CANADA in the WILD
Itinerary for September 17, 2016
Discover Toronto and Niagara Falls
Detailed Itinerary - 2017
Here is your itinerary:
8:00 am Meet us at 90 University Private, Ottawa, K1N 6N5. This is a residence building on the University of Ottawa campus [See our map below]. The Ottawa Residences Building is right in front of a big parking lot where our bus will pick us up. Here you will have a chance to gather and get to know your fellow travellers before we set out.
8:15 am The bus departs at 8:15 am sharp. Don’t be late, we will not be able to wait for you and we do not want you to miss this awesome trip.
1:00 pm Arrive to Downtown Toronto. The bus will drop us off right beside the CN Tower, Toronto's most iconic building. From here we will start our walking tour. Make sure you bring your water bottle and good walking shoes as we will be discovering the city by foot.
1:15 pm Your guided group walk of Downtown Toronto begins. This amazing walk will last approximately 2 to 3 hours and we will check out most of Toronto's coolest districts. You will discover: Yonge street, the Eaton Center, Nathan Phillip Square (Great group photo here!), the entertainment district, financial district, fashion district, Chinatown, and the bustling streets in between.
4:00 -6:00 pm At this time we suggest taking a break from all the walking. Grab a coffee or a lemonade from the many cafes in the city and put your feet to rest. Alternatively, you can go with one of our guides and visit certain Toronto attractions: CN Tower, Ripley's Aquarium or any of the many museums.
Check our "Places of Interest in Toronto" section below to familiarize yourself with the city and the many interesting things to do.
6:00 - 8:00 pm We meet again at 6 pm and we will go for dinner.
8:00 pm Board the bus and we will head towards our hotel for a well deserved rest. We will be staying at the Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriot. This hotel has a heated swimming pool, hot tub, a gym and a bar-restaurant. Spend some time on your own and enjoy the evening.
7:00 am- 9:00 am Our hotel comes with a full hot breakfast buffet. Come and enjoy it from 7 am to 9 am.
10:00 am At this time we will check out of our hotel and head to downtown Toronto again. This time we will be dropped off at the Ferry Terminal for a cruise to the amazing Toronto Islands (not included in the price of tour) The cost of this boat is approximately $7.50 for a return trip (both ways). The Toronto Islands are a wonderful place where Torontonians go to escape the craziness of the city. There are beaches, nature and lovely tiny car-free town.
12:00 Let's get the boat back and check out Old Toronto. Here you will see the Cathedral, St Lawrence market (where you can grab some lunch) and we'll walk around King street and surrounding areas.
1:00 pm Hop on the bus once again and let's go to Niagara Falls. We will make a stop on the way on a beautiful and secret destination.
5:30 pm Arrive to Niagara Falls. We will check in to our hotel. This time we will be staying at CJS Inn a nice and typical north american motel. The motel is within walking distances of all attractions the city has to offer. We will take a break, refresh and get ready to head out again.
7:00 pm Let's go out and discover the town of Niagara Falls. We will start by going to a restaurant and having dinner.
8:30 pm After having some food we will explore the center of the city: Clifton Hill. This street is full of attractions that can be visited. Take your time and wonder around. There are horror houses, bowling alleys, a Dinosaur themed mini golf park, a ferry's wheel and many many other awesome destinations.
10:00 pm The Falls are illuminated at night, but only as of 10 PM. Make sure you check them out before returning to the hotel at your own pace.
Check our "Places of Interest in Niagara" section below to familiarize yourself with the city and the many interesting things to do.
7:00 am- 10:00 am Our hotel does not have breakfast included. However there is a cheap place nearby where for $6.99 you can eat as much food as you want. The price does not include drinks, which are priced separately.
11.00 am Check out of the hotel, put your bags in the bus and let's head to the falls. Here we'll board the 'Hornblower' boat cruise for a unique experience. The boat gets so close to the falls that you think it might actually go IN THEM.
11.30 am - 1:00 pm Get some free time to explore Niagara Falls on your own or take advantage of the many attractions offered.
1:15 pm Meet at the hotel once again, board the bus and let's head back to Ottawa.
