The world's tallest building...the world's most multi-cultural city...the world's third largest theatre centre (after New York and London)...featuring over 4,000 restaurants, more art galleries than Chicago and Los Angeles combined and one of North America's safest public transportation systems...Toronto is also one of the world's "greenest" cities with parks and ravines everywhere, and it boasts one of the lowest big-city crime rates in North America. These are just a few of the major records that Toronto holds and some of the reasons why millions of people come here year after year.
Of course, getting here is half the fun. For something completely different, groups travelling between Toronto and the Upstate New York Region can cross Lake Ontario effortlessly with no traffic hassles by riding The Breeze, a new ferry service. What a unique way to introduce your groups to this special region!
There are so many thematic tours you can create in Toronto- history, art, theatre, fashion design, architecture, gardening, ethnic culture, shopping-use your imagination!
How about a neighbourhoods tour? Why not a tour of private and public gardens throughout the Toronto region? How about a "behind-the-scenes tour" of art galleries and museums. Shopping at bargain centres and factory outlets is very popular (especially for American groups benefitting from the favourable exchange rates). Or try shopping in our underground city-over 1,000 shops and services protected from the outside weather. Take a walking tour through Toronto's beautiful ravines or ride the ferry to the Toronto Islands and enjoy a picnic lunch.
What about festivals and special events? There is always something going on in this city! From fireworks competitions along the waterfront to world-class jazz and film festivals, you can't beat Toronto for unique activities. North America's largest Caribbean festival is held each summer, featuring a day - long parade and steel bands from all over the world.The Canadian National Exhibition, the world's largest annual fair, has entertained millions of visitors since 1879. From car races and horse shows to craft displays and needlework festivals, there's something for everyone in Toronto. There's no place like it on earth!
Day 1: Welcome to Toronto. If this is your group's first time in this dazzling city, an orientation tour would acquaint them with its many exciting opportunities. Don't miss the Hockey Hall of Fame, featuring sports memorabilia and interactive exhibits. Sample some of Toronto's ethnic flavours this evening by dining in Greektown at Ellas Mythic Greek Restaurant, or try some Spanish sizzle at Plaza Flamingo.
Day 2: Toronto Sights: Start the day with breakfast at the top of the world's tallest free-standing structure, the CN Tower, and see Toronto from 1,200 feet above. The new "glass floor" will test everyone's courage. Visit Toronto's newest attraction, The Pier, offering interactive audio-visual displays and exhibits about Toronto's waterfront history. Next door, Pier 4 Storehouse Restaurant offers exclusive lakeview seating for lunch or dinner. Quench your thirst at Toronto's only microbrewery, The Amsterdam Brewing Company, then enjoy guided behind- the- scenes tours of two of Canada's most respected cultural attractions, the Royal Ontario Museum and theArt Gallery of Ontario. This evening, you will share a truly moving experience as you enjoy dinner and a performance by Famous PEOPLE Players, a world-renowned blacklight theatre company.
Day 3: Homes and Gardens: Anyone who likes flowers and spectacular architecture would enjoy a visit to Casa Loma, including a guided tour of the recently restored gardens. Continue next door to Spadina House and tour this beautifully maintained estate home and its lovely gardens. A 45-minute drive east of Toronto takes you to the spectacular Cullen Gardens in Whitby. Enjoy lunch in the Solarium Cafe and then spend the afternoon exploring over 26 acres of gardens, complemented by a miniature village and live performances. Seasonal festivals occur throughout the year. Durham Region offers many other interesting attractions, including wineries, zoos, flea markets, a "water garden" featuring spectacular goldfish, an elegantly furnished mansion that was featured on A&E's "American Castles", and a scenic train ride that winds 12 miles through the rolling hills of the Oakridges Moraine. Return to Toronto in the late afternoon and enjoy dinner at HotHouse Café or The Fish House, both located near Toronto's downtown theatre district. Tonight, your group can take in a Broadway show by Mirvish Productions or attend a concert by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra or the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, two of Toronto's major classical music organizations.
Day 4: Westward Ho!: Today, we take a short drive west to the city of Mississauga. Located along the shores of Lake Ontario is the Bradley Museum, an 1830's farmhouse. Nearby, Benares Historic House offers a look at life in the 1918 era. Next stop is the Living Arts Centre, Mississauga's newest theatre complex, offering demonstrations by local artisans and live perfomances. Enjoy lunch and a matinee performance. Directly across from the theatre, your group can shop at Square One, offering over 330 stores, restaurants and services. Continue on to Magnotta Winery for a pre-dinner tasting before reaching Woodbine Race Track for dinner and an evening of harness or thoroughbred racing.
Day 1: Depending on your group's arrival time, they could take an orientation tour with a local step-on guide or stop at one of Toronto's fine educational attractions, such as the Ontario Science Centre, giving them a chance to "stretch their legs" before checking in to their hotel. Dinner at the Old Spaghetti Factory, one of Toronto's most entertaining restaurants, and shopping at the Eaton Centre would conclude their first day.
Day 2: Just north of Toronto, spend most of the day at Paramount Canada's Wonderland, Ontario's premiere theme park offering wild rides and live performances. Late in the afternoon, a short drive takes the group to Square One, a major shopping complex in Mississauga, where students can enjoy dinner on their own. Across the street is Playdium, a new video-entertainment centre offering 33,000 square feet of high-tech simulators, games and sports attractions.
Day 3: Today, your students can enjoy educational tour programs at the Royal Ontario Museum or the Art Gallery of Ontario. After lunch, spend the afternoon at Ontario Place, Toronto's downtown playground, offering rides, attractions, restaurants and the Cinesphere theatre showing IMAX® films on a six-storey high screen. Dinner this evening is at the Hard Rock Cafe, and then it's off to the CN Tower for a dazzling evening view of the city from 1,200 feet in the air.
Day 4: Before leaving the city, experience life as a British soldier and learn about Toronto's history at Historic Fort York. Or they might enjoy a visit to Casa Loma, Toronto's only castle. Too soon, your group must head for home.
- Caribana: Largest Caribbean festival in North America (end of July to first weekend in August)
- Canadian National Exhibition: World's largest annual exhibition, on a 350-acre site (last 2 weeks of August to Labour Day)
- Delta Chelsea Inn: 33 Gerrard Street West, Toronto, Ontario M5G 1Z4, Phone (416) 595-1975 (Reservations), (416)-585-4304 (Group Sales), Fax (416) 585-4393, Toll Free 1-800-268-9070 (U.S./Canada), Website http://www.deltahotels.com
- Valhalla Inn: 1 Valhalla Inn Road, Toronto, Ontario M9B 1S9, Phone (416) 239-2391, Fax (416) 239-9887, Toll Free 1-800-268-2500 (Canada), Website http://www.valhalla-inn.com/
- Toronto Airport Hilton: 5875 Airport Road, Mississauga, Ontario L4V 1N1, Phone (905) 405-2924, Fax (905) 677-5073, Toll Free 1-800-668-7979 (Canada)
- Delta Meadowvale Resort & Conference Centre: Contact: 6750 Mississauga Road, Mississauga, Ontario L5N 2L3, Phone (905) 542-6738, Toll Free 1-800-422-8238 (U.S./Canada), Fax (905) 542-6742, Website www.deltahotels.com
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