Let The Locals Be Your Guide!

Meet Our Guides!

Our tour guides are all local experts with plenty of knowledge about Newfoundland & Labrador. We know that this can make a real difference to your tour experience. A guide who knows his stuff can make your trip memorable. Meet our guides here.

Mike Edmunds

Mike has worked as a former educator for 31 years in the school system of Newfoundland and Labrador where he spent the first 5 years as a Teacher and the remaining 26 as an Administrator/Teacher. Mike was born in the town of Dunville or better known as  “Around DA Bay”. He taught school on the Southern Shore better known as the Irish Capital of Newfoundland and referred to by locals as“ DA SHORE”. Mike and his wife live in the city of St. John’s where they chose to raise their 5 children. This combination of years and experiences have all helped to certify him as a true local guy who now lives as a Townie but loves the spirit of the Bayman.
Come along with Mike and feel the love of his people and the passion for his province. This becomes clearly evident in his stories, anecdotes, music and expressions which he weaves into his tour. No doubt you will be awed by the speed and the dialect of his local language but more importantly you may even leave his province feeling a sense of having become partially bilingual. At the end of the tour you will leave with a feeling of wanting to return to this unique part of Canada to finish up what Mike has started. Or in the words of Mike himself “Come back for another SHOCKIN’ GOOD TIME”.


Peter Laracy

Peter spent 31 wonderful years as an professional educator in a variety of schools on the Avalon Peninsula, serving as a classroom teacher, a social studies consultant and an elementary school administrator. In addition he served, for 2 years, as school principal in Igluligarjuk, Nunavut.

His keen interest in the history and culture heritage of Newfoundland and Labrador resulted in him immersing himself in the Cupids 400 celebrations which took place in his hometown in 2010. His hometown, Cupids, was established in 1610 and bills itself as "The Birthplace of English Canada." If you ask him why, be prepared for a longgggg answer.
He plays hockey in an adult recreational league, is a loyal Montreal Canadiens hockey fan, rides a Gold Wing, is a novice accordion player, as well as, an enthusiastic participant in traditional Newfoundland dances such as the lancers.

Consider, if you wish, the fun you'll have together when joining him on the dance floor to "thread the needle"... when a traditional tune is played. When called upon, he has been known to do a recitation, play a tune, sing a song or tell a story, ....or two or three or more.
Peter grew up in a household at a time when storytelling in the kitchen was part of the evening routine - an endearing exchange of give and take - a place where one learned to both "take the floor" and be "quiet as a mouse" for fear of being banished from the storytelling session. While he loves to spin a personal yarn.... ask him to tell you how his father, a "Labrador" fisherman with Irish roots, met and married his mother, who was born and raised in Quebec... he is also an avid listener, and loves to provide opportunities for guests to become engaged by sharing the stories/anecdotes/songs/poems they carry with them.

His pride in this place we call "home" and in "the people who live here" will become both evident and contagious and - if you play your cards right, before journeys end - you may even be invited to become an honorary Newfoundlander yourself.


Francis Corrigan

Francis was born and raised in Trepassey, NL. Growing up, he developed a love for the history and culture of the province and saw teaching as the way to pass on this passion. He did just that after graduating Memorial University. Francis spent 30 years as a teacher/administrator until he retired in 1997.
As an outdoor enthusiast Francis served several years as a member of The Canadian Rangers and the Southern Shore Search and Rescue Team. Since retirement he has also worked as guide for Big Game hunters in Central Newfoundland.
Voluntering was always important as indicated by 35 years as a member of the Trepassey Volunteer Fire Department, eight years as a Trepassey Town Councillor (4 as Deputy Mayor), a founding member and Grand Knight of the Trepassey Knights of Columbus. Francis also served as Chair of the Festival of the Sea Flotila in Trepassey for the John Cabot celebrations and has been an active member of the Trepassey Drama Troupe for many years especially as it pertains to local and cultural traditions (i.e. St. Patrick Day). In addition makes monthly visits to entertain those in Personnel Care Homes. His hobbies include playing guitar, gardening, fly tying, hunting & fishing, drama, and reading.
Francis loves meeting people, and looks forward to every opportunity to showcase Newfoundland & Labrador! 


Bill Brophy

William (Bill) Brophy has been a tour guide with McCarthy’s Party since 2002. His love of Newfoundland and Labrador is evident in his great story-telling and humour, as well as his knowledge of the province’s history, heritage and music. His passion to share our province is his primary goal during the tourism season.
Bill was an educator in the school system in Newfoundland for 30 years and also coached cross-country running and basketball. He continues to referee basketball to this day and is a member of the Newfoundland Basketball Hall of Fame! Bill volunteers in church activities, sports leagues and supports many charities in their fund raising efforts.
McCarthy’s Party has been an ambassador for Newfoundland and Labrador and continues to promote the whole province through North American advertising. Tourists have come from all over the continent and have enjoyed the coasts, tides and times of Newfoundland and Labrador.


