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Toronto Urban Adventures and Niagara's Magnificent Falls - Intergenerational

Program Number: 21047RJ
Start and End Dates:
7/13/2014 - 7/18/2014;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Toronto, Ontario
Price starting at: $1,391.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Intergenerational
Intergenerational
Meals: 12; 5 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Program intended for grandchildren from 9 - 13 years of age.

Get a primer in Canadian history, culture, science and nature on a dynamic and exciting Intergenerational urban and rural adventure with your grandchild. Learn about a wide variety of topics as you explore Toronto’s well-known and hidden gems, as well as incredible Niagara Falls.




Highlights

• Discover the history and culture of two of Toronto’s most interesting neighborhoods on a scavenger hunt.
• Go behind the scenes and experience first-hand the plunging waters, thundering roar and spraying mist of Niagara Falls aboard a thrilling boat ride at the base of the falls.
• Embark on a culinary extravaganza with an urban food expert and sample some Canadian classics such as beaver tails, Canadian back bacon and more.



Activity Particulars

Walking two miles on city streets; use of public transit, stairs to access subway.




Date Specific Information

7-13-2014

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Toronto

This world-class city located on the north shore of Lake Ontario is a mosaic of distinctive neighborhoods with numerous parks and miles of beaches, boardwalks and trails. Canada’s largest city is home to a vibrant downtown core, thriving fine and performing arts groups, extensive green space and a global citizenry.



Accommodations
Full-service hotel in downtown Toronto. Hotel’s Family Fun Zone features “the Corkscrew,” downtown Toronto’s only indoor waterslide.
Meals and Lodgings
   Eaton Chelsea Toronto
  Toronto, ON 5 nights
 Eaton Chelsea Toronto
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: The Eaton Chelsea – Canada’s largest hotel – offers a variety of options in guestrooms and meeting space. Located in the heart of downtown Toronto and within walking distance of College subway station, the city’s central business district and government offices the hotel is also minutes from the city’s best shopping districts (including the Toronto Eaton Centre), Yonge-Dundas Square, fantastic live theatre, vibrant nightlife and exciting attractions. Show Your Key and Save on selected tours, museums and shops. We have been recognized as the “Best Family Hotel in the GTA (Greater Toronto Area)” from the readers of City Parent Magazine. Being chosen seven times by the readers, we have become a Gold Member of the Hall of Fame.
  Contact info: 33 Gerrard Street West
Toronto, ON M5G 1Z4 Canada
phone: 800-243-5732
web: chelsea.eatonhotels.com
  Room amenities: Rooms are approximately 275 square feet with luxurious pillow top mattress, white striped bedding, plush duvet, designer cummerbund and accent pillow. Work desk, complimentary high-speed internet, in-room pay movies and video games. Ergonomic desk, chair, iron and ironing board, coffee/tea maker, hairdryer, curved shower rods with waffle shower curtains. Many rooms have balcony access and windows that open.
  Facility amenities: From our signature restaurant Bb33, to the casual self-serve family fare of Market Garden restaurant, Executive Chef Gino Guercio highlights fresh local Canadian produce prepared with style and imagination. Watch the world go by from Elm Street, our Lobby Lounge, while you enjoy authentic Indian cuisine from our curry buffet (Monday-Friday). For the ultimate night time gathering, Monarchs Pub is THE destination for live music and sporting events. Enjoy 11 HD televisions, contemporary pub fare, domestic or international beers, and creative cocktails. Join us every Thursday for electrifying blues with Toronto’s best blues band, and every Friday for live Classic Rock. Adults-only Deck 27 Health Club is the perfect urban retreat complete with a panoramic view of the Toronto skyline and seasonal sundeck. Kids of all ages love the Eaton Chelsea! We treat young travellers with the courtesy and respect they deserve during their stay, while offering a wide range of services and amenities that parents will appreciate. Our Family Fun Zone features the Kid Centre, Club 33 teen lounge, pool and the 130-foot "Corkscrew", downtown Toronto’s only indoor waterslide and other supervised activities.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Contact hotel Please contact the hotel directly on your own for availability and rates.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Contact hotel Please contact the hotel directly on your own for availability and rates.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Arrivals to the hotel. Check-in after 3:00 p.m. Dinner at 6:00 p.m. at the hotel. You will be staying at Eaton Chelsea Toronto that night.
  End of Program:
Departures from the hotel. Check-out is 11 a.m. You will be staying at Eaton Chelsea Toronto the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Traveling by Air: All passengers, including minors (children under 18) are required to present a valid passport or other valid travel document such as a Nexus card when travelling by air between Canada and the United States. Traveling by land/sea: A valid U.S. passport, passport card, or NEXUS card for entry across the Canadian boarder. Children under 16 years old will need proof of U.S. citizenship and a parental letter of permission. A passport is not required for Children under 16 but are encouraged (subject to change )
  Parking availability:
Contact hotel for current rates. Approx. $29 ( self-parking); $39 (Valet parking) per night, in and out. Underground parking entrance is on the South side of Gerrard street in front of the hotel lobby entrance. Height restriction is 5 feet, 6 inches.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Toronto, ON
  Nearest city or town:  Toronto
  Nearest highway: Highway 401/Trans Canada Highway
  Nearest airport:  Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ)
  From End of Program
  Location: Toronto, ON
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Toronto

