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

Program Number: 19796RJ
Start and End Dates:
9/8/2013 - 9/14/2013; 9/7/2014 - 9/14/2014; 7/19/2015 - 7/26/2015;
Duration: 6 nights
Location: Niagara Falls (Ontario), Ontario
Price starting at: $1,570.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: History & Culture; Theater
Meals: 14; 6 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Discover the beauty of the Niagara region, with its Victorian architecture and majestic falls — an awe-inspiring spot to experience the raw power of nature and the forts and historic sites that were once places of bloody conflict. Admire the celebrated sites and historic homes on an architectural walk and go behind the scenes at the Shaw Festival. Travel along the Lake Ontario shoreline to Toronto, Canada’s largest and most exciting urban centre, explore its thriving arts scene and its culturally diverse neighbourhoods.




Highlights

• At the Shaw Festival, meet privately with theater professionals before the show and enjoy a matinee.
• In Chatham, an award-winning author discusses the history of the Underground Railroad and stories of those who were enslaved and escaped to Canada.
• Meet with Toronto’s best-loved historian to learn about the city’s colorful and multicultural neighbourhoods.



Activity Particulars

Walking 1-2 miles on city streets; some stairs.




Date Specific Information

9-8-2013

Includes tickets to a performance at the Shaw Festival - Major Barbara. Have your ideals tested and your beliefs turned on their head in one of Shaw’s wittiest and most provocative plays.
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9-7-2014

Tickets are included for a performance at the Shaw Festival - The Philadelphia Story.
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7-19-2015

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Itinerary Summary

Arrival Niagara Falls, Ontario, 3 nights; coach to Chatham, 1 night; coach to Toronto, 3 nights; departure.




Niagara Falls (Ontario)

Situated along the same latitude as Northern California, this world-famous destination attracts people to its wineries and local cuisine, as well as to its impressive natural falls, breathtaking scenery and great theater.



Accommodations
Comfortable, modern hotels

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Bryan Prince

Bryan Prince is an award-winning author and expert on the history of the Underground Railroad in the U.S. and Canada. His books include ”I Came As A Stranger,” “A Shadow On The Household” and “One More River To Cross,” and he contributed to the book “A Fluid Frontier: Slavery, Freedom and the Underground Railroad in the Detroit River Borderlands,” which is co-authored by several historians from Canada and the U.S. Bryan also wrote the script for the television documentary, “A Thousand Miles to Freedom,” and is the historical consultant for the PBS television documentary “Underground Railroad: The William Still Story.” He has served as a consulting editor with England’s Adam Matthew Publications digital project “Slavery, Abolition and Social Justice, and is a member of the Ontario Bicentenary Commemorative Committee on the Abolition of the Slave Trade. Bryan is also a member of the International Underground Railroad Heritage Program.
 
Shannon Prince

Both an educator and student of history, Shannon Prince is the curator of the Buxton National Historic Site & Museum and is a graduate from the Museum Studies Program through the Ontario Museums Association. She has lectured extensively across North America and is an organizer of the annual Canadian/U.S. Black History and Genealogy Conference that brings together distinguished scholars from across the continent. A much sought after storyteller, Shannon is a participant in re-enactments and has performed in the stage production of the historical drama Rainbows and Wings. She has been a member of several historical organizations in Canada and the U.S., including Ontario’s Underground Railroad Alliance, The African Canadian Heritage Network and the Board of Directors for the Capitol Theatre. Shannon is also the chair of the National Historic Sites Alliance of Ontario, and is a member of numerous forums and cultural committees.
 
Bruce Bell

Bruce Bell — journalist, author, playwright, actor and curator — is considered Toronto’s most famous historian and was named the Official Historian of St. Lawrence Hall by the city of Toronto. An award-winning playwright, he also published “Amazing Tales of St. Lawrence Neighbourhood” and “TORONTO: A Pictorial Celebration.” Bruce’s mission is to tell Toronto’s history through his writings and lectures, including his sold-out shows at Toronto’s famed Winter Garden Theatre.
 