Joe Wiseman

Joe grew up in and is currently living in Fortune Harbour, a small and scenic community on NL’s northeast coast. Following graduation from the Memorial University of Newfoundland, he worked as both teacher and school administrator. Since retirement as an educator, he has worked in the tourism industry as a boat tour operator and big game guide. As well he has been involved in both  aquaculture and construction. He is an avid outdoorsman with a host of fun and fitness activities for each season.
Joe is also a musician who sings, plays guitar and accordion and delights in sharing his province’s culture through song and story. His tour will leave you with a passionate, informative and humorous perspective on Newfoundland Labrador both past and present.


Carl Hutton

Carl is a fascinating character who grew up with the McCarthy boys, learning much about the family business along the way. Carl is a member of the famous ‘Hutton’s Music’ family and has coined a song about his first island wide tour with Andrew. A fun tribute to Newfoundland and his new-found passion for the tourism industry.
Carl has a comedic mind, seeing humour in almost every situation. He is a fun-loving gentleman who exhibits an intuitive understanding of a client’s needs. A skilled driver and great conversationalist, every run with Carl is an enjoyable experience.


Linda Budgell

Linda is Department Head of English at Holy Trinity High School in the beautiful town of Torbay – a small scenic community on the outskirts of the capital city, St. John’s. The view from her classroom includes the cliffs of Tappers Cove and the magnificent Atlantic Ocean. Around spring time, wanderlust begins for Linda and her summer travel plans become her passion as she wraps up another school year and trades teaching for touring.
Linda grew up in the central NL town of Grand Falls, but has made St. John’s her home since arriving in “town” over thirty years ago to study education. Her appreciation and love of NL’s rural and urban life styles is what Linda brings to her tours as well as her keen interest in NL history, music, literature and culture.
As she travels to her favourite places on her summer tours, Linda proudly shows off her unique island home with warmth and enthusiasm! 


Larry Hann

Larry was born and grew up in Cape Freels, a rural fishing community in out port Newfoundland. Today, he lives in St. John’s and has a great love for Newfoundland and Labrador’s history and culture. He can tell you a number of stories, not only about St. John’s, but also about many other small communities in the province. Growing up in Cape Freels, Larry learned Newfoundland traditions first hand and developed a love for nature. He also knows a great deal about the cod fishery, which has made Newfoundland and Labrador famous throughout the years.
If you want to hear a true Newfoundland dialect, come along with Larry, and you will learn about our beautiful island from a true local!


Dana Burridge 

Dana meets very interesting people!
On a future tour, you will be the next very interesting person added to his brag book. He is looking forward to sharing this beautiful former country with you.
As a social studies teacher, his history students were convinced that he was present when Native peoples covered North America, when the American Revolution took place, when Canada was formed, and when his Grandfather, as a young boy fell overboard from his father’s fishing boat. (Maybe he was!)
Share a tour of Newfoundland and Labrador with him and you will learn that when blueberries are red, they are actually green! We have fossilized remains of growing rocks! Labrador has shorelines that once were tropical! The island of Newfoundland is a fusion of North America, Europe and Africa!
Our beauty, history and lore will satisfy a yearning that will make you wonder why you waited so long!


Jim McCarthy

Jim has been an active member of Newfoundland’s tourism community for 35 years – helping his wife Regina commence with the start up of McCarthy’s Party Tours in 1982.
Born in Northern Bay, Newfoundland, he attended university at St. Dunstan’s (PEI) and Memorial (NL) where he earned bachelors’ degrees in economics and history. Jim taught high school in St. John’s for 30 years and spent summer breaks traveling throughout Newfoundland and Labrador with his young family while he worked as a paving inspector. His intimate knowledge of the province helped the family develop McCarthy’s signature tour packages and his teaching experience set the standard of respect and consideration we provide for all our guests. As Jim always says – “If you’re going to be in the hospitality industry you’d best be hospitable!”
Jim has participated in many aspects of Newfoundland’s tourism industry and is especially proud of his wife and four sons, all of whom grew up working in the family business. Jim is very well known throughout Newfoundland’s tourism community where he has developed many wonderful friendships with most all our business partners.
Jim remains very active in the family business where he takes a very personal role in training new escorts and still guides several trips himself.


