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Best of Niagara and Toronto: Theatre, History and Culture

Program Number: 19796RJ
Start and End Dates:
9/7/2014 - 9/14/2014;
Duration: 7 nights
Location: Niagara Falls (Ontario), Ontario
Price starting at: $1,895.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: History & Culture; Theater
Meals: 18; 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 5 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 center, explore its thriving arts scene and its culturally diverse neighborhoods.


• At the Shaw Festival, meet privately with theater professionals before the show and enjoy a matinee.
• Meet with award-winning author, Bryan Prince, for an in-depth look into Canada's role in the Underground Railroad; savour locally prepared soul food followed by an evening of gospel music.
• 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


Tickets are included for a performance at the Shaw Festival - The Philadelphia Story.
Enjoy the latest in hearing technology — listening devices — on this date.

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.

Comfortable, modern hotels
Meals and Lodgings
   DoubleTree Fallsview Resort & Spa by Hilton Niagara Falls
  Niagara Falls 3 nights
   Travelodge Chatham
  Chatham 1 night
   Courtyard by Marriott Toronto (Downtown)
  Toronto, ON 3 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
  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

 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
  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

 Courtyard by Marriott Toronto (Downtown)
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: Experience the largest full-service Courtyard by Marriott in the world, Courtyard Toronto Downtown. One of the great Toronto hotels downtown, we are near shopping, entertainment, businesses and subway transit. The Eaton Centre, Canada's premier Toronto shopping destination is minutes away and find some of Toronto's finest restaurants and entertainment on trendy Yonge Street.
  Contact info: 475 Yonge Street
Toronto, ON M4Y 1X7 Canada
phone: 800-847-5075
  Room amenities: Air conditioning, alarm clock, bottled water, coffee maker/tea service , iron and ironing board and hair dryer. Luxury bedding - crisp linens, thicker mattresses, custom comforters, fluffier pillows. Free high speed wireless Internet in public areas and guest rooms
  Facility amenities: Fitness centre (open 24 hrs), indoor lap pool and whirlpool. On site restaurants - Yonge Street Grill, The Bistro and Second Cup coffee shop. Free high speed wireless Internet in public areas and guest rooms.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights after: Contact hotel for rates Contact hotel directly for current rates and availability.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM

Travel Details
  Start of Program:
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:
Program ends after breakfast. Departures from Toronto, ON. Check-out is 12:00 noon. You will be staying at Courtyard by Marriott Toronto (Downtown) the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required. Visit for up to date information.
  Parking availability:
For information on parking please contact the hotel directly.
To Start of Program
  Location:  Niagara Falls
  From End of Program
  Location:  Toronto, ON
  Nearest city or town:  Toronto
  Nearest highway: Highway 401/Trans Canada Highway
  Nearest airport:  Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ)
Travel Details



From Airport




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


Per Person/One Way:


Discount for early booking
Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


1.5 - 2 hours 


24 hour door to door service from Toronto Airport to your hotel in Niagara Falls. Experienced and courteous Niagara Airbus drivers will assist with your baggage. When leaving from the Toronto Airport, pick up is located at the Ground Transportation desk at either Terminal 1 lower level (below arrivals), or Terminal 3 at Door "C". Discount for early booking. Information available online at




From Airport




Commercial Van/Shuttle
Niagara Airbus
phone: 716-835-8111
Advanced Reservations Required


Per Person/One Way:


Discount for early bookings.
Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


45 - 60 minutes 


24 hour door to door service from Buffalo Airport to your hotel in Niagara Falls. Experienced and courteous Niagara Airbus drivers will assist with your baggage. Check-in with our agents at the Niagara Airbus departures desk, located at luggage pickup, on the ground floor of the Buffalo Airport. Discount for early bookings. Information available online at




To Airport




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


Per Person/One Way:


Approximately $30
Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


30 - 45 minutes 


The airport shuttle departs from the Delta Chelsea Hotel on Gerrard Street, just around the corner and less than a 5 minute walk from our hotel.




