Our Story

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The Good Food Tour is a culinary experience company that was started in the spring of 2017. After discovering and enjoying food tours in several large North American cities we realized that we are privileged to live in a small town that has a vibrant culinary scene along with a unique history that would make for an amazing experience. A food tour is an exciting and unique way to explore a neighbourhood, or in our case a small town.

When you take one of our walking tours you'll be immersed in our history, architecture and art while experiencing some of the best food and drink in the entire Ottawa region. We get visitors from all over; locals who want to rediscover their home town, day-trippers from the Ottawa Region looking to get out of the city, and even a few international travellers! 

After a very successful first year in Almonte, The Good Food Tour expanded to Carleton Place which is another historic mill town on the beautiful Mississippi River. We're grateful to have been nominated for an award this year in the Best New Company category by Ottawa Tourism and have received the Entrepreneur of the Year award from our local chamber of commerce. We hope you'll come on one of our tours and see the town through this distinct experience.

The Mission

We have a passion for good food and for where we live, with its natural beauty of the river, the town’s architecture and rich history. But what makes our towns really special are the connections made with the friendly people who are proud of their towns and with the entrepreneurs who run the vibrant businesses here. Our mission is to offer you a meaningful premium experience where you can connect and discover through good food.

The Good Food Tour also feels strongly that no one in our community should go hungry so we have chosen the Lanark County Food Bank as our charity of choice.


Your guide, Cathy

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I’ve been a self-described foodie all my life, taking cooking classes, volunteering as a Community Food Advisor for 10 years, and exploring different foods on many travel experiences and while living in Europe. We’ve been living in Almonte for fifteen years now and have raised our children here.

Being a highly social person I just love meeting new people and hearing their stories. What better way than a food tour to share my love for small towns, the people who live and work in them, and all things food-related!
— Cathy Reside, Founder, Tour Guide, and Chief Tasting Officer


Our great partners!

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Small town charm, big time taste! 

We've assembled an amazing cast of local food aficionados who create award-winning chocolate, world-class coffee, amazing craft beer and unique dishes at locations from French bistros to eclectic cafes.


How To Find Us


The Good Food Tour – The Best Way to Experience Two Fascinating Small Towns!


Just minutes away from the Ottawa scene, Almonte and Carleton Place are easy-going, friendly towns on the Mississippi River west of Canada’s capital, Ottawa. They are both historic mill towns that were founded by innovators of their day. Today they are seeing a renaissance as amazing places to visit and live. They offer natural beauty, interesting artists and entrepreneurs, museums, shopping and fabulous food. 

TGFT gratefully acknowledges assistance from

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