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The Great Lakes, Bays & Waterfalls of Ontario

Exploring the lesser known landscapes of Canada on foot and canoe.

Ontario, well known as home to the magnificent Niagara Falls and Toronto, is lesser known for its fantastic lakes, national parks and walking trails. This scenic journey will take us on a loop of the southern corner of Ontario, gently following the Niagara Escarpment to Georgian Bay and Manitoulin Island before heading inland to the well-known Algonquin Park.  We’ll discover just how scenically beautiful and diverse this lesser known Canadian province truly is.

Our adventure begins in Toronto with an urban walking tour soaking up the highlights of the waterfront, markets and much more!  We then transfer to Tobermory, located on the Bruce Peninsula; boasting fabulous landscapes, famous for the Bruce Trail, one of Canada's oldest and longest marked footpaths which follows the magnificent Niagara Escarpment. On route to Manitoulin Island, where we will gain an insight into the way of life and culture of the First Nations, we will first enjoy a boat cruise to Flower Pot Island (known for its sea stacks).

Continuing east to Killarney Provincial Park we’ll enjoy two days filled with fabulous walking and canoeing on George Lake. Heading south along Georgian Bay we arrive at Huntsville stopping at Oastler Lake Provincial Park to walk along the Rose Point Trail.  We then head to the world famous Algonquin National Park for a canoe and walk experience accompanied by a local guide.  Our time in Killarney and Huntsville is a true Canadian wilderness experience, possibly spotting bear or deer!

We finish our tour in picturesque Niagara-on-the-Lake.  Noted for its vineyards and majestic setting we’ll have some superb riverside walks.  Last but by no means least; we complete the tour with an exhilarating trip to the heart of the Niagara Falls onboard the Hornblower Cruise, a truly spectacular finish to the holiday.  
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You enjoy the great outdoors and possess a moderate spirit of adventure. For you, nothing beats exploring the natural world, whether by foot, wheels or water. You enjoy filling your days with great scenery and a range of different experiences. You are moderately fit. Previous outdoor activity experience is preferable.



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    02 Oct 2017
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    14
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    London (Heathrow)
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  • Itinerary & Map
    02 Oct 2017 - 16 Oct 2017

    Day 1 - Toronto
    Fly from London Heathrow to Toronto, arriving in the late afternoon.

    Day 2 - Toronto
    A morning of exploring Toronto on foot. We will then stop at St Lawrence Market or the waterfront to grab some lunch, followed by a free afternoon to discover the city at your own pace.

    Day 3 - Tobermory
    After breakfast we transfer to our second centre of Tobermory. On route we will stop for a walk in the Mono Cliff Park. An excellent introduction Walk to the Bruce Trail. In this section the Bruce Trail follows the line of Hurontario Street, which was the main road into the area in pioneer days and linked Lake Ontario with Georgian Bay. After lunch we continue our journey via Owen Sound. Here we will do a short hike of the Chris Walker Loop; the short trail offers one of the most spectacular views of the islands in Colpoy’s Bay.

    Day 4 - Tobermory
    Today we will take the ferry to Flower Pot Island/Fathom Five National Marine Park. The glass bottom boat will allow us to view shipwrecks along the way. We will have a walk on the island before returning to Tobermory. After lunch we will head into the Bruce Peninsula National Park for an afternoon hike and visit the Tobermory Visitor Centre.

    Day 5 - Tobermory
    We will spend the day exploring Tobermory and its surroundings; we will have several hikes to choose from, including more of the Bruce Trail.

    Day 6 - Manitoulin Island
    Taking the ferry from Tobermory we head over to our next centre of Manitoulin Island. We then drive a short distance to Little Current where we will join a First Nation guide for a nature walk. We will then transfer to our hotel where we will enjoy dinner.

    Day 7 - Killarney Park
    This morning will be at leisure before driving to our next centre of Killarney Park via Sudbury. We will check into our lodge with time to explore the lake front before dinner.

    Day 8 - Killarney Park
    Two days of fabulous hikes in the park. One day we will an orientation canoe trip on George Lake.

