Canada's Eastern Explorer

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Canada's Eastern Explorer Escorted Tour

Dates: 1 - 21 September 2014
             6 - 26 September 2015

Price from £2,950

Explore Canada’s eastern side with Tour Escorts Barbara and Nelson Lacey, taking in Toronto, Ottawa and Niagara Falls and exploring the best of Ontario.

Highlights

  • • Niagara Falls day excursion
    • Thousand Islands cruise
    • Full day First Nationl experience on Manitoulin Island
    • Full day guided city tour of Ottawa
    • Guided visit to Fort Henry
    • Welcome and farewell meals
     

Tour itinerary


Day 1
Fly from the UK to Toronto where you will be met on arrival by your Tour Escorts and taken to a Toronto city centre hotel. Enjoy a welcome dinner with your fellow tourers.
Overnight Toronto hotel.

Day 2
Breakfast then transfer to the motorhome depot to pick up vehicles. After stocking up on supplies drive the short distance (52 miles) to Awenda Provincial Park, located on Georgian Bay, 20 minutes northwest of Penetanguishene.
Overnight Awenda campsite.

Day 3
Free day to explore Awenda Provincial Park and the surrounding area. At nearby Penetanguishene experience the lives of early naval personnel at Discovery Harbour, a reconstructed 19th century British Military base or learn about the Jesuit missionaries who lived, worked and died here over 350 years ago at Martyrs’ Shrine.
Overnight in Awenda campground

Day 4
Leisurely drive along Georgian Bay to Owen Sound (80 miles) passing Wasaga Beach, North America’s largest freshwater beach. Be sure to visit Inglis Falls – 18 metres high, with access to the Bruce Trail with more than 20 species of fern and plenty of bird watching opportunities.
Overnight in Owen Sound campground

Day 5
Travel up the Bruce Peninsula to Tobermory (109 miles) taking time to visit the Bruce Peninsula National Park. Located in the heart of a World Biosphere Reserve, the massive cliffs of the Park are dotted with 1000-year old cedar trees, overlooking the crystal clear waters of Georgian Bay.
Overnight in Tobermory campground

Day 6
Today you are booked on the Ontario Ferry crossing to South Baymouth on Manitoulin Island - crossing time two hours (70 miles). Manitoulin is the largest freshwater island in the world, where you will really experience the native Canadian lifestyle. Nature life, legend and European history sit side by side here to create a relaxed, mellow environment, one of the most beautiful and serene regions in Canada.
Overnight in Manitoulin Island campground

Day 7
As guests of the Great Spirit Circle Trail, you will enjoy a traditional Drum experience where you will learn about drum making, and see how it is used in the traditional songs and dances of the area. You will make and keep your own hand drum – a unique memento of the tour.
Overnight in Manitoulin Island campground

Day 8
Drive to Killarney Provincial Park (156 miles). Killarney is a haven for artists and is a great location to try your hand at canoeing. The fish restaurants in the town of Killarney come highly recommended.
Overnight in Killarney Provincial Park campground

Day 9
Day to explore Killarney Provincial Park – try one of the many hiking trails available in the area. Killarney is a 645 square metre wilderness with pink granite, white quartzite ridges an over 50 lakes.
Overnight in Killarney Provincial Park campground

Day 10
Drive to Parry Sound (106 miles). You may want to arrive in time to take a 30,000 Islands tour departing from Parry Sound. For a more leisurely drive take time to visit French River Provincial Park or Grundy Lake on your way down.
Overnight in Parry Sound Provincial Park campground

Day 11
Travel east into the picturesque Algonquin Provincial Park (65 miles) taking time to explore Huntsville on your way through.

There are many self-guided interpretive trails which range from easy to difficult, from 1 km to nearly 11 km, and through a variety of landscapes with beautiful lookouts, lakes, and forests. The lakes of Algonquin offer a variety of recreational opportunities including canoeing, kayaking, swimming, fishing and boating.
Overnight in Algonquin campsite

Day 12
Free day to explore Algonquin with over 2,400 lakes, 7,500 miles of streams and lively flowing rivers.
Overnight in Algonquin campsite

Day 13
Take the Trans Canada Highway to Ottawa (207 miles) along the original fur trading route through pretty towns like Arnprior, Pembroke and Petawawa.
Overnight in Ottawa campground


Day 14
Today we will have a full day excursion to the remarkably pretty capital city of Ottawa.

