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The Shaw Festival: Extraordinary Theater and Nature in Niagara

Program No. 10396RJ
Enjoy three performances, engaging lectures and backstage access at the renowned Shaw Festival. Then dive deeper into the region’s culture with an icewine tasting at a local vineyard.
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At a Glance

Renowned for its stylish productions, the Shaw Festival is home to one of North America’s largest repertory companies. Immerse yourself in theater with performances, backstage experiences and lectures by Shaw company members. Round out your stay in Niagara with visits to Niagara Falls, the Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory and a local winery for a tasting of Niagara’s renowned icewine.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Enjoy private pre-show introductions to each play and post-show chats with cast members.
  • Complement your in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at the Shaw Festival with orchestra seats to three performances.
  • Experience more than 2,000 free-flying butterflies in a lush, rainforest setting, then walk the footpaths of the Botanical Gardens and one of Canada’s finest collections of ornamental trees, shrubs and roses.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Niagara Falls (Images of America)
by Daniel Dumych
A photohistory of the town that grew up around the falls, drawn from the archives of the Niagara Library.
Selected Stories
by Alice Munro
This collection of 28 short stories represents some of Munro's finest work. A powerful range of emotional, evocative tales set throughout the cities and rural towns of her native country.
The Deptford Trilogy
by Robertson Davies
An omnibus edition of Fifth Business (1970), The Manticore (1972) and World of Wonders (1975). Noteworthy for their faultless prose, memorable characters and trenchant humor, these novels follow the fate of three youths in Ontario.
The Living Great Lakes
by Jerry Dennis
Jerry Dennis, known for his writing on fly-fishing and canoeing, interweaves observation, anecdote and history in this tale of the lakes and his month-long voyage aboard the schooner Malabar.
A World of Butterflies
by Brian Cassie, Robert Michael Pyle (Introduction)
Vivid color images and short descriptions of some the world's most beautiful butterflies fill this photographic celebration.
Niagara, A History of the Falls
by Pierre Berton
Meticulously researched and entertaining, this history of Niagara Falls captures the sideshow atmosphere of the place with its honky-tonk attractions and daredevil feats. An engrossing social history.
The Theatre, A Concise History
by Phyllis Hartnoll, Enoch Brater (Contributor)
A fully illustrated survey of the theater from the days of the ancient Greeks to today, part of the "World of Art" series.
The Great Lakes
by Wayne Grady
Wayne Grady showcases the nature and ecology of the Great Lakes, hub of industry and agriculture and home to 40 million people, in this illustrated portrait of the region, including its geological formation, conservation challenges, forests and resources. With hundreds of color photographs and illustrations by Emily Damstra.
Inventing Niagara
by Ginger Strand
A witty, well-researched tale of the transformation of a natural wonder into an engineering feat, spectacle and monument.
The Monarch Butterfly, Biology and Conservation
by Karen Oberhauser (Editor), Michelle Solensky (Director)
A collection of scholarly review articles on the monarch butterfly and its conservation, partly drawn from two citizen science projects: Journey North and the Monarch Larva Monitoring Project.
by Annie Leibovitz
Niagara Falls, the houses of Virginia Woolf and Charles Darwin in the English countryside and Sigmund Freud's final home, in London, Thoreau's cabin at Walden Pond, the Massachusetts studio of sculptor Daniel Chester French, the trails above the Yosemite Valley, where Ansel Adams worked for fifty years, Georgia O'Keeffe and Eleanor Roosevelt but also Elvis Presley and Annie Oakley are all included in this remarkable portfolio of images.
Fodor's Toronto, With Niagara Falls & the Niagara Wine Region
by Inc. (COR) Fodor's Travel Publications
This practical guide in the popular series is packed with insider information in an easy-to-use format.

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