8:00 pm Arrive to 90 University in Ottawa. It is customary to tip your bus driver at the end of the trip. We suggest $5 per person. Our guides will pass by your seats on the way back for those of you who would like to contribute to the bus driver tip.
What To Bring: Your camera, water bottles, good walking shoes, some changes of clothing including warm stuff, your adventurous spirit and extra money for food and souvenirs!
Places of Interest in Toronto
The CN Tower
Discover spectacular views, from the Look Out Level at 346 m (1,136 ft.) Dare to walk on air on the world famous Glass Floor at 342m (1,122 ft.) with outdoor Sky Terrace, informational displays and more.
Book ONLINE 24hours in advance for discounts
Ripley's Aquarium of Canada
This incredible aquarium is located at the base of the CN Tower and features 13,500 different species of sea animals. Showcasing both marine and freshwater habitats from around the world, Ripley's Aquarium in Toronto is home to popular animals including sharks, jellyfish, green sea turtles and rays. Visit the 12,500-square-meter aquarium for an awe-inspiring experience, and get personal with sea creatures in the Touch Tank gallery.
BOOK ONLINE for discounts and timed entrance
Queen St, King St
Wanna go shopping? Queen st and King st are full of commerce and stores!
Check these majestic buildings where the Ontario Government is seated
Looking for souvenirs? Chinatown has some of the best deals you can find in Toronto. This is also one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city
Toronto's most unique neighbourhood, Kensington Market retains its charm and wonderful diversity through its eclectic mix of vintage clothing stores, Latin American grocers, fresh produce, cafes and watering holes
Toronto's Old City Hall was home to its city council from 1899 to 1966 and remains one of the city's most prominent structures. The building is located at the corner of Queen and Bay Streets, across Bay Street from Nathan Phillips Square and the new City Hall in the centre of downtown Toronto. The heritage landmark has a distinctive clock tower which heads the length of Bay Street from Front Street to Queen Street as a terminating vista.
Old City Hall was designated a National Historic Site in 1984.
The Eaton's Centre
Free unless you shop!
Toronto Eaton Centre is Toronto’s most unique and iconic shopping centre. Its spectacular glass galleria soars above a premium selection of more than 230 retailers, restaurants and services. Toronto’s top tourist destination, located in the heart of the city, it is an exciting shopping experience with 47 million plus visitors per year. In 2016, Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue opened their doors ushering in a new chapter at Toronto Eaton Centre
Places of Interest in Niagara Falls
Niagara has hundreds of attractions. Below is a small list of some of them. For more information visit Niagara Falls Tourism
This ferris wheel is just the ticket for people who want to escape the crowds. Its pods were precision-engineered in Switzerland to withstand year-round use. Take a breather and give it a whirl – you’re guaranteed heavenly views of the American and Horseshoe falls. Then, come back to earth with a bump at the nearby Nightmares Fear Factory. Warning: it’s not for the squeamish!
Price: $11.99 CAD
This is one of the major tourist promenades in Niagara Falls, Ontario. Here you can find restaurants, bars, clubs, pubs, cinemas, museums, amusement parks etc. One stop shop for all your entertainment needs.
All you can eat buffet restaurant. 5435 Ferry Street, Niagara Falls, ON L2G 1R5
Price: from $6.99 CAD
Upside down house
Disorient yourself in Niagara Falls. This dizzy destination is both flipped and crooked, the floor will leave you wondering how far you need to tilt to stay straight. The disorientation continues as your group parades through this unique attraction.
Price: $7.99 CAD
Journey behind the falls
Visitors descend 150 ft. by elevator, where a short tunnel (150 ft.) gives access to two outdoor observation decks and two portals located directly behind the Falls. At Journey Behind the Falls, you`ll experience the awesome spectacle of one-fifth of the world’s fresh water crashing down to the basin below
Price: $16.75 CAD
The temperature will drop 20 degrees. Water will bubble and spray while snow falls all around. Standing in the mist on a massive platform you will feel the full wrath of Mother Nature as the floor trembles beneath you. Incredible images produced with technology previously used only in satellites and medicine will immerse you in a “4D” Universal Studios-style attraction.
The Skylon Tower
This observation tower overlooks both the American Falls, New York, and the larger Horseshoe Falls in Ontario, from the Canadian side of the Niagara River