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Hornblower Niagara Cruises™ boat tour
Niagara Parks' Journey Behind the Falls
Uncle Sam Boat Tour
Royal Botanical Gardens
Parliament Hill in Ottawa
Departs: August 28th, 2022 Tour Dates & Pricing
Escape to defining cities and marvel at natural wonders on this extensive tour of Eastern Canada. Fly into Buffalo, New York and travel to Niagara Falls along the picturesque Canadian side. Explore the epic waterfalls and go on a Niagara Cruise. Travel to Toronto, North America’s fourth largest city. Tour this extraordinary cosmopolitan center with free time for your own discoveries in its diverse neighborhoods. Enjoy a boat tour on Alexandria Bay and visit Boldt Castle. Journey to Ottawa, Canada’s capital, for a dose of history with a visit to Crownland and have a walking tour of the island city of Montreal. In 1881, Mark Twain nicknamed Montreal “the city of a hundred steeples,” a comment on its many beautiful churches. Located in the Saint Lawrence River, appreciate the island’s distinct boroughs such as the city center with its gorgeous Gothic Revival Notre-Dame Basilica, the bohemian Plateau, and the historic cobblestoned French colonial neighborhoods of Vieux-Montréal.
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Hosted By: Erik Maitland
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Day 1 : Travel to Canada
We begin with a pleasant flight to Buffalo, New York and travel across the border to Niagara Falls, taking in unique beauty on the Canadian side of the grand waterfalls. We then check-in to our hotel for a three-night stay and have the remainder of the day at leisure.
Day 2 : Niagara Falls
This morning embark on a guided tour of the Niagara Falls area, exploring its unique oasis of natural wonder, capturing a stunning sample of Ontario geography including the Whirlpool Rapids and other remarkable natural wonders. Enjoy a Holiday Vacations Welcome Lunch as we mingle with new friends. Then we experience Niagara Parks’ Journey Behind the Falls, taking an elevator down to get close-up views and feel the power of the falls on the outdoor deck. Later, we have a serene stroll on Niagara Parks’ self-guided White Water Walk along the rapids of the park’s boardwalk.
Day 3 : Niagara Boat Tour
Today begins with a thrilling Hornblower Niagara Cruises™ boat tour. Sail as close as possible to the powerful falls as we journey through the Niagara Great Gorge, and cruise past famous Bridal Veil Falls, American Falls, and into the heart of Horseshoe Falls for an exhilarating experience. After, enjoy the IMAX® Theatre presentation Niagara: Miracles, Myths and Magic presented on Canada’s largest movie screen! Lunch today is a treat in the revolving restaurant atop Skylon Tower, 775 feet above Niagara Falls! Enjoy delectable food and marvelous views. There is free time this afternoon to explore more of the Niagara area, purchase any last souvenirs, or relax at the hotel. After dark, witness a spectacular light show that makes the falls glow in rich, gorgeous hues.
Day 4 : Scenic Queen Elizabeth Way
We depart Niagara Falls and travel north towards Toronto, driving around the western tip of Lake Ontario along scenic Queen Elizabeth Way. Halfway, we stop in Burlington to witness the lovely Royal Botanical Gardens. Then after lunch, we continue to Toronto, the fourth largest city in North America. We’ll check-in to our Toronto accommodations with the evening at leisure. Your Tour Director will help identify good options for dinner in the city.
Day 5 : Toronto
Seize the day with a tour of the eclectic city of Toronto. Comparable to New York City in size and diversity, the lively Canadian cosmopolitan center delights and intrigues with its varied neighborhoods including Old Town, the Main Square, Garden District, University of Toronto, Little Italy, Chinatown, Cabbagetown, Little Portugal, Liberty Village, Greektown, The Beaches, and abundant parks. In the Entertainment District near Inner Harbour, we ascend the CN Tower. Standing at nearly 2,000 feet, this observation and communications tower held the world’s record for tallest freestanding structure until 2007.
