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Meet the team – Steve Stenman!

Hi everyone!

My name is Steve Stenman, and I am thrilled to be a tour director for Maple Leaf Tours! I am currently in my 7th year in the role, and I have loved visiting both new and familiar places and getting to know all my amazing clients. No matter where we travel there is a Maple Leaf maxim that we always share on any tour; we may depart as strangers, but we return as friends! And in my experience, this has always proven to be true!

I was born, raised, and educated in Montreal in the west end community of Notre Dame de Grace. Enrolled in the French immersion program of our English School Board, (PSBGM), and learning a second language from teachers who came from all parts of Quebec and France, my lifelong interest in travel was piqued as I learned about life in far away French speaking places. My first time away from home for an extended period came when I was in grade 7 and spent four weeks billeted with a family in Jonquiere in the Saguenay region of the province where I certainly learned about travel, not to mention a lot of French!

In high school I travelled on a two-week school trip to Paris and London. I have vivid memories of taking a double decker bus to a camera shop in London to get my camera fixed, much to the displeasure of the chaperones to whom I’d neglected to mention my plans. I did get the camera repaired however! Travel and adventure are often synonymous!

After high school and CEGEP, I attended Concordia University where I studied psychology and liberal arts, then McGill University where I graduated in education and became a teacher. My first two years of teaching were 1850 km north of Montreal in the Inuit village of Salluit where I taught English as a second language to Inuit students. This was a “fly in” community serviced only by a yearly ship and by a weekly plane. Due to bad weather, our tiny sea otter couldn’t land in the village, so that year’s crop of new teachers was left 15 miles upriver from Salluit where we were rescued by sea kayak and brought to our new home in the middle of the night. I know it was still in Quebec, but that first night felt like we had arrived on Mars!

After two years working in the North, I moved to Kingston where my future wife had started working and was successful in finding a teaching position. I taught elementary school for 31 years with the Limestone District School Board, (formally known as the Frontenac Board of Education), as a classroom teacher and then later a music teacher. Since 1987 my wife and I have lived in Kingston, Sydenham, and then Inverary where we raised our two now grownup sons.

Throughout my life I have always loved to travel. While our boys were growing up, we took many family trips together, (Vancouver, San Francisco, and Florida are prominent in my memory), as well as Newfoundland, Arizona, and Mexico as empty nesters! I have also re-visited western Europe twice, once as new graduate backpacking and riding the trains with a Eurail pass, and then again in 1991 before we had our children, driving the highways of France, Germany, and Italy, (I remember having to drive at 150 km/hr just to keep up in the slow lanes!)

So, since retirement, working as a tour director at Maple Leaf Tours has been a wonderful experience and feels like a “natural fit”. I have greatly enjoyed visiting many parts of the U.S. and Canada, (my most recent extended tour being a visit to Nashville and the Grand Ole Opry – my sixth time!). This past summer I loved leading both a tour to beautiful PEI and Cape Breton Island for the fantastic “Celtic Colours Festival”.

As I always say when introducing myself to new clients on any tour, my job as a tour director at Maple Leaf Tours is to help my clients have the most enjoyable and memorable experience possible; something I take both pride and pleasure in doing!



A new addition to our Team in 2022…TIFFANY MOUNTENAY!

I was born and raised in Kingston and continue to live, work, and play in this area. As a young girl, I dreamed of becoming either a teacher, a hair stylist, or a flight attendant. After many years of forcing my three younger siblings to be my students at the school I set up in the basement of our home, I chose the teacher option. I attended Trent University in Peterborough, taking courses in the Trent-Queen’s concurrent teacher education program.

After graduating with a Bachelor of Education degree, I started a teaching career with the former Lennox and Addington County Board of Education. After 11 years of teaching students from Kindergarten to Grade 8 and working with students with special education needs, I moved into the role of Vice Principal at Westdale Park Public School in Napanee. For the past 16 years, I’ve been a principal at a variety of elementary schools in the Limestone District School Board; Loughborough P.S., Odessa P.S., Southview P.S and Amherstview P.S. I thoroughly enjoyed working with the students, staff, and families in each community and will take so many wonderful memories with me into retirement!