Paul Van Nest

Paul Van Nest grew up in Brantford, Ontario, Canada. He studied at McMaster University where he was awarded an honors physics undergraduate degree, after which he completed his master’s in lasers in 1964. He was hired as a physics lecturer at the Royal Military College, and later joined St. Lawrence College where he taught instrumentation and electronics, and served as chair of the Provincial Heads of Technology. In 1978, he stepped down as chair to begin what became the Open Learning Centre at the College. He pioneered this initiative and was a frequent presenter on the topic in Ontario, Canada and the U.S. Paul is an active member of his community and serves as the membership chair of the Kingston Historical Society. With his passion for history, he is a founding member of the Kingston Civil War Round Table and has led more than 50 Civil War battlefield outings. His hobbies and interests include genealogy, the American Civil War, golf, curling, computing and travelling.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   DoubleTree Fallsview Resort & Spa by Hilton Niagara Falls
  Niagara Falls 1 night
   Travelodge Chatham
  Chatham 1 night
   DoubleTree Fallsview Resort & Spa by Hilton Niagara Falls
  Niagara Falls 4 nights
 DoubleTree Fallsview Resort & Spa by Hilton Niagara Falls
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 allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: 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
  Additional nights after: Contact hotel directly. Contact hotel for availability and current rates - toll free 800-730-8609 or contact hotel directly at 905-358-3817.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM

 Travelodge Chatham
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 allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Independent arrivals to the hotel in Niagara Falls, ON. Check-in after 3:30 pm. Welcome dinner at 6:00 p.m. You will be staying at DoubleTree Fallsview Resort & Spa by Hilton Niagara Falls that night.
  End of Program:
Breakfast at the hotel is at 7:30 am; program ends after breakfast. Check-out is 11:00 a.m., independent departures from Niagara Falls, ON. You will be staying at DoubleTree Fallsview Resort & Spa by Hilton Niagara Falls the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Visit www.travel.state.gov/travel/cbpmc/cbpmc_2223.html for up to date information.
  Parking availability:
On-site self parking, $12 CAD daily. For more information please contact the hotel directly, 905-358-3817.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Niagara Falls
  From End of Program
  Location: Niagara Falls
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Toronto

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Niagara Airbus
phone: 905-374-8111
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approximately CAD$75, Round trip CAD$120
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1.5 - 2 hours 

   

24 hour door to door service to/from Toronto Airport. Information also available online at www.niagaraairbus.com. Please call for reservations.

 

Buffalo

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Niagara Airbus
phone: 905-374-8111
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approximately CAD$90, Round trip CAD$145
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

45 - 60 minutes 

   

24 hour door to door service to/from Buffalo Airport. Information also available online at www.niagaraairbus.com. Please call for reservations.

 

Toronto

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Niagara Airbus
phone: 905-374-8111
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approximately CAD$75, Round trip CAD$120
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1.5 - 2 hours 

   

24 hour door to door service to/from Toronto Airport. Information also available online at www.niagaraairbus.com. Please call for reservations.

 

Buffalo

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Niagara Airbus
phone: 905-374-8111

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approximately CAD$90, Round trip CAD$145
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

45 - 60 minutes 

   

24 hour door to door service to/from Buffalo Airport. Information also available online at www.niagaraairbus.com. Please call for reservations.