To Airport






Per Person/One Way:


Approximately $60 - $65 (per taxi)
Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


30-45 minutes depending on traffic 




To Airport




Commercial Van/Shuttle
Niagara Airbus
phone: 716-835-8111
Advanced Reservations Required


Per Person/One Way:


Discount for early bookings
Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


45 - 60 minutes 


24 hour door to door service to Buffalo Airport from your hotel in Niagara Falls. Experienced and courteous Niagara Airbus drivers will assist with your baggage and will drop you at the Buffalo Airport Departure very close to your airline check-in counter. Discount for early bookings. Information available online at

Driving Directions
  Niagara Falls, NY/Rainbow Bridge Hwy 420 to Stanley Ave. Exit South. This Niagara Falls Hotel 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, ON (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: Arrival and Check-In/Welcome Dinner/Orientation
(Sunday, September 7)
 Arrive To: Independent arrivals and transfers to the program hotel after 3:00 pm.
 Dinner: Your welcome dinner will take place in the hotel restaurant at 6:00 p.m.
 Evening: Following dinner, meet for introductions, a review of the program and orientation. 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.
Accommodations: DoubleTree Fallsview Resort & Spa by Hilton Niagara Falls
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Geology of Niagara/Voyage to the Falls/Laura Secord Homestead/Battlefields of 1812/Inniskillen Icewine Tasting
(Monday, September 8)
 Breakfast: At the hotel: Selection of chilled fruit juices, milk and fresh sliced seasonal fruit; Hot breakfast items to include: eggs, bacon, sausages, pancakes, hash browns. Assortment of bakery items including muffins, croissants, Danish & bagels. Cold cereal, granola, assorted yogurt ; fresh brewed Starbucks coffee & tea
 Morning: 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.
 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: Box lunch.
 Afternoon: A presentation on board the bus 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.
 Afternoon: Inniskillen is Canada’s Original Estate Winery, a respected winery pioneer committed to producing premium wines from premium grapes grown in Canada for over 35 years. Enjoy a tour and tasting of their famous Ice Wine in this unique setting - vineyards, the Winery, the Piazza and the historic old barn housing.
 Afternoon: 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. 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.

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: Enjoy dinner at the Skylon Tower, the most famous landmark next to the Falls. Glide smoothly to the top aboard our exterior glass-enclosed “Yellow Bug Elevators” in just 52 seconds where you will enjoy spectacular views of the Falls, the Great Gorge, Niagara wine district and the city skylines of Buffalo, New York and Toronto.
Accommodations: DoubleTree Fallsview Resort & Spa by Hilton Niagara Falls
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Historic Niagara-on-the-Lake/Queenston Heights/Backstage at the Shaw Festival/Matinee Theatre Performance - The Philadelphia Story
(Tuesday, September 9)