While you explore Ottawa you’ll quickly notice that there are many prominent buildings that serve not only as directional landmarks for you, but also as important markers of history. Parliament of Canada, for example, acts as the centrepiece of Ottawa while representing the heart of the country’s democratic government. Likewise, the Rideau Canal is a brilliant waterway that cuts through Ottawa’s downtown, and has nearly two centuries of stories to share.
Overnight in Ottawa campground

Day 15
Head down to the St Lawrence Seaway and Lake Ontario. Drive to Kingston (118 miles). Be careful not to take the wrong left turn or you could end up in America.
Overnight in Kingston campground

Day 16
Today you will be taken by coach to the centre of Kingston where you will have the morning to discover this charming little town on the shores of Lake Ontario. Included is a 3-hour Thousand Islands Lunch Cruise, where you will be entertained by the on-board band whilst admiring the views across the many islands in the area.
Overnight in Kingston campground

Day 17
Take your own vehicles to enjoy a guided tour of Fort Henry in Kingston and learn about the history of the British in Canada. Fort Henry was built from 1832 to 1837 to replace an existing fortification from the War of 1812 era. Situated atop Point Henry, the Fort protected the naval dockyard at Point Frederick, the entrance of the Rideau Canal and the town of Kingston, which was the major trans-shipment point along the supply route between Montreal or Ottawa and all points west.

The British Army garrisoned Fort Henry until 1870 when Queen Victoria's troops were pulled out of Canada. Soon after, "A" Battery, School of Gunnery, followed by "B" Battery, took up residence in the Fort and remained there until 1891.

Following the tour drive to Picton (50 miles) on Prince Edward Island taking the short (free) ferry across the water.
Overnight in Picton campground

Day 18
Return to Toronto (145 miles).
Overnight in Toronto campground

Day 19
Depart on a full day coach excursion to Niagara Falls. As well as the breath-taking Falls, today includes a visit to Niagara-on-the-Lake, often called the loveliest town in Ontario. The Old Town is made for walking and the countryside spreads out below the escarpment and is dotted with vineyards. Other highlights include the Floral Clock and the Whirlpool Rapids. Included is the iconic boat trip to the very edge of the Falls and an evening Farewell Meal in the Skylon Tower overlooking the Falls.
Overnight in Toronto campground

Day 20
Drive to Toronto motorhome depot (55 miles)
Return motorhomes to Toronto depot.
Transfer to Toronto airport.
Return flight or onward arrangements (as detailed on your confirmation).

Day 21
Arrive UK, or other onward arrangements

What’s included

  • •The services of experienced Tour Escorts
    •Return standard flights (London to Toronto)
    •All airport taxes
    •19 days fully-equipped 3-berth motorhome hire with 2,500 mileage allowance (extra mileage chargeable)
    •VIP vehicle insurance (maximum excess CDN$750 – drivers must be over 24)
    •Motorhome preparation fee and convenience kit
    •Full propane tank
    •18 nights site fees (includes electrical hook-up where available)
    •One night hotel accommodation in Toronto on a bed and breakfast basis
    •Transfers (as stated)
    •Guided city tour of Ottawa
    •Thousand Islands Cruise
    •Welcome meal in Toronto
    •Ferry crossing from Tobermory to South Baymouth
    •Farewell meal at the Skylon Tower revolving restaurant overlooking Niagara Falls
    •Tour daybook
    •Prices are per person based on two adults sharing a motorhome
     

What’s not included

  • •Personal insurance – please ask for a quote
    •Motorhome fuel or refills of propane gas
    •Meals and drinks (unless stated)
    •Excursions or entrance fees (other than those stated)
    •Road tolls
    •Personal expenditure, tips etc
    •Park entry fees (approx. £90)
    •Refundable motorhome security/cleaning deposit
    •Any single supplements, extra adult or child supplements – available on request
     

Upgrades and extras


A number of upgrades and extras can be added to the package prices:

  • Upgrades to Premium Economy or Business – ask for a quote. To get best prices book early, as costs increase closer to departure.
  • If you are a party of three or more, or if you require a little more space, please speak to our Travel Specialists about a 4 or 6-berth motorhome – we can then check availability.
     

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