I married my husband Mike, the boy next door, almost 30 years ago, we enjoy spending time with family and friends, spoiling their 10 nieces and nephews, and being active outdoors. Recently we purchased e-bikes and have logged many kilometres on trails throughout Ontario and Quebec!

Although I didn’t become a hair stylist, I did have lots of opportunity to cut my brothers’ hair when they were in cadets and somehow became Mike’s personal stylist when barber shops were closed during the pandemic.

I love to travel and my friends often call her “Julie”, in reference to the cruise director on the hit TV show The Love Boat, as I am usually the person that arranges all of the details for group trips. Over the years, I have travelled to the east and west coasts of Canada, various places in the Caribbean (my favourite being Grand Cayman), several places in Europe on both river and ocean cruises, and California to visit family. Mike and myself also completed a long-stay in Portugal where we were able to live like locals and explore many wonderful spots in different parts of the country.

In the summer of 2022, I started working as a Tour Director with Maple Leaf Tours. I have had the great pleasure of accompanying tour groups to a variety of places including the theatre in Toronto and Ottawa, New York City, Agawa Canyon, Manitoulin Island, and Toronto Blue Jays games. My goal is to ensure that everyone on a tour has a memorable experience, AND… I get to practice my flight attendant skills as I interact with guests along the way – another childhood dream fulfilled!

I’ve met so many wonderful people on each tour and look forward to many more exciting adventures with Maple Leaf!

“The best things in life are the people we love, the places we’ve been, and the memories we’ve made along the way.” ~ Anonymous


Growing up on a small family farm in the Ottawa Valley gave me plenty of opportunity to dream about travelling and seeing the world. Whether I was driving the tractor or working in the fields, my imagination would run wild with exotic and fascinating destinations. It wasn’t until I was in high school that I had my first experience to travel with a student tour group to Italy. Exploring the amazing sites in Rome, Sorento, Florence and Naples made me realize that there were many great adventures awaiting for me in the future. High school also gave me the opportunity to tour beautiful Nova Scotia on a Senior Band tour.

After high school, I attended Carleton University where I obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree with a Major in Geography and from Carleton, I moved on to Queen’s University where I completed my Bachelor of Education degree. I would be several years later that I would take the plunge and achieve a Master’s in Education.

I began my teacher career with the former Frontenac County Board of Education working with students with special needs. After a few years, I taught mainly junior grades in the elementary system. After 15 years in the classroom, I moved into the role of administration and was the Principal of Holsgrove, Collins Bay, Frontenac, and Odessa Public Schools. For the last 6 years of my career, I worked as the Supervising Principal of Human Resources for the Limestone District School Board.

Travel has always been an important part of my life with trips to England, the United States, Mexico and most of the Caribbean. Immediately after retirement I set out on a three-week tour of the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Czech Republic, Austria and France. It was an amazing experience meeting so many wonderful people and seeing numerous historical and beautiful sites. One of the many that was etched in my mind is standing in front of the Vimy Memorial on a bright and sunny October morning. It was a mixture of emotions from pride to sadness to how fortunate we are as Canadians.

It has been approximately 8 years now since I began my new career as a Tour Director with Maple Leaf Tours. Over that time, I have had the pleasure of meeting so many wonderful people and visiting so many interesting places. In the Fall of 2022, I was fortunate to lead the Maple Leaf Tour on the Rocky Mountaineer. Every moment of this tour was a Wow! Riding up the gondola in Banff and standing at the top of Sulphur Mountain can only showcase how small and insignificant you are in the grand scheme of things. I always say to clients that while there are so many wonderful places in the world, we only need to look in our own back door. Canada has so much to offer with majestic sites and rich history. It is yours to discover.

I always enjoy seeing familiar faces on the tours which I lead. My goal on each tour is to ensure that each person comes away with memories that will last a life time.

Tulip Time in Holland, Michigan

If you’re looking for a beautiful, fun and cultural tour for your next
adventure, there is no better destination than the Tulip Time Festival in Holland, Michigan. Located along the coast of Lake Michigan, Holland has a rich history and heritage to share with its visitors. The festival began in 1929 to beautify the City with tulips. Today we celebrate our Dutch heritage with three parades, Dutch Dancers, national and regional entertainment, dinner shows, a Dutch market, fireworks, and the stars of the show: millions of tulips!