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Airport Express
phone: 800-387-6787

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approximately $27 (senior discount available)
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

30 - 45 minutes depending on traffic 

 

Distance:

 

Shuttle drops off at the Eaton Chelsea.

   

Terminal 1. Bus departs from Posts B and E. Customer service locations at arrivals level (outside domestic baggage claim area) and arrivals level international (U.S.) (located behind the "blue clock"). Terminal 3. Bus departs from Curbside area #25. Tickets can be purchased at customer service counter or from bus driver. For more information and online booking see www.torontoairportexpress.com. Online bookings receive a 10% discount. American dollars and credit cards are accepted.

 

Toronto

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approximately $55.00 - $65.00 (per taxi)
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

30-45 minutes depending on traffic 

   

Taxis are available at curbside from arrivals level at all terminals.

 

Toronto

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Airport Express
phone: 800-387-6787

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approximately $27 (senior discount available)
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

30 - 45 minutes 

   

Shuttle departs from the Eaton Chelsea hotel.

 

Toronto

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approximately $55 - $65 (per taxi)
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

30-45 minutes depending on traffic 

 
Driving Directions
  From the QEW (WEST) Follow the QEW (Queen Elizabeth Way) and continue on to the Gardiner Expressway East. Take the exit toward Bay Street N. Merge onto Harbour St/Lake Shore Blvd. Turn left onto Bay St (signs for Gardiner Expressway E) Turn left to stay on Bay St . Turn right onto Gerrard St W. The Eaton Chelsea will be on the right
  Hwy 401 (via Don Valley Parkway) From Highway 401 take the ramp to Don Valley Parkway S. Merge onto Don Valley Pkwy S then take the exit toward Bayview Avenue/Bloor Street. Continue straight then turn left onto Castle Frank Rd. Turn right onto Bloor St E. then a slight left onto Parliament St. Turn right onto Gerrard St E. The Eaton Chelsea will be on the left
  Pearson International Airport (Toronto) to Delta Chelsea Hotel Head north on Convair Dr; take the 1st right onto Renforth Dr. Turn left to merge onto ON-427 for approximately 7.6 kms/4.7 miles. Keep left at the fork, follow signs for Gardiner Expressway/Toronto and merge onto Gardiner Expy E. Follow the Gardiner and take the exit toward Bay Street N. Merge onto Harbour St/Lake Shore Blvd. Turn left onto Bay St (signs for Gardiner Expressway E) Turn left to stay on Bay St . Turn right onto Gerrard St W. The Eaton Chelsea will be on the right
Equipment Requirements: Comfortable walking shoes.
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: Arrival and Check-In/Registration and Orientation/Welcome Dinner
(Sunday, July 13)
   
 Arrive To: Arrivals and transfers to Toronto in the afternoon; check-in to the hotel after 3:00 pm. The front desk will let you know where to register with Road Scholar program staff and pick up your arrival packet containing the most up-to-date schedule and program information.