Day 6 : Alexandria Bay
This morning we travel to Alexandria Bay where we grab lunch on your own before our afternoon excursion. We embark on a delightful Uncle Sam Boat Tour and marvel at the deep green waters of the St. Lawrence River. Get a glimpse of the water boundary line between the United States and Canada! Later we check in to our Alexandria Bay accommodations for one night with dinner included.
Day 7 : Boldt Castle & Parliament Hill
Before we travel back into Canada, enjoy New York State's Thousand Islands region more as we board a water taxi to tour Boldt Castle on an island in the St. Lawrence River. This fortress of a mansion began as a frame cottage before its grand expansion by George Boldt in 1900 who oversaw the construction of what would be one of the biggest private homes in America in its day. We stop for lunch and journey back into Canada to Ottawa, the capital city. Witness Parliament Hill in Ottawa’s Crownland, downtown along the serene riverbanks. Originally a military base, the beautiful Gothic revival style edifice sits on lush greenery, complete with spires, miniature towers, and other evocative architecture that symbolize Canada’s national identity. We stay in Ottawa for two nights.
Day 8 : Ottawa
This morning we stop at the Canadian War Museum to learn about Canada’s military history. We then have a pleasant included lunch in Ottawa before an evening at leisure to relax and find your own discoveries in Canada’s Capital.
Day 9 : Montreal
We bid Ottawa goodbye this morning and travel towards Montreal with a detour at Sucrerie de la Montagne in Rigaud, a traditional sugar shack offering tours, entertainment, and handcrafted sweets. Tour the delightful shack and indulge in artisan fare during a Holiday Vacations Farewell Lunch with new friends. We have a lovely walking tour of the charming island city that blends history with natural beauty and contemporary life, where we stay the night.
Day 10 : Fly Home
We fly home with wonderful memories of our time in Eastern Canada.
August 28th, 2022 - September 6th, 2022
Price Per Person
Final Payment Date: 06/14/2022
KWQC TV Pickup Locations:
Davenport, IA - Best Western Plus SteepleGate Inn
Chicago, IL - O'Hare International Airport
Maquoketa, IA - AmericInn (formerly Centerstone Inn & Suites)
Rock Falls, IL - Walmart
Erik returned to KWQC in 2011 after spending 4 years in Minneapolis/St. Paul as the weekend meteorologist at KMSP-TV. Before that, he spent 13 years here at KWQC.
Erik studied Meteorology and Broadcasting at Arizona State University and is a proud Sun Devil. Outside of his first year forecasting in the desert at KPNX in Phoenix, Erik has had a Midwestern career with stops in Traverse City, Michigan and Mason City, Iowa before heading to the Quad Cities. Growing up in Minnesota Erik is a HUGE hockey fan and loves to follow the Storm. In the warmer months you’ll find him at as many River Bandits or Lumber Kings games as he can fit in. Erik’s hobbies include woodworking, soap making and cooking. Outdoors He enjoys golfing and Nordic walking. He LOVES kayaking and is a certified kayaking instructor. While he enjoys setting sail on our local lakes and rivers you’re more likely to find him paddling on Lake Michigan or Lake Superior! Erik has 3 Quad Cities Marathons under his belt and numerous Bix 7s. Other outdoor endeavors include doing anything from flying kites to road-tripping. Don’t be surprised if Erik drives in to your town on any given weekend in his pride and joy: a red 1987 Porsche 924S He calls “The Chili Pepper”.
Erik enjoys speaking to school kids about weather and entertaining community groups with talks about weather, television, and his favorite subject: Erik Maitland! Thankfully, he’s kept humble by his daughter Eryn and his cats, named Puppy, Rupert, and Barnaby!
Join Erik and KWQC-TV6 viewers on this fabulous trip of a lifetime.
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Tour days tend to be long, move at a brisk pace, and may include lengthy travel days. Expect long periods of walking and standing on uneven surfaces. Scheduled activities may require physical effort or have distinct changes in altitude or temperature.
Tour days tend to be long, move at a vigorous pace, and may include lengthy travel days. Expect long periods of walking and standing on rough surfaces. Scheduled activities may require physical effort or have distinct changes in altitude or temperature.