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Exploring Niagara, Chatham and Toronto: Theatre, Wine and Culture

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7 Days | 6 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.

Itinerary for Jun 9 — Jun 15, 2013

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Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The hotel is located 2 blocks from Horseshoe Falls and American Falls, in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. With location-inspired architecture,the resort presents a luxurious, full-service experience. Walk to the Fallsview Casino Resort complex, Queen Victoria Park, Maid of the Mist, Clifton Hill and more.

Contact info:
6039 Fallsview Blvd.
Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3V6 Canada
phone: 905-358-3817
web: www.doubletree3.hilton.com/en/hotels/ontario/doubletree-fallsview-resort-and-spa-by-hilton-niagara-falls-IAGDTDT/index.html

Room amenities: Unwind in your spacious guestroom with signature bedding, complimentary high-speed internet access, and 37” flat-screen TV. Mini-fridge, coffee maker, iron/ironing board and hairdryer. A special window component allows for fresh natural airflow in your guestroom.

Facility amenities: Complimentary fitness centre, indoor saltwater pool, whirlpool, cedar sauna and garden sundeck with seasonal outdoor hot tub. On site AVEDA spa ($$). On site restaurant and pub, gift shop and the Ochre Gallery (original artwork). Guest laundry, valet dry cleaning/laundry, 24 hr business centre.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Contact hotel directly.
Contact hotel for availability and current rates - toll free 800-730-8609 or contact hotel directly at 905-358-3817.

Check in time: 3:30 PM


Day One: Sunday, June 09 - Independent Arrivals/Welcome & Orientation/Histor...
Independent Arrivals/Welcome & Orientation/Historic Niagara and the War of 1812

Arrive To: Independent arrivals and transfers to the program hotel after 3:30 pm. Please note that rooms are not generally available until mid to late afternoon.

Dinner: Your welcome dinner will take place in the hotel restaurant at 6:00 p.m.

Evening: PRESENTATION: The Historic Niagara Region. A presentation will focus on the history of Niagara and the area's connections to the War of 1812. An expert from the Niagara-on-the-Lake Historical Society will bring this chapter of history to life.

Evening: INTRODUCTIONS: Following dinner, you will meet for introductions, a review of the program and site orientation.

Lodging: DoubleTree Fallsview Resort & Spa by Hilton Niagara Falls

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: At the Chatham Travelodge you will learn the true meaning of warm hospitality. Your care is our affair. Our attention to the smallest details, as well as unobtrusive service, blend with a modern restful decor to make the Chatham Travelodge a great place to stay while in the area. We offer 103 spacious guest-rooms with remote controlled cable television, in-room coffee maker, in-room hairdryers, iron & ironing board, and free lobby newspapers.

Contact info:
55 Bloomfield Road
Chatham, ON N7M 5J5 Canada
phone: 519-436-1200
web: www.travelodge.com/hotels/ontario/chatham/travelodge-chatham/hotel-overview

Room amenities: Travelodge Chatham offers 103 guestrooms. Televisions come with cable channels, video-game consoles, and pay movies. Dial-up Internet access is provided along with phones and free local calls. Refrigerators, microwaves, and coffee/tea makers are provided. Bathrooms include hair dryers. Air conditioning, climate control, and clock radios are also included. Amenities available on request include wake-up calls. Cribs (infant beds) are also available. Rooms are accessible via exterior corridors.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Two: Monday, June 10 - Buxton National Historic Site/The Freedom Trail -...
Buxton National Historic Site/The Freedom Trail - The Underground Railroad/Soul Food Dinner and Gospel Music

Breakfast: Breakfast at the inn. Following breakfast we depart for Chatham.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Buxton National Historic Site & Museum. Our first stop will be the Buxton National Historic Site in Chatham-Kent. In the days before and during the American Civil War, Ontario served as the final stop on the Underground Railroad, a network of secret routes and safe houses that allowed enslaved African-Americans to escape to freedom in Canada. Alongside a local historian and expert on African Canadian heritage participants will stroll the streets of North Buxton, Canada's first Black settlement - home to many historic buildings and the Buxton National Historic Site and Museum, which recounts the area's proud story of early growth and self-sufficiency.