Participants will be welcomed by their group leader followed by a meet and greet. A program orientation will be delivered including detailed information regarding use of Toronto’s public transportation (buses and subways), and optional sites to explore while you are in Toronto.


Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

 Dinner: Welcome dinner at 6:00 p.m at the hotel.
   
Accommodations: Eaton Chelsea Toronto
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Toronto: Kensington Market and Chinatown Scavenger Hunt/Toronto Harbour Cruise
(Monday, July 14)
   
 Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Learn about Toronto's history and some of Toronto's most vibrant and culturally diverse neighbourhoods before going out to explore on foot. Gain an appreciation and understanding of the 20th century immigrant experience, and the importance of Kensington Market and Chinatown in the development of modern-day Toronto's incredible cultural diversity.
 Morning: Today we set off to discover some of Toronto’s most colorful and culturally rich neighborhoods. A scavenger hunt through these eclectic and multicultural neighborhoods will help participants/youth learn about the area in a fun and interactive way. We begin our urban adventure at Kensington Market. From there it’s a short walk to a bustling and colorful Chinatown, and into Kensington Market. Here, we’ll explore the history of the Chinese community in Toronto; Jewish and Eastern European immigration and history; fine art, graffiti art and murals, moose on rooftops, a famous King who lived here, and some of the best places to eat and shop. Toronto is one of the most multicultural cities in the world and celebrates over 100 different cultures with over 180 languages spoken.
 Lunch: Enjoy lunch at a local Chinese restaurant.
 Afternoon: Explore Toronto Harbour on a relaxing cruise and view the city's breathtaking skyline including Harbourfront, CN Tower, SkyDome, Air Canada Centre, Toronto Islands, and the fabled Gibraltar Point Lighthouse.
 Dinner: Dinner at Le Marche.
 Evening: Enjoy the on-site facilities. Kids of all ages love the Eaton Chelsea! The Family Fun Zone features the Kid Centre, pool and the 130-foot "Corkscrew", downtown Toronto’s only indoor waterslide and other supervised activities. Or take this opportunity to take in a theatre performance, attend a sporting event, cruise the harbour or visit other points of interest.
   
Accommodations: Eaton Chelsea Toronto
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Toronto: Culinary Extravaganza/Canada's Wonderland
(Tuesday, July 15)

Note: The water park at Canada's Wonderland closes at 7:00 p.m. Today will be a long day, we depart at 10:30 p.m. after the light show at Canada's Wonderland.



   
 Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Head out to explore the history and flavors of Canadian cuisine in this culinary extravaganza linking back to the neighborhood and market walk earlier in the program. Experience Toronto’s food culture on this fun, full of life tasting tour. Sample some international flavors alongside some good old fashioned Canadian classics like Beaver Tails, Poutine, and Canadian Back Bacon. Along the way participants will be introduced to some of the interesting tidbits (and Timbits®) about historical and recent happenings surrounding food in this lively city.


We end our foodie foray at historic St. Lawrence Market, considered by Food and Wine magazine to be one of the world's 25 best food markets, located in the heart of historic Old Town Toronto. The grandchildren will be asked to create a Canadian menu with the foods they have tasted and the list of items they have been given. The menu will be judged by the grandparents later in the program.

 Lunch: Lunch will be included in our market walk.
 Afternoon: Canada's first and largest theme park, Canada's Wonderland features over 200 attractions, 68 thrilling rides, North America's greatest variety of roller coasters, Splash Works, a 20-acre water park and live shows. Leviathan, one of the world's biggest and tallest roller coasters was unveiled in 2012. Dinosaurs Alive!, is a new interactive dinosaur park where over 40 life-sized animatronic dinosaurs are set in an outdoor Jurassic themed environment. We finish the evening with a starlight spectacular light show. NOTE: Waterpark closes at 7:00 p.m.
 Dinner: Dinner at Canada's Wonderland.
   