Regina McCarthy

Regina founded McCarthy’s Party Tours in 1982 and as her husband Jim often suggests, “Back in those days your Mother was actually making up tourism; convincing locals to open their homes to feed her guests, rallying communities to prepare craft displays and interesting activities, and seeking out the most colourful characters to help entertain them.”
Though she has passed control of the company to her son Mark, she is still involved in her favourite part of the business, guiding speciality groups who most appreciate her in-depth knowledge of Newfoundland’s botany, quilting and music. You might say Regina is semi-retired these days, but her schedule suggests otherwise for she is constantly on the move; dedicating an inordinate amount of time to her 13 grandchildren, women’s groups and her quilting guild.
Regina is a true Newfoundlander who loves her province and the wonderful life she’s carved from this island in the middle of the North Atlantic. A true Tourism pioneer, she remains the industry’s greatest ambassador, constantly touting the virtues of her home and native land.


Angus Noseworthy

Angus was born and lived in St. John's all his life. As Newfoundlanders & Labradorians would say - He's a Townie. His career was with the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary the oldest police force in North America.
He studied at Memorial University, Canadian Police College, Courses through the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation. He was certified by the Federal Government as a fingerprint examiner and expert and retired with a rank of Lieutenant. After retirement he was manager of security with he Health Care Corporation. He loves music and plays several instruments. He has volunteered many hours entertaining residents of various seniors homes, hospitals and really enjoys a good kitchen party. He also volunteered with the Canadian Red Cross as a swimming instructor and member of the Newfoundland Water Safety Committee. Angus is proud of his province and looks forward to the opportunity to show case this beautiful land and it's people. Join him and experience a tour you won't soon forget. Remember in Newfoundland there are no strangers just friends you haven't met.


Bill Mercer

Bill was born and raised in Upper Island Cove, Conception Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador. He graduated from Memorial University with a Masters in Educational Administration and spent 30 years as a teacher/administrator in various schools in Trinity and Conception Bays. He moved to Bay Roberts in 1973 where he and his wife Marguerite raised their family.
As well as teaching, Bill has been owner and co-owner of a number of businesses in the Bay Roberts area. He enjoys sports, music and the outdoors and has coached a number of sports at both the local and provincial levels. He currently enjoys golfing, playing music, and spending time in the country on his quad with his friends. Bill and his wife are avid travellers and have travelled extensively in Europe, Asia, North America and the Caribbean.
He is looking forward to working as a guide with McCarthy’s Party and feels that his experiences will be an asset to that role.


Madonna Luby 

Madonna considers herself to be a "bay girl," who is very proud to have lived in a small and beautiful community called Tors Cove, which can be found on "The Grand Ole Southern Shore." She is fortunate to still live in this scenic community with an ocean view and to have two wonderful children. 
Growing up in a fishing community ignited her love of history and environment. Her family's fifty year old construction business also connected her to land and buildings from St. John's to Rocky Harbour and many communities in between. Madonna has enjoyed her life as a teacher for the past twenty-five years. She has completed degrees in Education, Special Education, and a Masters Degree in Learning. As a lover of learning, she has devoted half of her career to teaching senior high students from grades ten to twelve, and the other half teaching junior high students from grades seven to nine. She has coached many basketball, soccer, and softball teams over the years. As a teacher chaperone, she has supervised countless student clubs and organizations with an emphasis on promotion of human rights among youth. She also takes pleasure in her daily interactions with students, parents, colleagues, and members of the community. As a school and community volunteer, she has participated as a member and/or chair of numerous committees and functions. Madonna likes to make the best of every day and always enjoys family, friends, and music on a daily basis.


Rex Hillier

Rex is a retired educator, having spent 34 years working with high school students in St. John’s. He has served as a Councillor in the Town of Conception Bay South and as a Member of our Provincial House of Assembly. Rex has spent a lifetime promoting sport and fitness among young people. He still puts his time coaching right up there with his love for telling people about Newfoundland Labrador.
Three other things you need to know about Rex. He was born in a tiny, isolated community on NL’s south coast but grew up in suburban St. John’s. As a former teacher, he has a background in social studies, specifically Geography and History. He has spent most of his vacations exploring his own province.
It is the combination of these last three facts that provides the passion which Rex brings to his tours. By combining this passion with music, stories and his own experiences, Rex delivers a tour that will leave you emotionally connected to his beautiful province.


David Dawe

Dave currently lives in the picturesque town of Bay Roberts, in beautiful Conception Bay., where he is a member of the local Heritage Advisory Board. He is an educator with the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District, and has taught in a number of small fishing communities throughout the province. He is also the author of numerous magazine articles, as well as Riots and Religion in Newfoundland, a book that delves into our early sectarian conflicts. His experience, along with his passion for Newfoundland history, provides him with a unique insight to our province’s past and its culture. He plans to make tour guiding his second career after retiring from the education profession, and also to continue researching and writing more books on Newfoundland history.