Lunch: Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: PRESENTATION: The Underground Railroad Through the Eyes of Women. A presentation on “The Underground Railroad Through the Eyes of Women” will be delivered by Shannon Prince, followed by a book reading/discussion on Bryan Prince’'s latest book "One More River To Cross.” It’s a true story of a slave that was accused of attempted murder of his master and the UGRR through the eyes of women. Wagon ride to follow. Bryan and Shannon Prince are among the most sought after speakers on the Underground Railroad circuit - Bryan, with his historical expertise, and Shannon, as the curator of the Buxton Historical Site & Museum.

Dinner: DINNER & ENTERTAINMENT: Savor authentic African-Canadian soul food in the hall of a church originally built in the 1800s to serve the Elgin settlement of former fugitive slaves. After a day exploring Chatham-Kent's rich Black heritage at Buxton National Historic Site & Museum participants will enjoy an authentic three-course dinner served at the North Buxton Community Church Hall and hosted by the Buxton Ladies Auxiliary. The Soul Food dinner and gospel will include delicious traditional favorites and an uplifting, interactive musical experience to provide guests with an authentic culinary experience. The Goodwill Choir will perform uplifting gospels and spirituals, jazz and blues classics following dinner where participants can listen or sing along.

Lodging: Travelodge Chatham

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The hotel is located 2 blocks from Horseshoe Falls and American Falls, in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. With location-inspired architecture,the resort presents a luxurious, full-service experience. Walk to the Fallsview Casino Resort complex, Queen Victoria Park, Maid of the Mist, Clifton Hill and more.

Contact info:
6039 Fallsview Blvd.
Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3V6 Canada
phone: 905-358-3817
web: www.doubletree3.hilton.com/en/hotels/ontario/doubletree-fallsview-resort-and-spa-by-hilton-niagara-falls-IAGDTDT/index.html

Room amenities: Unwind in your spacious guestroom with signature bedding, complimentary high-speed internet access, and 37” flat-screen TV. Mini-fridge, coffee maker, iron/ironing board and hairdryer. A special window component allows for fresh natural airflow in your guestroom.

Facility amenities: Complimentary fitness centre, indoor saltwater pool, whirlpool, cedar sauna and garden sundeck with seasonal outdoor hot tub. On site AVEDA spa ($$). On site restaurant and pub, gift shop and the Ochre Gallery (original artwork). Guest laundry, valet dry cleaning/laundry, 24 hr business centre.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Contact hotel directly.
Contact hotel for availability and current rates - toll free 800-730-8609 or contact hotel directly at 905-358-3817.

Check in time: 3:30 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, June 11 - Uncle Tom's Cabin/Geology of Niagara Falls/Sir Ad...
Uncle Tom's Cabin/Geology of Niagara Falls/Sir Adam Beck Generating Station

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Uncle Tom's Cabin. This morning we journey to the town of Dresden, to visit Uncle Tom's Cabin National Historic Site. Here we gain a greater understanding of the suffering and strength of the fugitive slave Josiah Henson at his home, better known as the Uncle Tom's Cabin National Historic Site. Return by coach to Niagara Falls.

Lunch: Lunch in Niagara Falls.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Sir Adam Beck Generating Station: For millennia man has been fascinated by the overwhelming power of the Falls. Since 1958, Sir Adam Beck 2 Generating Station has captured that potential energy in one of Ontario's largest hydroelectric facilities. Participants will tour and learn about the facility - a wonderful example of a natural, non-polluting and reliable power source that has worked in harmony with the beauty of Niagara for over four decades.

Afternoon: PRESENTATION: The Geology of Niagara and the Falls. A presentation on the unique geology of the Niagara region will be delivered by an expert from the Niagara Parks Commission. Learn about the natural history and geology of the Niagara Escarpment, the falls and the river.

Dinner: Dinner on your own to enjoy local fare or join the Group Leader (at a local restaurant).

