NIAGARA AND THE GREAT LAKES

Explore the history of Canada with Helen and Roy, taking in the lakes of Ontario and the many wonders of Manitoulin Island with a traditional drum making experience before finishing off your journey with a trip to the magnificent Niagara Falls.
Explore some of the most culturally rich areas of Canada and uncover more about the history of the early settlers with a visit to the Great Spirit Circle Trail on Manitoulin Island.

You’ll learn about the heritage and traditions of the First Nations people as we join them to make a hand drum and discover how important the drum is to their culture – a real tour highlight and one that is listed as a Canadian Signature Experience by the Canadian Tourism Commission.

We’ll take a trip to Fort Henry to find out about the history of the wars between the British and the Americans and enjoy a full day guided visit to Ottawa (Canada’s capital city) where we’ll see the Houses of Parliament.

22 DAY ESCORTED TOUR

DAY 1
Fly from London to Toronto where you will meet your Tour Escorts and transfer to a Toronto airport hotel. Overnight Toronto hotel. Enjoy a welcome meal in the company of your fellow travellers.
DAY 2
Breakfast then transfer to the motorhome depot to pick up vehicles. After stocking up on supplies drive the short distance (82 miles) to Lafontaine, located near to Georgian Bay, and the charming towns of Penetanguishene and Midland. Overnight Lafontaine campsite.
DAY 3
Free day to explore the area. At nearby Penetanguishene experience the lives of early naval personnel at Discovery Harbour, a reconstructed 19th century British Military base or learn about the Jesuit missionaries who lived, worked and died here over 350 years ago at the Martyrs’ Shrine. Overnight in Lafontaine campsite.
DAY 4
Leisurely drive along Georgian Bay to Owen Sound (80 miles) passing Wasaga Beach, North America’s largest freshwater beach. Be sure to visit Inglis Falls. Overnight in Owen Sound campsite.
DAY 5
Travel up the Bruce Peninsula to Tobermory (109 miles) taking time to visit the Bruce Peninsula National Park. Overnight in Tobermory campsite.
DAY 6
Free day to explore Tobermory. Why not take a boat trip to visit Flowerpot Island. Overnight in Tobermory campsite.
DAY 7
Today you are booked on the Ontario Ferry crossing to South Baymouth on Manitoulin Island - crossing time two hours (70 miles). Manitoulin is the largest freshwater island in the world, where you will really experience the native Canadian lifestyle. Overnight in Manitoulin Island campsite.
DAY 8
Today we have arranged a traditional Drum experience where you will learn about drum making, and see how it is used in the traditional songs and dances of the area. You will make and keep your own hand drum – a unique memento of the tour. Overnight in Manitoulin Island campsite.
DAY 9
Leave Manitoulin, via the swing bridge, and head for to Grundy Lake Provincial Park (156 miles). Sudbury is a great place to stock up on supplies – why not have a picnic by one of the many lakes you will pass? Overnight Grundy Lake campsite.
DAY 10
Using your Park’s Pass take a look at the French River Visitor Centre to learn about the local native history and the early settlers to Canada. A short drive to Parry Sound (50 miles) completes your day. Overnight Parry Sound campsite.
DAY 11
Free time to explore the area around Parry Sound. Take a 30,000 Islands tour departing from Parry Sound to explore the natural beauty of this area. For a birds-eye view seaplane tours are available over Georgian Bay. Overnight in Parry Sound campsite.
DAY 12
Travel east into the picturesque Algonquin Provincial Park (65 miles) taking time to explore Huntsville on your way through. Overnight in Algonquin campsite.
DAY 13
Free day to explore Algonquin with over 2,400 lakes, 7,500 miles of streams and lively flowing rivers.
Overnight in Algonquin campsite
DAY 14
Take the Trans Canada Highway to Ottawa (207 miles) along the original fur trading route through pretty towns like Arnprior, Pembroke and Petawawa. Overnight in Ottawa campsite.
DAY 15
Today we will have a full day excursion to the remarkably pretty capital city of Ottawa with a visit to the Parliament building, one of the highlights of the tour. Overnight in Ottawa campsite.
DAY 16
Head down to the St Lawrence Seaway and Lake Ontario to Kingston (118 miles). Be careful not to take the wrong left turn or you could end up in America! Overnight in Kingston campsite.

Heart of the Great Lakes Tour

DAY 17
Today you will be taken by coach to the centre of Kingston where you will have the morning to discover this charming little town on the shores of Lake Ontario. Included is a 3 hour Thousand Islands Lunch Cruise, where you will be entertained by the on-board band whilst admiring the views across the many islands in the area. Overnight in Kingston campsite.
DAY 18
Take your own vehicles to enjoy a guided tour of Fort Henry in Kingston and learn about the history of the British in Canada. Following the tour, drive to Picton (50 miles) on Prince Edward Island taking the short (free) ferry across the water. Overnight in Picton campsite.
DAY 19
Return to Toronto (145 miles). Overnight in Toronto campsite.
DAY 20
Depart on a full day coach excursion to Niagara Falls. As well as the breathtaking Falls, today includes a visit to Niagara-on-the-Lake. Other highlights include the Floral Clock and the Whirlpool Rapids. Included is a boat trip to the very edge of the Falls and an evening Farewell Meal in the Skylon Tower overlooking the Falls. Overnight in Toronto campsite.
DAY 21
Drive to Toronto motorhome depot (55 miles) Return motorhomes to Toronto depot. Transfer to Toronto airport for your return flight to London.
DAY 22
Arrive London. This ends the tour travel arrangements.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

Niagara Falls day excursion

Thousand Islands cruise, with tour of Kingston

Full day aboriginal experience on Manitoulin Island

Full day guided city tour of Ottawa

Guided visit to Fort Henry

Welcome and farewell meals

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • The services of experienced Tour Escorts
  • Return standard flights (London to Toronto)
  • All airport taxes
  • 19 days fully-equipped 3-berth motorhome hire with GPS
  • 2,500 mileage allowance (extra mileage chargeable)
  • VIP vehicle insurance (maximum excess CDN$750 – drivers must be over 24)
  • Motorhome preparation fee and convenience kit
  • Full propane tank
  • 18 nights site fees (includes electrical hook-up where available)
  • 1 night hotel accommodation in Toronto on a bed and breakfast basis
  • Transfers (as stated)
  • Guided city tour of Ottawa
  • Thousand Islands Cruise
  • Guided visit to Fort Henry
  • Welcome meal in Toronto
  • Ferry crossing from Tobermory to South Baymouth
  • Farewell meal at the Skylon Tower revolving restaurant
  • Tour daybook
Prices are per person based on two adults sharing a motorhome
 
EXCLUSIONS
  • Personal insurance – please ask for a quote
  • Motorhome fuel or refills of propane gas
  • Meals and drinks (unless stated)
  • Excursions or entrance fees (other than those stated)
  • Road tolls
  • Personal expenditure, tips etc
  • Park entry fees (approx. £90)
  • Refundable motorhome security/cleaning deposit
  • Any single supplements, extra adult or child supplements – available on request

CAMPSITES

To stay in the best locations you’ll experience a variety of different campsites. These will range from full facility sites to simple National Park campgrounds, with or without hook-ups or wash blocks.