for the day.”
Ten years later Fitz & Follwell has evolved into an award-winning year-round tour company that has provided tens of thousands of customers with unforgettable travel experiences.
Shea brings over 15 years of experience in the travel and tourism industry to Fitz and is proud to celebrate the company’s 11th season in 2019!