    Day 10 - Huntsville
    After breakfast we will transfer to our fifth centre of Huntsville. We will travel via Parry Sound stopping on route for a hike along the Rose Point Trail (south of Parry Sound). We start at Oastler Lake Provincial Park near the shores of Georgian Bay. It is a great walk on an old railway track with the green waters of the Boyne running alongside the length of the trail, right to Georgian Bay. Wildlife viewing enthusiasts have a chance of seeing the endangered species of minnow turtle.

    Day 11 - Huntsville
    Today we will visit the world renowned Algonquin Park. We will have an exhilarating full day canoe and walk experience. Accompanied by a local guide we will canoe down the lake with stops along the way, we will moor and then take a walk into the woods, before returning to the canoe. A true Canadian wilderness experience where we will hopefully see bear, moose and otter!

    Day 12 - Niagara-on-the-lake
    Heading south this morning we travel to our final centre of Niagara-on-the-lake. We will stop at Crawford Lake Conservation Area en route, home to a reconstructed 15th century Iroquoian Village. We will have time for a walk on another section of the Bruce Trail before transferring to our hotel.

    Day 13 - Niagara-on-the-lake
    On our final full day we will explore Niagara-on-the-Lake through the historical town centre. We will also have time to explore the Niagara Glen. A unique spot of beauty deep in the Great Gorge that has been a designated Nature Reserve since 1992, the glen contains paths that wind through pockets of pristine forest, past boulders left behind as the Falls eroded through the surrounding area thousands of years ago. It is today that we take to the water for the final time and head for the falls onboard the Hornblower Cruise and spend the evening having a farewell dinner overlooking the falls.

    Day 14 - In Flight
    Leaving Niagara, we travel by road to Toronto Airport for the return overnight flight to London. En route, we enjoy a last hike along the Welland Canal and the famous flight locks.

    Day 15 - -
    Arrive back in the UK.


  • Accommodation
    Killarney Mountain Lodge, Killarney

    We stay at the Killarney Mountain Lodge, delightfully set in the classic lake and forest landscape found in this region of Canada. The feeling of getting away from it all extends to the rooms, which are set in the Pine Lodge, with knotted pine panelling and rustic features. They also come with en-suite bathrooms and a shared deck where you can sit out and take in the beautiful rugged grounds. It is truly a place to enjoy the outdoors.

    The lodge is idyllically set on the edge of Georgian Bay, part of huge Lake Huron, with its own jetty and marina. The village of Killarney is just down the road with its shops and amenities.

    The restaurant serves a mix of contemporary and traditional Canadian cuisine, using the freshest ingredients.

    If you don’t fancy swimming in Georgian Bay you can take a dip in the outdoor pool, or use the Finish sauna. For later, there is a bar and lounge, for unwinding with drink.

  • What's Included
    • Return flights and transfers.
    • En-suite accommodation with thirteen breakfasts and six dinners taken in hotels and local restaurants.
    • All local transportation costs and admission fees in conjunction with the programme.

  • Holiday Highlights
    • Toronto:  Canada's largest and most vibrant city.
    • Bruce Trail: Hike parts of Canada's oldest and longest marked footpath to the magnificent Niagara Escarpment, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. 
    • Manitoulin Island:  learn about the Odawa, Pottawottomie and Ojibway culture. The three tribes are now part of the Wikwemikong Indian Reserve on Manitoulin Island.
    • Canoeing in the tranquil lakes of Ontario with the chance of spotting some local wildlife.
    • Killarney and Algonquin Provincial Parks: discover Canada's great outdoors and pristine nature.
    • Niagara Falls: one of the world's most famous natural wonder needs no introduction!

  • Travel Information & Regional Departures
    • Arrival transfer by road (c30mins).
    • Flights: Heathrow-Toronto (Pearson International) (c7hrs 20mins), British Airways.
    • UK add-on flights from £95 return, British Airways.
    • Upgrades: World Traveller Plus (Premium Economy) and Business Class upgrades available, please ask for a competitive quote.
    • Visa is required.

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You enjoy the great outdoors and possess a moderate spirit of adventure. For you, nothing beats exploring the natural world, whether by foot, wheels or water. You enjoy filling your days with great scenery and a range of different experiences. You are moderately fit. Previous outdoor activity experience is preferable.



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