Afternoon: Arrivals and transfers to the hotel in Toronto in the afternoon; check-in to the hotel after 3:00 pm. Program Registration. 4:00 p.m. After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table in the lobby to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule that reflects any last-minute changes, other important information, and to learn when and where the Orientation session will take place. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in.
Dinner: Plated dinner at the hotel at 6:00 p.m. Salad, entrée, dessert, soda or tea/coffee.
Evening: Orientation. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions around 7:30 p.m. We will review the up-to-date program schedule and any changes, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. Transportation will be provided by public transit or bus unless otherwise specified. Detailed information will be provided regarding use of Toronto’s public transportation (TTC), buses, streetcars and subways, and optional sites to explore while you are in Toronto. Periods in the schedule labeled “Free Time and “At Leisure” offer opportunities to make the program more meaningful and memorable while going out to explore on your own, engaging in available activities independently, making new friends among fellow Road Scholars, or simply relaxing. The Group Leader will always be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/ conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.
Activity note: Walking up to 2 miles, on pavement; about 3 hours; boarding/disembarking boat. Harbour boat trip is aboard the Oriole, a Great Lakes Steamship replica, all 76 feet have been decorated with the perfect blend of varnished woods, wrought iron, polished brass and plush upholstery. The two wrought iron staircases lead to the canopied upper deck where guests can enjoy music while romancing the skyline from the comfort of one of her many varnished benches. We will be using public transit today.
Breakfast: Enjoy a deluxe breakfast buffet at the hotel. Hot and cold items, juice, milk, coffee, tea.
Morning: Learn about Toronto's history and some of the city's most vibrant and culturally diverse neighbourhoods in a presentation with a local expert before setting out to explore the city. 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.
Lunch: Enjoy lunch at a local Asian restaurant served dim sum style; consisting of a variety of small servings of steamed and fried delicacies such as dumplings, noodles, rice and spring rolls; coffee, tea, water. Other beverages available for purchase.
Afternoon: We take public transit to the waterfront, then embark on a boat trip to explore Toronto Harbour. We will have a great view the city's breathtaking skyline including Harbourfront, CN Tower, SkyDome, Air Canada Centre, Toronto Islands, and the fabled Gibraltar Point Lighthouse. Return to the hotel by public transit.
Dinner: Plated dinner at a local restaurant with starter, entrée, dessert, soda or tea/coffee. Other beverages available for purchase.
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.
Activity note: Walking up to 2 miles, on paved, busy streets, about 3 hours for morning activity; some stairs. Walking at Wonderland on mostly pavement, boardwalks, distance based on personal preference. We will be staying at Canada's Wonderland until after the light show ends at 10:30 p.m. The water park at Canada's Wonderland closes at 7:00 p.m. We will be using public transit today. Coach travel approximately 1.5 hours; about 45 miles.
Breakfast: Hotel buffet.
Morning: Head out with a local expert on foot 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 experience. Sample some international flavors alongside some good old fashioned Canadian classics like Beaver Tails, Poutine, and Canadian Back Bacon (peameal 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. This will be done on the bus on the way to Niagara Falls. The menu will be judged by the grandparents on the way back.
Lunch: Lunch will be included in our market walk - back bacon on a bun, maple salmon and other Canadian treats. Then return to the hotel by TTC.
Afternoon: We will regroup at the hotel at 2:15 p.m. and walk to the subway station to access the TTC (our bus will rendezvous with us for the trip to Canada's Wonderland). 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.
Dinner: Dinner at Canada's Wonderland Marketplace all you can eat – the menu varies slightly day by day but typically includes: Taco Station, Salad Bar, Pizza Station, Pasta Station, Carving Station, Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Fries, Desserts and Hot and Cold Beverages.
Evening: We finish the evening with a starlight spectacular light and fountain show that starts at 10:00 p.m. near the mountain. NOTE: Depart by bus for the return to the hotel; arrive at the hotel about 11:30 p.m.
Activity note: Walking up to 1.5 miles, about 3 hours, on pavement and in museum, some stairs. We will be using public transit today.
Breakfast: Hotel buffet.
Morning: We will walk to the subway station and take the TTC to visit the Royal Ontario Museum. Explore an exceptional array of themed galleries, spanning both world cultures and natural history. With six million objects in the ROM's collections, there's something new to discover around every corner. Travel coast to coast, discovering the rich history of Canada and its natural wonders. From dinosaurs discovered in the Badlands of Alberta to the legacy of Canada's First Peoples and more. Embark on an expert-led adventure in the Museum's galleries; experience the diversity of Canada and discover what makes the ROM like no other museum. Free time to further explore the ROM - 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).
Lunch: Lunch on your own to explore the many dining options available in the city. Suggestions will be provided.
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.
Activity note: Walking up to 2 miles on pavement. Getting on/off boat. Coach travel approximately 3 hours, about 165 miles.
Breakfast: Hotel buffet.
Morning: Transfer by coach to Niagara Falls. where we will 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 trip “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! The we will soar the Great Gorge, high above the racing Niagara River on the Whirlpool Aero Car. We will 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! Coach transfer to lunch.
Lunch: At a local restaurant in Niagara will be a plated meal ordered from a pre-selected menu; coffee, tea, water, soda. Other beverages available for purchase.
Afternoon: We will stop at the Butterfly Conservatory, a magical place featuring 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! Then travel by coach to Niagara-on-the-Lake. Set in the spectacular Niagara region between the shores of Lake Ontario and Lake Erie, NOTL 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.”
Dinner: At a local restaurant overlooking Niagara Falls, choice of entrée, dessert; coffee, tea, water, soda. Other beverages available for purchase.
Breakfast: Buffet at the hotel served from 6:30 a.m.
Morning: Departures after breakfast as per individual travel plans. Check-out 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.