Lodging: DoubleTree Fallsview Resort & Spa by Hilton Niagara Falls

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The hotel is located 2 blocks from Horseshoe Falls and American Falls, in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. With location-inspired architecture,the resort presents a luxurious, full-service experience. Walk to the Fallsview Casino Resort complex, Queen Victoria Park, Maid of the Mist, Clifton Hill and more.

Contact info:
6039 Fallsview Blvd.
Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3V6 Canada
phone: 905-358-3817
web: www.doubletree3.hilton.com/en/hotels/ontario/doubletree-fallsview-resort-and-spa-by-hilton-niagara-falls-IAGDTDT/index.html

Room amenities: Unwind in your spacious guestroom with signature bedding, complimentary high-speed internet access, and 37” flat-screen TV. Mini-fridge, coffee maker, iron/ironing board and hairdryer. A special window component allows for fresh natural airflow in your guestroom.

Facility amenities: Complimentary fitness centre, indoor saltwater pool, whirlpool, cedar sauna and garden sundeck with seasonal outdoor hot tub. On site AVEDA spa ($$). On site restaurant and pub, gift shop and the Ochre Gallery (original artwork). Guest laundry, valet dry cleaning/laundry, 24 hr business centre.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Contact hotel directly.
Contact hotel for availability and current rates - toll free 800-730-8609 or contact hotel directly at 905-358-3817.

Check in time: 3:30 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, June 12 - Historic Niagara-on-the-Lake/Queenston Heights/La...
Historic Niagara-on-the-Lake/Queenston Heights/Laura Secord Homestead/Battlefields of the War of 1812

Note: Walking up to 2 miles/3 kms over flat, even terrain in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the inn.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Niagara-on-the-Lake. Discover the rich history of Niagara-on-the-Lake. With a local historian, learn about the history and experiences of the area from the First Nations peoples, to the arrival of the Europeans, to the War of 1812. A historian will lead an architectural walk in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Explore historic buildings along the way and hear about its past from wars, conflicts, rebellions, and threats that faced the city and the region in the course of its development.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Laura Secord Homestead. Our journey would not be complete without a visit to the home of Laura Secord. During the war of 1812, this brave woman set out on a perilous journey in the service of her country, and stepped forever into the history and folklore of Niagara. Travel back in time to her lovingly restored homestead and be enchanted by stories of her adventures and surroundings.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Battlefields of the War of 1812. Participants will embark on a beautiful and scenic journey along the Niagara Parkway. Many battles in the War of 1812 took place along the Parkway where several well preserved military heritage sites stand today. We will explore this area with a local historian making stops at important points of interest. Participants will be introduced to some of the events, sites, and personalities associated with the war of 1812, with a specific focus on the battlegrounds. Fort George, Battlefield of Chippawa Park, and the Drummond Hill Cemetery (where the Battle of Lundy's Lane took place), and Queenston Heights Park are some of the locations we will explore.

Dinner: Dinner at the Skylon restaurant overlooking Niagara Falls.

Lodging: DoubleTree Fallsview Resort & Spa by Hilton Niagara Falls

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The hotel is located 2 blocks from Horseshoe Falls and American Falls, in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. With location-inspired architecture,the resort presents a luxurious, full-service experience. Walk to the Fallsview Casino Resort complex, Queen Victoria Park, Maid of the Mist, Clifton Hill and more.

Contact info:
6039 Fallsview Blvd.
Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3V6 Canada
phone: 905-358-3817
web: www.doubletree3.hilton.com/en/hotels/ontario/doubletree-fallsview-resort-and-spa-by-hilton-niagara-falls-IAGDTDT/index.html

Room amenities: Unwind in your spacious guestroom with signature bedding, complimentary high-speed internet access, and 37” flat-screen TV. Mini-fridge, coffee maker, iron/ironing board and hairdryer. A special window component allows for fresh natural airflow in your guestroom.

Facility amenities: Complimentary fitness centre, indoor saltwater pool, whirlpool, cedar sauna and garden sundeck with seasonal outdoor hot tub. On site AVEDA spa ($$). On site restaurant and pub, gift shop and the Ochre Gallery (original artwork). Guest laundry, valet dry cleaning/laundry, 24 hr business centre.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Contact hotel directly.
Contact hotel for availability and current rates - toll free 800-730-8609 or contact hotel directly at 905-358-3817.