Darrell Yetman

Darrell Yetman is a retired elementary school teacher who grew up “around the bay” in the town of Bay Roberts. After a few years of living and working in Toronto during the 1960s he answered that powerful call that every Newfoundlander hears when living away from home – to return to ‘Mother Newfoundland’. Several years later, while working with a local TV station as a Commercial Artist, he decided to enter Memorial University and become a teacher. 
Since retiring from a 28-year teaching career, Darrell has also worked full-time as Prostate Cancer Support Coordinator and Education Coordinator with the NL Division of the Canadian Cancer Society. Today Darrell lives with his wife, Patti, and their dog, Buddy, about an hour and a half outside of St. John's in the small town of Whiteway on the shore of Trinity Bay. He enjoys a number of hobbies including painting, gardening, woodworking, and playing guitar. 
Darrell loves traveling and meeting people, and most of all enjoys showing visitors around his beautiful home province. Along the way, he would love to share a few Newfoundland songs and recitations, and will send you back home with a greater understanding of many of the things that make this place so special. 


Steve Gosse

Stephen is a Gosse from Tarbay (Torbay), a growing community just outside of St. John’s. As a young boy he would do a poor job of cutting cod tongues out of a codfish in Tapper’s Cove. Just ask him.
Stephen recently retired as the Department Head of English at a local high school in St. John’s where he taught for 28 years. His first teaching position was ‘overseas’ on Bell Island, a 20-minute ferry ride from St. John’s. Stephen also taught Theatre Arts and has been involved with several theatre companies over the years including The Spirit of Newfoundland, Atlantic Light and The St. John’s Players.
Since his retirement last year, Stephen has enjoyed being a part of the McCarthy family and ‘performing’ on McCarthy’s Party busses. Stephen takes great pride in showing his ‘audiences’ all that this beautiful island of Newfoundland and Labrador has to offer.
Stephen can carry a tune and is known to break out in song whenever the spirit moves him. If you are good, you might just might learn a tune yourself from Stephen as you take in the wonder that is Newfoundland and Labrador.


John Warren

I was born and reared on Northern Point, Heart's Content, the grandson of a Labrador fishing schooner and son of the lightkeeper in that fair town.  I grew up "in the beach" and became a fixture on the fishing wharves  fishing with a bamboo pole or "tomcodding" as we called it.  Being born into the inshore fishing culture it became part of my identity including its songs, stories, beliefs, humour, and mischief.  While sixteen years of age I spent the summer codfishing with an old neighbour.  I graduated from high school and attended vocational school in Carbonear learning about bookkeeping and eventually discovered that it wasn't for me.  During the summer months I worked in a fish plant.  After vocational school I attended Memorial University in St. John's studying to be a teacher where I received Bachelor of Education and Bachelor of Arts degrees after which I taught in Newfoundland for 31 years.  After retiring in 2004, I decided to return to Memorial and graduated in 2009 with a master's degree in folklore.  I spent 2 years in northern Manitoba where I briefly taught and later worked in a Home Hardware lumber yard.  
I have appeared as a performer on a national segment of a local show "All Around the Circle" and recently did an online ad for Newfoundland tourism on place names of Newfoundland.My time now is spent volunteering in Heart's Content where I have lived most of my life and playing guitar or banjo in a local folk/rock band as well as solo performances at coffee house events, special church services, or art functions as a balladeer.  I am currently president of the Mizzen Heritage Society of Heart's Content and active in helping to manage the new regional centre for the arts there and in promoting tourism.  
My hobbies range from folk music, rock music, storytelling, hunting, fishing and travelling.  I have travelled with my wife of 44 years to America, Europe, the Carribean, across Canada and all around Newfoundland and Labrador.  My love for Newfoundland and Labrador is second only to my love for my family.
D'ere she is, b'y.


Andrew McCarthy

Andrew McCarthy is the oldest of the McCarthy boys and an original member of the McCarthy’s Party cast. Andrew recently returned from Vancouver via Humber Valley where he lived for 20 years before returning to St. John’s to resume work with the family business. Andrew is a passionate Newfoundlander who takes great joy from his guests and the opportunity to introduce them to all aspects of Newfoundland – from politics to history, botany to wildlife, arts, culture, interesting characters, food, and lots of fun. He is also an avid reader of anything related to Newfoundland. Andrew moonlights as a commercial fisherman in the offseason and is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys hunting, fishing, and life in Newfoundland’s great outdoors.


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