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

 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: 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: In Niagara-on-the-Lake.
 Afternoon: 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.
 Afternoon: Attend a matinee theatre performance of The Philadelphia Story at the Shaw Festival. Tracy Lord is young, beautiful, wealthy, and about to get married. The Philadelphia socialite has divorced her dashing but unreliable husband and fallen in love with a self-made (but perhaps a bit dull) business tycoon. When a cynical tabloid newshound arrives to cover the ceremony, Tracy has a hard time keeping her nuptials – and her heart – on the right track. A classic romantic comedy, the play was a huge turnaround success for Katharine Hepburn’s in the late 1930s. Barry wrote it especially for her, and the play had a year-long run on Broadway before becoming a six-time Oscar nominated film in 1940.
 Afternoon: Go backstage at the Shaw Festival 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.
 Dinner: On your own in Niagara Falls to sample the 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: Buxton National Historic Site/The Freedom Trail - The Underground Railroad/Soul Food Dinner and Gospel Music
(Wednesday, September 10)
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: This morning we journey to the town of Chatham to explore the history and rich heritage of the area.
 Lunch: At a restaurant in Chatham.
 Afternoon: A presentation on " By Brother's Keeper: Black Canada and the American Civil War" 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.
 Afternoon: Visit 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.
 Dinner: 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 5: Uncle Tom's Cabin/St. Jacobs/Mennonite Interpretive Centre/Mennonite Community/Toronto
(Thursday, September 11)
 Breakfast: At the hotel. Includes hard boiled eggs, yogurt (regular & fat free) toaster pancakes, muffins, bagels (plain & cinnamon raisin), toast (white & whole wheat), variety of cereals, oatmeal, juice, coffee, tea.
 Morning: We make a stop at 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.
 Lunch: At Stone Crock in St. Jacobs Village.
 Afternoon: With a Mennonite guide, we will travel along rural side roads past ‘Old Order’ farms where life goes on much as it has for the last 100 years. On a private visit to a Mennonite farm, hear about the past and current practices of the community - Old Order Mennonite customs, traditions and land use. Explore the challenges they face surviving in a globalized economy.
 Afternoon: A presentation will be delivered by Del Gingrich on the history and traditions of the Mennonites at the Mennonite Interpretive Centre in St. Jacobs. This area is home to the “Old Order Mennonites” a religious sect whose transportation of choice remains the horse and buggy. Discover their rural way of life and their conservative traditions that shun fashion and modern conveniences.
 Dinner: We arrive in the early evening and will enjoy dinner at the hotel in Toronto.
Accommodations: Courtyard by Marriott Toronto (Downtown)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Old Town Toronto/St. Lawrence Market/Art Gallery of Ontario
(Friday, September 12)
 Breakfast: Full breakfast buffet at the hotel. Includes fresh fruit, fresh bread, pastries & croissants, preserves and butter, cold cereal and milk, eggs scrambled, sausages and bacon, herbed breakfast potatoes, apple and orange juice, yogurt, coffee or tea.
 Morning: Discover Canada's largest and most ethnically diverse city with Toronto's foremost historian Bruce Bell. Bell is the official historian of St. Lawrence Market and St. Lawrence Hall and will take you to places that even locals don't even know about - the hidden gems often overlooked. Explore Old Town Toronto on foot with stops at The Farmers Market, St Lawrence Hall, Toronto's First Post Office (1834) St. James Cathedral as well as various historical sites along the way. The fusion of classic architecture and modern amenities is enhanced by the stunning view of Toronto's skyline.
 Lunch: At a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Uncover the treasures of the AGO with a local expert with a focus on Canadian artists including Emily Carr and the Group of Seven. The Canadian collection vividly documents the development of the nation's art heritage since pre-Confederation, including one of the largest and finest Inuit art collections in the world. Our focus will be on Canadian artists including Emily Carr and the Group of Seven. Founded in 1900 by a group of private citizens as the Art Museum of Toronto, the Art Gallery of Ontario is one of the largest art museums in North America. The AGO expanded its facility in 2008 with an innovative architectural design by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry.
 Dinner: On your own to sample from Toronto's wide array of dining options, or join the group leader at a local restaurant.
Accommodations: Courtyard by Marriott Toronto (Downtown)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7: Chinatown and Kensington Neighbourhood Walks/Multicultural Toronto/Free Afternoon
(Saturday, September 13)
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: Toronto is one of the most multicultural cities in the world and celebrates over 100 different cultures with over 180 languages spoken. A local expert will provide an in-depth talk on Toronto's vibrant multicultural landscape.
 Morning: Explore some of Toronto's most vibrant and fascinating neighbourhoods; starting at the University of Toronto, visit some of the areas not seen by the public. We will make our way to the seat of Ontario’s Parliament. Here you will learn of the wonderful architecture of the building and hear of some activities behind closed doors. Into Chinatown and Kensington Market the very epicenter of the city - it is a combination of Greenwich Village, the Lower East Side, and the Meatpacking District with the culture and excitement of a great multicultural city.
 Lunch: On your own or join the group leader at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: The afternoon is free for independent exploration. Some options: Performing Arts (Sony Centre, Young Peoples Theatre, Canadian Stage Theatre); Gardens & Historic Homes (Toronto Sculpture Garden, Mackenzie House, Allan Gardens Conservatory, Casa Loma); Museums (Art Gallery of Ontario, Bata Shoe Museum, Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Tatar Gallery, University of Toronto Art Centre, Gardiner Museum); Other (Queen's Park and the Parliament Buildings, University of Toronto, CN Tower).
 Dinner: Farewell dinner at Bodega Restaurant. The ambiance in this elegant Victorian Manor provides for a relaxed and unpretentious atmosphere while offering a meal that is luxurious and classically French with a cooking style that is fresh and health conscious.
Accommodations: Courtyard by Marriott Toronto (Downtown)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Program Concludes/Departures
(Sunday, September 14)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Departures from Toronto as per individual travel plans. Check-out is 12:00 p.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. For additional information, visit
  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
  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
  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
  Niagara Falls 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
  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
  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
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.

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.

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.

Toronto: A Short Illustrated History of Its First 1,200 Years

Author: Ronald F. Williamson

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.

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