Check in time: 3:30 PM


Day Five: Thursday, June 13 - Niagara College Wine Institute/Southbrook Vineyar...
Niagara College Wine Institute/Southbrook Vineyards/Free Time in Niagara-on-the-Lake

Breakfast: Breakfast at the inn.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Niagara College Wine and Culinary Institute. Travel to the Niagara College Wine and Culinary Institute, located in the heart of the Niagara wine region. This state-of-the-art facility features a wine-tasting lab and the Niagara College Teaching Winery - the first commercial teaching winery in Canada with three on-site teaching and research vineyards. Go into the field with a viticulture expert who will discuss the importance of the perfect 'terroir' - a combination of soil, climate and topography - and how it affects the flavor and characteristics of the award winning VQA wines. Visit the wine making pavilion and explore the production area and barrel cellar for a comprehensive look at the wine making process. Attend an interactive tasting seminar that will explore the "6 Scents" of wine.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Southbrook Vineyards. Travel to Southbrook Vineyard, a low-yield artisanal wine producer and Canada's first Certified BioDynamic wine estate. Meet the head Vintner who will guide you through the winery's sensory centerpiece - a stunning LEED certified glass pavilion. From the field, learn about Southbrook's Eco-friendly growing methods and how they care for the vineyard organically. Return to the tasting pavilion for a private tasting of their premium wines and signature fruit.

Lunch: Enjoy lunch at Southbrook Vineyards.

Afternoon: FREE AFTERNOON: Take the afternoon to explore on your own in Niagara-on-the-Lake or Niagara Falls.

Dinner: Dinner on your own to enjoy local fare or join the Group Leader (at a local restaurant).

Evening: Free evening to enjoy the Niagara region. You may remain with your Group Leader to continue exploring local sites or take the opportunity to head off on your own to discover Niagara.

Lodging: DoubleTree Fallsview Resort & Spa by Hilton Niagara Falls

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The hotel is located 2 blocks from Horseshoe Falls and American Falls, in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. With location-inspired architecture,the resort presents a luxurious, full-service experience. Walk to the Fallsview Casino Resort complex, Queen Victoria Park, Maid of the Mist, Clifton Hill and more.

Contact info:
6039 Fallsview Blvd.
Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3V6 Canada
phone: 905-358-3817
web: www.doubletree3.hilton.com/en/hotels/ontario/doubletree-fallsview-resort-and-spa-by-hilton-niagara-falls-IAGDTDT/index.html

Room amenities: Unwind in your spacious guestroom with signature bedding, complimentary high-speed internet access, and 37” flat-screen TV. Mini-fridge, coffee maker, iron/ironing board and hairdryer. A special window component allows for fresh natural airflow in your guestroom.

Facility amenities: Complimentary fitness centre, indoor saltwater pool, whirlpool, cedar sauna and garden sundeck with seasonal outdoor hot tub. On site AVEDA spa ($$). On site restaurant and pub, gift shop and the Ochre Gallery (original artwork). Guest laundry, valet dry cleaning/laundry, 24 hr business centre.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Contact hotel directly.
Contact hotel for availability and current rates - toll free 800-730-8609 or contact hotel directly at 905-358-3817.

Check in time: 3:30 PM


Day Six: Friday, June 14 - Shaw Festival Backstage/Shaw Presentation and Pre...
Shaw Festival Backstage/Shaw Presentation and Pre-Show Chat/Matinee Performance - Our Betters

Breakfast: Breakfast at the inn.

Morning: PRESENTATION: Bernard Shaw. Meet with a theater expert who will discuss Bernard Shaw, acclaimed dramatist, literary critic, a socialist spokesman, and a leading figure in the 20th century theater. A freethinker, a supporter of women's rights and an advocate of equality of income, Shaw was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1925. Learn about his life and works and the making of the Shaw Festival - a celebration of the dramatic works of Bernard Shaw and his contemporaries.