 
Driving Directions
  Peace Bridge (Buffalo, NY/Fort Erie, ON) From the Peace Bridge take the Queen Elizabeth HWY Niagara Falls to McLeod Road Exit East to Stanley Avenue North. The hotel is located just past the Robinson Street intersection, on the right hand side. The DoubleTree Fallsview Resort & Spa by Hilton Niagara Falls is accessible from both Stanley Avenue and Fallsview Boulevard - both are primary arteries for everything that Niagara Falls has to offer.
  Rainbow Bridge (Niagara Falls, NY) From the Rainbow Bridge (Niagara Falls, New York) take Hwy 420 to Stanley Ave. Exit South. The Double Tree Fallsview Resort & Spa is located just past the Ferry Street intersection, on the left hand side. Hotel is bordered on the west by Stanley Avenue, and on the east by Fallsview Boulevard - a pedestrian link between the Fallsview District and the Clifton Hill District.
  Toronto Leaving Toronto take the Queen Elizabeth HWY Niagara Falls to HWY 420 to Stanley Avenue Exit South. The Double Tree Fallsview Resort & Spa is located just past the Ferry Street intersection, on the left hand side. The hotel is accessible from both Stanley Avenue and Fallsview Boulevard. Fallsview Boulevard is a main street in Niagara Falls that links many attractions, restaurants and shopping.
  Toronto Airport (Lester B. Pearson International Airport - YYZ) From the Toronto airport take Hwy 401 West to Hwy 403 South to Queen Elizabeth Hwy Hamilton/Niagara bound to QEW Niagara Falls to HWY 420 to Stanley Avenue South. The Doubletree Niagara Falls Hotel is on the left hand side.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Independent Arrivals/Welcome & Orientation/Historic Niagara and the War of 1812
(Sunday, September 8)
   
 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: INTRODUCTIONS: Following dinner, you will meet for introductions, a review of the program and site orientation.
 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.
   
Accommodations: DoubleTree Fallsview Resort & Spa by Hilton Niagara Falls
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Buxton National Historic Site/The Freedom Trail - The Underground Railroad/Soul Food Dinner and Gospel Music
(Monday, September 9)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: Travelodge Chatham
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Uncle Tom's Cabin/Geology of Niagara Falls/Sir Adam Beck Generating Station
(Tuesday, September 10)
   
 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: 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.
 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.
 Dinner: Dinner on your own to enjoy local fare or join the Group Leader (at a local restaurant).
   
Accommodations: DoubleTree Fallsview Resort & Spa by Hilton Niagara Falls
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Historic Niagara-on-the-Lake/Queenston Heights/Laura Secord Homestead/Battlefields of the War of 1812
(Wednesday, September 11)

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: 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.
 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.
 Dinner: Dinner at the Skylon restaurant overlooking Niagara Falls.
   
Accommodations: DoubleTree Fallsview Resort & Spa by Hilton Niagara Falls
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Niagara College Wine Institute/Southbrook Vineyards/Free Time in Niagara-on-the-Lake
(Thursday, September 12)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: DoubleTree Fallsview Resort & Spa by Hilton Niagara Falls
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6: Shaw Festival Backstage/Shaw Presentation and Pre-Show Chat/Matinee Performance - Our Betters
(Friday, September 13)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the inn.
 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.
 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.
 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
   
Accommodations: DoubleTree Fallsview Resort & Spa by Hilton Niagara Falls
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7: Independent Departures
(Saturday, September 14)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel is at 7:30 am.
 Morning: Independent departures after breakfast.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Niagara Falls Fort George
Fort 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 Falls
The 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 Museum
Established 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 Gardens
Established 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
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


Inventing Niagara: Beauty, Power and Lies


Author: Ginger Strand


Description: Strand turns her initial impulse to make fun of the kitchy, overexposed honky tonk at modern Niagara Falls into this witty, well-researched tale of the transformation of a natural wonder into an engineering feat, spectacle and monument.



Niagara Falls (Images of Niagara)


Author: Daniel M. Dumych


Description: A photohistory of the town that grew up around the falls, drawn from the archives of the Niagara Library.



Frommer's Niagara Region


Author: Louise Dearden


Description: A practical, frequently revised guide to exploring Niagara Falls and surroundings.



The World Atlas of Wine


Author: Hugh Johnson, Jancis Robinson


Description: An invaluable, illustrated guide and atlas, covering wine-producing regions around the world. This revised fifth edition takes in new grapes, new wines and new wine-producing regions. Although France is given emphasis, California, Spain, Italy, South America, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and other regions are also well covered. With hundreds of color photographs, illustrations and excellent full color maps (which vary in scale according to region).



A Traveller's History of Canada


Author: Robert Bothwell


Description: An admirably concise march through Canadian history by Robert Bothwell, who has also written "Canada and Quebec: One Country, Two Histories." Compact, easy-to-read and covering from prehistoric times to today, it's a useful introduction to the country, designed specifically for travelers.





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