Accommodations: Eaton Chelsea Toronto
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Toronto: Royal Ontario Museum - Dinosaurs and Bat Caves/Free Afternoon
(Wednesday, July 16)
   
 Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Visit the Royal Ontario Museum and imagine life when dinos roamed the earth at the Age of Dinosaurs exhibit and explore one of the world’s best dinosaur collections. Hundreds of specimens await visitors in the Michael Lee-Chin Crystal, ranging from insects and fossilized plants, to Canada’s largest dinosaur on permanent display, Gordo the Barosaurus, who clocks in at an impressive 27 metres (90 feet). Participants may also recognize the Stegosaurus, Tyrannosaurus rex, Triceratops, Deinonychus, and the popular Hadrosaur specimens, Parasaurolophus and Maiasaura.


A series of short, educational presentations reveal how dinosaurs may have walked and interacted, and feature fascinating overviews of more than 12 dinosaurs and other creatures. Then brave the Bat Cave! Kids will love discovering the real stories behind these mysterious creatures of the night. Highlights include an audio-visual show that explores cave formation, how bats use echolocation, a spectacular dramatization of bats in flight during a nightly exodus for food and more. Spend some additional time exploring the ROM independently or return to the hotel.

 Lunch: Lunch on your own.
 Afternoon: Take time to explore more of the city independently or join your group leader (and fellow participants). Options include the CN Tower, Art Gallery of Ontario, Fort York, Toronto Islands and a wide array of museums, galleries and historic sites. A list of free time options and information will be provided.
 Dinner: Dinner on your own to sample from the wide array of dining options Toronto has to offer. There is a restaurant to suit every taste. A list of restaurant options will be provided or visit www.dine.to for suggestions.
   
Accommodations: Eaton Chelsea Toronto
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 5: Niagara Falls: Voyage to the Falls Boat Tour/Whirlpool Aero Car/Historic Niagara-on-the-Lake
(Thursday, July 17)
   
 Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before departing for Niagara Falls.
 Morning: Soar the Great Gorge, high above the racing Niagara River on the Whirlpool Aero Car. You'll be transported through the air in an antique cable car, while far below the torrent of water abruptly changes direction and creates one of the world’s most mesmerizing natural phenomena – the Niagara Whirlpool. Sometimes frightening and always unforgettable!
 Morning: Experience the water, power and mist of one of Canada’s natural wonders - Niagara Falls. Get up-close and personal on a new state-of-the-art catamaran boat tour “Voyage To The Falls”. Travel from the Canadian docks at the base of the Great Gorge, past the American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls and the awesome up-close and personal connection with the thundering water, awesome power and amazing mist of the mighty Horseshoe Falls!
 Lunch: Enjoy a picnic lunch.
 Afternoon: Set in the spectacular Niagara region between the shores of Lake Ontario and Lake Erie, Niagara-on-the-Lake is situated in an area rich in culture, history and natural beauty. The surrounding countryside is beautifully patterned with orchards and vineyards.


Drive through Queenston Heights and see some of the famous battlefields of the War of 1812. Learn about the history and experiences of the area, from wars, conflicts, rebellions, and threats that faced the city and the region in the course of its development. The first impression of Niagara-on-the-Lake is Old World charm and breathtaking pastoral beauty. We will stop at an ice cream shoppe to indulge in a treat. Free time to explore Niagara-on-the-Lake, the town that has won the award for “Prettiest Town in Canada” and taken second place as “Prettiest Town in the World.”

 Afternoon: Visit the Butterfly Conservatory, this magical place features over 2,000 colorful tropical butterflies floating 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!
 Dinner: Farewell dinner overlooking Niagara Falls before returning by coach to Toronto.
   
Accommodations: Eaton Chelsea Toronto
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Program Concludes/Independent Departures
(Friday, July 18)
   
 Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast with the group before departing.
 Morning: Departures after breakfast as per individual travel plans. Check-out time is 11:00 a.m. This concludes our program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please be in touch via the Road Scholar Social Network, where you can share memories, pictures and comments. Best wishes for all your journeys.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Toronto, ON Arts, Culture, History
Toronto has a number of world-class museums and historic sites including the Royal Ontario Museum, Art Gallery of Ontario, Bata Shoe Museum, Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Museum of Inuit Art, Gardiner Museum, Tatar Gallery, University of Toronto Art Centre, Textile Museum, Queen's Park and the Parliament Buildings and historic Fort York. www.toronto.ca/culture/museums/locations.htm For additional information, visit www.toronto.worldweb.com/SightsAttractions/Museums/
  Gardens and Historic Homes
Toronto is home to an array of gardens, green spaces and historic homes. Casa Loma, Toronto Botanical Garden, Toronto Sculpture Garden, Kew Gardens, Toronto Music Garden, Mackenzie House, Allan Gardens Conservatory. For additional information, visit www.toronto.worldweb.com/SightsAttractions/ParksGardens/
  Marine Life
Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada is the newest and most anticipated attraction in the heart of downtown Toronto, next to the CN Tower. As Canada’s largest indoor aquarium, we welcome you to the Waters of the World! For additional information, visit www.ripleyaquariums.com/canada/
  Neighbourhoods/Sports Venues
Other sites of interest: St. Lawrence Market, CN Tower, Canadian Air & Space Museum, Hockey Hall of Fame, Air Canada Centre, Toronto Islands, City Hall, University of Toronto, The Distillery District, Chinatown and P.A.T.H. the underground city. For additional information, visit www.toronto.com
  Performing Arts
Toronto is home to a number of theatre and other performing arts venues. Venues include: Sony Centre for Performing Arts, Young Peoples Theatre, Canadian Stage Theatre, Peoples Theatre, Canadian Stage Theatre, Soulpepper Theatre, Four Seasons Centre, Massey Hall and many more. For additional information, visit www.torontolivetheatre.com/index.cfm
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


Toronto: A Pictorial Celebration


Author: Bruce Bell


Description: Bruce Bell's latest book on Toronto, including fantastic photography. A look at the top 100 sites in Toronto. Bruce is a noted historian, journalist, author, playwright, actor, and curator and is part of this program experience.



Lost Toronto


Author: William Dendy


Description: An intriguing portrait of the 19th- and early 20th-century city, Lost Toronto fills in the gaps of architectural history. Using almost 150 archival photographs, William Dendy identifies and discusses buildings destroyed or significantly defaced as the 20th century progressed. Not just an architectural history, Lost Toronto is a plea for more stringent regulations to preserve historic buildings. Lost Toronto and Toronto Observed: Its Architecture, Patrons, and History (1986) won Toronto book awards.



Unbuilt Toronto: A History of the City That Might Have Been


Author: Mark Osbaldeston


Description: Unbuilt Toronto explores never-realized building projects in and around Toronto, from the city's founding to the twenty-first century. Delving into unfulfilled and largely forgotten visions for grand public buildings, skyscrapers, highways, and subways, it outlines projects like St. Alban's Cathedral and the Queen subway line. Readers may lament the loss of some projects, be thankful for the disappearance of others, and marvel at the downtown that could have been. Featuring 147 images, Unbuilt Toronto casts a different light on a city you thought you knew.



No Mean City


Author: Eric Arthur/revised by Stephen Otto


Description: An excellent book that details the rise of Toronto from a small British colony to a great metropolis. Eric Arthur fell in love with Toronto the first time he saw it. The year was 1923; he was twenty-five years old, newly arrived to teach architecture at the University of Toronto. For the next sixty years he dedicated himself to saving the great buildings of Toronto's past. Toronto, No Mean City sounded a clarion call in his crusade. First published in 1964, it sparked the preservation movement of the 1960s and 1970s and became its bible. This reprint of the third edition, prepared by Stephen Otto, updates Arthur's classic to include information and illustrations uncovered since the appearance of the first edition. Four new essays were commissioned for this reprint. Christopher Hume, architecture critic and urban affairs columnist for the Toronto Star, addresses the changes to the city since the appearance of the third edition in 1986. Architect and heritage preservation activist Catherine Nasmith assesses the current status of the city's heritage preservation movement. Susan Crean, a freelance writer in Toronto, explores Toronto's vibrant arts scene. Mark Kingwell, professor and cultural commentator, reflects on the development of professional and amateur sports in and around town. Readers will delight in these anecdotal accounts of the city's rich architectural heritage.





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