Morning: EXCURSION: Backstage at the Shaw Festival. Go backstage and gain insight into the makings of a live theater production - from artistic development, to costume design, to the actors on stage. Hear about the different roles of theater members, choreography as well as what it takes to create a sell-out performance.

Lunch: Lunch on your own in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Afternoon: THEATRE PERFORMANCE: Attend a matinee performance at the Shaw Festival - Our Betters by W. Somerset Maugham. When American Bessie Saunders comes to London, she is thrust into the world of women of wealth and men of status. The games, the lies, the affairs – what she hears and what she witnesses, particularly in the garden house of her older sister Pearl, is a mercilessly funny look at Europe’s smart set. Writer Graham Greene called it “the best social comedy of this century”.

Dinner: Farewell dinner at The Old Winery Restaurant

Lodging: DoubleTree Fallsview Resort & Spa by Hilton Niagara Falls

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Seven: Saturday, June 15 - Independent Departures
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel is at 7:30 am.

Morning: Independent departures after breakfast.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Niagara Falls
Fort GeorgeFort George Fort George National Historic Site is a historic military structure at Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, that was the scene of several battles during the War of 1812. The fort consists of earthworks and palisades, along with internal structures, including an officer’s quarters, blockhouses to accommodate other ranks and their families, and a stone powder magazine, which is the only original building on the site. Opposite the fort, across the Niagara River, stands Fort Niagara in New York, which can be seen from Fort George’s ramparts.
For additional information, visit: www.pc.gc.ca/eng/lhn-nhs/on/fortgeorge/index.aspx
Journey Behind the FallsThe sound is like thunder, the sight awe-inspiring! Take a journey deep below and behind the heart of Niagara and stand in the mist where the mighty Horseshoe Falls tumbles from 13 storeys above! 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. During summer daylight hours, over 2,800 cubic meters of water thunders over the brink every second, travelling 65 kilometers per hour! Your Journey Behind the Falls visit will take 30 to 45 minutes. In the spring and summer months, you'll receive a free souvenir biodegradable rain poncho as protection from the mist of the Falls. Elevators descend 150 feet through bedrock to tunnels that lead and to the Cataract Portal and the Great Falls Portal which is one third of the way behind the massive sheet of water. Then you walk on to the Upper and Lower Observation Decks at the very foot of the Falls.
For additional information, visit: www.niagaraparks.com/attractions/behind-the-falls.html
Niagara Historical Society MuseumEstablished in 1895, the Niagara Historical Society is dedicated to understanding the history of Niagara-on-the-Lake. The most important aspect of the work of the Society is the maintenance of the Museum collection which began in 1896 and is one of Ontario's most important collections. Plan a visit to the Niagara Historical Society Museum to discover the unique stories of historic Niagara-on-the-Lake. Located 20km north of Niagara Falls, Niagara-on-the-Lake provided a new home for refugees, was the capital of Upper Canada, was in the middle of a war zone and visited by millions as a place of recreation for over 100 years; these stories played a major role in the development of Canada.
For additional information, visit: www.niagarahistorical.museum/.
Niagara Parks Commission Botanical GardensEstablished in 1936, visitors to the Botanical Gardens enjoy 40 hectares (99 acres) of beautifully maintained gardens, including perennials, rhododendrons, azaleas, a formal parterre garden, shade, herb and vegetable plantings, an aviary as well as our world-famous rose garden featuring over 2,400 roses. Footpaths wind past the Butterfly Conservatory and butterfly garden, ponds and an arboretum featuring one of Canada’s finest collections of ornamental trees and shrubs. At the Butterfly Conservatory over 2,000 colourful tropical butterflies float freely among lush, exotic blossoms and greenery. Paths wind through the rainforest setting, past a pond and waterfall and the Emergence window, where butterflies leave their pupae and prepare to take their first flight!
For additional information, visit: www.niagaraparks.com/garden-trail/botanical-gardens.html

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14 meals: 6 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
6 Expert-led lectures
10 Field trips
1 Performances

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