Ontario - Great Lakes and Wilderness Wonders
Day 1 UK - Toronto
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your flight to Toronto. On arrival we transfer to our hotel.
Day 2 Toronto
Our sightseeing tour of Canada’s great city includes views of glistening skyscrapers and contrasting 19th century buildings. The remainder of the day is free for you to discover areas like Chinatown, Little Italy, Greektown and Little Portugal; Toronto is unmistakably multi-cultured. You might like to take an exhilarating ride in glass-fronted lifts to the top of the country’s tallest structure - the CN Tower. The 58-second journey takes you to a glass-floored observation deck 342 metres above Toronto, where the views can take in over 100 miles of city, lakes and parkland.
Day 3 Toronto - Huntsville
We travel north through charming rural villages to Muskoka cottage country and on to Huntsville, just outside Algonquin Provincial Park surrounded by several freshwater lakes and rivers. We stay on the picturesque shoreline of Peninsula Lake, an ideal location for an afternoon stroll.
Day 4 Huntsville - Killarney
We drive further into Ontario’s hinterlands today, passing small towns that have grown up around lumber, mining and pulp industries. On reaching Killarney, our hotel is on the shore of northern Georgian Bay. This huge bay is part of one of the Great Lakes - Lake Huron - with a shoreline that measures 1,240 miles of the lake’s entire 3,827-mile circumference. It was the first of the Great Lakes to be discovered by European explorers in 1615.
Day 5 Killarney
Killarney Provincial Park is a 400-square mile wilderness of granite mountains, sapphire lakes and pine forests that inspired the ’Group of Seven’ landscape painters JEH MacDonald, Lawren Harris, Arthur Lismer, Frederick Varley, AY Jackson, Frank Johnston and Franklin Carmichael, all strongly influenced by European impressionism. Spend your day exploring this strikingly beautiful area with opportunities to go boating to view the lake’s many islands and historic lighthouses, or follow a hiking trail into the forests to glacier-polished shorelines and rocky bluffs with beautiful, unspoilt views.
Day 6 Killarney - Timmins
Today we continue north to Timmins, an area rich in minerals, especially gold. It also has beautiful scenes with over 500 lakes and rivers, majestic forest and rocky terrain. We stay in Timmins, a small city deeply rooted in aboriginal and European cultures.
Day 7 Timmins
This morning we visit the Polar Bear Habitat and Heritage Village, which is the only captive bear facility in the world dedicated solely to polar bears. Here we will learn how polar bears communicate, about their nutritional needs, physiology, reproduction and behaviours. On our return to Timmins, we ride in a tractor-drawn wagon where we can get up close and personal with moose, bison, and elk through Cedar Meadows resort’s 100-acre wildlife park.
Day 8 Timmins - Sault Ste Marie
Leaving Timmins we head west, travelling through very remote areas of the province. The impressive scenery along the way includes long stretches of Boreal forest, dramatic cliffs and lakes that almost touch the road. Turning south at Wawa, we follow the Trans-Canada Highway through Lake Superior Provincial Park and along the scenic, rocky coast of Lake Superior, arriving in Sault Ste Marie.
Day 9 Sault Ste Marie
Venture into the Agawa Canyon by train, taking in unspoiled scenes that inspired the ‘Group of Seven’. As we journey alongside picturesque lakes and rivers, and through thick forests and incredible granite rock formations, tour attendants will offer information on upcoming points of interest and tell stories of the Ojibway, explorers and entrepreneurs who lived along the route. After we descend 152m to the floor of the Agawa Canyon, we have nearly two hours to follow trails to waterfalls and lookout platforms, before returning to Sault Ste Marie.
Day 10 Sault Ste Marie - Manitoulin Island
Today you have a second opportunity to visit the provincial parks or nature reserve as we return along the top of Lake Huron and make our way to beautiful Manitoulin Island. The world’s biggest freshwater island, surrounded by Georgian Bay and Lake Huron, contains an impressive 108 lakes, some of which contain their own islands. Spend the remainder of the day exploring its cultural and geographic history. A few minutes’ walk from the hotel is Little Current, a lovely town with waterfront parks and a harbour for passenger freighters and pleasure boats.
Day 11 Manitoulin Island - Tobermory
Our day starts with a tour of Manitoulin Island, including great natural views from the Ten Mile Lookout and Trading Post, and a visit to the Bridal Veil Falls. This afternoon we drive to the island’s southern shore to board the Chi-Cheemaun Ferry for a leisurely two-hour cruise on Lake Huron. On reaching Tobermory, we disembark and make the short journey to our hotel, right on the edge of Bruce Peninsula National Park, a biosphere reserve renowned for its rugged beauty of bluffs, cliffs and caves. The nearby park visitor centre offers an introduction to the life of the park, and a climb up its 20m-high observation tower is rewarded with views of Georgian Bay.
Day 12 Tobermory
We embark on a glass bottomed vessel to view Flowerpot Island, just four miles off the coast of Tobermory. This island is one of Canada’s most fascinating natural attractions, named after the natural ‘flowerpot’ sea stacks. You’ll have the opportunity to view two 19th century shipwrecks, The Sweepstakes, The City of Grand Rapids and Flowerpot. We return to Tobermory for an afternoon at leisure.
Day 13 Tobermory - Niagara Falls
Today we drive along the Bruce Peninsula and through lush orchards and vineyards, making stops at Flesherton and Grimsby, where we find Ontario’s very own Painted Ladies. We arrive in Niagara Falls this afternoon and many of Niagara’s attractions, including restaurants and Horseshoe Falls, are just a short walk from our hotel.
Day 14 Niagara Falls
Enjoy a leisurely start, or book an optional excursion aboard a passenger boat for a journey on the Niagara River, taking in the American Falls before sailing past massive rock formations to the magnificent Horseshoe Falls, getting close enough for you to feel the mist from the thundering spectacle. Afterwards, you can take in the scenes at leisure or book an optional helicopter ride to appreciate the scale of the falls. This afternoon we all take tea in the pretty village of Niagara-on-the-Lake, where British loyalists sought haven after the American Revolution.
Day 15 Niagara Falls - Toronto - In flight
Enjoy some time at leisure before we transfer to Toronto Airport for a return flight to the UK.
Day 16 UK
Upon arrival, your Titan vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.